The Breeders’ Cup is the world championship of horse racing. Horses and bettors from all over the world flock to the United States in November to take part in one of the sporting world’s richest races. Due to its massive growth in popularity, the Breeders’ Cup has grown from a one-day event into a two-day extravaganza in 2007. Since 2018, the prize money has grown to more than US$30 million. The main Breeders’ Cup race, which takes place on the second day, is worth US$6 million.
In 2018, the prize money was US$28 million spread across 14 races. More than US$120 million is wagered annually on Breeders’ Cup betting making it one of the US’ biggest betting event.
The 2019 races will be run on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2.
Let’s take a deeper look at the Breeders’ Cup, how the horses qualify, how to bet on them, and some top tips from our horse racing experts.
What you’ll find in this Breeders’ Cup betting guide:
Best Breeders’ Cup Betting Sites
Below is a list of some of the best US betting sites for wagering on the Breeders’ Cup.
Qualifying for the race mainly depends on what is needed from the horses. The cup has races on both dirt and turf courses over differing distances from 5 ½ furlongs to a mile-and-a-half.
Usually there are 14 starter horses – sometimes 12 – depending on track limitations. Such a small starting line-up means that only the best qualify. The selection process can be:
- Trainers and owners nominate the horses. Once eligible, for the races, the nominators pay an entry fee.
- Horses earn points in stakes races throughout the season and their final field is the Breeders’ Cup should they have enough points.
- If needs be, a panel of racing experts decide which horses should take part when a race has too many horses.
What makes watching any sport, especially horse racing, exciting is if you have your money in the game. Betting on the Breeders’ Cup is an exciting event that is both easy for beginners and challenging for the experts.
Let’s look at what goes into betting on this championship.
Breeders’ Cup Betting Markets
These betting markets are all about predicting which horse will finish where in the race. There are three markets to place your bets on:
- Exotic Bets: Exacta bet is when you pick the first and second place in the exact order. A Trifecta is getting the first three positions, and a Superfecta is getting the first four positions correct.
- Quinella: this boxes the Exacta, Trifecta, and Superfecta bets. This means that you win if the horses you picked make position in whatever order.
- Daily Double: this is the simplest exotic bet. All you have to do is pick the winners of any two consecutive races. Also, you can do a Pick 3 which has to have three races, a Pick 4 for four races, and a Pick 5 for five consecutive races.
See our guides on important US horse races:
Pick 6 Betting
This is the most popular bet market at the Breeders’ Cup. To play a Pick 6, you’ll have to pick six horses to win in six consecutive races. Because of the difficulty of this bet, it has very rewarding payouts. It has made many people millionaires with just a minimum required bet of US$2.
To play a Pick 6 bet, you’ll have to pick your six horses from races 4 to 9 on Future Stars Friday (the first day of the Breeders’ Cup) and from races 7 to 12 on Breeders Cup Classic Saturday.
If you’re feeling lucky and want to increase your chances even further, you can add one more horse onto your ticket.
Every year, there are 14 races that are part of the Breeders’ Cup. They are classified by division, age, gender, and turf speciality. These are:
- Juvenile Turf
- Dirt Mile
- Juvenile Fillies Turf
- Filly & Mare Sprint
- Juvenile Dirt
- Turf Mile
- Filly & Mare Turf
- Turf Sprint
- Juvenile Fillies Dirt