2014 Breeders Cup
Breeders Cup Odds
Among mainstream sports fans, there is no bigger race than the Kentucky Derby, the first jewel of the Triple Crown. 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 Breeders’ Cup and the chance to earn millions in prize money and year-end championship honors.
Not surprisingly, finding the best Breeders Cup odds has become a challenge as this event continues to soar in popularity. The 31st edition of the Breeders’ Cup will be held at Santa Anita on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
Betting on Breeders Cup odds has become the biggest handicapping and betting thrill of the year, surpassing even the Triple Crown races in the spring. Over $136 million was wagered on the 2013 Breeders’ Cup races.
This site aims to provide novice and passionate fans and bettors with the best news, picks, betting odds and tutorials for horse racing’s championship event.
Breeders’ Cup Classic Favorite Shared Belief Makes Final Prep
The undefeated Shared Belief, the current favorite in early betting for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) will make his final prep for the for the big race on Saturday as the chalk in the $300,000 Awesome Again (G1) at Santa Anita.
Bovada has the Jerry Hollendorfer trainee at betting odds of 2-1 for the $5 million Classic, which will be contested on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. The colt is perfect in six career starts and is the 3-5 morning line favorite for the Awesome Again.
The three-year-old won all three of his starts as a juvenile last year, but was knocked off the Kentucky Derby trail with foot issues early this spring. The colt came back with three sharp wins, last out beating older runners in the Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar. That race was a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” race, so the colt already has his ticket and expenses paid for the year-end championship event.
If the colt can win the Awesome Again and the Breeders’ Cup Classic, he likely will overtake California Chrome for top three-year-old and Horse of the Year honors.
California Chrome, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness came off the layoff to run a disappointing sixth in the Pennsylvania Derby (G2) at Parx in his last start.
The Derby winner is currently at betting odds of 7-1 for the Classic, currently the second choice in the betting.
Shared Belief will face seven foes in the Awesome Again. The runner with the best shot of pulling off the upset is Fed Biz, a speedy runner who will be sent out by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. The five-year-old ran second in the Pat O’Brien (G1) in his last start. Two back off the layoff he won the San Diego Handicap (G2) over the polytrack at Del Mar.
The third choice Breeders’ Cup Classic betting is Wicked Strong at 8-1, who also will be in action on Saturday. The colt is the 3-1 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), which is a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Among the foes he will face is V.E. Day again as well as Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Tonalist and Whitney (G1) winner Moreno.
Wicked Strong won the Wood Memorial (G1) in April but had a rough trip in the Kentucky Derby, checking in fourth, and then was fourth in the Belmont Stakes.
The Jimmy Jerkens trainee bounced back with a victory in the Jim Dandy (G2) at Saratoga and then was beaten a nose in the Travers (G1) by his stablemate V.E. Day.
There are nine Breeders’ Cup Challenge races on Saturday, five at Santa Anita and four at Belmont Park. The action will be televised on the NBC Sports Network from 5:30 to 8:00 pm eastern.
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 Santa Anita will include 13 championship races with $26 million in purses, encompassing nearly every division in racing, from a six-furlong sprint on dirt to a 1 1/2 mile marathon on turf.
While the Kentucky Derby still attracts more mainstream attention in the media, for horseplayers there is nothing that compares to wagering on 13 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 2014, there are 71 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 mare Goldikova, who has won three runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Mile, beating males.
The brilliant mare was 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.
Mucho Macho Man got the job done in an exciting three-way photo to win the 2013 Classic after running second the previous year.
Wise Dan wrapped of 2013 Horse of the Year honors with his second win in the Breeders Cup Mile.
Santa Anita will host the 2014 Breeders’ Cup for the ninth time on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.