Breeders' Cup Sprint Odds: Preview And Future Bets
With favorites winning three of the past ten Breeders' Cup Sprints, and double-digit long shots also winning three, the Sprint sets up very well for exacta betting, pairing a favorite and long shot together as a straight bet or as a box. In fact, in the past five years, horses under +400 finished first or second four times, yet the $2 exacta payout has averaged $120, with a horse at +1400 or higher also running first or second four times.
Drefrong - Defending Sprint champ started 2017 by dumping jockey Mike Smith as they left the gate two starts back in the (G1) Bing Crosby, otherwise is a winner of six straight. Got his first win at Del Mar.
Roy H - Has shown big improvement as a five year old, stepping up to graded-stakes and getting two wins. It would have been three, without the interference by the riderless Drefong in the Bing Crosby, where he was 2nd.
Mind Your Biscuits - Was moved up to second in this race last year by DQ. Ran well to to win the (G2) Belmont Sprint Championship, but was flat last out in the (G1) Forego, running 6th.
El Deal - Another that has taken a step up at age five, he has a 1st and a 2nd in two consecutive Grade 1s. Prior to that he was winning big, but the competiton in those could be called into question.
Takeful - Looked impressive in beating El Deal last out in the (G1) Vosburgh at Belmont Park. Connections ran him in the longer distance Kentucky Derby preps with no luck, he's now won twice as a six-furlong sprinter.
Imperial Hint - The winner of his last five in a row, he's taking a step up to the Grade 1 level here, but he was very fast in winning his last, just missing the track record by 4-100ths of a second.
Whitmore - Similar to Takeful, he was a Triple Crown hopeful, finishing 19th in the 2016 Kentucky Derby, who has been re-born as a sprinter. He'll be behind early and hope the frontrunners burn each outher out.
Awesome Slew - Has a solid record of top 3 finishes against some good horses. Runs a similar style to Whitmore, but in his case it seems he might want little more distance. Sire won the 1998 BC Classic.
Ransome The Moon - Was the only contender not bothered by Drefong in winning the Bing Crosby, and then couldn't repeat the effort next out in the (G1) Santa Anita Sprint.
Lord Simba - Lightly raced four year old only got his maiden win this year in his fourth lifetime start. Won a Grade 3 stake at Santa Anita, but was beaten last out at the allowance level. Has not been declared for the Breeders' Cup.
Mr Crow - Three year old won by open lengths two starts back at Saratoga, but was a non-factor in the Vosburgh behnd Takeful and El Deal. Not yet declared for the Breeders' Cup.
Limousine Liberal - Fourth in the Sprint last year, he has a pair of wins early in this season, but has been beaten by a couple others in here lately. Has not yet declared for the Breeders' Cup.
Noholdingbackbear - Last in this event in 2016, he's 0-for-3 this year and likely won't run.
Stallwalkin' Dude - Veteran seven year old wold be making his 58th career start. He can still be competitive, but he's in tough here. Has not yet been declared for the Breeders' Cup.
2017 Breeders' Cup Sprint Betting
The Breeders' Cup Sprint is race #7 of nine on the second day of the Breeders' Cup, Saturday, November 4, from Del Mar race track. Scheduled post time is 6:58 PM Eastern. The race is for horses three years and older, running six furlongs on the dirt track, and carries a purse of $1.5 million. The field is limited to 14 runners.
The Key Betting Trends
- Others could include American Pastime, Americanize, Moe Candy, Petrov
- Imperial Hint, El Deal only two with three consecutive +100 speed figures
- Drefong trainer Baffert leads all trainers with five Sprint wins
- Winning odds have averaged just under +1000 over the past ten races
Future Bet Overlays
Roy H, Takaful and Imperial Hint are all good candidates to go off at odds lower than presently listed in the futures, with Roy H possible second-choice at around +300.
Future Bet Underlays
Losses last time out could mean El Deal and Whitmore the most likely to drift upwards, with El Deal moving into the double-digits.
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