Breeders’ Cup entries: 2019 World Championship races

Code of Honor is among the favorites for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic when the $6 million race is run Saturday. (Photo credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports)

The Breeders’ Cup is one of the most anticipated events on the sports calendar, and Breeders’ Cup entries help kick off the excitement once officially released. The competition moves between racetracks, and although a handful of Grade I races take place throughout December, it is widely viewed as the conclusion to the North American racing season.

Breeders’ Cup picks and odds: $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic heads Saturday races

Handicappers begin their preparations for the contests months in advance, although the Breeders’ Cup entries and post positions aren’t officially announced until just a few days before. Pre-entries give us a good indication of which thoroughbreds could be taking part and which trainers could be targeting a particular race. 

A maximum of 14 Breeders’ Cup horses are eligible to take part in each race.

Betting odds are available throughout the majority of the year, although the final fields may change significantly in the run-up to the competition. This can be affected by injuries, retirements and the results of various qualifying races that are staged over a 10-month period.

2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic entries

2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic – 3YO & Up, 1 1/4M, $6 million, Saturday at 8:44 p.m. ET

Post position / HorseBreeders’ Cup oddsJockey / Trainer 
1. Math Wizard30-1Ricardo Santana Jr.
Saffie Joseph Jr.
2. Seeking the Soul20-1B. Hernandez Jr.
Dallas Stewart
3. Owendale15-1Javier Castellano
Brad Cox
4. War of Will20-1Tyler Gaffalione
Mark Casse

5. Yoshida (JPN)8-1Mike Smith
Bill Mott
6. Elate6-1Jose Ortiz
Bill Mott
7. Higher Power6-1Flavien Prat
John Sadler
8. McKinzie3-1Joel Rosario
Bob Baffert
9. Mongolian Groom12-1A. Cedillo
Enebish Ganbat
10. Vino Rosso4-1Irad Ortiz Jr.
Todd Pletcher
11. Code of Honor4-1John Velazquez
Shug McGaughey

Friday, November 1

BC Juvenile Turf Sprint – 2YO, 5F, $1 million, 4:12 p.m. ET

Post position / Horse Breeders’ Cup odds Jockey / Trainer 
1. Chimney Rock10-1Jose Ortiz
Michael Maker
2. Band Practice (IRE)12-1Jamie Spencer
Archie Watson
3. Another Miracle15-1Manny Franco
Gary Contessa
4. Dream Shot (IRE)15-1Christopher Hayes
James Tate
5. Encoder15-1Flavien Prat
John Sadler
6. Alligator Alley (GB)12-1Wayne Lordan
Joseph O’Brien
7. Kimari7-2John Velazquez
Wesley Ward
8. Dr Simpson (FR)15-1Richard Kingscote
Tom Dascombe
9. Four Wheel Drive3-1Irad Ortiz Jr.
Wesley Ward
10. A’Ali (IRE)6-1Frank Dettori
Simon Crisford
11. King Neptune15-1Ryan Moore
Aidan O’Brien
12. Cambria12-1Tyler Gaffalione
Wesley Ward
13. Bulletproof One (AE)12-1Javier Castellano
Peter Miller
14. Air Force Jet (GB) (AE)12-1Wayne Lordan
Joseph O’Brien
15. Fore Left (AE)15-1Mario Gutierrez
Doug O’Neill
16. Karak (AE)15-1Julio Garcia
Wesley Ward

BC Juvenile Turf, 2YO, 1M, $1 million, 4:52 p.m. ET

Post position / Horse Breeders’ Cup odds Jockey / Trainer 
1. Our Country15-1John Velazquez
George Weaver
2. Structor5-1Jose Ortiz
Chad Brown
3. Peace Achieved10-1Miguel Mena
Mark Casse
4. Decorated Invader4-1Irad Ortiz Jr.
Christophe Clement
5. Vitalogy (GB)10-1Javier Castellano
Brendan Walsh
6. Graceful Kitten15-1Hector Berrios
Amador Merei Sanchez
7. Andesite12-1Joel Rosario
Brad Cox
8. Billy Batts20-1Paco Lopez
Peter Miller
9. Gear Jockey20-1Tyler Gaffalione
George R. Arnold II
10. War Beast20-1Abel Cedillo
Doug O’Neill
11. Proven Strategies30-1Edgar Zayas
Mark Casse
12. Arizona (IRE)5-2Ryan Moore
Aidan O’Brien
13. Fort Myers12-1Wayne Lordan
Aidan O’Brein
14. Hit the Road10-1Flavien Prat
Dan Blacker
15. Deviant (AE)30-1Lane Luzzi
Danny Pish

BC Juvenile Fillies – 2YO Fillies, 1 1/16M, $2 million, 5:32 p.m. ET

Post position / Horse Breeders’ Cup oddsJockey / Trainer 
1. Donna Veloce3-1Flavien Prat
Simon Callaghan
2. Two Sixty15-1Edgard Zayas
Mark Casse
3. Perfect Alibi10-1Irad Ortiz Jr.
Mark Casse
4. British Idiom7-2Javier Castellano
Brad Cox
5. Lazy Daisy12-1Rafael Bejarano
Doug O’Neill
6. Bast7-2John Velazquez
Bob Baffert
7. Wicked Whisper7-2Joel Rosario
Steve Asmussen
8. K P Dreamin20-1Ruben Fuentes
Jeff Mullins
9. Comical8-1Abel Cedillo
Doug O’Neill

BC Juvenile Fillies Turf – 2YO Fillies, 1M, $1 million, 6:12 p.m. ET

Post position / Horse Breeders’ Cup odds Jockey / Trainer 
1. Living In The Past (IRE)15-1Daniel Tudhope
Karl Burke
2. Croughavouke (IRE)20-1Flavien Pra
tJeff Mullins
3. Shadn (IRE)10-1Jamie Spencer
Andrew M. Balding
4. Abscond15-1Irad Ortiz Jr.
Eddie Kenneally

5. Daahyeh (GB)5-1William Buick
Roger Varian
6. Unforgetable (IRE)20-1Wayne Lordan
Joseph O’Brien
7. Crystalle8-1Joel Rosario
John Kimmel
8. Tango (IRE)10-1Ryan Moore
Aidan O’Brien
9. Albigna (IRE)9-2Shane Foley
Mrs. John Harrington
10. Fair Maiden12-1Drayden Van Dyke
Eoin G. Harty
11. Sharing12-1Manny Franco
Graham Motion
12. Sweet Melania5-1Jose Ortiz
Todd Pletcher

13. Selflessly8-1Javier Castellano
Chad Brown
14. Etoile12-1Frank Dettori
Adian O’Brien

BC Juvenile – 2YO, 1 1/16M, $2 million, 7:03 p.m.

Post position / Horse Breeders’ Cup odds Jockey / Trainer 
1. Dennis’ Moment8-5Irad Ortiz Jr.
Dale Romans
2. Wrecking Crew20-1Paco Lopez
Peter Miller
3. Shoplifted20-1Ricardo Santana Jr.
Steve Asmussen
4. Storm the Court20-1Flavien Prat
Peter Eurton
5. Scabbard8-1Mike Smith
Eddie Kenneally
6. Eight Rings2-1John Velazquez
Bob Baffert
7. Anneau d’Or15-1Juan Hernandez
Blaine Wright
8. Full Flat30-1Yutaka Take
Hideyuki Mori
9. Maxfield3-1Jose Ortiz
Brendan Walsh

Saturday, November 2

BC Filly & Mare Sprint – 3YO & Up F&M, 7F, $ 1 million, 2:55 p.m. ET

Post position / Horse Breeders’ Cup odds Jockey / Trainer 
1. Covfefe2-1Joel Rosario
Brad Cox
2. Danuska’s My Girl20-1Geovanni Franco
Dan Ward
3. Heavenhasmynikki20-1Ricardo Santana Jr.
Robert Hess Jr.
4. Come Dancing5-2Javier Castellano
Carlos Martin
5. Lady Ninja10-1Drayden Van Dyke
Richard Baltas
6. Bellafina6-1Flavien Prat
Simon Callaghan
7. Selcourt10-1Luis Saez
John W. Sadler
8. Dawn the Destroyer12-1Tyler Gaffalione
Kiaran McLaughlin
9. Spiced Perfection4-1John Velazquez
Peter Miller

BC Turf Sprint – 3YO & Up, 5F, $1 million, 3:33 p.m. ET

Post position / Horse Breeders’ Cup odds Jockey / Trainer 
1. Totally Boss5-1Jose Ortiz
George Arnold II
2. Pure Sensation5-1Paco Lopez
Christophe Clement
3. Imprimis8-1Frank Dettori
Joseph Orseno
4. Shekky Shebaz12-1Irad Ortiz Jr.
Jason Servis
5. Stubbins12-1Flavien Prat
Doug O’Neill
6. Stormy Liberal8-1John Velazquez
Peter Miller
7. Leinster8-1Tyler Gaffalione
George Arnold II
8. Legends of War20-1Rafael Bejarano
Doug O’Neill
9. Final Frontier6-1Luis Saez
Thomas Albertrani
10. Eddie Haskell9-2Joel Rosario
Mark Glatt
11. Om15-1Manny Franco
Peter Miller
12. Belvoir Bay (GB)12-1Javier Castellano
Peter Miller
13. Girls Know Best (AE)20-1Joe Bravo
Eddie Kenneally
14. Double Touch (GB) (AE)30-1John Velazquez
John Sadler

BC Dirt Mile – 3YO & Up, 1M, $1 million, 4:10 p.m. ET

Post position / Horse Breeders’ Cup odds Jockey / Trainer 
1. Giant Expectations12-1Jose Ortiz
Peter Eurton
2. Improbable3-1Rafael Bajerano
Bob Baffert
3. Spun to Run6-1Irad Ortiz Jr.
Juan Carlos Guerrero
4. Mr. Money6-1Gabriel Saez
Bret Calhoun
5. Omaha Beach8-5Mike Smith
Richard Mandella
6. Ambassadorial30-1Jamie Spencer
Jane Chapple-Hyam
7. Coal Front6-1Javier Castellano
Todd Pletcher
8. Blue Chipper20-1Flavien Prat
Kim Young Kwan
9. Diamond Oops15-1Julien Leparoux
Patrick Biancone
10. Snapper Sinclair30-1Ricardo Santana Jr.
Steve Asmussen

BC Filly & Mare Turf – 3YO & Up F&M, 1 1/4M, $2 million, 4:54 p.m. ET

Post position / Horse Breeders’ Cup odds Jockey / Trainer 
1. Iridessa (IRE)8-1Wayne Lordan
Joseph O’Brien
2. Sistercharlie (IRE)8-5John Velazquez
Chad Brown
3. Fleeting (IRE)6-1Ryan Moore
Aidan O’Brien
4. Billesdon Brook (GB)10-1Sean Levey
Richard Hannon
5. Mirth20-1Mike Smith
Phil D’Amato
6. Thais (FR)30-1Manny Franco
Chad Brown
7. Vasilika8-1Flavien Prat
Dan Ward
8. Castle Lady (IRE)15-1Mickael Barzalona
Henri Alex Pantall
9. Villa Marina (GB)8-1Olivier Preslier
Carlos Laffon-Parias
10. Mrs. Sippy8-1Joel Rosario
Graham Motion
11. Just Wonderfil20-1Willaim Buick
Aidan O’Brien
12. Fanny Logan (IRE)15-1Frank Detorri
John Gosden

BC Sprint – 3YO & Up, 6F, $2 million, 5:36 p.m. ET

Post position / Horse Breeders’ Cup odds Jockey / Trainer 
1. Catalina Cruiser4-1Joel Rosario
John Sadler
2. Hog Creek Hustle20-1Mike Smith
Vickie Foley
3. Firenze Fire12-1Irad Ortiz Jr.
Jason Servis
4. Mitole9-5Ricardo Santana Jr.
Steve Asmussen
5. Engage15-1John Velazquez
Steve Asmussen
6. Shancelot4-1Jose Ortiz
Jorge Navarro
7. Whitmore15-1Flavien Prat
Ron Moquett
8. Landeskog12-1Abel Cedillo
Doug O’Neill
9. Imperial Hint4-1Javier Castellano
Luis Carvajal Jr.
10. Matera Sky30-1Yutaka Take
Hideyuki Mori

BC Mile – 3YO & Up, 1M, $2 million, 6:20 p.m. ET

Post position / Horse Breeders’ Cup odds Jockey / Trainer 
1. Suedois (FR)20-1Javier Castellano
David O’Meara
2. Lucullan12-1Luis Saez
Kiaran McLaughlin
3. Space Traveller (GB)12-1Daniel Tudhope
Richard Fahey
4. Trais Fluors (GB)20-1William James Lee
Ken Condon
5. True Valour (IRE)20-1Drayden Van Dyke
Simon Calaghan
6. Got Stormy7-2Tyler Gaffalione
Mark Casse
7. Bolo30-1Julien Leparoux
Carla Gaines
8. El Tormenta12-1Eurico Da Silva
Gail Cox
9. Circus Maximus (IRE)3-1Ryan Moore
Aidan O’Brien
10. Without Parole (GB)20-1Irad Ortiz Jr.
Chad Brown
11. Uni (GB)7-2Joel Rosario
Chad Brown
12. Lord Glitters (FR)12-1Jamie Spencer
David O’Meara
13. Hey Gaman (GB)12-1Frank Detorri
James Tate
14. Bowies Hero12-1Flavien Prat
Philip D’Amato
15. Caribou Club (AE)30-1Joe Talamo
Thomas Proctor
16. Next Shares (AE)15-1John Velazquez
Richard Baltas

BC Distaff – 3YO & UP F&M, 1 1/8M, $2 million, 7 p.m. ET

Post position / Horse Breeders’ Cup odds Jockey / Trainer 
1. Paradise Woods5-1A. Cedillo
John Shirreffs
2. Ollie’s Candy15-1Joel Rosario
John Sadler
3. Street Band10-1Sophie Doyle
Larry Jones
4. Midnight Bisou6-5Mike Smith
Steve Asmussen
5. Dunbar Road6-1Jose Ortiz
Chad Brown
6. Wow Cat (CHI)15-1Irad Ortiz Jr.
Chad Brown
7. Secret Spice10-1John Velazquez
Richard Baltas
8. La Force (GER)30-1Drayden Van Dyke
Patrick Gallagher
9. Serengeti Empress12-1Flavien Prat
Tom Amoss
10. Mo See Cal30-1Paco Lopez
Peter Miller
11. Blue Prize (ARG)6-1Joe Bravo
Ignacio Correas

BC Turf – 3YO & Up, 1 1/2M, $4 million, 7:40 p.m. ET

Post position / Horse Breeders’ Cup odds Jockey / Trainer 
1. Zulu Alpha20-1Jose Ortiz
Mike Maker
2. Acclimate20-1Martin Garcia
Philip D’Amato
3. United20-1Flavien Prat
Richard Mandella
4. Mount Everest (IRE)15-1Wayne Lordan
Aidan O’Brien
5. Anthony Van Dyck (IRE)3-1Ryan Moore
Aidan O’Brien
6. Channel Cat15-1Luis Saez
Todd Pletcher
7. Alounak (FR)20-1Clement Lecoeuvre
Waldemar Hickst
8. Bandua20-1Tyler Gaffalione
Jack Sisterson
9. Brick and Mortar9-5Irad Ortiz Jr.
Chad Brown
10. Old Persian (GB)4-1William Buick
Charlie Appleby
11. Arklow12-1Javier Castellano
Brad Cox
12. Channel Maker10-1John Velazquez
Bill Mott

Breeders’ Cup race schedule

There are 14 Breeders’ Cup races in total, with every single contest offering a significant purse. Although the Breeders’ Cup Classic attracts the highest quality field, Friday’s Juvenile card is also extremely popular as it offers a glimpse into the future and a look at some of the sport’s most talented up-and-coming thoroughbreds. 

Breeders’ Cup: 2019 post times and wagering menus

There are a number of races that attract a significant handle and are extremely popular with bettors.

Breeders’ Cup Classic – Saturday, November 2 at 8:44 p.m. ET

This $6 million race attracts an extremely high caliber of entries, and the contest always features a number of household names. Recent winners include Accelerate, Arrogate, and American Pharoah.. 

It is open to horses aged three years and older, and it rarely fails to deliver on drama and excitement. The contest is extremely competitive, and horses rarely go back-to-back in this race. It is the unofficial final race on the championship schedule and is the perfect way to bring the curtain down on the North American racing season.

This contest tends to attract an international field, although non-US thoroughbreds tend to have a fairly poor record in the Classic.

Breeders’ Cup Fillies and Mares Sprint – Saturday, November 2, at 2:55 p.m. ET 

This race attracts a suitably competitive set of Breeders’ Cup entries with the fillies and mares taking on their own sex. It is open to horses aged 3 and older and is competed over seven furlongs. This is the first BC race on Saturday’s card and is the perfect way to kick off a competitive day of action.

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile – Saturday, November 2, at 4:10 p.m. ET 

Another popular race which takes place Saturday is the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, and this is competed over one mile. It is open to 3-year-olds and is a weight-for-age stakes race. The race has been run every year since 2007 with recent winners including City of Light and Tapizar. There is a purse of $1 million available for this contest.

Breeders’ Cup Sprint – Saturday, November 2, at 5:36 p.m. ET 

The fifth race on Saturday’s card is the BC Sprint, and this regularly attracts a high-quality field, with this set of Breeders’ Cup entries showcasing some of North America’s fastest thoroughbreds. It is held over six furlongs and is open to 3-year-olds and above. This race has been held annually since 1984, and trainer Bob Baffert has enjoyed plenty of success in this event over the last couple of decades.

Breeders’ Cup Turf – Saturday, November 2, at 7:40 p.m. ET

The penultimate contest on the Breeders’ Cup schedule is the Turf race, which is open to 3-year-olds and above. It is a weight-for-age contest with a purse of $4 million. 

European runners have a particularly good record in this event, with recent winners including Enable, St Nicholas Abbey, and Conduit.

Breeders’ Cup World Championship – full schedule 

Friday, November 1 Time (ET)
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint 4:12 p.m. 
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf 4:52 p.m. 
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies 5:32 p.m.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf 6:12 p.m. 
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile7:03 p.m. 
Saturday, November 2Time (ET) 
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint 2:55 p.m. 
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint 3:33 p.m. 
Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile 4:10 p.m. 
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf 4:54 p.m. 
Breeders’ Cup Sprint5:36 p.m. 
Breeders’ Cup Mile 6:20 p.m. 
Breeders’ Cup Distaff7:00 p.m. 
Breeders’ Cup Turf 7:40 p.m. 
Breeders’ Cup Classic 8:44 p.m. 

Breeders’ Cup Favorites 2019

The betting markets have been available for months and the ever-changing nature of the sport has resulted in plenty of seismic shifts at the top. There are a number of strong Breeders’ Cup favorites who will be highly fancied to enter the winner’s enclosure at the beginning of November.

Breeders’ Cup Classic

With Accelerate having retired earlier in 2019, McKinzie has been installed as the likely favorite for the Classic. Baffert’s star is one of the standout Breeders’ Cup entries this year, though he was only able to finish 12th in last year’s event.

McKinzie secured the Whitney Stakes at Saratoga at the beginning of August, although the 4-year-old was subsequently beaten in the Grade I Awesome Again at Santa Anita. Despite winning just one of his last five visits to the California track, he remains strong at the top of the betting market. He is narrowly ahead of Code of Honor and Yoshida.

Breeders’ Cup Mile

Circus Maximus is the clear favorite for the Mile event. The Aidan O’Brien-trained runner was last seen securing the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp and will be looking to make it back-to-back successes. Got Stormy and Bricks and Mortar are two other Breeders’ Cup contenders who will be expected to run well at Santa Anita.

Breeders’ Cup Turf

The aforementioned Bricks and Mortar has two Breeders’ Cup entries and sits atop the betting for the Turf. The Chad Brown runner is understandably the favorite, having won eight of 10 starts, and he will be looking to end the recent European dominance in this contest. Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck is the second favorite, while Magical and Old Persian are also among the main contenders.

Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Midnight Bisou is likely to be one of the most popular bets of the Breeders’ Cup 2019. She is likely to go off at prohibitive odds, having won seven races in a row coming into the Distaff. 

With 12 victories in 17 lifetime starts, she will be tough to beat and is a long way clear of Elate and Dunbar Road in the betting. She has been victorious in each of her three starts at this track and ran superbly in the Santa Anita Oaks. It’s no surprise that she has already been tipped up by a number of handicappers.

Breeders’ Cup draw

The Breeders’ Cup entries will get whittled down, and the all-important draw will be made on Oct. 28. This will take place at Santa Anita and will give handicappers five days to plot the potential flow of the race.

The draw will decide the post position of each runner, and this could be a deciding factor in many of these contests – particularly the sprints.

Most of the races will feature a full complement of 14 runners, although some events have only received 11 pre-entries.

The outcome of the draw will also affect the betting odds and could have a significant impact on these markets. It’s advised to keep an eye out for any movements on Monday night.

Breeders’ Cup entries qualifications

Breeders’ Cup entries are required to qualify for the two-day event by competing in a series of races throughout the year.

The ‘Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series is one way of booking a place at the event, and this automatically awards a place to the winner of a set number of races across multiple continents. 

There were 86 qualifying races in total this year, including the Shoemaker Mile (Santa Anita), February Stakes (Tokyo), Queen Anne Stakes (Royal Ascot), Haskell Invitational (Monmouth), Arlington Million (Arlington), Moyglare Stud Stakes (Leopardstown) and Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe (Longchamp).

Breeders’ Cup: 2019 World Championship betting

The last “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup race of the year was the Jessamine Stakes, which took place at Keeneland at the beginning of October.

The second way of qualifying for the Breeders’ Cup is based on a points system. Runners are ranked according to their performances in major races and receive a number of points for each run.

Naturally, a higher number of points will be awarded to runners who are first past the post in Grade I events. Points will also be awarded to horses who place in Grade II and Grade III contests.

Finally, Breeders’ Cup entries can also be selected by a panel of experts, who will pick out standout performers to compete at the annual event.

This tends to result in a number of hugely competitive fields, which are likely to contain a decent mix of thoroughbreds, all of whom have qualified through a variety of different methods.

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