One of the best sporting events you can bet on is the Breeders' Cup, and that means it is time to make your Breeders' Cup 2020 picks. The prestigious race carries a purse of $6 million and will be run November 7 at Keeneland in Kentucky as part of the two-day Breeders' Cup festival.
Breeders' Cup Classic Odds:
Tiz The Law
Breeders' Cup Classic Field
The field for the 2020 Breeders' Cup Classic in post position order is as follows, with trainers, jockeys, and Breeders' Cup Classic morning line odds.
- 1. Tacitus (20-1) Jose Ortiz/Bill Mott
- 2. Tiz the Law (3-1) Manny Franco/Barclay Tagg
- 3. By My Standards (10-1) Gabriel Saez/Bret Calhoun
- 4. Tom's d'Etat (6-1) Joel Rosario/Albert Stall
- 5. Title Ready (30-1) Corey Lanerie/Dallas Stewart
- 6. Higher Power (20-1) Flavien Prat/John Sadler
- 7. Global Campaign (20-1) Javier Castellano/Stanley Hough
- 8. Improbable (5-2) Irad Ortiz, Jr./Bob Baffert
- 9. Authentic (6-1) John Valezquez/Bob Baffert
- 10. Maximum Security (7-2) Luiz Saez/Bob Baffert
Breeders' Cup Best Bets
Here are our free picks and best bets for the Breeders' Cup:
- $10 Win/Place/Show Tom's d'Etat
- $5 Place/Show Authentic and Tiz the Law
- $1 Exacta Box Tom's d'Etat, Authentic, and Tiz the Law
- $1 Trifecta Box Tom's d'Etat, Tiz the Law, and Maximum Security
- 10 Cent Superfecta Tom's d'Etat, Tiz the Law, Maximum Security, and Tacitus
- $1 Double Breeders' Cup Turf - Mogul, Breeders' Cup Classic - Tiz the Law
How to Bet the Breeders' Cup Online
If you're interested in learning how to bet the Breeders' Cup online, we have plenty of resources for you. First, check out our betting guide to learn about different kinds of sports betting, and the various types of bets you can place on a horse race. Then, head over to see our reviews on the most reputable sportsbooks online, where you can bet on the Breeders' Cup. You will also get sign up bonuses for a new account and can see the current odds for the Breeders' Cup.
Picking the Breeders' Cup Winner
Picking the Breeders' Cup Classic winner means you have to handicap the best horses in the field. The horse flying just under the radar is Tom's d'Etat, a seven-year-old son of Smart Strike out of a Giant's Causeway mare. Tom's d'Etat is trained by Al Stall, who won this race in 2010 with Blame.
He scored in impressive fashion over this course in the Grade 2 Fayette last year, then added the Grade 1 Clark, the Oaklawn Mile, and the prestigious Stephen Foster (G2). He stumbled badly in the Grade 1 Whitney and lost to Breeders' Cup Classic favourite Improbable, but didn't get a fair shot that day. At 6-1 he has to be worth a look.
2020 Kentucky Derby winner Authentic is also a bit under the radar, considering he would have gone favoured if he had won the Preakness Stakes last out. He lost by a neck, but already won the Haskell (G1) and San Felipe (G2) earlier this year, and is five for seven lifetime with two-second place finishes. He is one of three horses in here trained by Bob Baffert, who also has Maximum Security. Last year's Champion Three Year Old, Maximum Security won the $20 million Saudi Cup earlier this year and won the Pacific Classic in August. He also lost to Improbable in his last start, but he was not pushed and still ran gamely to be second.
Tiz the Law could be Horse of the Year with a win. He took the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes in June and the Grade 1 Travers Stakes in August after winning the Grade 1 Florida Derby earlier in the season. After running second in the Kentucky Derby, he skipped the Preakness to point for this race.
Tacitus is a longshot and with good reason; the royally-bred gray horse has yet to win a major race. But he is a winner over the distance and never runs poorly, finishing top three in 11 of his 14 starts with earnings of $2.9 million. He is multiple Grade 1 placed and has battled with some of the best in the division for trained Bill Mott, who also trained Cigar.
Multiple Grade 2 winner By My Standards, Pacific Classic winner Higher Power, and Grade 1 Woodward winner Global Campaign complete the field.
Breeders' Cup Payouts
The Breeders' Cup Classic payout to the winner is $3.3 million of the $6 million purse. To the bettors, the race is known to give excellent returns on investment. The Breeders' Cup Classic has been formful of late, but has a history of upset winners. Here are the winning Breeders' Cup payouts of the last few years on a $1 bet:
- 2019 - $11.20
- 2018 - $7.40
- 2017 - $6.80
- 2016 - $5.40
- 2015 - $3.40
- 2014 - $14.20
- 2013 - $10.00
- 2012 - $20.80
- 2011 - $31.60
- 2010 - $12.40
- 2009 - $29.00
- 2002 - $89.00
- 1999 - $41.20
- 1993 - $269.20
Breeders' Cup Jockeys
Of the jockeys riding in the 2020 Breeders' Cup Classic, several have won the race before.
Jose Ortiz on Tacitus has not won before, but last year his brother Irad Ortiz won on Vino Rosso. Irad rides Improbable. Joel Rosario won in 2018 aboard Accelerate; he rides Tom's d'Etat. Javier Castellano has not won since 2004 when he scored on the great Ghostzapper. He rides Global Campaign.
Flavien Prat, who is one of racing's biggest stars right now, has never won the Classic, and neither has John Velazquez, who has won virtually every other major race in the sport.