Breeders' Cup Odds 2019

Slated for November 1-2, 2019, at Santa Anita Park in California, the 13 Breeders' Cup races include five on Friday and eight on Saturday, led, of course, by the Breeders' Cup Classic. Speaking of the Classic, a wild Triple Crown season did little to separate the top three year-olds in the United States.

Here are the Breeders' Cup Classic futures odds on August 19, 2019:

Projected Entries
McKinzie +550 +500 +550
Maximum Security +900 +800 +900
Thunder Snow (IRE) +1000 +1000 +1000
Omaha Beach +1000 +1200 +1000
Tacitus +1400 +1600 +1400
Catalina Cruiser +1400 +1600 +1400
Code Of Honor +1600 +1400 +1600
Catholic Boy +2000 +2000 +2000
Yoshida +2000 +2000 +2000
Vino Rosso +2500 +1600 +2500
Seeking The Soul +2500 +2000 +1600
War Of Will +2500 +2500 +2500
Tax +2500 +4000 +2500
Gunnevera +3300 +3300 OTB

The same kind of 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. 

How does the Breeders Cup Work

How many Breeders Cup races are there

With 13 Breeders' Cup races to be contested over the two day betting bonanza, the Breeders' Cup 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 eight main events on Saturday. 

Friday Card (November 1, 2019):

  • Juvenile Turf: 1 mile 
  • Juvenile Fillies Turf: 1 mile
  • Juvenile Dirt: 1 1/16 miles
  • Juvenile Fillies Dirt : 1 1/16 miles
  • Juvenile Turf Sprint: 6.5 furlongs

Saturday Card (November 2, 2019):

  • Dirt Mile: 1 mile
  • Turf: 1.5 miles
  • Filly & Mare Sprint: 7 furlongs
  • Sprint: 6 furlongs
  • Distaff: 1 1/8 miles
  • Turf Sprint: 6.5 furlongs 
  • Filly & Mare Turf: 1 3/8 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 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:

  • Thunder Snow (IRE) +1000 (Bodog)
  • McKinzie +1000 (Bet365)
  • Omaha Beach +1200 (Bodog)
  • Maximum Security +1100 (Sports Interaction)
  • Seeking The Soul +2000 (Bodog)

Without getting into a detailed handicapping analysis just yet, let's consider some facts about these prospects. After losing the Kentucky Derby via disqualification, Maximum Security was upset in the Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park by King for a Day who is noticeably absent from the list of 34. 

McKinzie has proven himself an elite runner in the older horse division, but he was beaten on the square in the Met Mile by Mitole and has never been at his best going a mile and a quarter.

The reasons for skepticism and finding more generous odds continue. Game Winner has not won since his two year-old season, Omaha Beach missed the Derby due to injury and has yet to race as of July, and Thunder Snow was also beaten by Mitole in the aforementioned Met Mile.

Breedes Cup odds

Rumors are swirling that Steven Asmussen, Mitole's trainer, is strongly considering a run at the Classic, but Mitole is another curiously absent from the list of 34. 

The point is at least three-fold: do some research, locate the value, and keep an eye out for new additions/subtractions from the list as we get closer to the big day. 

Futures for Other Breeders' Cup Races

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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Picks & predictions

Breeders Cup picks

Getting down to brass tax, I'll provide a quick-take on my top picks in the Breeders' Cup Futures market:

The Classic: Seeking the Soul is an unsung hero of the older division. He's a solid mile and a quarter horse and he's proven he belongs against top-class company. His win in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster was sharp, and trainer Dallas Stewart knows how to keep his horses in one piece. He's my pick at +2000. 

Seeking the Soul To win the Breeders Cup Classic
+2000

The Filly & Mare Turf: I'll go with Rushing Fall. This filly has been beaten just once in her career and always seems to find another gear for ace turf trainer Chad Brown. I think she's actually still improving and should enjoy a few winning prep races before strutting her stuff on the big stage in Hollywood. +800 looks good to me. 

Rushing Fall To win the Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf
+800

The Mile: This classic grass race is always one of the highlights of BC weekend. In this renewal, I like Bolo (+2000) who had an excellent come-back win in the Shoemaker Mile after a long break from racing. He will have to stay healthy, but he has an affinity for the Santa Anita green and ample talent. 

Bolo To win the Breeders Cup Mile
+2000

The Sprint: Roy H. will be going for his third straight win in this race and is the favorited at +300. I'll go against for the purposes of value, and would like Mitole at +400 in this spot, but I think his connections will opt for another spot. I like XY Jet at +800 and will follow his summer/fall schedule intently. 

XY Jet To win the Breeders Cup Sprint
+800

The Turf: Enable (+350) became the first horse to win the Prix de l'arc de Triomphe and the Breeders' Cup Turf. She's a bona fide star, but how well will she race in 2019? Will the connections take another crack at the Breeders' Cup? Taking nothing away from her, I'll go with Bricks and Mortar at +700.

Bricks & Mortar To win the Breeders Cup Turf
+700

What are the types of odds

While future betting is an excellent way to roll, there are certainly a plethora of ways to get involved in the Breeders' Cup. If you simply prefer the security of waiting until race day to wager, there's certainly nothing wrong with that approach. 

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