Breeders Cup Betting Odds, Tips & Picks

The 2020 Breeders Cup will be held at Keeneland Racecourse, Kentucky, on November 6th and 7, with $6 million Breeders Cup Classic being the final race of the Championships. The Breeders Cup is the largest US horse racing betting event.

Breeders’ Cup betting is the largest betting event in the US, with more than $120m being wagered each year. It boasts $28 million worth of prize money across 14 races. Millions of dollars worth of Breeders Cup bets are also handled by top horse racing betting websites around the globe.

How to Bet on the Breeders Cup

The Breeders Cup is the culmination of the US horse-racing season and, for many, the global championships in Flat horse racing. The Breeders’ Cup attracts nearly 100,000 people and millions more to the bookmakers.

Breeders Cup Betting Markets Explained

Other than the Pick 6 bet there are many Breeders Cup betting markets that go beyond the standard horse racing wagers of ‘win, place, or show.

Exacta – Pick the first and last horse home in each race in the correct order. A Trifecta wager predicts the first three horses home and a Superfecta wager the first four.

Quinella – This bet boxed an Exacta. You still win so long as your picks finish in the top two regardless of order. A Trifecta or Superfecta can also be boxed.

Daily Double – This is the simplest and most exotic Breeders Cup bet. It selects the winners from any two races. Pick 3 is the same as Pick 4 and Pick 5. Pick 5 follows the same principles, for three consecutive races.

New Breeders’ Cup 2018 Wagers

There were many new wagers for 2018 available to Breeders Cup bettors. These included Head2Head wagering and late Pick 5 wagers. Also, there was a Jackpot Super High 5. There were also bets that linked Saturday and Friday races. Here is a guide for 2018 Breeders Cup betting:

Head2Head-The Breeders’ Cup lets players bet on a match race between two parties. Each Head2Head wager will have a set of variables. This could be as simple or as complex as one horse against another in a race.

Super Daily Double – SPDD bets can be placed twice on one race each Friday and Saturday.

Late Pick 5 – Ordinary Pick 5s are run from races 1-5 of the card. The late Pick 5s runs from races 5-9 Friday with a $1million guaranteed pool and races 7-11 Saturday with a guaranteed pool $2 million.

Jackpot Super High 5: To win this wager you must pick the five winners in each race. Boxing the bet is also possible. This means that the five horses you choose do not have to be the first five to win the bet.

Breeders Cup Pick 6 Betting

The Breeders Cup Pick 6 is the most popular bet at Breeders Cup. The Breeders Cup Pick 6 requires that a player pick 6 horses to win in 6 different Breeders Cup races.

This pool bet has produced multiple $1 million payouts. A minimum bet of $2 produces a Pick 6 payout worth $2.7 million in 2003. This is the best bet for huge wins at the Breeders Cup. The Pick 6 races on Saturday, August 11, 2018 are 6-11 and have a guaranteed $1 million pool.

How does the Pick 6 work?

The Breeders Cup Pick 6 will run from Future Stars races 4-9 Friday and Breeders Cup Classic races 6-11 Saturday. The minimum wager is $2. However, punters can place more money on the Pick 6 and increase their chances of winning by selecting more horses in each Pick 6 race.

The Breeders Cup Pick 6 can be placed at the track via American PMU. It is also available online via other betting pools such as Ireland’s Totepool and Betfair. Pick 5s and Pick 4 offer a guaranteed $1.5 million Friday and $3 million Saturday.

Top Breeders Cup Betting Tips

Although the Breeders Cup venue is subject to change, the races and results are the same. These trends can add value year after year to your Breeders Cup betting strategy.

The draw – Breeders Cup history has seen 30+ winners come from each post 1, 2, 4, and 5. Posts 10, 12, 13 and 14 have produced fewer than 20 winners, which is a rare occurrence.

Favorites – There are 99 favorites that have won more than 318 Breeders Cup races. They have a 31% success rate.

Mike Smith, top jockey, holds the Breeders Cup win record with 22 wins.

D. Wayne Lukas, the top trainer, has sat on 20 Breeders Cup winners.

Internationals – The non-US horse field is growing every year. While they still have a 9% average strike rate, it has increased to 13% in recent years. They perform best at Santa Anita, where the win rate of 14%. In 2009, they won six of the record Santa Anita races.

Last Updated on November 18, 2021

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