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Horse Racing: Breeders’ Cup Races, Dates, Odds & How To Watch (November 5-6)

  • Most prestigious race meeting of the season takes place at Del Mar in November
  • Fourteen Grade 1s with huge purses set to be competed, including the Breeders’ Cup Classic

From the start of the racing season, the eyes are focused on the Breeders’ Cup. Connections need to navigate their route through to the season to earn entry for the prestigious races, which could make horses potential superstars. The best flat horses from around the world will this year embark on Del Mar for the season-closing spectacle.

Breeders’ Cup Schedule

  • When: Friday, 5th November- Saturday, 6th November
  • Where: Del Mar, California
  • How To Watch: NBC Sports

Every Race

There are currently 14 races that are run over the two days of the Breeders’ Cup. The most prestigious of those is the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which is run on the final day of the meet. Other notable races that take place, include the Breeders’ Cup Turf, Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint and the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Fields for these races are made up of stars from around the world, that for one day only collide with the biggest purses in racing available. For full list of races that you can expect to see at the Breeders’ Cup are:

RaceDatePurseDistanceGrade
Breeders’ Cup JuvenileNovember 5, 2021$2,000,0001 1/16 Miles1
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile FilliesNovember 5, 2021$2,000,0001 1/16 Miles1
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile TurfNovember 5, 2021$2,000,0001 Miles1
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies TurfNovember 5, 2021$1,000,0001 Mile1
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf SprintNovember 5, 2021$1,000,0005 Furlongs2
Breeders’ Cup ClassicNovember 6, 2021$6,000,0001 1/4 Miles1
Breeders’ Cup TurfNovember 6, 2021$4,000,0001 1/21
Breeders’ Cup DistaffNovember 6, 2021$2,000,0001 1/8 Miles1
Breeders’ Cup MileNovember 6, 2021$2,000,0001 Mile1
Breeders’ Cup SprintNovember 6, 2021$2,000,0006 Furlongs1
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare TurfNovember 6, 2021$2,000,0001 3/8 Miles1
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare SprintNovember 6, 2021$1,000,0007 Furlongs1
Breeders’ Cup Turf SprintNovember 6, 2021$1,000,0005 Furlongs1
Breeders’ Cup Dirt MileNovember 6, 2021$1,000,0001 Mile1

How Do Horses Qualify For The Breeders’ Cup?

Qualification for the Breeders’ Cup is the first issue that connections need to navigate. The most straightforward way to earn a spot in one of the featured races is through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge.

A number of the most prestigious races from around the world ensures the winner a passage into a race at the Breeders’ Cup. Meanwhile, the final places that are then available are determined by a points system from horses’ performances in graded races. Experts also can judge whether a horse is deserving of a start in one of the lucrative races.

Breeders’ Cup Odds

Breeders’ Cup Classic Odds

HorseVegas Odds
Essential Quality+450
Knicks Go+450
Happy Saver+800
Life Is Good+800
Maxfield+1000
Max Player+1200
Medina Spirit+1400
Hot Rod Charlie+1400

Belmont Stakes winner Essential Quality is currently the favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which boasts a purse of $6 million. Life Is Good, Medina Spirit, and Hot Rod Charlie are among the other talented three-year-olds available in the betting at present. You can check out a full early preview of the Breeders’ Cup Classic here.

Breeders’ Cup Distaff Odds

HorseVegas Odds
Letruska+250
Monomoy Girl+330
Malathaat+550
Search Results+1000
Swiss Skydiver+1000
Shedaresthedevil+1000
Clairiere+1600
Horologist+1800

If the betting market illustrates the field that will actually go to post for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, then it could be one of the best races of the year. However, Malathaat is currently a higher price, as she holds entries elsewhere. Letruska is certainly a very talented filly and will be competitive, while Monomoy Girl has already won ten graded races in her illustrious career. That includes two straight wins in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

Breeders’ Cup Sprint Odds

HorseVegas Odds
Jackie’s Warrior+350
Yaupon+600
Firenze Fire+700
Kimari+800
Dr. Schivel+1000
Starman+1000
C Z Rocket+1400
Nashville+1400

Jackie’s Warrior undeniably looks like a solid pick for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint later in the year. He has been excellent this year, with wins in the G1 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial Stakes and G2 Amsterdam Stakes. Firenze Fire and Yaupon have also impressed this season, while should Starman make the trip from the United Kingdom, he could also have a big say.

Alex has covered huge sporting events for various websites and publications. He has attended football European Championships, Rugby League and Union World Cups, and the Paralympics. Alex is dedicated to giving the most insightful tips for VegasOdds readers and specialises in horse racing, soccer, golf and basketball.

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