The 2018 Breeders’ Cup will be staged at Churchill Downs for the ninth time since its 1984 inception. That ties with Santa Anita who have also played host to this valuable series of races nine times. Sadly Woodbine has only hosted horse racing’s end-of-year showpiece event once, in 1996.
The choice of location for the Breeders’ Cup, which features $30 million in purses, does have an effect on all runners with visiting horses often struggling to acclimatise to changes in temperature (especially horses visiting from Europe) and naturally no two courses are alike in terms of circumference, stretch runs and even surface.
Betting on the Breeders’ Cup is simply colossal. The two-day on-track wagering totalled $25,181,317 in 2017, the highest for the event which expanded from a one-day meeting to two in 2007.
But this is only a tip of a much bigger iceberg. Fixed odds betting in Las Vegas and at the US States which now allow bookmakers is set to be bigger than ever. Furthermore, online sportsbooks have always seen the Breeders’ Cup as a veritable betting feast.
There is no end of betting opportunities available to Canadian citizens, dig deep enough and you will find ways to bet directly into US tote pools, place ‘betting exchange’ wagers, back horses at fixed prices in multiple bets, even trade with spread betting sites.
2018 Breeders’ Cup Betting Odds
There is no end of opportunities – in keeping with the stature of this meeting which culminates with a $6 million headline act, the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The early favourite here is the John Sadler-trained Accelerate, a five-year-old who has landed four Grade 1 races this season.
But at +350 he is no field-goal attempt and market rivals include Mckinzie who won the Pennsylvania Derby for trainer Bob Baffert and Catholic Boy who is on a winning streak of three, most recently taking the Belmont Derby and Travers Stakes – both Grade 1’s. The last three betting favourites have won this race and the biggest priced winner this century has been +4400 (Volponi in 2002).
European’s have only won the Classic once, so it’s probably wise to strike out their key challengers: Roaring Lion (+1000) and Mendelssohn (+1200). But European runners have an outstanding record in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, taking the race for 15 of the last 20 years. Enable, who recently won her second Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Europe’s richest race) is a top-priced -166 favourite to extend the visitor’s outstanding record here and she will be many people’s Breeders’ Cup banker bet.
Another short-priced runner, Catalina Cruiser, looks like he too could go off odds-on in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. The race may have a large field but much of that is likely to be ‘deadwood’.
Breeders’ Cup Betting Offers
As with any big race meeting, the top online sportsbooks will offer Breeders’ Cup free bets and Breeders’ Cup betting offers.
Typically online bookmakers will give you an enhanced price on race favourites, money back offers if your selection is beaten by a short margin and free bets on the following race if you place a successful win bet on a selection priced 4/1 or more.
Breeders’ Cup Free Bet
All major online sportsbooks bookmakers will be offering a range of Breeders’ Cup free bets and offers as the race meeting draws closer. This will be in addition to the current sign-up bonus online sportsbooks offer.
Should you keep your powder dry and take all these Breeders’ Cup betting free bet opportunities simultaneously there is an outstanding chance you can manipulate the offers to cover most of the field and/or guarantee a profitable race.
There will be a number of ‘Special Breeders’ Cup Betting’ markets which can also help with this cause, such as the ‘number of European trained winners’ and/or individual races to be won by an ‘international’ runner.