Horse Racing: 2020 Breeders Cup Betting Preview

The biggest two days of horse racing in the US is right around the corner. The 2020 Breeders’ Cup will be run at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7. This is also the biggest US horse betting event of the year.

All told, there are five races on Friday followed by another nine events on Saturday adding up to $31 million in total prize money. The “best of the best” in the world will compete in a variety of competitions on the dirt and turf track at Keeneland. There is a special feel to this year’s event being staged at the home of Thoroughbred horse racing in this country.

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The actual fields for all 14 races are close to being finalized. The official draw for post positions will also determine the set field for each race as well as the initial morning line odds.

Breeders’ Cup Schedule for Friday, November 6th 2020

The juveniles will dominate the betting action in the first five Breeders’ Cup races. Post time for Friday’s first BC race is 2:30 PM. It will be the $1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint covering 5½ furlongs. Royal Approval could be the two-year old to watch in this race.

The next three races on the card are the Juvenile Fillies Turf, Juvenile Fillies and the Juvenile Turf. This leads up to the featured race on Friday with a 5:10 PM post.

The $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is the premier race for up-and-coming two-year old Thoroughbreds. This will be an early look at a few hopefuls on the 2021 Kentucky Derby Trail. This race covers 1 1/16 miles on the dirt at Keeneland.

One of the top contenders expected to run is trainer Steve Asmussen’s Jackie’s Warrior. This two-year old Kentucky-bred colt is fresh off a victory in this year’s Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 10. He covered the mile run on dirt in 1:35.42 over Reinvestment Risk and Midnight Bourbon.

This was his fourth win in four events. You can also add a victory in the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga to this highly impressive run.

Reinvestment Risk along with Essential Quality could be his biggest competition in the BC Juvenile.

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Breeders’ Cup Schedule for Saturday, November 7th 2020

Saturday’s betting action starts early at Keeneland with the running of the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint covering seven furlongs on the dirt. Post time is set for 12:02 PM

The BC Filly & Mare, the Turf, the Sprint and the Mile all have a total prize purse of $2 million. Later in the day at 4:33 p.m., the BC Turf goes off with a prize purse of $4 million. This race is open to Thoroughbreds three and older and it will be contested at an extended distance of 1½ miles.

The featured race of the day and the entire 14-race event is the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Post time is 5:13 PM for this 1¼-mile run on dirt. The top Thoroughbred racers in the world will be competing for the lion’s share of the $6 million prize purse.

The horse at the top of the BC Classic futures board is Improbable at +400 odds. He is followed closely by Tiz the Law (+450) and Maximum Security (+500).

Betting odds for a few of the other top contenders include Tom’s D’Etat at +800 and the filly Swiss Skydiver at +1000 fresh off her stunning victory in this year’s Preakness Stakes.

My best bet at these odds would be Maximum Security. Trained by Bob Baffert, he has won three of four starts this season along with a recent second-place finish in the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Sept. 26.

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I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.

It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.

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