The Breeders’ Cup World Championship is a thoroughbred racing’s annual showpiece
event for horses, trainers and breeders as well as those looking to bet, staged
every year on the first weekend in November.
2019 sees Santa Anita Park host the meet for the tenth time with two fantastic days of betting action bringing together top juveniles, sophomore’s and older horses in order for the best of them to be crowned as the champion of champions for this year, all with betting right at the forefront.
Breeders’ Cup bets are now among the most popular in the world for those wagering on sports, but having a bet successfully means being informed so read on for all the crucial info you’ll need as the big weekend gets closer.
Date: Friday November 1 & Saturday November 2, 2019
Where: Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California
Post Times: Announced October 30
TVG is privileged to be the official betting partner of the Breeders’ Cup, but if you want to head out to Santa Anita and capture the atmosphere for yourself then grab your Breeders' Cup tickets now so as not to miss out!
Across the first two days of November 2019 we will witness the 36th Breeders’ Cup
World Championships at Santa Anita Park, a venue now synonymous with Breeders' Cup
With fourteen championship races to bet on, taking place across Friday and Saturday from 5 furlongs up to a mile-and-a-half, fans of the sport are truly spoiled on this occasion. Those on and off track will be betting the best of the US as well as some strong overseas contenders as breeders, owners, trainers and jockeys vie to be no.1.
While watching these majestic animals is good enough, Breeders’ Cup betting is where it’s really at and so that is what we concentrate on. Here are the basics you need to know before we head into this year’s fantastic meet:
Betting the various Breeders Cup races is simple and is one of the best ways to make
yourself feel like you are taking part in the action, no matter how far from
California you may be.
Several bet types will be available to choose from at the meet, from the basic to the exotic. Here’s an explanation of what they all mean:
|Win||To be successful in this bet, your nominated horse must win outright.|
|Place||To win this time, your horse must finish in the first 2 past the wire.|
|Show||This time, your horse must finish in the first 3 to win the bet.|
|Single-Race Exotic Bets|
|Exacta||Predict which horses will finish 1stand 2ndin the correct order.|
|Quinella||'Boxing' your Exacta - betting the first two finishers in either order.|
|Trifecta||Predict the 1st, 2ndand 3rdhorses in the correct order.|
|Superfecta||Predict the 1st, 2nd, 3rdand 4thhorses in the correct order.|
|Multi-Race Exotic Bets|
|Daily Double||Predict the winners of two consecutive races to win.|
|Pick 3||Predict the winners of three consecutive races.|
|Pick 4||Predict the winners of four consecutive races.|
|Pick 5||Predict the winners of five consecutive races.|
|Pick 6||Predict the winners of six consecutive races.|
What payoffs you can expect from your Breeders' Cup betting will depend upon how much
money is in the pari-mutuel purse, and also on the degree of difficulty. In terms of
the basic bets, the highest payouts are on win bets as they are the hardest to get
right, followed by place bets then betting show wagers.
The exotic bets pay more generally speaking, but remember whenever you ‘box’ your bet it means you pay double the amount to place the wager, but now your chosen horses can finish 1st or 2nd in any order for you to win and still with a reasonable payout.
It goes without saying that you can’t beat being at the track and collecting your
Breeders’ Cup betting winnings right from the teller, but for the majority of us
it’s simply not feasible to be at Santa Anita and so betting online is the way to
TVG is the official wagering partner of the Breeders’ Cup and takes you right to the heart of the action. You can choose your Breeders' Cup bets from the comfort of your own home and watch every race right there too.
Breeders’ Cup bets are for everyone, you don’t have to be a professional handicapper,
but reading the form carefully, checking out workout times and being informed on
what conditions each animal prefers are all good practice when betting.
To cut out the middle man however, simply check in here at TVG where we will have lots of info as we approach post time in November.
In 2018 at Churchill Downs the likes of Enable and Newspaperofrecord were winning favorites, while horses such as Stormy Liberal and Shamrock Rose were more surprising and showed there’s a chance for everyone to be successful with their Breeders' Cup bets.
Take a look at our Breeders' Cup Contenders page as time moves on to see who is in contention for a spot in the winner’s circle at Santa Anita during this year’s edition of the Breeders’ Cup.
Despite the original premise of the Breeders’ Cup being to bring North America’s best
thoroughbreds together and the end of the year, this meet has grown out of all
recognition to become a huge international affair with some of the best that Europe
has to offer making their way over to compete.
These championships are timed sweetly to coincide with the end of the majority of the European season, so for those horses still exhibiting enough enthusiasm after a long campaign it is an ideal chance to race in different conditions and perhaps to supplement their income, as well as of course enhancing their reputations before going off to the breeding sheds.
Given their penchant for turf and longer distances, horses bred and trained in Europe have done particularly well in the Mile, Turf and Filly & Mare Turf races over the years and it goes without saying that these horses are heavily wagered by overseas watchers in the betting markets.
Future Stars Friday, November 1
Betting is naturally a little quieter on the first day, but these horses are the champions of the future and that makes these races very important indeed.
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint||$1,000,000||2yo, 5 furlongs, turf|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf||$1,000,000||2yo fillies, 1 mile, turf|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies||$2,000,000||2yo fillies, 1 1/16 miles|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf||$1,000,000||2yo, 1 mile, turf|
|Breeders' Cup TVG Juvenile||$2,000,000||2yo, 1 1/16 miles|
Saturday, November 2
Breeders and owners are particularly keen to land the Classic of course, and it’s this race in which betting reaches a crescendo.
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint||$1,000,000||3yo+ fillies, 7 furlongs|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint||$1,000,000||3yo+, 5 furlongs, turf|
|Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile||$1,000,000||3yo+, 1 mile|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf||$2,000,000||3yo+ fillies & mares, 1¼ miles, turf|
|Breeders' Cup Sprint||$2,000,000||3yo+, 6 furlongs|
|Breeders' Cup TVG Mile||$2,000,000||3yo+, 1 mile, turf|
|Breeders' Cup Distaff||$2,000,000||3yo+ fillies & mares, 1 1/8 miles|
|Breeders' Cup Turf||$4,000,000||3yo+, 1½ miles, turf|
|Breeders' Cup Classic||$6,000,000||3yo+, 1¼ miles|
The Breeders’ Cup has been on the international racing scene since 1984, firstly
existing as a single race day before becoming the two-day betting bonanza we are now
so familiar with.
Over the years these championships have evolved to be regarded as the pinnacle of horse racing excellence, much like Royal Ascot over in England, with horses arriving from Europe and beyond to take part.
Despite taking place within a sport noted for tradition, the Championships are a great example of how things can evolve as new initiatives and new races have been added to the calendar over the years, allowing the Breeders’ Cup to be the international success it is today.
Initially started as the year-ending thoroughbred championships for North America,
the Breeders’ Cup very quickly became known more as a fully-fledged international
meet with horses from England, Ireland and France especially targeted at the various
Grade 1 races on offer.
The idea of a ‘Breeders Cup’ first came about in 1982 when top owner John R. Gaines proposed it at the Kentucky Derby Festival awards luncheon and let’s be honest – we’re all grateful that he did!
While some people within the sport in the early days could not envisage the benefits of a championships such as this, neither from a horsemen or betting viewpoint, others caught on quickly and so by 1984 we were ready to go with Hollywood Park hosting the very first Breeders’ Cup.
First there were seven championship races, then eight, then a second day was added in
2007 and now we are treated to no less than FOURTEEN Graded events worth a combined
$30million in prize money.
Santa Anita hosts the meet for the tenth time in 2019, breaking the record it previously held jointly with Churchill Downs and with runners such as McKinzie, Code Of Honor and Omaha Beach set to show up for the Classic, Breeders’ Cup betting will never have been so competitive.
In the history of the Breeders’ Cup between 1984 and 2018, just 12 individual race
tracks have been used for the championships. This is because, while they are free to
move around every year, the championships need a venue with a big enough capacity,
good facilities and a quality turf track to ensure the event is satisfactory for
With Breeders’ Cup betting at the forefront of many attendees’ minds, there have to be enough tellers available to take the millions of dollars bet at each meet. Here are the host venues to date:
|Race Track||Location||Years Visited||Comments|
|Churchill Downs||Louisville, Kentucky||2018, 2011, 2010, 2006, 2000, 1998, 1994, 1991, 1988||Over 80,000 people attended and placed bets at the home of the Derby in 1998|
|Santa Anita||Arcadia, California||2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2008, 2003, 1993, 1986||Santa Anita breaks the record in 2019, hosting for the 10thtime and nowhere else have more Breeders Cup bets been placed|
|Belmont Park||Elmont, New York||2005, 2001, 1995, 1990||In '05, more than 54,000 people attended and contributed to what was then Belmont's largest ever on-track handle of $14.6m|
|Gulfstream Park||Hallandale Beach, Florida||1999, 1992, 1989||This is where the championships reached a new level, the handle growing to $57.5m in 1989|
|Hollywood Park||Inglewood, California||1997, 1987, 1984||Where it all began. Back in '84 the total handle was $19.4m|
|Del Mar||Del Mar, California||2017|
|Monmouth Park||Oceanport, New Jersey||2007|
|Lone Star Park||Grand Prairie, Texas||2004|
|Arlington Park||Arlington Heights, Illinois||2002|
|Aqueduct||New York, New York||1985|
Each venue has its own charm of course and each offers something different for those looking to place Breeders Cup bets. Wherever the championships end up in future, you can guarantee betting will be competitive
Don’t forget – you can bet the 2019 Championships from Santa Anita right here at TVG, so be certain to check back with us regularly for all the latest information on Breeders' Cup Odds and The Breeders' Cup Contenders as well as to receive Breeders’ Cup betting advice from our team of experts.
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