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.
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Del Mar, Saratoga Meets to Feature Nine Breeders Cup Challenge Races
The Road to the 2014 Breeders’ Cup heats up this summer, with Del Mar and Saratoga opening this week and featuring nine Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” races during their meetings.
The winners of Breeders’ Cup Challenge races earn an automatic starting spot in the corresponding race and a shot at a share of $26 million in purses and rewards in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, contested this year on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Del Mar opened its doors for their summer meeting on Thursday, with the first Win and You’re In” race coming up on July 27 with the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (G1), with the winner earning an automatic starting spot in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1).
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge action at Saratoga starts with the $1.5 million Whitney Handicap (G1), a 1 1/8 mile test for older horses on the main track. The winner earns an automatic spot in the starting gate for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).
Among those pointing toward the Whitney is Palace Malice, who is perfect in four starts this year, last out winning the Met Mile (G1) at Belmont Park on June 7.
Del Mar Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races:
July 27: Bing Crosby Stakes (Turf Sprint)
Aug. 2: Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (Distaff)
Aug. 23: Del Mar Handicap (Turf)
Aug. 24: Pat O’Brien Stakes (Sprint)
Aug. 24: TVG Pacific Classic (Classic)
Saratoga Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races:
Aug. 2: Whitney Handicap (Classic)
Aug. 23: Ballerina Stakes (Filly & Mare Sprint)
Aug. 24: Person Ensign Handicap (Distaff)
Aug. 30: Forego Handicap (Sprint)
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.
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