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Breeders’ Cup Betting
1996 was the last time the Breeders’ Cup meeting was staged in Canada and that is not going to change anytime soon as the venues for the two-day meeting have been confirmed all the way up to 2021.
The 2018 Breeders’ Cup meeting will be staged at Churchill Downs for a ninth time since this series of valuable races were introduced in 1984. Things have changed plenty since. The total purse money is now $30 million and the races were stretched to encompass a two-day meeting in 2007. The Breeders’ Cup Classic has doubled in value, it now carries a purse of $6 million.
Breeders’ Cup betting on-track could surpass $30 million in 2018. Last year the two-day on-track wagering (at Del Mar) surpassed $25 million and on-track wagering is on the rise.
But this could be a fraction of the total bets placed on the 14 Breeders’ Cup races when Vegas sportsbooks and the new US States which allow bookmaking are taken into account. And this is likely to be matched by business done by online bookmakers who offer Canadian bettors the most Breeders’ Cup betting opportunities. Everything from ‘fixed odds’ betting (with the ‘best price’ guaranteed) to place only, bets paid out at on-track tote returns to multiple bets and exotics.
2018 Breeders’ Cup Betting Odds
Here’s the early betting favourite for all the Breeders’ Cup Races:
- Juvenile Turf Sprint: Soldiers Call.
- Juvenile Fillies Turf: Newspaperofrecord
- Juvenile Turf: Anthony Van Dyke.
- Juvenile Fillies: Bellafina.
- Juvenile Mile: Game Winner
- Filly & Mare Sprint: Marley’s Freedom
- Turf Sprint: Disco Partner
- Dirt Mile: Catalina Cruiser
- Filly & Mare Turf: Wild Illusion
- Sprint: Imperial Hint
- Mile: Polydream
- Distaff: Monomoy Girl
- Turf: Enable
- Classic: Accelerate
Enable, who recently won her second Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Europe’s richest race) is the shortest-priced of all the Breeders’ Cup betting favourites at -166. She is trained in Europe and European runners have an outstanding record in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, taking the race for 15 of the last 20 years.
There will be Breeders Cup betting markets available with online bookmakers on the number of European-trained winners incidentally. They normally win two or three races with Ireland’s Aidan O’Brien always bringing the big team to the meeting.
Don’t expect visiting horses to feature in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic though. The Europeans have won this just once in its history so we recommend striking out Roaring Lion and Mendelssohn. Meanwhile given the John Sadler-trained Accelerate, a five-year-old who has landed four Grade 1 races this season, and Catholic Boy who is on a winning streak of three, most recently taking the Belmont Derby and Travers Stakes – both Grade 1 races both warrant serious consideration.
Breeders’ Cup Betting Offers
Breeders’ Cup betting offers from all the major bookmaking brands will be readily available in the weeks leading up to the valuable race meeting. Look out for odds boosts, additional place paying positions, concessions for narrowly beaten losers and money-back free bets on second-placed finishers.
The best online bookmakers will offer Breeders’ Cup betting odds in their ante-post section but once the final race declarations have been made they will offer a money back on any late scratchings. They will also give you the choice of taking tote odds or fixed odds.
Breeders’ Cup Free Bet
Don’t be afraid to open up new online sports betting account in the week leading up to the Breeders Cup. This will give you ample time to make your first-time deposit and claim your Breeders’ Cup free bets in the days leading up to the betting bonanza.
Free bet offers are commonplace on the Breeders’ Cup if you can accumulate more than one we recommended you try to identify ways of hedging the free bets alongside those you have placed using cash. Some companies even give you free bets if identifying a winner priced 4/1 or more.