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.
Palace Malice Loss in Whitney Shakes Up Breeders’ Cup Classic Future Odds
Palace Malice was humming along as the prohibitive future odds betting favorite for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, but that changed on Saturday afternoon at Saratoga as the colt checked in a dull sixth in the $1.5 million Whitney Handicap.
The Todd Pletcher trainee, who won the 2013 Belmont Stakes, came into the Whitney perfect in four starts in 2014, taking the Gulfstream Park Handicap, New Orleans Handicap, Westchester and the Met Mile.
His Breeders’ Cup Classic future odds had dipped to 5-2 at Wynn in Las Vegas last week and he was sent off as the 3-5 chalk in the Whitney. The colt tracked the early pace set by Moreno but had no punch left in the stretch in a disappointing effort.
Moreno took the field gate to wire to pull off the upset, returning $22.00. The colt won for just the third time in 20 career starts, but has run well in several big spots including last year’s Travers at Saratoga where he was beaten just a nose by Will Take Charge.
The colt battled for the early lead in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic and faded to finish a well-beaten 10th. The colt was at 60-1 last week at Wynn but certainly will come down in price.
Another horse to watch is Tapiture, who won Saturday’s $750,000 West Virginia Derby by a nose over Candy Boy. Tapiture was listed at 55-1 last week at Wynn while Candy Boy was at 75-1.
At Bet365, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome is now the betting favorite for the Classic at odds of 4-1. The colt’s Triple Crown bid came up short when fourth in the Belmont Stakes.
The colt is being freshened at Los Alamitos and will have one prep for the Classic in September.
Whitney Replay: Moreno Wires Field
Breeders’ Cup Classic Future Odds from Bet365 (as of Monday Aug. 5):
California Chrome 4-1
Palace Malice 6-1
Shared Belief 10-1
Will Take Charge 12-1
Game On Dude 14-1
Ride On Curlin 25-1
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.