Congratulations to Tone Broke, Jockey Rafael Hernandez and Trainer Steve Asmussen, as the L and N Racing LLC stable horse won the 2019 Breeders' Stakes on the E.P. Taylor turf course at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario.
He's a Macho Man finished second, Avie's Flatter was third and Encierro ran fourth. Here are the payouts for the final leg of the 2019 Triple Crown series:
With the Breeders' Stakes odds published the Thursday before the race, the racing public has a few days to mull over the choices and decide exactly how they will invest their wagering dollars.
It's important to understand who can compete in the Breeders' Stakes. The race is restricted to three-year-old runners who were born in Canada. It is open to colts, fillies and geldings, but no horse foaled (born) outside of Canada is eligible.
There are no formal qualifying races, but owners must submit entry fees in order to become eligible for the race. For this reason, Breeders' Stakes betting odds can feature a range of different prospects from the better-established runners to the true longshots.
A heavy favourite in the Breeders' Cup Stakes might be sent to post at "odds-on" which is any price lower than 1/1/ A horse that is 4/5, for example, would return four additional dollars for every five bet. Breeders' Stakes odds can change drastically on race day up to the opening of the gates.
The Breeders' Stakes has been run since 1889, so, of course, more than a handful of horses have won at very generous odds. When considering Breeders' Stakes horse racing odds, a short-priced winner like 2018 hero Neepawa is also a distinct possibility. The Mark Casse trainee returned just $6.80 on a $2 bet.
Depending on the online racebook used, a player can bet the Breeders' Cup in a myriad of ways. Conventional bets such as win, place and show are accepted, as are a full menu of exotic wagers such as the exacta, trifecta, pick 3, pick 4, etc.
Because the Breeders' Stakes is the only grass race of the Canadian Triple Crown series, it's important for beginning handicappers to remember that a horse that ran well over the synthetic in the Queen's Plate, or the dirt in the Prince of Wales, may not handle the turf.
Look for previous turf form and success in a horse's past performance.
Which trainers should I consider?
At the end of the day, the trainer with the fastest horse! All joking aside, certain trainers have excelled in the Breeders' Stakes and against Canadian competition in general.
Roger Attfield, still active as of this writing, has won an incredible 9 Breeders' Stakes.
Mark Casse is another Canadian ace who always seems to show up with a lively runner.
How should I bet the Breeders' Stakes?
You've got to consider all opinions but bet with your own.
That said, the Breeders' Stakes is a prime opportunity to cash a big exactor or triactor.
The fields are usually plentiful and the competition stiff. Have a strategy such as "keying" a horse in first and second in the exactor while using multiple horses in the other two slots.
For the Breeders' Stakes odds 2019, be sure to bone up on the contenders and have a plan!
Breeders' Stakes Entries
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Secondly, in today's competitive online gaming market, racebooks offer generous bonuses, loyalty and rebate programs that help players achieve profitability while enjoying the races from home.
With most countries offering a Triple Crown Series, the Canadian version is no different in that the notion of following a three-year-old horse from relative obscurity to champion status provides a compelling storyline for racing fans.
While only seven horses have managed to successfully complete the Canadian Triple Crown since its inception in 1958, five more horses have won the first two legs of the event before succumbing to defeat in the Breeders' Stakes.
With each leg of the Canadian Triple Crown occurring over a different type of racing surface, the challenge is as substantial as any in racing.
Remarkably, Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield won the Canadian Triple Crown in consecutive years with With Approval (1989) and Izvestia (1990).
The legendary filly Dance Smartly completed the feat in 1990 and Peteski did the same in 1993 in a rare spree of Triple Crown winners. Wando was the last Canadian Triple Crown champion in 2003.
Breeders' Stakes Picks
Beginning with the most obvious handicapping factor, players must determine which Breeders' Stakes runners are the most capable on the grass.
In simple terms, some horses love the grass, some hate it and others merely tolerate it.
It is very rare in thoroughbred racing to find an animal that is equally adept on grass as dirt or synthetic - most show a preference for one surface or the other.
Always look at Canada Sports Betting for the latest Horse Racing Free Picks.
While synthetic form and turf form often translate to success on either surface, dirt and turf racing are quite different.
Thus, horses who have performed well in the Queen's Plate often skip the Prince of Wales and return for the Breeders' Stakes.
Astute horseplayers will focus on a Breeders' Stakes runner who is best-suited to travel 12 furlongs on the grass.
Breeders' Stakes Results
The popular filly Dance Smartly enjoyed a brilliant career that included a successful sweep of the Canadian Triple Crown in 1991.
Racing in the pre-synthetic era, Dance Smartly was equally capable on the dirt of turf and parlayed her success to the biggest stage in racing to capture the 1991 Breeders' Cup Distaff in the United States at Churchill Downs.
The brilliant filly is one of the biggest Canadian stars to ever grace the track and was elected to both the Canadian and U.S. racing halls of fame.
FAQ - Breeders Stakes
When is the Breeders Stakes 2020?
The Breeders Stakes 2020 will take place on Saturday, August 15, starting at 12:00 PM. The final race for the Breeders Stakes typically begins around 5:40 PM.
Where is the Breeders Stakes?
The Breeders Stakes 2020 is at the Woodbine Racetrack, located about a half-hour north of Toronto.
What is the Breeders Stakes?
The Breeders Stakes 2020 is the third and final race in the Canadian Triple Crown. It features three-year-old horses foaled in Canada and is the longest of the three Triple Crown races.
Who won the 2019 race?
The winner of the 2019 Breeders Stakes was Tone Broke. Tone Broke’s odds to win were 2.50 at the start of the race, second best to Avie’s Flatter.
Is the 2019 winner, racing in 2020?
No, the winner of the 2019 Breeders Stakes will not race in the finals at the Breeders Stake 2020. Only three-year-old foals are eligible.
When are odds available on the Breeders Stakes 2020?
Full betting odds on the Breeders Stakes 2020 open closer to the start of the event, typically after the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown – The Prince of Wales Stakes – concludes on July 23. Some early odds on winners guaranteed in the race may open earlier.
Where can I bet on the race?
You can wager on Breeders Stakes odds online through our partners’ sites. The top-ranked online sportsbooks to bet on the Breeders Stakes 2020 are found on our Horse Betting sites page.
What types of bets can I place?
The most popular type of bet to place on the Breeders Stakes is what horse will win the race. Bettors can also bet on a horse to place or show (finish top two or three), what horses will come first and second, first to third and first to fourth.
How many horses participate in the Breeders Stakes?
The number of horses at the Breeders Stakes differ yearly. The number of horses is capped at ten, with 2017 and 2018 seeing nine horses take the track in the Breeders Stakes.
How much does the winner of the Breeders Stake win?
The total purse or the Breeders Stakes 2020 is $400,000, with the winner receiving 60% or $240,000 CDN. The amount can change if less than eight horses enter the race.