Breeders Cup Juvenile Betting

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The Breeders Cup Juvenile is the premier race for two year-old colts at the annual Breeders Cup meeting in North America and is run over a one mile distance.

Inaugurated along with the rest of the meeting in 1984, the race is seen as the last major juvenile race of the flat season and its prestige makes it exclusive to some of the world’s best first season racehorses.

Indeed, any horse from outside the USA who conquers the race is usually seen as something quite special.

This is also due to the fact that many trainers from outside the States tend to swerve the meeting with their juveniles in order to keep them as lightly raced as possible in preparation for their second season in the sport.

The race, like the others on the Breeders Cup card, is included within the Breeders Cup Challenge series, a process whereby horses can automatically secure a berth in the race line-up by competing in a number of other important races which take place earlier in the campaign.

The Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita, Champagne Stakes at Belmont and Breeders Futurity at Keeneland form part of the division and the winners of those races are likely to hold a leading chance come October/November.

With most of the field having only run a handful of times at the most, bare form alone can be hard to assess in the context of choosing a race winner. Often, horses of such a tender age take time to reach their potential, so working out the possible ‘improvers’ is not such an easy task.

Also, chancing that the form of a British or Irish horse for example is better than the American crop can often be pure guesswork. Nevertheless, it is safe to assume that the world’s best trainers would not send their charges to the Breeders Cup and pay a high entry fee unless they had a solid chance.

And many in the past have been right to put faith in their horse’s ability and thus scoop the $2 million prize purse which is on offer to the winner.

Aiden O’Brien saddled Johannesburg to success in 2001 and firmly put himself on the map as one of the world’s best handlers.

And Jeremy Noseda put his name on the race’s roll of honour with Wilko in 2004, a victory which further enhanced rider Frankie Dettori’s reputation as one of the finest horsemen in the business.

So, disregard non-US runners at your peril as they are likely more often than not to either win or come extremely close to winning this championship race.

The big American trainers also warrant a great deal of respect as they know exactly what type of horse is needed to prevail.

Legend D.Wayne Lukas scored five times as a trainer in the race and other high profile racing personalities who take part will all be confident of finishing the race in the winners enclosure.

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