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Despite the obvious draw of events such as the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness Stakes, 14 of the biggest betting races of the whole year are staged across just two days of racing when the Breeders’ Cup World Championships takes place.
This year, Santa Anita Park hosts the meet for the 10th time across November 1 & 2 in Arcadia, California, where some of the best horses, jockeys and trainers not only from the States but from around Europe and beyond do battle for $30 million in prize money.
Given the size and scope of this event, the Breeders’ Cup is not just a huge weekend for those directly connected to the horses, but for bettors as well given that betting winners at the Breeders’ Cup is a huge badge of honor.
There is no right or wrong way when it comes to handicapping a Breeders’ Cup race, but remember to keep an open mind. Many different form lines come together in each race, i.e. those who have done well in very disparate parts of the country are now racing against each other, often for the first time in the season.
So, horses who’ve run well in big races in Florida go up against the best California has to offer etc and on top of this, we have the spectre of the overseas horses bringing a completely different form line into each contest.
With those differing form lines in mind, we cannot afford simply to rely on times and on speed ratings. Those racing on faster surfaces, in bigger fields or even in warmer weather may have clocked really good times but that doesn’t mean they are better overall than the horses they are now up against in an exhausting championship battle.
Be sure to check out the level of form each contender has run to, using official ratings for example, and look for horses who bring the various pieces of form together in order to get a more accurate view of which horses are potentially better than the others.
In other words, if you look hard enough you will often find that some horses have run well behind two of more of the contenders for a Breeders’ Cup race, giving you a chance to use that horse to link the main contenders and see what level you believe they are truly at compared with each other.
Where the juveniles are concerned, don’t omit their breeding when it comes to evaluating them. Some horses may have looked good on debut, but are simply not bred to ultimately reach the top level. Many times, top Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winners are bred to compete in the Triple Crown races the following year so even without a lot of form in the book, you can second guess which ones are expected to be top class.
It’s simple to take part in Breeders’ Cup betting and there are numerous ways to get involved, the main bet types being:
Your chosen horse must win outright.
Your horse must finish in the first 2.
Your horse must finish in the first 3.
Predict the 1st and 2nd in the right order.
Predict the first two finishers in either order.
Predict the 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the right order.
Predict the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the right order.
Multi-Race Exotics such as the Daily Double, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5 and Pick 6 are also available so you can be as cautious or as ambitious as you like. Betting online is the easiest way to go, especially if you can’t make it to Santa Anita to witness this spectacle for yourself!
Horse players not only see these championship races as being a great chance to place multiple bets on top class animals all in one weekend, but they are also a great way to feel fully involved and invested in the action.
Horse racing is for everyone and so if you’re not a horseman, you don’t own one of the contenders and you can’t even be there to watch this all play out, you can get fully involved by doing your research, forming an opinion and placing your bets making you a genuine part of what is going on out on the track.
Not every winner will be favored, sometimes a long shot wins a Breeders’ Cup race. But, before you get your handicapping head on to choose your bets, here’s a quick run-down race-by-race of who the top contenders are in terms of the betting markets:
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf SprintKimari 3/1Four Wheel Drive 9/2A’Ali 5/1
Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies TurfDaahyeh 4/1Albigna 4/1Sweet Melania 6/1
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile FilliesBast 3/1Donna Veloce 7/2British Idiom 4/1Wicked Whisper 4/1
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile TurfArizona 5/2Decorated Invader 6/1Structor 8/1Royal Dornoch 10/1Vitalogy 10/1
TVG Breeders’ Cup JuvenileEight Rings 2/1Dennis’ Moment 9/4Maxfield 5/2
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare SprintCovfefe 19/10Come Dancing 9/4Spiced Perfection 6/1
Breeders’ Cup Turf SprintDisco Partner 7/2Stormy Liberal 4/1World Of Trouble 6/1Conquest Tsunami 6/1
Breeders’ Cup Dirt MileOmaha Beach 6/5Mr Money 5/1Catalina Cruiser 5/1Improbable 6/1Coal Front 6/1
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare TurfSistercharlie 7/4Magical 9/4Iridessa 8/1
Breeders’ Cup SprintMitole 9/4Imperial Hint 3/1Shancelot 7/2Catalina Cruiser 5/1
TVG Breeders’ Cup MileCircus Maximus 3/1Bricks And Mortar 9/2Got Stormy 11/2Uni 6/1Iridessa 8/1
Breeders’ Cup DistaffMidnight Bisou 5/4Elate 5/2Dunbar Road 6/1Blue Prize 6/1Street Band 7/1Paradise Woods 9/1
Breeders’ Cup TurfMagical 2/1Bricks And Mortar 9/4Anthony Van Dyck 5/2Old Persian 9/2
Breeders’ Cup ClassicMcKinzie 3/1Code Of Honor 4/1Vino Ross 9/2Elate 6/1Yoshida 7/1
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