The Breeders’ Cup is horse racing’s Super Bowl, only instead of one final game there are 14 championship races run over two days that decide division championships as well as Horse of the Year honors.
It has become an international event, with dozens of horses coming from around the world to compete for over $30 million in purses. The races range from a turf sprint for juveniles to a 1 ½ mile turf marathon.
In 1982 John Gaines and some of the most prominent breeders in the industry came together to hatch the idea of a year-end championship. In 1984 at Santa Anita the Breeders’ Cup was born. It consisted of seven championship races.
When the 2022 Breeders’ Cup is held at Keeneland on Friday Nov. 4 and Saturday Nov. 5 there will be 14 races with $31 million in purses up for grabs. “Future Stars Friday” kicks things off. The five races restricted to juveniles is highlighted by the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile which often produces the early betting favorite for the following spring’s Kentucky Derby.
There will be nine races on Saturday highlighted by the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, a race that usually decides the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year.
For horseplayers the two days of action offer some of the best wagering opportunities of the year. Full fields, and large betting pools with a wide variety of betting options offer horseplayers plenty of value and action.
There is a Pick 6 on each day, and at the 2021 Breeders’ Cup there were five Pick 5’s and seven Pick 4 wagers. There was nearly $5 million wagered into the late Pick 5 in 2021 which ended with the Classic. The $0.50 payoff came back at $48,292.10.
The $1 Pick 6 ending with Knicks Go’s win in the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Classic returned $513,085.10. A life changing score is possible on racing’s biggest stage.
$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint
$2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
$2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
$1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
$1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
$1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
$2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint
$2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile
$2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff
$2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf
$4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf
$6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic