Breeders’ Cup Race

The Breeders’ Cup is not only one race, but actually a series of 13 races held over two days in late October or early November. Officially known as the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, the event was launched in 1984 with the idea of bringing together the best thoroughbred horses in the world to race at their specialty distance on either dirt or turf surfaces. The Breeders’ Cup is typically moved around to different tracks in North America, and this year Del Mar Race Track in California will play host to the Breeders’ Cup on November 3rd and 4th. 

Best Bets For Breeders’ Cup

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Breeders’ Cup Race Betting Tips

Given that the 13 races that make up the Breeders’ Cup weekend involve more than 150 horses, the best advice anyone can offer in terms of Breeders’ Cup race betting tips is to start to do your handicapping early so you have a good plan of action in place when the racing begins.

Fortunately, unlike most usual stakes races, the horses that will be running in the Breeders’ Cup races are made known even up to two weeks prior to the “official” entries, so it’s just a matter of doing the research and becoming familiar with the “probable” line ups for each race. Once the entries have been officially taken and the post-positions and morning line odds are set, you can fine tune your picks for each race.

Which Horses To Back 

Handicapping the Breeders’ Cup can be a tough task. Not only are most of the horses fairly accomplished at some level, with stakes wins in their record, you also have horses shipping in from overseas, others that are top contenders that have never raced against each other, younger horses taking on older rivals for the first time, and almost always a couple of longshots waiting in the weeds to spring an upset.

For these reasons, its important to stick to  handicapping strategies that are proven over time, for example, giving consideration to horses that are going into the BC as their second or third race off a layoff, when conventional wisdom states that horses are at the peak of their conditioning.

Pay Attention To The Favorites & Odds

Along the same lines, it’s important to pay attention to the odds and favorites. While it can be very tempting to swing for the fences at the Breeders’ Cup and try to hit big win payouts with longshots, double-digit winners tend to be the exception, not the rule. Looking at the 2016 Breeders’ Cup, while there were a few winners in the 4-1 to 8-1 range, in only three of the races was the winner in double-digit odds, and only in the Juvenile Fillies could the winner be considered a big bomb at 34-1.

On the other hand, while only one favorite on the tote board won a race – that in the Turf Sprint – the race favorite finished second six times, and third twice, meaning the favorite finished in the top three in nine of the 13 races, or 69% of the time. This matches almost exactly with the old rule of thumb that favorites finish in the money roughly two-thirds of the time. In addition, the second favorite on the tote board won two races and finished in the money three other times, so of the 39 top-three spots available in the 13 races, the first or second favorite claimed 14 of them.

As mentioned earlier, the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be run on Friday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 4th, from Del Mar Race Track.

Breeders’ Cup Results

Here’s a look at the 2016 Breeders’ Cup results.

Juvenile Turf – Oscar Performance won the race by 1 1/4 lengths at odds of 7-1. It was his third straight win, and followed a win in the (G3) Pilgrim Stakes. Lancaster Bomber (8-1) was second, and favorite Good Samaritan (3-1) was third.

Dirt Mile – Tamarkuz won by 3 1/2 legths at odds of 12-1. He had previously finished 2nd in the (G2) Kelso at Belmont Park. He was followed by Gun Runner (4-1) and Accelerate at 43-1.

Juvenile Fillies Turf – New Money Honey won by 1/2 length at odds of 7-1. She had previously won the (G3) Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont Park. She was followed by Coasted (24-1) and Cavale Doree (15-1).

Distaff – Beholder won by a nose at odds of 4-1. She had previously finished 2nd in the (G1) Zenyatta Stakes. The favorite, Songbird (1-1) and Forever Unbridled (15-1) finished 2nd and 3rd.

Juvenile Fillies – Champagne Room won by 3/4 length at odds of 34-1. She had previously finished fourth in the (G1) Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita. Valadoma (7-1) and favorite American Gal (4-1) were 2nd and 3rd.  

Filly & Mare Turf – Queen’s Trust (8-1) won by a nose over the favorite Lady Eli (2-1) and Avenge (18-1). She had previously finished 3rd in a Group 1 race in the UK.

Sprint – Drefong won by 1 1/4 lengths at odds of 4-1. He had previously won the (G1) King’s Bishop Stakes at Saratoga. The favorite Masochistic (2-1) ran 2nd but was disqulified after the race, with Mind Your Biscuits (15-1) 3rd.

Turf Sprint – Obviously won by a nose as the 4-1 favorite, after running third in the (G2) City of Hope Stakes at Santa Anita. Om (7-1) and Pure Sensation (15-1) were 2nd and 3rd.

Juvenile – Classic Empire won by a neck at odds of 5-1. He has previously won the (G1) Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland. The favorite Not This Time (3-1) was second, and Pracitical Joke (8-1) was 3rd.

Turf – Highland Reel won by 1 3/4 lengths at odds of 4-1, after finishing 2nd in the (G1) Arc d’Triomphe in France. He was follwed by favored Flintshire (2-1) and Found (3-1).

Filly & Mare Sprint – Finest City won by 3/4 of a length at odds of 8-1, after running 2nd in the (G2) John Mabee Stakes  at Del Mar. Wavell Avenue (14-1) and Paulasilverlining (15-1) were 2nd and 3rd.

Mile – Tourist won by a 1/2 length at odds of 12-1, after previously finishing 3rd in the (G1) Shadwell Mile at Keeneland. Tepin (4-1) and Midnight Storm (13-1) were 2nd and 3rd.

Classic – Arrogate won by 1/2 length at odds of 2-1, after previously winning the (G1) Travers at Saratoga. California Chrome was the favorite at 1-1 and ran 2nd, Keen Ice (32-1) was 3rd.