Breeders’ Cup 2019 Preview

| October 13, 2019
2019 Breeders' Cup preview
The 2019 Breeders’ Cup world championships returns to Santa Anita California

In 2007, the Breeders’ Cup meeting was extended from one day to two days and in 2019 the event will be staged on the first two days of November.  On all but one occasion the horse racing competition has been held in the United States and that’s the case again this year although in 1996 the Breeders’ Cup was taken to Canada for the first time.

The location in the United States is usually different but some racetracks have had the pleasure of hosting the Breeders’ cup for two years in succession.  The 2019 Breeders’ Cup will be held at Santa Anita Park, a Thoroughbred racetrack in Arcadia, California.  This is not the first time San Anita Park will stage the event, in fact this will be the tenth time, making this racetrack the most used for the Breeders’ Cup.

There is some big money to won over the course of the two days at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.  Each race has a prize fund of at least $1 million and there will be a total prize purse of $30 million this year, which is an incredible amount of money.  The biggest races in terms of prize money include the Longines Classic which has a prize fund of $6 million, the Longines Turf which has a prize fund of $4 million and the TVG Mile at $2 million.

This means the stake are very high but not only for the jockey’s, horses and trainers.  There is also plenty of betting action in the stands and online for the Breeders’ Cup.  In 2018, the total amount of money wagered on the 10 races at the Breeders’ Cup was a staggering $52,216,685, closely matching that of the previous year.

That suggests we are likely to see a similar figure wagered again in 2019, with estimated suggesting we could see anything up to $55 million bet across the two days of racing.

The big money races tend to take place on the second day of the meeting and that’s going to be the case in 2019.  The final race, which is the Breeders’ Cup Classic, has the largest purse and it is set to be a fantastic occasion.  Often, it is possible to select a main contender for this race but the 2019 card has made things more difficult.

Omaha Beach at 8/1 looks an interesting bet to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic.  He may not be the favourite and did not win the 2019 Kentucky Derby but injury must be considered when analysing that performance.  He had an operation to repair an entrapped epiglottis and while this is nothing major, many horses struggle to come back to the top level following the procedure. As the meet draws closer, it is worth checking out several books to see the latest preview of breeders cup odds.

However, on October 5th he won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes, beating heavy favourite Shancelot in the process.  This performance served as a reminder of what Omaha Beach is capable of doing on this racetrack and was a huge boost ahead of the 2019 Breeders’ Cup.  He comes into the race four straight wins and at 8/1 looks a good bet to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

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