Breeders' Cup Odds
2017 Breeders' Cup Odds
Created as a season-ending, multi-race championship event for Thoroughbred racing, the first running of the Breeders’ Cup in 1984 at the now-defunct Hollywood Park featured seven races worth a combined $13 million in purses.
The event has grown significantly in size and scope since then, with the 2017 event offering 13 races and $26.5 million in purses over a two-day program. The Breeders’ Cup days are the two biggest wagering days in North American racing each year.
Probables and Pre-entries for the 2017 running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships meet, which will be held for the first time at Del Mar Racecourse in California on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4, will be released on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time (11:30 a.m. ET). It will be streamed live from Santa Anita Park on www.breederscup.com, the official Breeders’ Cup App, and Facebook Live.
The Post Position Draw for 11 of the Breeders' Cup races will take place at 1 p.m. Pacific Time (4 p.m. ET) at Santa Anita Park on Monday, Oct. 30. It will be streamed live on www.breederscup.com.
Post positions will be drawn later that day at Santa Anita Park for the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (4:05 p.m. Pacific Time, 7:05 p.m. ET) and the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (4:10 p.m. Pacific Time, 7:10 p.m. ET).
Morning-line Breeders' Cup odds will also be announced on October 30. These are a track handicapper’s estimate of what the odds will be on the day, and no bets can be placed on these odds. Betting on the Breeders’ Cup races opens Friday morning, Nov. 3.
Find BRISnet Breeders' Cup Past Perfromances for probable horses that are pointed towards being pre-entered in the World Championships.
Finding Value at the Breeders’ Cup
When it comes to wagering on the Breeders’ Cup races, it’s a must to look for value in all the carded races – and because of the class of the horses and the size of the fields, there’s plenty to be found.
The Breeders’ Cup races frequently get somewhere near their capacity of 14 runners (12 for the Dirt Mile). Any time this happens, it’s usually likely there will be greater value than most races in the year, when there are usually about eight or nine runners. When there’s 14 horses in the field, the money has more runners to be spread around, which results in greater payouts.
In addition, the Breeders’ Cup usually brings together all the best horses in training in North America, along with some of the best from Europe, and occasionally from other parts of the world. There is normally never fields with as many good horses in each racing division than there is at the Breeders’ Cup, which means there’s likely to be better value for horses that usually start at shorter odds.
One good example of this was the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 2015. Bar his maiden race, the unbeaten Californian colt Nyquist hadn’t started at more than even money in any start prior to the Juvenile, including two grade one races. But at the Juvenile, with a full field of 14, and with the best of the East Coast runners there to take him on, he started as 4.7-1 second favorite. He duly won, and never started at those odds again – not even against 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby, which he won at 2.3-1 odds.
Another good example of how field strength can produce great odds was the Ladies’ Classic (which has since returned to its original name of the Distaff) in 2012. Defending champion Royal Delta had raced four times in the U.S. that year for three wins, and had not started at a price longer than 0.85-1. But in the Ladies’ Classic, despite a field size of eight, there was enough depth in the field that Royal Delta started at 1.7-1. She duly won the race.
Large field sizes also produce some fantastic returns for exotic bets. Over the last 10 years of the Breeders’ Cup, the average payouts for the exacta are $196, trifecta $1,870, and the superfecta $15,363. So when you’re risking your bankroll during the two days of Breeders’ Cup races, know that victory is found also in value, and sometimes a life changing score.
The History of Breeders' Cup Odds and Post Position Draw
Each Breeders’ Cup race is limited to 14 runners, with the lone exception of the Dirt Mile, which is limited to 12 runners.
After all the races have been drawn, the track handicapper derives a morning line for each race that is run on Friday and Saturday.
The Breeders’ Cup is known for long shots and the biggest payoff in the Breeders’ Cup Classic was in 1993 at Santa Anita, when a French horse named Arcangues won for jockey Jerry Bailey at staggering odds of 133/1. Arcangues paid a whopping $269.20 on a $2 win bet.
The shortest-priced favorites to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic are Cigar, who completed a perfect season when winning in 1995, and Triple Crown hero American Pharoah in 2015.
Sent off at 3/5, Cigar went on to win by 2 ½ lengths over a muddy track at Belmont Park and paying a minimal $3.40. That victory was jockey Jerry Bailey’s 3rd consecutive win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
American Pharoah’s victory completed U.S. Thoroughbred Racing’s Grand Slam for the first time – the Triple Crown plus the Breeders’ Classic. He coasted to victory by 6 ½ lengths under jockey Victor Espinoza.
One of the best wagers during Breeders’ Cup weekend is the pick 4. The pick 4 is offered three times on Friday and Saturday race cards. The pick 4 is a very budget friendly wager for bettors as the minimum wager is 50 cents, and it can produce some fantastic payoffs.
In 2011, the late pick 4 of St Nicholas Abbey (Turf), Hansen(Juvenile), Court Vision (Mile), and Drosselmeyer (Classic) paid $46,814 on a 50-cent wager, and in 2014 there was another huge five-figure pick 4 payout for $32,691 for Take Charge Brandi (Juvenile Fillies), Dayatthespa (Filly & Mare Turf), Judy the Beauty (Filly & Mare Sprint), and Bobby’s Kitten (Turf Sprint).
Post Positions and Morning Line Odds for the 2017 Breeders' Cup
BREEDERS' CUP FRIDAY
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
6th Race, Post Time 2:25 pm (PT)/5:25 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE FILLIES TURF (GI) is a one mile race for 2-year-old fillies to be run on the turf. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $1 million, including travel awards.
|3||Now You're Talking (IRE)||30-1|
|7||Capla Temptress (IRE)||6-1|
|9||Fatale Bere (FR)||15-1|
|13||Juliet Capulet (IRE)||12-1|
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile
7th Race, Post Time 3:05 pm (PT)/6:05 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP DIRT MILE (GI) is a one mile race for 3-year-olds and up. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $1 million, including travel awards.
|4||Gato Del Oro||30-1|
|9||Battle of Midway||10-1|
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf
8th Race, Post Time 3:50 pm (PT)/6:50 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE TURF (GI) is a one mile race for 2-year-old colts and geldings to be run on the turf. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $1 million, including travel awards.
|3||Sands of Mali (FR)||30-1|
|7||James Garfield (IRE)||6-1|
|12||Hemp Hemp Hurray||8-1|
|13||My Boy Jack||8-1|
Breeders' Cup Distaff
9th Race, Post Time 4:35 pm (PT)/7:25 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP DISTAFF (GI) is a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $2 million, including travel awards.
BREEDERS' CUP SATURDAY
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies
4th Race, Post Time 12:00 pm (PT)/3:00 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE FILLIES (GI) is a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-old fillies. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $2 million, including travel awards.
|2||Tell Your Mama||30-1|
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint
5th Race, Post Time 12:37 pm (PT)/3:37 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP TURF SPRINT (GI) is a five furlong race for 3-year-olds and up to be run on the turf. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $1 million, including travel awards.
|5||Washington DC (IRE)||20-1|
|8||Cotai Glory (GB)||20-1|
|AE||Paquita Coqueta (CHI)||20-1|
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
6th Race, Post Time 1:14 pm (PT)/4:14 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP FILLY & MARE SPRINT (GI) is a seven furlong race for 3-year-olds and up, fillies & mares. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $1 million, including travel awards.
|5||Bar of Gold||30-1|
|7||By the Moon||12-1|
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf
7th Race, Post Time 2:00 pm (PT)/5:00 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP FILLY & MARE TURF (GI) is a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, to be run on the turf. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $2 million, including travel awards.
|8||Grand Jete (GB)||6-1|
|10||Queen's Trust (GB)||12-1|
Breeders' Cup Sprint
8th Race, Post Time 2:37 pm (PT)/5:37 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP SPRINT (GI) is a six furlong race for 3-year-olds and up. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $1.5 million, including travel awards.
|6||Mind Your Biscuits||6-1|
|9||Ransom the Moon||12-1|
Breeders' Cup Mile
9th Race, Post Time 3:19 pm (PT)/6:19 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP MILE (GI) is a one mile race for 3-year-olds and up, to be run on the turf. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $2 million, including travel awards.
|2||Heart to Heart||6-1|
|9||Home of The Brave (IRE)||20-1|
Breeders' Cup Juvenile
10th Race, Post Time 3:58 pm (PT)/6:58 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE (GI) is a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-old colts and geldings. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $2 million, including travel awards.
|1||U S Navy Flag||8-1|
|5||Free Drop Billy||5-1|
Breeders' Cup Turf
11th Race, Post Time 4:37 pm (PT)/7:37 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP TURF (GI) is a 1 1/2-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, to be run on the turf. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $4 million, including travel awards.
|3||Highland Reel (IRE)||5-1|
|4||Decorated Knight (GB)||15-1|
|6||Cliffs of Moher (IRE)||20-1|
|9||Seventh Heaven (IRE)||20-1|
|10||Fanciful Angel (IRE)||12-1|
Breeders' Cup Classic
12th Race, Post Time 5:35 pm (PT)/8:35 pm (ET)
The BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC (GI) is a 1 1/4-mile race for 3-year-olds and up. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $6 million, including travel awards.
|3||Win the Space||30-1|