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What To Expect From This Year’s Breeders’ Cup
Credit: Keeneland Photo

What To Expect From This Year’s Breeders’ Cup

As sporting events continue to flow in full fruition, racing fans can now mark their calendars ahead of the annual Breeders’ Cup competition that is sure to provide fans once again with a riches of spectacular moments ahead of the final stretch before the finishing line. 

We are only weeks away from the 38th instalment of the prestigious competition with dates November fifth and sixth being the two days that will span across this monumental occasion.

Since its inception in 1984, the Breeders’ Cup has delighted racing fans with a plethora of gripping races in a variety of tracks and from 2007 has moved to a two-day event rather than the initial one day it served for the first two decades since its establishment.


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  • 2020 Breeders’ Cup:

Last year’s event was staged at the Keeneland racetrack in Kentucky which saw colt Essential Quality and jockey Luis Saez named as winners at the final Juvenile race, with a time of 1:42.09 from first day of the event.

Other winners saw Golden Pal win the Juvenile Turf Sprint (1:02.82), Fire At Will claiming the Juvenile Turf (1:35.81), Vequist taking the Juvenile Fillies (1:42.30) and Aunt Pearl (IRE) being victorious in the Juvenile Fillies Turf (1:35.71).

Day two also treated fans to a greater number of races with the most notable victories being Tarnawa (IRE) winning the penultimate and longest race of the competition (the Turf) at a time of 2:28.02 with Authentic taking the one and a quarter mile Classic racetrack timed at 1:59.60 to cap off a tremendous weekend of horse racing.

Surprisingly only three of the nine favorites from each of the day two racing events came out victors with Classic favorite Tiz the Law (odds of $3.20 per $1) finishing in sixth place, a result that surely had betting fans in turmoil.

  • Looking ahead to the 2021 Breeders’ Cup:

The setting for this year’s cup will be at the Del Mar racetrack in the luxurious San Diego, California on the first weekend of November.

2020’s star horse, Essential Quality, will be returning to the track this year and after the colt’s undeniable success in last year’s competition and the resulting success in the Triple Crown at Belmont Stakes, many fans may already be placing their early bets on Essential Quality to once again dominant on the racetrack.

Other favorite contenders have now included female horse Love for the Breeders’ Cup Turf race due to her outstanding display at the Royal Ascot racecourse where she won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes earning her passage into the competition.

Her trainer Aidan O’Brien also has an astounding record in this race in particular as he has helped orchestrate six victories in the past number of years.

Palace Pier is also touted as a likely front-runner for the Breeders’ Cup Mile due to the withstanding reputation that this horse has across Europe, marking this competitor as one of the most esteemed that the Cup may have to offer this year.

With an experienced and well-respected jockey in the form of Frankie Dettori, who has a near endless list of previous accolades, Palace Pier will be a name that will surely be discussed among the top contenders in this year’s event.


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Place your bets

Obviously one of the main spectacles ahead of a horse racing event is the betting involved in predicting any perennial favorites and earning a bountiful of winnings from the event.

With a variety of different races to select from across the weekend, horse betting fans will be spoilt for choice for placing their predictions on their suited winners.

Punters will be able to access some of the best odds at a range of online sportsbooks and place their bets in advance. Bet365 currently have bonus offers including bet credits to use on events such as the Breeders’ Cup. 

At 5/2 odds is Knicks Go, the aforenoted Essential Quality at 9/2, Medina Spirit with 7/1 and Max Player at 8/1 among all other racing candidates.

The horses previously mentioned are also touted as the following for any races they’re competing in:

  • Love – Breeders’ Cup Turf (8/1)
  • Palace Pier – Breeders’ Cup Mile (9/4)
  • Notable past Breeders’ Cup Classic winners:

While the competition’s inaugural year and establishment is certainly much younger than other horse racing cups, such as the Melbourne Cup, there has certainly been a range of memorable moments and winners throughout the cups short history.

The final race of the competition, the Classic, is usually seen as the true Coup De Grâce that the cup has to offer, with a number of elite breaded horses and admired jockeys all competing in the final race of the weekend.

In the inaugural rendition of the cup, Wild Again claimed the victory alongside jockey Pat Day and trainer Vincent Timphony at a time of 2:03.40 which was subsequently bettered the year after by Proud Truth who clocked in at just 2:00.80.

The best time ever claimed in the Classic race was in 2004 when Ghostzapper completed the race in just 1:59.02 with the closet consolation being the previous record holder Skip Away in 1997 at 1:59.16.

Horse Racing fans will continue to tick away at the remaining dates on their calendars ahead of the much-anticipated scheduled returning days of the Breeders’ Cup.

A spectacle that is truly worth the price at admission for anyone passionate about all things relating to horse racing.

It’s going to be weekend that fans would not want to miss as the cup never ceases to amaze us.

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