Breeders Cup Classic Betting

The Breeders Cup Classic is the flagship race of the annual Breeders Cup meeting which is usually held at the end of October or beginning of November.

Surpassed only by the Dubai World Cup as the richest race in the world due to its massive $5 million prize purse, the Breeders Cup Classic is wholly recognised as the most prestigious horse race in North America after the famous Kentucky Derby.

Raced over a distance of ten furlongs, the race puts some of the planet’s best middle distance animals to the test and a sound balance of speed and endurance is required in order to succeed.

Three year-olds and above are eligible to enter the contest and are allotted various weights based on this. Crucially, these ‘weight allowances’ can make a huge difference over the trip, depending on the tactics and pace of the race.

Naturally, the Breeders Cup Classic also falls under the Breeders Cup Challenge which was established in 2007, a process enabling horses to obtain automatic berths for the race by participating in various high status races throughout the course of the season.

The Washington Park Handicap at Arlington, pacific Stakes at Del Mar, Whitney Handicap at Saratoga and the Goodwood Stakes at Santa Anita all form part of the series, however the culminating race does not wholly exclude non-American runners despite all of the qualifying races being held in the States.

Ravens Pass indeed showed the way for the rest of the world in 2008 for English trainer John Gosden and owner Princess Haya of Jordan, recording a blistering sub two minute success at the hands of the great Frankie Dettori.

American horse Tiznow currently heads the history books however after back to back wins in 2000 and 2001, making him the only horse to date to win the race on two occasions since its inception at the Breeders Cup in 1984.

Jockey’s Chris McCarron and Jerry Bailey have both ridden their way into the winner’s enclosure on five occasions, a joint record which will take a great deal of breaking in years to come.

As will the shock result of 1993, where outsider Arcangues, ironically under the ride of the aforementioned Bailey, claimed the scalp of thirteen world class rivals at odds equivalent to 100/1.

Although such odds are unlikely to be found year after year, there is proof enough that value can be found as each runner in the field has a chance one way or another, due to their merited qualification.

Traditionally, any American horse who triumphs in the race usually goes on to win the American Horse of the Year award, cementing further how important the Breeders Cup Classic really is and how one mile two furlong contests are generally seen as the sport’s ‘heavyweight’ distance.

Any non-American runners have to be respected as connections would not launch an assault on the race unless they thought they had a genuine contender.

Like with all races which embrace worldwide participants, the form can be hard to assess, so before a British horse is sided with for instance, there must be sufficient evidence that the form in the UK is strong and top class in comparison to other years.

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