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 Woobine 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 favorite 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 addtional dollars for every five bet. Breeders' Stakes odds can change drastically on race day all the way up to the opening of the gates.
The Breeders' Stakes has been run since 1889, so, of course, more than a handful of horse's 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 bonus, 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 rans.
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 occuring 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 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 horse players will focus on a Breeders' Stakes runner who is best-suited to travel 12 furlongs on grass.
Breeders' Stakes Results
The popular filly Dance Smartly enjoyed a brilliant career that included a succcessful sweep of the Canadian Triple Crown in 1991.
Racing in the pre-synthetic era, Dance Smartly was equally capable on 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.