2014 Breeders Cup
Breeders Cup Odds
Among mainstream sports fans, there is no bigger race than the Kentucky Derby. Among horse racing fans and horse bettors, there is no bigger series of races than the Breeders Cup.
Every autumn, the best horses in the world gather for the world championships and the chance to earn millions in prize money.
Not surprisingly, finding the best Breeders Cup odds has become a challenge as this event (at Churchill Downs in 2011 and Santa Anita in 2012) continues to soar in popularity.
Betting on Breeders Cup odds has become the biggest handicapping thrill of the year, surpassing even the Triple Crown races from the spring.
This site aims to provide novice and passionate horse racing fans with the best horse racing news, picks, odds and tutorials.
Moreno Favored to Win Woodward at Saratoga
Whitney (G1) winner Moreno is the morning line favorite for Saturday’s $600,000 Woodward (G1) at Saratoga and another victory would lower his Breeders’ Cup Classic future odds, which currently are listed at 14-1.
Trained by Eric Guilot, the colt jumped out to the early lead in the Whitney and never looked back, pulling off the upset and returning $22.00 for a $2 wager. The gelding ran well at Saratoga last summer as well, checking in third in the Jim Dandy (G2) and then getting beaten in the Travers (G1) by just a nose to Will Take Charge.
He faces nine foes in the Woodward including Itsmyluckyday, who is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line and the runner up in the Whitney. The colt is currently listed at 25-1 in Breeders’ Cup Classic future odds.
The favorite for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic is the undefeated three-year-old Shared Belief, who won the Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar last Sunday. The colt is currently at betting odds of 15-4.
Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner California Chrome is the second choice at 4-1. The colt was fourth in the Belmont Stakes (G1) in his last start. His next start will come in the Pennsylvania Derby (G2) at Parx on Sept. 20. The connections of Shared Belief are also considering shipping to Parx for the $1 million event.
The price on Palace Malice has risen to 6-1 after the colt was a disappointing sixth in the Whitney. His trainer Todd Pletcher was pointing him toward the Woodward, but the trainer elected to skip the race after a less than stellar work. His next start likely will come in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park on Sept. 27. That race is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” race for the Classic.
Saturday’s $500,000 Forego (G1) is a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). The race drew a field of 10 led by Clearly Now, who won the Belmont Sprint (G3) in his last outing. The Brian Lynch trainee is the 7-5 morning line favorite.
The Woodward and Forego will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. ET.
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History of The Breeders’ Cup
History of The Breeders’ Cup
The brainchild of thoroughbred owner and breeder John Gaines, the Breeders’ Cup was founded in April of 1982, and in the last three decades has developed into the most prestigious events in horse racing, now a year end championship event.
First a one day event with seven races and $10 million in purses, the Breeders’ Cup has expanded over the last decade, and is now run over two days.
This year’s running at Churchill Downs will include 15 championship races with $26 million in purses, encompassing nearly every division in racing, from a five furlong sprint on turf to a 1 ¾ mile marathon on dirt.
While the Kentucky Derby still attracts more mainstream attention in the media, for horseplayers there is nothing that compares to wagering on 15 championship races with mostly full fields and the best horses from the U.S. and abroad over the two-day championship event.
Many horses will earn their way into a Breeders’ Cup race by winning a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” race.
In 2011 there are 68 Breeders’ Cup Challenge races, run at various racetracks throughout the world.
European horses have fared well shipping to the U.S. for the Breeders’ Cup, including the outstanding Goldikova, who has won the last three runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Mile, beating males.
Goldikova will go for an unprecedented fourth Mile win in 2011.
The brilliant mare is trained by Freddy Head, the only person to ride and train a Breeders’ Cup winner. Head piloted Miesque, who won the Mile in 1987 and 1988.
One of the most memorable overseas shippers to win a Breeders’ Cup race was in 1993 when Arcangues pulled off the biggest upset in Breeders’ Cup history, winning the Classic and returning $269.20 for a $2 wager.
The great mare Zenyatta became the first female to win the Classic with her popular win in 2009, and her return to the Classic to face the boys again in 2010 with a perfect record in 19 starts was one of the most anticipated races in Breeders’ Cup history.
Her valiant late run to come up just a heady short of catching Blame will go down as one of the most exciting Breeders’ Cup races of all time, and helped her win the 2010 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year.
Churchill Downs will host the 2011 Breeders’ Cup for the eighth time on Nov. 4-5.