Breeders’ Cup Betting Guide | Odds, Strategy, And How To Place Your Bets

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The Breeders’ Cup World Championships bring together the best horses from around the world. Del Mar in Del Mar, California will host this year’s Breeders’ Cup, November 1-2. Below we will look at Breeders Cup betting odds and wagering strategy.

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Breeders’ Cup betting odds

Breeders’ Cup betting odds for the top races have been posted. Click on the odds below to bet now.

Breeders’ Cup Classic odds

Arcangelo (3-1) and Arabian Knight (13-2) are the horse race betting favorites for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

PostHorseOddsTrainerJockey
1ArcangeloSCRATCHN/AN/A
2Zandon12-1Chad BrownFrankie Dettori
3White Abarrio4-1Richard DutrowIrad Ortiz
4Missed the Cut30-1John SadlerLuis Saez
5Derma Sotogake20-1Hidetaka OtonashiChristoper Lemaire
6Saudi Crown12-1Brad CoxFlorent Geroux
7Clapton20-1Chad SummersTyler Gaffalione
8Ushba Tesoro4-1Noboru TakagiYuga Kawada
9Senor Buscado30-1Todd FincherGeovanni Franco
10Dreamlike30-1Todd PletcherJose Ortiz
11Bright Future10-1Todd Pletcher John Velazquez
12Arabian Knight3-1Bob BaffertFlavien Prat
13Proxy12-1Michael StidhamJoel Rosario

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile odds

Here are Breeders’ Cup Juvenile odds for 2023.

PostHorseOddsTrainerJockey
1The Wine StewardSCRATCHEDMike MakerLuis Saez
2Prince of Moncao4-1Bob BaffertFlavien Prat
3Wine Me Up15-1Bob BaffertRamon Vazquez
4Timberlake4-1Brad CoxFlorent Geroux
5Ecoro NeoSCRATCHEDHideyuki MoriYuga Kawada
6Locked 7-2Todd PletcherJose Ortiz
7Cuban Thunder30-1Adrian MurrayTiago Pereira
8General Partner8-1Chad BrownManny Franco
9Fierceness6-1Todd Pletcher John Velazquez
10Muth4-1Bob BaffertJuan Hernandez
11Noted 20-1Todd Pletcher Irad Ortiz Jr.

Free Breeders’ Cup betting game

Here is a free Breeders’ Cup betting game from TheLines.

Here is a Breeders’ Cup betting preview.

Breeders’ Cup race and TV schedule

Here is more information on the Breeders’ Cup races, and how you can watch and wager on this year’s event.

  • Date: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2, 2023
  • Post Time: Breeders Cup Classic post time is 6:40 p.m. ET
  • TV: NBCSN and NBC
  • Tablet, Online, Mobile: NBC Sports App and streamed live on NBCsports.com/live and TVG and  fuboTV
  • Track: Santa Anita Park
  • Prize Pool: $31 million with 14 Grade 1 races from $1 million to $6 million

How to bet on horse racing

The opportunity for bigger payouts is greater during the Breeders’ Cup, as full fields of 14 horses are common. For example, the average $2 win payout in the Breeders’ Cup Classic is $26.67. The traditional Win, Place and Show bets all have higher payouts due to larger field sizes. The chance to hit a big score is greater as well in the ‘exotic’ pools when picking the exact order of finish in an Exacta, Trifects, Superfecta or even Super High 5 – the exact order of finish of the top five horses. Some of the exotic wagers are offered with a minimum wager amount of .50 cents.

Beyond those bets are also guaranteed prize pools offered by the Breeders’ Cup. With guaranteed prize pools or $1 million and up, cashing a ticket in any of these pools can produce a huge payday.

  • Win: A bet on a horse to Win means you only get paid if the horse finishes first. 
  • Place: A bet on a horse to Place means you get paid the 2nd place money if the horse finishes first or second.
  • Show: A bet on a horse to Show means you get paid the 3rd place money if the horse finishes first, second or third.
  • Exacta: Correctly betting on the first and second place horses in exact order.
  • Trifecta: Correctly betting on the order of finish of the first three horses in win, place and show position.
  • Superfecta: Predicting and betting the first four horses in the correct order.
  • Super High Five: Predicting and betting the first five horses in correct order.
  • Pick 5 – Correctly betting the winner of five consecutive races prior to the initial first race in the sequence. (Also Pick 3 and Pick 4 offerings).

The more horses and combinations used in placing an exotic bet the greater the cost of the wager. Payouts at the Breeders’ Cup are determined by the pari-mutuel system at the track. The amount a person wins depends on how much money is in the pool overall divided by how many bets are placed. The odds on the horses change as the money is bet right up to post time.

Beyond the win, place, show bets and popular exacta, trifecta and superfecta wagers, there is also Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5 and Pick 6 pools. These can be life changing scores, as the Pick 6 has had a single ticket winner at the Breeders’ Cup three times since 2000 with each more than $1.4 million. There have been at least five times when nobody hit the Pick 6 since 2000, and each of the consolation prizes (5-of-6) paid between $43,000 to $114,000.

Friday’s Wagering Notes and Guaranteed Pools

Breeders’ Cup will offer a unique Super High 5 bet that will be available on every race – undercard included – during its two-day race card.

Friday’s Pick 6, early and late Pick 5 and Super High 5 may carry over to Saturday.

The 2022 guaranteed pools will be updated as announced by the Breeders’ Cup.

Saturday’s Wagering Notes and Guaranteed Pools

The 2022 wagering menu will include a new All-Turf Pick 4 on Saturday for races 5, 7, 9 and 11. The four races, in order, are the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (Race 5), Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (Race 7), FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (Race 9), and the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (Race 11).

  • Saturday’s Ultra Pick 6, late Pick 5 and Super High 5 are mandatory payouts.

Also, the Breeders’ Cup will offer a third, middle Pick 5 on Saturday, starting with Race 3. The early Pick 5 will start with Race 1 and the late Pick 5 with Race 8. Last year’s late Pick 5 on Saturday generated a $5.1 million pool while the late Pick 4 offered a $4.3 million pool.

Bet minimums

  • $10 Head2Head
  • $2 WPS, Daily Double, Pick 6
  • $1 Exacta and SPDD
  • $.50 Trifecta, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5 and SH-5
  • $.10 Superfecta

At the Breeders’ Cup, big multi-million dollar betting pools are common. Regular race fans can dream of a big score with less risk when wagering on the expanded Pick 5s or the exacta, trifecta, superfecta or Pick 6.

The Pick 5 is one of the most popular wagers in the country as it offers a $.50-cent minimum wager and a player-friendly 15% takeout, allowing more racing fans to take a shot at a bigger payday with less takeout. In addition, the Jackpot Super High 5 wager also with a $.50-cent minimum will be offered on every race on the Friday and Saturday cards, including the “Future Stars Friday” races. If the bet goes unhit and there are no winning tickets, the carryover pool will continue to the next race, including into Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup card.

In handicapping and preparing for the Breeders’ Cup, you can be more informed and have a better chance to win if you follow some simple tips from experts like Mike Shutty; author of Super Screener and co-founder of Horse Racing Nation.

  1. Learn to project the pace of the race
  2. Form cycle analysis – look at contenders form cycle
  3. Workout analysis – last workouts before the Breeders’ Cup