Tips For Betting The Breeders’ Cup
Horse racing’s biggest two-day event of the year takes place this weekend with the annual 14-race Breeders Cup. This year’s event will be held at Santa Anita Park in Southern California. There are five events on Friday’s card, this Nov. 1 and nine more races on Saturday, Nov. 2. All told, there is $30 million up for grabs in total prize money.
Betting the Breeders’ Cup is what makes this event so great. There is something for everyone on the two-day card leading right up to Saturday night’s BC Classic for the best three years and older thoroughbred racers in the world. Given the high quality of the field for each of the 14 races, you need to be at your best when it comes to handicapping each event.
Know Your Trainers, Jockeys and Post Positions
The Breeders’ Cup is made up of the ‘best of the best’ in horse racing. This includes the trainers of the horses and the jockeys riding them. This places more value on favorites when betting the races, but it also produces deeper fields in all 14 events.
Quite a few different competitors have actually qualified to run in these due to their past performances, but you should wait until the field for any event is finalized before getting too deep into your handicapping efforts. Since a few of the races are similar in nature, a trainer may decide to run a particular horse in one race over another if they happened to have qualified for each event.
For example, there is the BC Dirt Mile and the BC Classic which is 1 ¼ mile in distance. Often times there is some crossover between the two races when it comes to the possible field. The Dirt Mile is a big event, but the annual $6 million Classic is the biggest race on the two-day card.
By knowing a horse’s trainer, jockey and post position for the race they are going to run, you can get the full picture of that race from a betting standpoint.
Watch The Betting Odds
Betting odds for each of the 14 Breeders’ Cup races will not be released until the field is finalized and the post positions have been drawn. Once this taken place during the week leading up to Friday & Saturday’s card, the morning line odds will be released.
To give yourself a better idea of which horses are the favorites to win, place or show, you can refer to the Breeders’ Cup futures odds that are posted ahead of time at some of the top-rated online sportsbook taking action on this event. Once again, the field might not yet be finalized. This means you could find future odds posted for horses that will not actually run that race.
Once the official morning lines have been released, the betting odds will begin to move based on the early betting money coming in. The odds will continue to change right up until post time of a particular race. That is why professional horse handicappers do not place their bets until minutes before the horses go off.
Expand Your Betting Options
Along with the win, place and show options for betting any horse race, you also have the standard exacta (first two) and trifecta (first three) betting options. Given just how big the Breeders’ Cup is, you can expand those basic options by betting on the races at one of those top-rated online race sportsbooks. They will add betting odds for specific props for each race as well as head-to-head racing odds between two different competitors in the field. It is also a smart move to shop your Breeders’ Cup betting options from one book to the next.