Two top favorites, plus a mid-range longshot, formed the trifecta during the 2019 Breeders Cup Classic. Congratulations to Vino Rosso, jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. and trainer Todd Pletcher who finished first.
McKinzie was second and High Power finished third. Here are the payouts from the 2019 Cup Classic:
Similar parity exists among the best older dirt horses in training, which should spark serious interest in the Breeders' Cup Future Odds with such a wide-open group. When it comes to horse racing odds, bettors are usually enticed by contentious betting races with large fields.
Pre-entered fields for all of the 2019 Breeders' Cup World Championship races will be announced via LIVE stream on TVG Network and on social media (Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook) on October 23, starting at 11:30 AM ET.
Official field for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, in post-position order with morning line odds, will be announced on Monday, October 28, from Santa Anita Park. The draw will be streamed LIVE at the Breeders' Cup webite.
How many Breeders' Cup races are there?
With 14 Breeders' Cup races, which are contested over a two day betting bonanza, the Breeders' Cup Series is unlike any other wagering opportunity in horse racing. The action starts with the five juvenile (races for two year-olds) on Friday and leads into the nine big main events on Saturday.
Friday Card - November 1, 2019:
4:12 PM ET: Juvenile Turf Sprint: 5 1/2 furlongs
4:52 PM ET: Juvenile Fillies Turf: 1 mile
5:32 PM ET: Juvenile Fillies Dirt: 1 1/16 miles
6:12 PM ET: Juvenile Turf : 1 mile
7:03 PM ET: Juvenile Dirt: 1 1/16 miles
Saturday Card - November 2, 2019:
2:55 PM ET - Filly & Mare Sprint: 7 Furlongs
3:35 PM ET - Turf Sprint: 5 1/2 miles
4:10 PM ET - Dirt Mile: 1 mile
4:54 PM ET - Filly & Mare Turf: 1 3/8 miles
5:36 PM ET - Sprint: 6 furlongs
6:20 PM ET - Mile: 1 mile
7:00 PM ET - Distaff: 1 1/8 miles
7:40 PM ET - Turf: 1 1/2 miles
8:44 PM ET - Classic: 1 1/4 miles
Where is the Breeders' Cup
Back at Santa Anita for the 10th time since the 1984 inception of the Breeders' Cup, the "Great Race Place" was established as the site of the 2019 event, but not without an unusual amount of controversy.
After a well-publicized rash of horse deaths during racing and training during the 2019 winter/spring meet, there was talk of moving the event to Churchill Downs. That idea, however, was squashed by Breeders' Cup officials who voted unanimously in late June to keep the event at Santa Anita.
When is the Breeders' Cup
November 1-2, 2019.
Breeders' Cup Current Odds
BC Classic Current Odds
With Breeders Cup betting odds currently listed for 34 horses in Bovada's Horse Racing Furtures, shrewd bettors can capitalize with the right knowledge and a bit of luck.
Beginning with the obvious, the Breeders' Cup Classic is limited to 14 horses. At least 20 of the betting options won't make the starting gate on November 2, 2019. A cursory glance, shows the following runners as the top 5 betting choices:
Mckinzie +360 (Bodog)
Code of Honor +450 (Bet365)
Yoshida +700 (Bodog)
Vino Rosso +500 (Bet364)
Elate +750 (Sports Interaction SIA)
Without getting into a detailed handicapping analysis just yet, let's consider some facts about these prospects.
McKinzie has proven himself an elite runner in the older horse division and is an early favourite in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Bob Baffert-trained horse has a new jockey, replacing Hall of Famer Mike Smith, in Joel Rosario as Baffert goes for his fourth victory in the classic.
Code of Honor will try to solidify his argument to be the champion three-year-old of 2019 when he enters the starting gate for one of the main events on the calendar. Code of Honor has four wins in seven starts this year, including victories in his last three tries: Dwyer Stakes, Travers and Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Yoshida (JPN) is a Grade 1 winner on turf and dirt. Since finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic last November, the son of Heart’s Cry has spent the majority of his time in the wide-open handicap ranks. After a couple of off-the-board efforts in the Dubai World Cup (G1) and Stephen Foster Stakes (G2), Yoshida reasserted himself a divisional threat by finishing second to his Breeders’ Cup counterpart McKinzie.
Vino Rosso, a horse owned by Mike Repole and Vinnie Viola, captured the Wood Memorial Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct. Vino Rosso captured his first Grade one in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1) on May 27. A $410,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September Sales, Vino Rosso has earned over $1.2 million.
Top older mare Elate is one in a long line of exceptional horses bred at Claiborne Farm. Elate is an earner of more than $2 million and is the third in a generation of stakes winning fillies. With 6 starts and 2 wins in 2019, Elate has earnt just shy of $1 million.
Odds below, updated on November 29, 2019, are courtesy of Bet365 and subject to change. Click any link to connect to the most current prices.
Bovada currently lists future odds for 5 additional Breeders' Cup races: the Turf, the Mile, the Distaff, the Filly & Mare Turf, and the Sprint. Among these future books, the Mile has a robust 24 betting interests, the Turf has 20, the Distaff 14, Filly & Mare Turf 14, and the Sprint 13.
The wild card, Mitole, is listed as a +400 second choice in the Sprint, but this horse is a candidate for the Dirt Mile or Classic.
Some other observations of note:
Bricks and Mortar (+700 in the Turf) has been a win-machine and may offer value at this price despite the usual challenge an American-based runner faces in this race will tackling a talented cast of Euros, including reigning champ Enable (+350), and Crystal Ocean (+800).
Monomoy Girl (+400) is the listed favorite in the Distaff despite suffering some minor injuries and an illness that have kept the superstar sidelined since winning the 2018 Distaff in November. Bettors will want to closely follow her summer/fall schedule as she should make a start or two at Saratoga. As things stand now, she'd be a play-against for me.
The Filly & Mare Turf looks wide-open, but Rushing Fall at +800 looks like a good prospect at this juncture.
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