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.

Breeders Cup FAQ

Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, will play host to the 2018 Breeder’s Cup event. It was last staged here in 2006, 2010 and 2011 and five times before that. This is also home to the Kentucky Derby although the 2018 Derby winner, Justify, has already been retired to stud. The next three Breeders’ Cup meetings will be staged at Santa Anita (2019), Keeneland (2020) and Del Mar (2021).
There’s a $1 million US dollar purse for every Juvenile race on the Friday of the Breeders’ Cup and this grows to a minimum of $2 million for six of the races for older horses. There are two exceptions: A $4 million purse for the penultimate race of the meeting, the Breeder’s Cup Turf and $6 million for the show-stopping Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Head to one of the many online bookmakers to find your bet options on the Breeders’ Cup. Most will give you a free bet for making a first time bet/deposit and all will offer concessions like ‘best odds guaranteed’ or allow you to put multiple selections from both days racing into multiple and exotic bets. You can also place each-way wagers (part of your stake goes on to win and part ‘to place’) and some will allow you to bet directly into on-track pools or be rewarded at pari-mutuel odds. Much of the remainder of the country treats Melbourne Cup day as a holiday throughout with productivity taking an enormous dip as businesses see employees take the day off as booked leave or report-in sick. Little wonder the Melbourne Cup is popularly dubbed as “the race that stops the nation” and should the Victoria laws be changed now, there’s a real chance the entire country would go out on strike!
Friday November 2nd and Saturday November 3rd are the race dates. The meetings start at 12.55pm and 10.55am respectively albeit the first Breeders’ Cup races start at 3.21pm on Friday and noon on Saturday. If you watch just one race, make it the ‘Classic’ which is due off at 5.44pm on Saturday. A long-range market has been open all year but as the race draws closer more and more Melbourne Cup betting markets will go live. ‘Win’ and ‘each-way’ bets are the most popular wagers and the dividends for finding Forecasts,Trifectas and Superfectas can be enormous. You can try to box a few up for that ‘big win’. Some online sportsbooks, like bet365, will allow you bet directly into the Melbourne Tote pools, take a fixed price about your fancy or even have a return at the best Tote price – being mindful there are a number of statewide pools in Australia.
In a break from tradition the opening day of the Breeders’ Cup meeting has been named “Future Stars Friday” in 2018 meaning all five Breeders’ Cup races will be for two-year-olds (or juveniles) only. All of Saturday’s nine Breeders’ Cup betting races are for four-year-olds and older. Incidentally, the oldest horse to win a Breeders' Cup race is Calidoscopio, aged 9, who won the Breeders' Cup Marathon in 2012. The show-stopping Breeders’ Cup Classic has been won by 14 four-year-olds, 12 three-year-olds and eight five-year-olds.