2024 Breeders' Cup Odds

Ultimate Breeders’ Cup Betting Guide. Learn how to bet on the Breeders’ Cup. Here are some simple bets anyone can learn. Read on.

Breeders’ Cup Events Date & Time

Date & Time: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 3-4, 2023. All Post Times PM ET.
Place: Santa Anita – Arcadia, CA
TV: NBC
Live Stream: NBC Live Stream
The Breeders’ Cup Classic is on the last Saturday in October or first Saturday in November.

Breeders’ Cup Classic Betting Odds

2023 Breeders' Cup Classic Odds

Horse futures odds are aggregated and estimated

Horse
TwinSpires Sports Betting TwinSpires
Arcangelo3/1
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Arabian Knight4/1
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Ushba Tesoro6/1
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White Abarrio6/1
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Saudi Crown11/1
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Bright Future12/1
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Derma Sotogake16/1
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Proxy16/1
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Zandon16/1
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Clapton25/1
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Charge It35/1
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Senor Buscador40/1
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Missed The Cut50/1
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Recent US Graded Stakes Won by Breeders' Cup Classic Entrants

Recent US Graded Stakes Won by Breeders' Cup Classic Entrants
HorseRaces
ArcangeloBelmont Stakes (2023 G1), Travers Stakes (2023 G1), Peter Pan Stakes (2023 G3)
Arabian KnightSouthwest Stakes (2023 G3), Racing Pacific Classic Stakes (2023 G1)
White AbarrioWhitney Stakes (2023 G1), Breeders' Cup Classic (2023 G1), Holy Bull Stakes (2022 G3), Curlin Florida Derby (2022 G1)
Saudi CrownPennsylvania Derby (2023 G1), Louisiana Stakes (2024 G3)
Bright FutureJockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (2023 G1)
ProxyOaklawn Handicap (2023 G2), Monmouth Cup Stakes (2023 G3), Clark Stakes (2022 G1)
ZandonBlue Grass Stakes (2022 G1), Woodward Stakes (2023 G2)
ClaptonLukas Classic Stakes (2023 G2), Ghostzapper Stakes (2023 G3)
Charge ItDwyer Stakes (2022 G3), Suburban Stakes (2023 G2)
Senor BuscadorSan Diego Handicap (2023 G2), Ack Ack Stakes (2022 G3)
Missed The CutSan Luis Rey Stakes (2024 G3), San Marcos Stakes (2024 G3), Tokyo City Cup Stakes (2023 G3)

Breeders’ Cup Distaff Betting Odds

2023 Breeders' Cup Distaff Odds

Horse futures odds are aggregated and estimated

Horse
TwinSpires Sports Betting TwinSpires
Idiomatic6/4
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Adare Manor4/1
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Clairiere5/1
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Randomized8/1
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Pretty Mischievous9/1
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Search Results9/1
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Wet Paint12/1
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A Mo Reay20/1
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Hoosier Philly30/1
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Le Da Vida30/1
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Desert Dawn35/1
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Recent US Graded Stakes Won by Breeders' Cup Distaff Entrants

Recent US Graded Stakes Won by Breeders' Cup Distaff Entrants
HorseRaces
IdiomaticDelaware Handicap (2023 G2), Breeders' Cup Distaff (2023 G1), La Troienne Stakes (2024 G1), Personal Ensign Stakes (2023 G1), Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (2023 G1), Shawnee Stakes (2023 G3)
Adare ManorApple Blossom Handicap (2024 G1), Las Virgenes Stakes (2022 G3), Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (2023 G1), Santa Maria Stakes (2023 G2), Zenyatta Stakes (2023 G2), Santa Margarita Stakes (2023 G2)
ClairiereApple Blossom Handicap (2023 G1), Ogden Phipps Stakes (2022 G1), Ogden Phipps Stakes (2023 G1), Shuvee Stakes (2022 G2)
RandomizedAlabama Stakes (2023 G1), Beldame Stakes (2023 G2)
Pretty MischievousKentucky Oaks (2023 G1), Acorn Stakes (2023 G1), Test Stakes (2023 G1), Rachel Alexandra Stakes (2023 G2)
Search ResultsRuffian Stakes (2022 G2), Molly Pitcher Stakes (2022 G3), Locust Grove Stakes (2023 G3)
Wet PaintCoaching Club American Oaks (2023 G1), Fantasy Stakes (2023 G3), Honeybee Stakes (2023 G3), Martha Washington Stakes (2023 GL)
A Mo ReayBeholder Mile Stakes (2023 G1), Pago Hop Stakes (2022 GNLBTd)
Hoosier PhillyGolden Rod Stakes (2022 G2)
Desert DawnLa Canada Stakes (2024 G3), Santa Anita Oaks (2022 G2)

Table of Contents

  1. Best Bets
  2. Odds for Santa Anita Races
  3. 2022 Breeders’ Cup Classic Replay
  4. Best Breeders’ Cup Race Call
  5. Betting Tips
  6. Breeders’ Cup History
  7. Tables/Reference
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Breeders’ Cup Bets

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Distaff-Classic Daily Double

Pick both the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Breeders’ Cup Classic winners. Make your picks before the Distaff begins. Post time time is Saturday afternoon before the Breeders’ Cup Classic that starts later in the evening.

The 1 1/8 mile Distaff is for 3 year old fillies and mares. Each horse must qualify during the Distaff Prep Race period between January and October.

Racebooks determine Distaff-Classic payouts from a horse’s odds of winning its respective event. Review the Distaff-Classic will-pays after the Distaff has concluded. Payouts include the Distaff winner paired with each Classic horse. Odds may change up until Breeders’ Cup Classic post time.

Tip
Review each horse’s most recent race results. Also review Prep Race results. The Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Breeders’ Cup Classic prep races begin in January each year.

Win Place Show Bet

Pick a likely top 3 finisher. Place $2 Win, Place and Show bets on this horse. $2 x 3 bets. The entire bet costs $6 total.

Ask your track teller for $2 “Across the Board”. Or select this wager from your online racebook.

Race results determine your payout. There are 4 distinct outcomes. The following lists payouts from highest to lowest.

Win-Place-Show Bet Outcomes
Horse FinishesWinning BetsLosing Bets
First Win,Place,Show None
Second Place,Show Win
Third Show Win,Place
Fourth or worse None All

All Win-Place-Show bets lose if horse finishes fourth or worse. Also called “out of the money”.

Tip
Pick from the top 6-8 contenders. Don’t bet longshot horses unless you’re extremely confident. Avoid placing multiple Win-Place-Show bets. Consider a Trifecta or Superfecta box bet instead.

Trifecta Part Wheel Bet

Select horses to key into the first, second and third position. Each key contains one or more horses. Final order does matter.

This bet maximizes profit while including multiple likely winners. Each key should have 4 or less horses.

Select horses most likely to finish in the top 3. Also include 1-2 less probable horses. Occasionally a longshot will finish third.

Breeders’ Cup Betting Trifecta Picks Keys

  1. Horses A & B in the first position. Key 1 = A,B
  2. 2 horses from 1st key + Horse C in second position. Key 2 = A,B,C
  3. 3 horses from 2nd key + Horse D in third position, Key 3 = A,B,C,D
  4. Total unique Horses: 4 (A,B,C & D).
  5. Each combination costs $1. Total cost is $8 for 8 combinations.

Note: Trifecta wheel costs will vary depending on number of unique horses. Using the same horse in multiple keys decreases cost. Adding new horses to each key increases cost.

Tip
Trifecta Part Wheels cost less than a Trifecta Box. They are also more efficient. You will bet less to potentially win more money.

Quinella Box

The 10+ Breeders’ Cup Classic field makes picking a winner difficult. Bettors must carefully manage risk. Play multiple horses at once with the Quinella Box Bet.

Pick 3 or more horses to finish in the first or second position. Final order doesn’t matter.

  • Your bet wins if 2 of your selections finish first and second.
  • Bet loses if one or none of your selections finish top two.

Quinella Box bets cost $2 per combination. The following table lists costs per number of horses boxed.

Quinella Box Costs, $2 Per Combination
Horses Combinations Cost
33$6
46$12
510$20
615$30
721$42

Tip
Keep Quinella Boxes to 6 horses or less. Large quinella boxes are both expensive and inefficient. Consider using an Exacta Wheel bet for 6 or more horses. Key small sets of horses into each finishing position.

Show Bet

Your horse doesn’t have to win to turn a profit. The show bet rewards bettors for making a “good-enough” prediction. It manages risk like the Quinella Box. But it costs less and pays out more.

How to place a Breeders’ Cup Show Bet

  1. Visit your online racebook.
  2. Pick your favorite horse.
  3. Select Show Bet.
  4. Minimum bet is usually $2.

The show bet wins if your horse finishes first, second or third. Also called “in the money”. Payouts are smaller than successful win or place bets.

  • Show bets on longshots pay the most.
  • Show bets on favorites or “odds on” horses pay the least.

Tip
Consider placing Show bets on multiple horses. Large Breeders’ Cup events are notoriously unpredictable. Don’t hang your hat on one selection. Diversify your bets. You’ll increase the likelihood of profiting.

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Santa Anita Entries and Odds



4:00pm EDT - Race 1 - Starter Allowance - 6F
P#TwinSpires Sports Betting TwinSpires
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5 Kid Azteca5/2 Bet
1 Neon Lights (IRE)3/1 Bet
6 Player B3/1 Bet
7 Anmer Hall3/1 Bet
3 J D's Rude Boy8/1 Bet
4 Incredible Shot8/1 Bet
2 My Ransom30/1 Bet

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RacePick
1W 7 Anmer Hall
P 4 Incredible Shot
S 6 Player B
2W 1 Schwarzmeier
P 2 Happy Sprinter
S 4 Broadway Unions
3W 2 Mcgregor Lake
P 6 Bert's Prospect
S 1 Dont Fight The Fed
4W 2 Bright Leaf
P 6 Big Buzz
S 1 Lambeau
5W 2 King Of Gosford (GB)
P 5 All That Glory
S 3 Sorrento Sky (IRE)
6W 6 Bella Renella
P 5 Roman Empress
S 2 Tapit Doux
7W 3 One Of These Days (IRE)
P 1 Calm Sea
S 5 Big Hat Willie
8W 1 Soul Of Midnight
P 10 Montana
S 6 Clooney
9W 3 When Heroes Fly
P 11 Classic Alphie
S 10 Shot Of Courage

2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic Replay

Best Breeders’ Cup Classic Race Call

Tom Durkin, 1995 Breeders’ Cup Classic for Cigar

Breeders’ Cup Betting Tips

  1. Deposit early Breeders’ Cup week. Deposit early, you’ll avoid last minute credit card processing glitches.
  2. Monitor Breeders’ Cup odds carefully. Visit your online race book’s odds page regularly. Odds will change up until post time.
  3. Shop Breeders’ Cup betting odds at multiple sportsbooks.
  4. Novice bettors stick to simple +EV horse bets. Research and bet longshots carefully. Leave trifectas and superfectas to expert handicappers.

Breeders’ Cup History

The Breeders’ Cup was the brainchild of prominient owner and breeder John Gaines. He first suggested the idea at the 1982 Kentucky Derby Festival awards luncheon.

The goal was to create a championship event to conclude each racing season. Only the finest thoroughbreds would compete. Fellow owners, breeders and trainers were initially opposed to Gaines’ idea. Persuasion from Hall of Fame trainer John Nerud eventually changed their minds. The Breeders’ Cup would help clean up the tarnished image of horse racing. Highlighting the best horses and trainers annually would also increase the sport’s prestige and notoriety.

Breeders’ Cup Evolution

The first Breeders’ Cup was held on November 10, 1984 at Hollywood Park Racetrack. Wild Again won the first Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2:03.40 over 1 1/4 miles. The Breeders’ Cup continued as a one-day event through 2006. In 2007, then CEO Greg Avioli proposed expanding the event to 2 days. Day 1 would showcase female horses. Day 2 would be for males; culminating with the Breeders’ Cup Classic race.

By 2009, the Breeders’ Cup became a worldwide event witnessed in some 140 countries. A simulcasting agreement with Betfair brought in an addition 2.5 million customers eligible to wager on the event. Horses from around the world were allowed to participate. A “Win and You’re In” policy granted automatic entry to horses winning major races in North America, England, Ireland, France, Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa and Australia.

Still Growing

Since 2010, the Breeders’ Cup has become a bi-coastal event. Churchill Downs or Santa Anita Park have been the most common locations. Recent exceptions include Keeneland in 2015 and Del Mar in 2017. Santa Anita has hosted the Breeders’ Cup a record 9 times.

Triple Crown winners running the Breeders’ Cup Classic are now eligibile to win thoroughbred racing’s Grand Slam. American Pharoah was the first to earn this title in 2015. Note that American Pharoah was also the first Triple Crown winner since the event’s 1984 inception.

Breeders’ Cup betting is widely available at most online sportsbooks, teletheaters and other simulcasting services.

Breeders’ Cup Classic Winners 1984 to Present

Breeders' Cup Classic Winners
YearHorseJockeyTrainerTime
2023White AbarrioIrad Ortiz Jr.Richard E. Dutrow Jr.2:02.87
2022FlightlineFlavien PratJohn W. Sadler2:00.05
2021Knicks GoJoel RosarioBrad H. Cox1:59.57
2020AuthenticJohn R. VelazquezBob Baffert1:59.60
2019Vino RossoIrad Ortiz Jr.Todd Pletcher2:02.80
2018AccelerateJoel RosarioJohn W. Sadler2:02.93
2017Gun RunnerFlorent GerouxSteve Asmussen2:01.29
2016ArrogateMike E. SmithBob Baffert2:00.11
2015American PharoahVictor EspinozaBob Baffert2:00.07
2014BayernMartin GarciaBob Baffert1:59.88
2013Mucho Macho ManGary StevensKatherine Ritvo2:00.72
2012Fort LarnedBrian HernandezIan Wilkes2:00.11
2011DrosselmeyerMike E. SmithWilliam I. Mott2:04.27
2010BlameGarrett GomezAlbert Stall Jr.2:02.28
2009ZenyattaMike E. SmithJohn Shirreffs2:00.32
2008Raven's PassFrankie DettoriJohn Gosden1:59.27
2007CurlinRobby AlbaradoSteve Asmussen2:00.59
2006Invasor (ARG)Fernando JaraKiaran McLaughlin2:02.18
2005Saint LiamJerry BaileyRichard Dutrow2:01.49
2004GhostzapperJavier CastellanoRobert J. Frankel1:59.02
2003Pleasantly PerfectAlex SolisRichard Mandella1:59.88
2002VolponiJose SantosPhilip G. Johnson2:01.39
2001TiznowChris McCarronJay M. Robbins2:00.62
2000TiznowChris McCarronJay M. Robbins2:00.75
1999Cat ThiefPat DayD. Wayne Lukas1:59.52
1998Awesome Again (CAN)Pat DayPatrick B. Byrne2:02.16
1997Skip AwayMike E. SmithSonny Hine1:59.16
1996Alphabet SoupChris McCarronDavid Hofmans2:01.00
1995CigarJerry BaileyWilliam I. Mott1:59.58
1994ConcernJerry BaileyRichard W. Small2:02.41
1993ArcanguesJerry BaileyAndre Fabre2:00.83
1992A.P. IndyEd DelahoussayeNeil Drysdale2:00.20
1991Black Tie Affair (IRE)Jerry BaileyErnie T. Poulos2:02.95
1990UnbridledPat DayCarl Nafzger2:02.20
1989Sunday SilenceChris McCarronCharlie Whittingham2:00.20
1988AlyshebaChris McCarronJack Van Berg2:04.80
1987FerdinandBill ShoemakerCharlie Whittingham2:01.40
1986SkywalkerLaffit Pincay, Jr.Michael Whittingham2:00.40
1985Proud TruthJorge VelasquezJohn M. Veitch2:00.80
1984Wild AgainPat DayVincent Timphony2:03.40

Breeders’ Cup Event Locations 1984 to Present

Breeders' Cup Locations
YearTrack
2024Del Mar
2023Santa Anita
2022Keeneland
2021Del Mar
2020Keeneland
2019Santa Anita
2018Churchill Downs
2017Del Mar
2016Santa Anita
2015Keeneland
2014Santa Anita
2013Santa Anita
2012Santa Anita
2011Churchill Downs
2010Churchill Downs
2009Santa Anita
2008Santa Anita
2007Monmouth Park
2006Churchill Downs
2005Belmont Park
2004Lone Star Park
2003Santa Anita
2002Arlington Park
2001Belmont Park
2000Churchill Downs
1999Gulfstream Park
1998Churchill Downs
1997Hollywood Park
1996Woodbine
1995Belmont Park
1994Churchill Downs
1993Santa Anita
1992Gulfstream Park
1991Churchill Downs
1990Belmont Park
1989Gulfstream Park
1988Churchill Downs
1987Hollywood Park
1986Santa Anita
1985Aqueduct
1984Hollywood Park

Horse Betting Resources

  • Horse Racing Betting Tracks – Complete list of today’s thoroughbred horse races and harness races from major United States tracks and raceways, plus a select list of Canadian and Latin American tracks.
  • Horse Betting Sites – We’ve reviewed the finest legal US horse racing betting sites, offering our own insights and guidance on where to place a bet. Don’t forget to claim your bonus code.
  • How to bet on Horses – We’ve made horse racing betting easy, giving you a basic rundown of the win, place, show, and win-place-show bet. You’ll also learn how place a trifecta, superfecta, exacta, or quinella bet.

Exotic Horse Bets

  • Exacta Bet – Bet on two horses to finish first and second in the order you specify. Like other exotic bets, you can box or wheel an exacta bet.
  • Quinella Bet – This bet is similar to the exacta, except you’re picking two horses to finish first and second in any order. That means they could finish A-B, or B-A, and your quinella would still win. You can also box or wheel a quinella.
  • Trifecta Bet – Bet on three horses to finish first, second, and third in the order you specify, or try a trifecta box or trifecta wheel bet.
  • Superfecta Bet – It’s hard to win a superfecta, which is a bet on four horses to finish first, second, third, and fourth in the order you specify. Hitting a superfecta box or superfecta wheel bet might be easier.
  • Daily Double Bet – Pick the winners of two consecutive horse races from the horse track’s list of eligible races. For more flexibility, you can try a daily double wheel bet. You can’t box a daily double bet.
  • Pick 3, 4, 5, or 6 Bets – Pick the winners of 3, 4, 5, or 6 consecutive horse races. Like the Pick 3, you’ll need to review the horse track’s list of eligible races before placing this longshot wager. You can also wheel a Pick bet.

Kentucky Derby Resources

Preakness Stakes Resources

  • Preakness Betting Odds – Odds to win this year’s Preakness Stakes and Black-Eyed Susan, with a quick guide to how to bet on these two exciting annual horse racing events.
  • Preakness Trifecta Picks – We’ve got a trifecta picks for this year’s Preakness Stakes, offering you the chance to improve your odds with an efficient trifecta wheel bet.
  • Preakness Superfecta Picks – If you’re feeling lucky, try our Preakness superfecta part wheel bet, where you’ll key in sets of horses and try to nail the right finish. Though it’s notoriously an elusive bet to win, the potential payout is extremely lucrative.
  • Preakness Betting Sites – Last minute picks and the best places to place an online wager for the Preakness Stakes this year.

Belmont Stakes Resources

  • Belmont Stakes Betting Odds – See odds to win this year’s Belmont Stakes. If a horse has won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, a Triple Crown will be on the line.
  • Belmont Stakes Trifecta Picks – Check out our trifecta part wheel picks for the Belmont Stakes. A part wheel is easier to win than a straight trifecta bet.
  • Belmont Stakes Superfecta Picks – Picks for a winning Superfecta Part Wheel at this year’s Belmont Stakes.
  • Belmont Stakes Betting Sites – Legally bet on this year’s Belmont Stakes from the comfort of your home with our highly regarded online horse betting sites, then have a look at our last minute race picks.
  • Belmont Stakes Trends – Review Belmont Stakes trends before placing a bet. Find out which post position is the most likely to produce a winner.

Breeders’ Cup Resources

  • Breeders’ Cup Betting Odds – Odds to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic and other top-tier events from this seminal horse racing event that serves as the capstone for each racing season, with juvenile race winners likely to be Triple Crown contenders the following year.
  • Breeders’ Cup Distaff Betting Odds – See the latest odds to win the Breeders’ Cup Distaff race, held on the Saturday afternoon just before the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
  • Breeders’ Cup Mile Betting Odds – Enjoy the thrill of the often underrated Breeders’ Cup Mile, a stunning race held early Saturday afternoon before the main event.
  • Breeders’ Cup Turf Betting Odds – Another great race on the undercard, the Breeders’ Cup Turf showcases the world’s top horses on grass. Get the latest odds before the race goes off Saturday afternoon.

References


en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breeders%27_Cup
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breeders%27_Cup_Classic
twitter.com/twinspires?lang=en
breederscup.com/history-tradition
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_A._Nerud
horseracingnation.com/race/1984_Breeders_Cup_Classic_G1
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Pharoah
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Slam_of_Thoroughbred_racing
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breeders%27_Cup_Classic
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