Despite many favorites having got to the wire in front over the years, the 2017 championships were a timely reminder that winners can be hard to find in the Breeders’ Cup with some big outsiders getting their noses in front at Del Mar.
At Churchill Downs for the 2018 meet it was much more of a mixed bag, some strong favorites getting the job done and some outsiders faring pretty well too.
Now that we know the final results and odds it’s good to look back at what the payouts were for some of the big races at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
The starting odds for all Breeders’ Cup runners at post time will be finally determined on the Pari-Mutuel system as always, with the final figure depending upon how popular each horse is with bettors around the country as well as how much money is in the pot.
In other words; if there is a lot of money in the betting pool and not so many people are betting your horse, then its odds could be enormous. At the same time though, betting a horse that becomes favorite with the gambling nation obviously means a shorter payout come post time.
On the Pari-Mutuel betting system, the odds will fluctuate a lot leading up to the race and never more so than in the few minutes before post time so be prepared not to know exactly what odds you will get on your horse until go time.
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With Triple Crown hero Justify not in contention for the Classic having had filling in his ankle, it was thought
it could be a year once again for the older horses with the remaining three-year-olds not quite as strong.
Four-year-old West Coast definitely had the form in the bag having run third to Gun Runner in last year’s Classic before his second to the same horse in the Pegasus World Cup. He was once again runner-up to Thunder Snow in the Dubai World Cup.
His conqueror at Meydan was another key contender despite his bad experience on American soil last year, Thunder Snow’s victory being very impressive to the naked eye and it’s well known Sheikh Mohamed wants his colt to prove his flop in the 2017 Kentucky Derby was a one-off in the States. He ran a good prep in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and was primed for the race.
John Sadler’s horse Accelerate was well beaten in the Dirt Mile at the 2017 meet but had since improved and was a very good winner of the Gold Cup at Santa Anita back in the spring. His recent performance in winning by 12½ lengths has moved him to the top of the market and rightly so.
European horses were prepped as always for the various turf races with superstar filly Enable topping the list for the Breeders’ Cup Turf, while the Filly and Mare Turf was a target of Charlie Appleby’s star filly Wild Illusion, the same trainer who won the race last year with Wuheida.
The juvenile divisions are always exciting and can provide clues for us on who may be contesting the following season’s Triple Crown races, especially the Kentucky Derby. This year Game Winner was hot property in the Juvenile race, while in the turf equivalent the Europeans held a strong hand with Anthony Van Dyck and Line Of Duty among others.
Any of these contenders could have ended up being favorite for their race on the big day and below we take a look at the final odds at post time at Churchill Downs.
This was the defining race of the whole championships and the one every trainer wants to win, not least because of the $6 million purse!
As was expected this field changed so much up to the final declarations, here’s how they finished:
Enable was the star attraction in this race and she did not let us down!
World Of Trouble and Stormy Liberal were having a battle to see which one will be favorite on the day, in the end the latter named was a very generous price!
|2nd||World of Trouble||2/1||$3.80||$3.00|
Imperial Hint was red hot after drawing gate 5, but Roy H was not going away!
Marley’s Freedom was a very strong favourite but the result was a total surprise in the end:
Catalina Cruiser was another one that just got stronger in the market as we approached go time, but did not perform well:
|1st||City of Light||5/2||$7.20||$4.20||$3.20|
|2nd||Seeking The Soul||10/1||$7.00||$4.60|
Wild Illusion was a two-time Grade 1 winner in the summer and was challenging Sistercharle for favoritism:
|3rd||A Raving Beauty||12/1||$6.40|
Monomoy Girl had been clear in the betting, but Abel Tasman and Midnight Bisou were popular in the last couple of weeks before go time.
There was understandably a strong overseas contingent here, though it was the home team that had more success.
Anthony Van Dyck was favorite for next year’s Epsom Derby in England and was third in their biggest juvenile race, the Dewhurst Stakes, though Line Of Duty was increasingly well liked for the race.
|1st||Line of Duty||7/2||$9.00||$5.20||$4.20|
The plan for Newspaperofrecord was to win this then perhaps go to England next summer and she was very heavily bet.
Bellafina was at the head of the betting for some time but Restless Rider and Jaywalk were challenging.
Game Winner’s trainer had issued concerns about this 1 1/8 mile distance but he remained a strong favorite of the bettors.
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