The Breeders’ Cup is one of the most highly anticipated events on the sports calendar, and this year’s event is being held at Santa Anita Park in California for the ninth time in its history. The Arcadia, Calif. track will host two days of top-class thoroughbred action on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2.
There will be a total of 14 Breeders’ Cup races with a purse of over $30 million available across the cards. The opening day offers a glimpse into the future with five juvenile contests taking place, and that will be followed by some of the most talented 3-year-olds in the country taking to the track just 24 hours later.
Breeders’ Cup Betting 2019
Although there are 14 Breeders’ Cup races on the cards, the most-talked-about event is the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which comes with a purse of $6 million. This contest takes place on the night of Nov. 2 and is held on the dirt track at a distance of 1 ¼ miles. It is a Grade I contest and is open to 3-year-olds and above.
Many horse racing fans enjoy placing a wager across the two days with a flurry of Breeders’ Cup betting activity taking place in the run-up to the event. Handicappers are able to wager on all 14 races at the Breeders’ Cup, although the Classic tends to attract more money than any other contest.
Other popular races include the Breeders’ Cup Turf, the Breeders’ Cup Mile, and the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.
2018 BC recap
The 2018 Breeders’ Cup was held at Churchill Downs with over 112,000 spectators heading to Louisville to enjoy the two-day extravaganza.
Accelerate was the star of the show with a fifth Grade I win in the BC Classic. Although the absence of the newly-retired Justify was keenly felt, the John Sadler-trained chestnut was foot perfect in the showpiece event.
It was just his second run outside of California, and he managed to overcome the wide draw by taking the lead in the stretch to win by a single length. Joel Rosario’s mount beat Gunnevera and Thunder Snow. The California Derby winner went into the contest at the top of the Breeders’ Cup betting, fractionally ahead of McKinzie, who was only able to finish in 12th place.
The BC Turf is one the longest contests on the card and is staged over 1 1/2 miles. The 2018 contest was won by John Gosden’s Enable, who had been shipped over from Europe. She became the first horse to win both the Arc and the BC Turf in the same year and managed to pull clear of Aidan O’Brien’s Magical in the stretch.
Other notable winners at the 2018 Breeders’ Cup included Monomoy Girl (BC Distaff), Expert Eye (BC Mile), Roy H (BC Sprint) and Stormy Liberal (BC Turf Sprint).
Previous BC Classic winners
A number of world-class thoroughbreds have written their names into the history books with victories in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. There hasn’t been a back-to-back winner of the contest since 2001 when Tiznow became the only horse (to date) to complete the feat.
- 2018 – Accelerate
- 2017 – Gun Runner
- 2016 – Arrogate
- 2015 – American Pharoah
- 2014 – Bayern
- 2013 – Mucho Macho Man
- 2012 – Fort Larned
- 2011 – Drosselmeyer
- 2010 – Blame
- 2009 – Zenyatta
- 2008 – Raven’s Pass
Very few fans are lucky enough to have the time or money to attend the Breeders’ Cup Championship, although it is now easier than ever before to follow all of the action across the two days from the comfort of your own home.
NBC and NBC Sports will offer build-up and reaction to the two-day event with full coverage also available on its website.
Fans can also enjoy all of the action by downloading the Breeders’ Cup app, which is available at both the App Store and the Google Play store. There is also a live stream option available on the official Breeders’ Cup website, which is incredibly easy to access.
Facebook Live will also be showing every single race from this year’s prestigious event.
There are numerous ways to tune into the Breeders’ Cup 2019, so there’s no excuse for missing out!
BC Classic odds
|Post position / Horse||Odds||Jockey / Trainer|
|1. Math Wizard||30-1||Ricardo Santana Jr.|
Saffie Joseph Jr.
|2. Seeking the Soul||20-1||B. Hernandez Jr.|
|3. Owendale||15-1||Javier Castellano|
|4. War of Will||20-1||Tyler Gaffalione|
|5. Yoshida (JPN)||8-1||Mike Smith|
|6. Elate||6-1||Jose Ortiz|
|7. Higher Power||6-1||Flavien Prat|
|8. McKinzie||3-1||Joel Rosario|
|9. Mongolian Groom||12-1||A. Cedillo|
|10. Vino Rosso||4-1||Irad Ortiz Jr.|
|11. Code of Honor||4-1||John Velazquez|
BC betting – types of bets
There are numerous ways to wager with the main Breeders’ Cup online betting sites this year, and there are plenty of different betting options available ahead for each race.
Once you’ve chosen your race and selected your horse, you’ll be asked which type of bet you’d like to place.
Win: This is the simplest method of wagering and requires your chosen horse to be first past the wire. The returns can be very rewarding for a successful win bet, though with several high-quality fields lining up at the Breeders’ Cup, it can get extremely competitive.
Place: There is a little more flexibility when it comes to a place bet with payouts for first- and second-place finishers.
Show: Show bets allow players to predict a horse to finish in the top three positions. This is extremely handy at the Breeders’ Cup with a large number of 14-runner fields going to post. Horses at bigger odds are handy for these types of wagers.
Exacta: This bet is a little more complex and involves predicting the two horses who will occupy first and second positions. Boxing the exacta allows them to finish 1-2 in any order. This can often lead to sizeable payouts, particularly at the Breeders’ Cup.
Trifecta: As above, but with the first three horses to pass the wire.
Superfecta: As above, but with the first four horses to pass the wire.
Daily Double: This involves correctly choosing the winner of two consecutive races on the card. The online bookmaker will usually specify which races are involved in the daily double. This can lead to decent-sized payouts.
Pick 3: As above, but with three consecutive races on the card.
Pick 4: As above, but with four consecutive races on the card.
Pick 6: As above, but with six consecutive races on the card.
Online horse betting vs. In-person horse betting
The online betting industry has enabled more Breeders’ Cup betting opportunities than ever before. It is far more convenient to bet on the Breeders’ Cup from the comfort of your own home than head down to the race track itself.
Players can download the apps or wager directly through the main site. It is incredibly convenient and ideal for horse racing fans who lead busy lifestyles.
The addition of online streaming now also allows players to enjoy each of the 14 races through various platforms and have the pictures beamed into their living room at no extra cost.
Although in-person betting is understandably still extremely popular, online betting is fast, efficient, and the payouts are instant.
There’s no excuse for forgetting to have a bet on the Breeders’ Cup this year with all of the information and tools at your fingertips ahead of this iconic two-day sporting showdown.