Breeders’ Cup Online Betting

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With the next edition right around the corner, you’ll need to get to grips with how to bet on the Breeders’ Cup. Breeders’ Cup online betting is about as thrilling as it comes within this sport.  Two fantastic days of Grade I action in November all builds up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, one of the top events in world horse racing.

From the history of the championships to how and where to place a bet, we have everything you need.

Breeders’ Cup Online Betting Sites

As is the case every year, Breeders’ Cup online betting is very competitive right now. To ensure you are making the most of your wagering, you should always look for the best bonuses.

With that in mind, you should take a look at these operators before the meet on November 6 & 7:

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You will find strong Breeders’ Cup online betting markets at these major online racebooks:


As one of the official wagering partners, TVG’s Breeders’ Cup online betting will be as strong as ever. You can bet on the Breeders’ Cup with the biggest name in the game and receive a cool $300 sign-up bonus.


Breeders’ Cup odds are available every year at TwinSpires, one of the most popular operators around. As well as giving a $200 sign up bonus for newbies, players can watch as well as wager here.


Known as the fastest, easiest place to wager, AmWager will be right on top of the Breeders’ Cup odds as usual this year.

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How the Breeders’ Cup Works

The event’s official name is the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. A number of feeder races help to produce the final fields each November, some being ‘Win and You’re In’ events.

There are so many divisions now that since 2007, the championships have been staged over two days. Friday features all five juvenile races, while all others take place on Saturday. The Breeders’ Cup Classic is the main event and closing race.

The meet moves around almost every year to a different track. This makes Breeders’ Cup betting that little bit more difficult and exciting.

While the venues differ, the meet is only ever held in North America. Despite this, it has a great international appeal with Breeders’ Cup odds being offered on runners from England, Ireland and France.

Along with the Triple Crown races in the States, the Classics in England, and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in France, this meet is at the pinnacle of the sport. Moreover, the winner of the BC Classic very often going on to become Horse of the Year.

Breeders’ Cup Classic betting is the race where the most money is traded. Here are the 14 races now making up the Championships:

Future Stars Friday

  • Juvenile TurfSprint
  • Juvenile Turf
  • Juvenile Fillies
  • Juvenile Fillies Turf
  • TVG Juvenile


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

Breeders’ Cup 2019 Results

Although Bob Baffert’s McKinzie was the favorite, he was never at his best over this 1¼-mile distance. With that, the Breeders’ Cup Classic betting was at least competitive. Late money came in for Code of Honor, but it was the next horse in the Breeders’ Cup odds who took the prize.

Vino Rosso, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Irad Ortiz, swept by to win by an impressive 4¼ lengths. These were the final payouts in the Breeders’ Cup Classic betting:

Post PositionHorseWinPlaceShow
10Vino Rosso$11.20$5.80$4.00
8McKinzie $4.80$3.60
7Higher Power  $6.00

Breeders’ Cup History

The idea of a Breeders’ Cup was first proposed as far back as 1982 by leading breeder John R. Gaines. Back then, Breeders’ Cup Limited was incorporated to run the event.

The first Championships took place in 1984. From then until 2006, it was staged on just one day in November but was expanded in 2007.

In 2008 the Friday of the meet featured all the female-only races, with purses increasing to $25million for the first time. They are closer to $30million with each race worth between $1m – $6m.

The latest incarnation began in 2018, with day one being known as ‘Future Stars Friday’. All five Friday races are for juveniles only, with all other races taking place Saturday.

Breeders’ Cup online betting now reaches its peak on the second day, though plenty of Breeders’ Cup picks are available for Friday.

Memorable Breeders’ Cup Moments

Even in the times before Breeders’ Cup online betting was a major deal, great moments have been produced. These five great wins rank among the all-time classic moments at the Championships.

1991 Juvenile – Arazi

Probably the most one-sided Juvenile race of all time! Arazi simply blitzed his opposition to land the event for trainer Francois Boutin.

1996 Turf – Pilsudski

A ground-breaking event for the European contenders. In a division in which they excel – turf races over 1½ miles, 1996 was to be the real break-through as Michael Stoute’s Pilsudski led home a 1-2-3-4 for the challengers from across the pond.

2009 Classic – Zenyatta

Already etched into the very souls of racing fans, Zenyatta proved her genius at Santa Anita. Coming from behind, as usual, Mike Smith said “go” on Zenyatta and it was game over. A racing superstar.

2015 Classic – American Pharoah

A huge moment for the entire sport and one of the easiest Breeders’ Cup picks of all time. Having already taken the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, and the Haskell Invitational, the 12th Triple Crown winner and one of the toughest three-year-olds of all time landed this great race too.

2018 Turf – Enable

Having had an injury-interrupted campaign, the Queen of the Turf came to Churchill Downs having just won her second Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Very strongly favored in the Breeders’ Cup online betting, Enable duly took control.

In winning this under the enigmatic Frankie Dettori, Enable became the first horse to do the Arc – Breeders’ Cup double.


Where is the 2020 Breeders’ Cup?

For only the second time in history Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky will host the Championships.

Keeneland is home to some of the world’s biggest auctions. As such, the area can be described as the very home of breeding and horse sales.

It seems fitting then that the Lexington track hosts the event, with Breeders’ Cup online betting complimenting perfectly the millions bet on track should crowds be allowed at the Race Course.

When is the 2020 Breeders’ Cup?

The 37th Breeders’ Cup World Championships takes place over Friday, November 6, and Saturday, November 7.

Future Breeders’ Cups

Host sites are often chosen a few years in advance. Keeneland has been given the 2020 meet, and the 2022 event too.

The Championships return to California in 2021 when Del Mar hosts for the second time. Nearby Santa Anita has put on this shindig a record ten times in the past.  Other venues have included Churchill Downs, Belmont Park, Arlington Park, Gulfstream Park, and Aqueduct among others.

What Bets Can I Place on the Breeders’ Cup?

Once you have some favorite Breeders Cup horses in mind, it’s important to know how Breeders’ Cup online betting works. Breeders’ Cup betting is varied, with different bet types available and with a host of operators to choose from.

The majority of players will concentrate on win bets. As long as you are confident in your selection, then wagering ‘on the nose’ is always a fair option.

If you want a little Breeders’ Cup online betting insurance, however, then place or show bets could be for you. For a place bet to pay off, your horse needs to be in the first two past the wire. For a show bet, it needs to finish only the first three in any order. Read more about how to place win place show bets.

If you’re feeling a little more exotic, then you can go for a bigger payoff by predicting the finishing order precisely. Exacta means picking the first and second horse places correctly. A Trifecta involves the first three and a Superfecta means correctly predicting the 1-2-3-4 at the wire.

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