- The Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf 2022 is the Grade 1 for female horses, which is run over 1 3/8 miles
- It offers a purse of $2 million and was won in 2021 by Loves Only You
The Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf is constantly one that grabs the attention at the curtain-closing event of the flat season. That will be no different at Keeneland later this year, as a field of fillies and mares travel over a distance of 1 3/8 miles for their share of the $2 million purse. This has been a very international affair in recent years, with Japanese-trained Loves Only You winning the race at Del Mar in 2021.
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf 2022 Schedule
- When: Saturday, November 5, 2022
- Where: Keeneland, Lexington
- Grade: Grade 1
- Distance: 1 3/8 miles
- Purse: $2 million
- How To Watch: NBC Sports
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf 2022 Vegas Odds
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Challenge Series Races
As there is often a very international feel to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare, there are Challenge Series races that take place across the planet. Horses that win these races automatically ensure their place in the race. However, not all horses that win races take their spot in the race, which means that assessing the chances of an international run is always essential. Regardless, the Challenge Series races for the Filly & Mare Turf 2022 can be found below:
- USA- Beverly D. Stakes (August 13)
- UK- Yorkshire Oaks (August 18)
- USA- Flower Bowl (September 3)
- Ireland- Matron Stakes (September 10)
- France- Prix De L’Opera (October 2)
- USA- Rodeo Drive Stakes (October 8)
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Betting Trends
The Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf trends are essential reading before making a wager on the race in 2022. Some of the most helpful tips to help pinpoint the potential winner of the race at Keeneland can be found below.
- No American-bred winner in the previous six renewals (1 JPN, 1 FR, 2, IRE, 2 GB)
- Only one winning American-trained runner in the previous six years (Chad Brown- Sistercharlie 2018)
- Chad Brown has recorded four winners in the race in the previous ten years (Sistercharlie 2018, Stephanie’s Kitten 2015, Dayatthespa 2014, Zagora 2012)
- Sir Michael Stout has sent four runners to the BC Filly & Mare Turf in the past ten years with two winners
- One winning favorite of the race in the previous ten years
- All ten winners have been in the first three on debut, while their previous win came in field of between 7-15 runners and they didn’t line up at Santa Anita
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf 2022 Leading Contenders
- Trainer: John & Thady Gosden
- Odds: +300
The betting is unsurprisingly dominated by European-trained horses. At the top of the list is Inspiral for trainer John & Thady Gosden. This three-year-old filly has been sensational on track to this point and has won all five races that she has started.
Her best run to date came on her latest start at Royal Ascot, as she hammered the field into submission to win by nearly five lengths from Spendarella in the G1 Coronation Stakes. However, it remains to be seen whether the filly travels to Keeneland later in the year with big prizes on offer in Europe.
- Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
- Odds: +700
Aidan O’Brien has regularly sent some of his best runners to the Breeders’ Cup, and Tuesday looks like the most solid chance of the top three to be lining up at Keeneland later in the year.
The three-year-old has been in excellent form this season and memorably held off Emily Upjohn by the narrowest of margins to land the G1 Epsom Oaks. However, she was slightly underwhelming last time out, as she finished over ten lengths behind Westover in the G1 Irish Oaks. But, she remains a solid contender when at her best.
- Trainer: Chad Brown
- Odds: +1000
The best-priced American-trained horse in the field is Regal Glory for Chad Brown. This six-year-old appears to be looking better than ever this year and has already won three from three in 2022.
Her latest win came over a mile in the G1 Just A Game Stakes, while she has already shown what she is capable of at Keeneland with a one-length victory over stablemate Shantisara in the G1 Jenny Wiley. Undoubtedly, she is the best American hopeful at this stage.
Early Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf 2022 Pick and Prediction
While Shantisara was beaten by Regal Glory last time out, I would be keen to stick with the Irish-bred four-year-old at this stage. She won at Keeneland last October, beating Technical Analysis by five lengths in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, and likely needed the run last time out as a refresher. Bleecker Street is another worse closer examination as we edge closer to the Breeders’ Cup.