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The 31st Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious global event, consisting of 13 races with purses and awards totaling $27 million, will be held at Santa Anita Park on Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1.

There are four Breeders’ Cup races on Championship Friday and nine Breeders’ Cup races on Championship Saturday.  With $10,000,000 in guaranteed gross pools over the two Championship days,  including a $3-Million Late Pick 4 on Saturday, there will be plenty of opportunites to hit that once in a lifetime payoff!

Advance wagering for Saturday's Breeders' Cup races will be available on Friday starting at 11:30am ET/8:30am PT.

Breeders' Cup Wagering Information

This year's wagering menu on the 13 Breeders' Cup races features an abundance of wagering opportunities including two Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick Sixes, 10-cent Superfectas, 50-cent Trifectas, Pick 3's and Pick 4's, a Breeders' Cup Distaff/Classic daily double and two Super High 5 wagers.

Breeders' Cup has announced that there will be $10,000,000 in guaranteed gross pools over the two days. Friday's guarantees include: $500,000 Pick 5 on races 1-5; a $750,000 Pick 6 on races 4-9; and a $1.5 million late Pick 4 on races 6-9. On Saturday, the guarantees include: a $750,000 Pick 5 guarantee on races 1-5; a $1.5 million early Pick 4 on races 4-7; a $2.5 million Ultra Pick 6 on races 7-12; and a $3 million late Pick 4 on races 9-12.

There is an Ultra Pick Six on the four Friday Breeders' Cup races plus the Damascus and the Twilight Derby.

There is an Ultra Pick Six with a guaranteed gross pool of $2.5 million on the Saturday program beginning with the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (race 7) and concluding with the Breeders' Cup Classic (race 12).

In addition to the standard Win, Place and Show betting, there will be Exacta and Trifecta wagering on every race and rolling Pick 3 wagers beginning with the first race and continuing through all races on both Championship Friday and Championship Saturday. Among the featured wagers this year are:

Breeders’ Cup Pick 5’s with a fifty-cent minimum bet value and a 14% takeout. The wager will be offered on the first five races each day and will give players a chance to cash a large bet for a small investment. The wager may carryover from Friday to Saturday and also from Saturday to Sunday. Last year’s Saturday Pick 5 handled $6,438,510 and paid $23,665 for a fifty cent wager.
Friday's Ultra Pick 6 will have a guaranteed gross pool of $750,000 and Saturday's Ultra Pick 6 will feature a $2.5 million guaranteed gross pool. If no one hits the Friday Ultra Pick 6, the pool will carry over into Saturday's Ultra Pick 6. The wager may also carryover from Saturday’s program into Sunday. In such case, the Pick 6 would be a mandatory payout on Santa Anita’s closing day program on Sunday, November 2nd. Last year, Friday’s Pick 6 paid $106,839 for a $2 wager. Saturday’s Pick 6 paid $47,516.
Breeders’ Cup race days continues to offer some of racing’s highest payouts. Trifecta and Sueprfectas continue to pay huge dividends. Last year saw $1 trifectas pay $3,710, $2,810 and $2,619. Superfecta payouts were $27,889, $17,140 and $14,718 for a $1 bet.
A Special Daily Double wager linking the Breeders' Cup Distaff (race 9) on Friday to the Breeders' Cup Classic (race 12) on Saturday will again be offered.
Other Wagering Highlights this year are: The Pick 4, with a 50-cent minimum, continues to be a fan favorite bet at the Breeders' Cup. Friday's late Pick 4 (races 6-9) will have a guaranteed pool of $1,500,000. On Saturday, there will be two guaranteed Pick 4s. The early all Championships Pick 4 (races 4-7) will have a $1,500,000 guaranteed gross pool and the late all Championships Pick 4 (races 9-12) will have a $3,000,000 million gross pool. The Friday Pick 4 last year paid $29,725 for a fifty cent wager.
There will again be a Super High Five wager on both the Breeders' Cup Distaff and the Breeders' Cup Classic. Bettors are required to select the first five finishing places on one ticket. If no one hits the Super High Five on Friday the pool will carry over to Saturday's and if no one hit’s the Saturday High Five, it will carry into Sunday. The bet minimum for this wager is fifty cents.

Breeders' Cup Betting Minimums:

  • $.50 - TRIFECTA, PICK 3, PICK 4, PICK 5, SUPER Hi 5
  • $.10 - SUPERFECTA

Please note:

  • The Super Hi 5, the Pick 5 and the Pick 6 wagers on Friday, November 1 may carryover to Saturday, November 2.  The Saturday Ultra Pick 6 may carryover to the Sunday, November 3 Santa Anita program. 

Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6:

Friday's Pick 6 will be conducted on races 4-9 and Saturday's Ultra Pick 6 is conducted on races 7-12.  The object of the Pick 6 wager is for Players to select the first place finishers in six designated races.

  • The Pick 6 on Friday and the Ultra Pick 6 on Saturday are $2.00 base wagers.  Friday's Pick 6 may carryover to Saturday.
  • Saturday's Ultra Pick 6 is not a mandatory payout and may carryover to Sunday.
  • Wagering on Saturday's Ultra Pick 6 will open on Friday, November 1 and will close on Saturday, November 1 at post-time of the Breeders' Cup Race 7, scheduled for 5:05pmET/2:05pm PT.

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Breeders' Cup Special Wager - Distaff/Classic Double

The Special Daily Double comprises the Distaff, race 9 on Friday, and the Breeders' Cup Classic, race 12 on Saturday.  This two-day Special 'Distaff/Classic Daily Double' has a $1 minimum bet value. All Distaff/Classic Daily Double wagers must be placed prior to the start of the Distaff, at approximately 7:35pm ET/4:35pm PT on Friday, November 1.

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Breeders' Cup Handicapping

For handicappers, winning and losing at Breeders' Cup (or any day) is not determined by the finish line but at the betting window. There is more to winning money than picking winners, which is why's handicapping products is required reading ahead of this year's World Championships.

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Breeders' Cup Race Order and Post Times

There are a total of 10 races (four Breeders' Cup races) on the Championship Friday program and 12 races on Championship Saturday (nine Breeders' Cup races). Championship Friday begins at 11:25 a.m. (PT) with five undercard races. Champion Saturday first post is 10:15 a.m., and also begins with three undercards races.

The first Championships race on Breeders' Cup Friday is scheduled to be the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (2:25 p.m.); $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (3:05 p.m.); $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (3:50 p.m.); and the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff (4:35 p.m.).

On Championship Saturday, first post time is 10:15 a.m., starting with the Juvenile Turf Sprint Stakes, the Damascus Stakes and the Ken Maddy Stakes. The order of Breeders' Cup races is as follows: $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (12:05 p.m.); $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (12:43 p.m.); $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint (1:21 p.m.); $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (2:05 p.m.); $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2:45 p.m.); $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf (3:25 p.m.); $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Sprint (4:05); $2 million  Breeders' Cup Mile (4:42 p.m.); and the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (5:35 p.m.).

Breeders' Cup Coverage

The 31st running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic will be broadcast live in primetime on Saturday, November 2, culminating 9 1/2 hours of Breeders’ Cup World Championships coverage over two days by the NBC Sports Group from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. All 14 Breeders’ Cup races will be televised live by NBC and NBCSN.

Live NBC Sports Group coverage of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships begins on Friday, October 31, from 5-8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, continues on Saturday, November 1, from 3:30-8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and culminates with the live primetime broadcast of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Saturday, November 1, 8-9 p.m. ET on NBC.

2014 Breeders' Cup Television Coverage:

All Times Live, ET
Friday, October 31 5-8 p.m. NBCSN
Saturday, November 1 3:30-8 p.m. NBCSN
Saturday, November 1 8-9 p.m. NBC

Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park Racetrack Information

Main track (Cushion): 1-mile, oval
Length of stretch from last turn to finish line: 990 feet
Composition: Cushion Track
Turf: 7 furlongs plus 132 feet (9/10 of a mile) with a hillside turf course for 6 1/2-furlong turf races

About Breeders' Cup

The world’s greatest have to start somewhere. And for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, that somewhere was Hollywood Park, 31 years ago. What began as a one day, 7-race event has grown into a two-day, $27 million extravaganza attracting the best horses, trainers, and owners from across the globe. It has also become the unofficial end and culmination of the thoroughbred-racing season, often with the Breeders’ Cup Classic being the deciding factor in Horse of the Year. And while these two days have seen legends born, history made, and fortunes won, the greatest part is that the best is still yet to come.