The 2020 Breeders’ Cup takes place on Friday, November 6th and Saturday, November 7th at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. There are five races on Friday and nine on Saturday, including the $6 million dollar Breeders’ Cup Classic. Friday’s races can be seen on NBCSN from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time, while Saturday’s races will be shown on NBCSN and NBC with NBCSN coverage from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, while NBC will show the races from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Let’s take a first look at the 2020 Breeder’s Cup with a focus on the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Breeders’ Cup Facts and Figures
The longest race in the Breeders’ Cup is the Longines Turf at a mile and a half, while the shortest race is the Turf Sprint at 5.5 furlongs.
The best post position in the Breeders’ Cup has been post position No. 4, as that post has won 40 Breeders’ Cup races.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has the most trainer wins with 20, while Mike Smith has the most jockey wins with 26.
The Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint has been the race for longshots, with the average payout of $24.93, while the race for favorites has been the Juvenile Turf Sprint with an average payout of $7.08.
Overall, the favorite has won 107 times in Breeders’ Cup races for a 31% win rate.
Breeders’ Cup Classic
The marquee race of the Breeders’ Cup is the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday. It takes place at a mile and a quarter with a field up to 14 horses that must be at least 3-years old. The last time the Breeders’ Cup was held at Keeneland was in 2015 and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah dominated the race, winning by 6.5 lengths.
2020 Breeders’ Cup Classic Odds
Tiz The Law +350
Maximum Security +600
Toms dEtat +700
Global Campaign +1500
Happy Saver +1600
Code of Honor +1800
Mystic Guide +1800
By My Standards +2500
Mr Big News +2500
Higher Power +3500
It should be noted that Swiss Skydiver, winner of the Preakness Stakes, could be entered in the Breeders’ Cup Classic or in the Distaff. There are five horses who are listed at single-digit odds to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic. They are Improbable who won the Awesome Again Stakes, Tiz the Law who won the Belmont, Authentic who won the Kentucky Derby, Tom’s d’Etat who won the Stephen Foster and Pacific Classic winner Maximum Security.
The horse with the highest Beyer number in the field is Maximum Security, while Improbable has the best number in his last race.
The Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings have Improbable at the top. Those rankings are determined by a panel of racing media, horseplayers and members of the Breeders’ Cup Racing Directors. Improbable got 317 votes, far outdistancing the second place horse, Tom’s d’Etat. Maximum Security was third in the poll and was followed by Tiz the Law and Authentic.
It is worth noting that Bob Baffert trains Improbable, Authentic and Maximum Security. He said that Authentic is working extremely well in advance of the Classic. “Authentic, he worked awesome,” said Baffert to the media. Authentic worked seven furlongs at Santa Anita in 1:24.40. Improbable worked seven furlongs in 1:25. Maximum Security went five furlongs in :59.80. The workout for Maximum Security was the fastest of 72 horses that worked out at Santa Anita on Sunday.
Baffert said to the media that all three of his horses look great. "I'm not being politically correct, but all three of these horses are at the top of their game right now," Baffert said to the media, "Authentic looks just as good as he did going into the Kentucky Derby. Maximum Security is doing the best he's ever done for me, and Improbable is also doing very well." Luis Saez is set to ride Maximum Security, while Irad Ortiz Jr. will ride Improbable and it will be John Velazquez aboard Authentic. "They are a triple threat," Baffert said to the media about his horses. "It may come down to post position or the trip they get."
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