2021 Breeders' Cup Betting - Horse Racing Odds

2021 Breeders' Cup Betting

2021 Breeders' Cup Betting

The Sport of Kings is often discussed just a few times per year in mainstream sports betting, but the Breeders' Cup is the only time that horses not running in the Triple Crown races get any real notoriety whatsoever. These races aren’t as storied as the three Triple Crown races, only dating back to 1984, but they are known as the "world championships" of horse racing.

The Breeders' Cup is held at a different track every year, generally in the United States. The 2021 Breeders’ Cup will take place at Del Mar Racetrack in San Diego, California. It will take place on November 5-6, 2021.

NBCSN will have all the coverage of the races on Friday and most of the races on Saturday, but the Breeders' Cup Classic will be shown live on NBC.

2020 Breeders' Cup Betting Schedule

RACE AGE, SEX DISTANCE PURSE
Friday, November 5th
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint 2yo, C&G, Fillies 5 1/2 furlongs (T) $1,000,000
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) 2yo, Fillies 1 mile (T) $1,000,000
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) 2yo, Fillies 1 1/16 miles $2,000,000
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) 2yo, C&G 1 mile (T) $1,000,000
Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) 2yo, C&G 1 1/16 miles $2,000,000
Saturday, November 6th
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) 3yo & Up, F&M 7 furlongs $1,000,000
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) 3yo & Up 5 1/2 furlongs (T) $1,000,000
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) 3yo & Up 1 mile $1,000,000
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) 3yo & Up, F&M 1 3/8  miles (T) $2,000,000
TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) 3yo & Up 6 furlongs $2,000,000
Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) 3yo & Up 1 mile (T) $2,000,000
Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) 3yo & Up, F&M 1 1/8 miles $2,000,000
Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) 3yo & Up 1 1/2 miles (T) $4,000,000
Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) 3yo & Up 1 1/4 miles $6,000,000

The Breeders' Cup continues to grow and add races to its repertoire on an annual basis. This event was once just four races, but it has grown to include as many as 14 races over two full days of racing in any given year. The 2021 Breeders’ Cup will feature 14 races, five of which are held on Friday, and the remaining nine of which will encompass the best day of racing of the year on Saturday.

It’s a great two days as the first day features two-year-old horses that will be competing for the Triple Crown the following year. This will be the first time that these horses are seen by millions, and fortunes will be won or lost. The second day will feature the best of the best, although some owners are reticent to run their horses and risk injury if they already won a Triple Crown event.

Most Breeders’ Cup Wins by Jockey

JOCKEY VICTORIES
Mike Smith 26
John R. Velazquez 18
Jerry Bailey 15
Frankie Dettori 14
Garrett K. Gomez 13

Unlike other horse racing records that are largely dominated by the old guard, the Breeders’ Cup records are all held by relative newcomers since these events are still somewhat new. Mike Smith has been the king of the Breeders’ Cup for the jockeys, winning an absurd 26 titles during his distinguished career. John Velazquez is the second-most successful jockey in the event’s history, and he rode two more horses to Breeders’ Cup wins in 2020.

Most Breeders’ Cup Wins by Trainer

TRAINER VICTORIES
D. Wayne Lukas 20
Bob Baffert and Chad Brown 17
Aidan O’Brien 15
William Mott and Todd Pletcher 13
Richard Mandella and Shug McGaughey 11

D. Wayne Lukas has been one of the most successful horse racing trainers of the modern era. Lukas’ horses have claimed first place three more times than rival Bob Baffert, but Baffert had two horses win Breeders’ Cup races in 2020. Baffert has been the trainer of two Triple Crown winners in the last decade though, and he is looking to surpass Lukas in this category too.

Baffert is 68 years old, but he is still going strong. He can boast that he produced the two most recent Triple Crown winners in American Pharoah and Justify, and that has led to his star rising once more.

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