The Breeders’ Cup: Things You Need to Know Before Betting

The Breeders’ Cup is returning with a more competitive set of runners this year. Like any other year, this global championship race continues to make headlines for their races. Many exceptional horses take their shot in one of the Breeders’ Cup fields, but only one can be crowned as the winner in every 14 championship races. Thus, the competition is relatively high since all excellent horses from around the world have gathered in one huge event.

As such, it’s without a doubt that many fans and bettors alike have their eyes set on the Breeders’ Cup. Aside from that, the staggering payouts are also something that you can hardly avoid. So, if you’re also taking a shot at earning a significant profit in the event, here are the things that you first need to know about the 2022 Breeders’ Cup.

What Is The Biggest Race at the Breeders’ Cup?

As mentioned, the Breeders’ Cup is a global championship event that hosts several races. In the 2022 Breeders’ Cup, there will be 14 different races. Although the total number of races can vary each year, the biggest out of all the Breeders’ Cup races are the same. It’s the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

The Breeders’ Cup Classic is a race for three-year-old horses. Its field runs at a distance of one and ¼ miles, approximately 2,000 meters on dirt. Although it may not be as popular as the Triple Crown races (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes), many people still consider the Classic as one of the annual American horse racing highlights.

Who Is the Favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Classic?

To live up to its hype, oddsmakers, and sportsbooks already have preliminary odds for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. One of the heavy favorites is Flightline. This horse has showcased exceptional performances during their past races this year, which makes them the top horses for the Classic this year.

Flightline has been attracting attention since he ran for the TVG Pacific Classic Stakes in the September 3 race for the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series. This event is a ticket for the prestigious championship event, where only a few excellent horses can participate. Flightline’s jaw-dropping speed figures got many people comparing him to the NBA star Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

To present numerical data, Flightline holds a 126 Beyer Speed Figure, the second highest after Ghostzapper, who holds a 128-speed figure after he ran for the 2004 Philip H. Iselin Breeders’ Cup Handicap. Not only that, but Flightline also earned 111-126-127-114-122 Equibase Speed Figure for his Pacific Classic debut, which is an impressive set of numbers for someone like Flightline.

What Bets Can You Place for the Breeders’ Cup?

What makes the Breeders’ Cup more exciting is the different types of bets you can place in every race. In this two-day event, you can place different bets as many times as you want. To help you get started, here are the most common wagers you can place in different Breeders’ Cup races.

  • Win. This type of bet requires its bettors to place stakes on a horse that will outright win the race.
  • Place. Unlike Win bets, you can win your Place bets if you wagered on a horse that can at least finish as first or second.
  • Show. If you’re not confident, you can place your stakes on Show bets instead. All you have to do is a wager on a horse that you think will finish in third place.
  • Pick 3. This is an example of an exotic bet. This bet lets its bettors place stakes on three different horses from different individual races, but these events will be under a single ticket. So, if one of these horses fails to win, you lose, which means you also lose your stakes.
  • Exacta. Exacta is another type of exotic bet. However, in this case, you’ll only need to focus on a single race. So, to participate, you’ll need to bet on at least two horses in one event to participate. These horses must finish in the exact order you bet on them. Again, these stakes are under one ticket, which means you lose your bet if one fails to finish according to your wager..

When Will the Breeders’ Cup Take Place?

The Breeders’ Cup will commence on November 4 and 5 at the Keeneland Race Course in Kentucky. If you wish to watch this global championship firsthand, you can buy your tickets online on the Breeders’ Cup official website. However, if you prefer to watch it live on television, NBC Sports will cover the entire race in real-time.

Furthermore, to get you more settled in, here are the events during the first and second days of the Breeders’ Cup.

Breeders’ Cup Day 1 (Friday Races)

  • Juvenile Turf Sprint
  • Juvenile Fillies
  • Juvenile Fillies Turf
  • Juvenile
  • Juvenile Turf

Breeders’ Cup Day 2 (Saturday Races)

  • Filly & Mare Sprint
  • Sprint
  • Turf Sprint
  • Dirt Mile
  • Filly & Mare Turf
  • Mile
  • Turf
  • Distaff
  • Classic

Final Thoughts

After reading through this article, you know how to prepare for this huge event. As such, you must keep these in mind to enjoy the event while betting for your favorites. Moreover, if you wish to see the horses in real life, secure your ticket as early as now!

(Disclaimer: WRN does not promote any kind of gambling activities and urges readers to play responsibly if they choose to do so. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of WRN and WRN does not claim any responsibility for the same.)

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