The FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile offers two compelling concepts: modern times and Modern Games. European horses have dominated this $2 million turf showcase in recent years, winning the last four of them. Another European invader, Modern Games, was installed as the favorite to make it five. And he has a Breeders’ Cup back story.
Prior to the start of the Juvenile Turf last year, Modern Games’ stablemate Albahr flipped in the starting gate and was scratched. So was Modern Games, at first. He was soon after allowed to run for purse money only, and bettors fumed as they could not cash tickets on an outcome they had correctly forecast. Even if scratched for a couple minutes, the horse is removed from betting pools.
Well, Modern Games is back in the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile and headlines an excellent field.
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FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile Odds: Morning Line and Post Positions
Post time for the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile is around 3:10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.
|Post Position||Horse||ML Odds||Trainer||Jockey|
|1||Pogo||20-1||Charles Harris||James Doyle|
|2||Shirl’s Speight||30-1||Roger Attfield||Luis Saez|
|3||Dreamloper||6-1||Ed Walker||Kieran Shoemark|
|4||Modern Games||7-2||Charles Appleby||William Buick|
|5||Smooth Like Strait||10-1||Michael McCarthy||John Velazquez|
|6||Ivar||15-1||Paulo Lobo||Javier Castellano|
|7||Beyond Brilliant||20-1||John Shirreffs||Victor Espinoza|
|8||Regal Glory||6-1||Chad Brown||Jose Ortiz|
|9||Malavath||15-1||Francis-Henri Graffard||Tyler Gaffalione|
|10||Order of Australia||12-1||Aidan O’Brien||Ryan Moore|
|11||Annapolis||10-1||Todd Pletcher||Irad Ortiz|
|12||King Cause||30-1||Michael Maker||Juan Hernandez|
|13||Kinross||9-2||Ralph Beckett||Lanfranco Dettori|
|14||Domestic Spending||8-1||Chad Brown||Flavien Prat|
Loves 7 furlongs. Has never won at this distance on the turf. Has earned more than $362,000 this year. Finished second to Kinross in the City of York. They battled to the wire before Kinross asserted himself at seven furlongs. Should be on the pace early, but distance is not in his wheelhouse.
2. Shirl’s Speight
How much value will bettors assess eight or nine lengths? That’s how far back he was behind Modern Games, the heavy chalk in this race, in the Woodbine Ricoh Mile. Was coming hard at the end, just not a match for Modern Games. Also trailed Ivar by a couple of lengths. Hard to endorse, but bottom of the exotics has a chance if the wall of horses he ran behind become the class of this field.
Putting together a strong season overseas before shipping here. Has earned over $500,00 this season and notched a nice victory in the Prix Du Moulin De Longchamp in September. Finished several lengths ahead of Order of Australia, one of the fringe contenders in this race. Strong contender. Could also be sneaky good if all the attention on this race goes to Modern Games. Enters the biggest race of the year from good form.
4. Modern Games
Gets another shot at glory and this time the bettors will be involved. The track announcer referenced that at Woodbine, when Modern Games pulled away to win the Ricoh Woodbine Mile at 3-5 in September. “And this time, you can cash a ticket,” was the call, several months after the Breeders’ Cup incident from 2021. Indeed. And you can mark his 112 Beyer Speed figure from that race as tops on the entire turf circuit this year. Has earned over $1.5 million in 2022 and hit the board in all but one of six starts. Note the Appleby-Buick connection. They combined to win this event with Space Blues last year.
5. Smooth Like Straight
Can’t seem to hit the winner’s circle, but has six seconds and one third in his last seven outings. An excellent second in the Arlington Million in August. Good value in a big field. Could be a good play underneath, merits respect. Finished second in this event last year.
Was second by five lengths to Modern Games in the Ricoh Mile. Clearly second best but an effort good enough to suggest a place in the exotics. Could figure into an exacta box with Modern Games or a triple box with Modern Games and another entry. Followed with an excellent second in the $1 million Coolmore Turf Mile. Was second best to Annapolis, a contender in this race.
7. Beyond Brilliant
Had enough to turn back all comers in the City of Hope mile in California. But that was a $200,000 race. He’s leaping up to $1 million here. Will need to be aptly named to pull this off.
8. Regal Glory
Has earned more than $1.1 million this year. Unfurled a four-race win streak in 2021. Was upset at 3-5, running second in the $500,000 Fourstardave at Saratoga. Finished second in the First Lady Stakes at Keeneland in October. Race over the track and at the Breeders’ Cup distance is advantageous. Always makes a big late move. Better served if up closer before the final turn.
Welcome back. It’s been a year since the public saw her come second after an exhilarating stretch run in the Juvenile Fillies Turf on Breeder’s Cup Day One. Graduates to Day Two. In her 3-year-old debut, Malavath won the Group 3 Prix Imprudence by 1 ½ lengths April 7 at Chantilly before an unplaced finish in the QIPCO One Thousand Guineas at Newmarket. Unplaced in Group 1 races in her next two starts. Recent efforts suggest she’s having trouble moving up in class.
10. Order of Australia
Can he get a little more giddyup? Finished a good third behind Annapolis and Ivar in the $1 million Coolmore Turf Mile at Keeneland. Excellent setup for this., This group has performed about a full second behind Modern Games. All could have something to say in the exotics. He won this event in 2020.
Ran a good second to Nation’s Pride in the Saratoga Derby. . Nation’s Pride will now appear in the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf. Followed with an excellent victory in the Coolmore Turf Mile. Has a $1 million turf victory on the home site of this race. Great recent form, perhaps the best American entry in this field. Figures into most tickets.
12. King Cause
Over his head. Had to drop to $150,000 to win the Knickerbocker after finishing 10th in the Eddie Read. Too much talent stacked against him.
Has earned more than $900,000 in 2022. Reached career-best, losing by just a neck to repeat in the World Pool Lennox Stakes. Took a pair of 7-furlong stakes in the summer. Must go a little further and is stuck on the outside post. Has won four straight. Does have one victory at a mile in 2020 (synthetic) but is a maiden on the turf at this distance prefers shorter routes for the most part. Contender, but the draw did home no favors. Enters the biggest race of the year from good form.
14. Domestic Spending
Hasn’t run since August of 2021. That’s where he was second at 3-5 in the $600,000 Mr. D Stakes. Started his career with two victories at a mile. Always runs well, but the layoff and outside post don’t work in his favor.
How I’m Betting The Race
Destiny is calling. I will start with a win bet on Modern Games and make that a high percentage of the wager. There are too many legitimate contenders for the top-three spots to spend a major ticket trying to spread. Minor ones are fine.
I could add a small exacta box with Modern Games and Dreamloper (3-4). May add a separate box with Modern Games and Annapolis (4-11) favoring the race over the track for Annapolis. Can’t forget Regal Glory (8) in a box either. And that’s it.
If I go further out into exotics, , I have to add Ivar (the 6) and Smooth Like Strait (the 5) underneath, making sure not to forget Kinross (the 13.) And that’s it.
Must also put a small ticket with Modern Games out, just in case. And that’s it.
You can see the dilemma.
One can wager half the field and still think the bet isn’t covered. That’s why I’ll take a stand and take a stab at a win bet. But I will sprinkle in the minors, because they will pay in a field this large. Good luck betting the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile. Looks like excellent value.
2022 Breeders’ Cup Schedule, How To Watch
Friday, Nov. 4
The Breeders’ Cup begins with Future Stars Friday, featuring all five Breeders’ Cup World Championships races for 2-year-olds. They start at 3 p.m. ET and there are approximately 40 minutes between post times. All times below are ET.
The Breeders’ Cup events are:
- $1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint, 5 1/2 furlongs, 3:00 p.m.
- $2 million Juvenile Fillies 1 1/16 miles, 3:40 p.m.
- $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf, 1 mile, 4:20 p.m.
- $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, 1 1/6 miles, 5:00 p.m.
- $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, 1 mile, 5:40 p.m.
Friday’s races will be televised on USA Network.
Saturday, Nov. 5
There will be 12 races on Saturday, Nov. 5, featuring nine Breeders’ Cup World Championships races.
The day features two undercard races with a first race post time of 10:30 a.m. ET. The first Breeders’ Cup Championship event will be Race No. 3, which will have a post time of 11:50 a.m. ET.
The Breeders’ Cup events are:
- $2 million Filly & Mare Sprint, 7 furlongs, 11:40 a.m.
- $1 million Turf Sprint, 5 1/2 furlongs, 12:29 p.m.
- $1 million Dirt Mile, 1 mile, 1:10 p.m.
- $2 million Filly & Mare Turf, 1 3/16 miles, 1:50 p.m.
- $2 million Sprint, 6 furlongs, 2:30 p.m.
- $2 million Mile, 1 mile, 3:10 p.m.
- $2 million Distaff, 1 1/8 miles, 3:55 p.m.
- $4 million Turf, 1 1/2 miles, 4:40 p.m.
- $6 million Classic, 1 1/4 miles, 5:40 p.m.
The first seven races will be televised on USA Network, with the Breeders’ Cup Turf and Classic on NBC.