2020 Breeders' Cup Betting Picks

2020 Breeders' Cup Betting Picks

Category : News - Tue 03/11/2020 - 04:01 EST

The Breeders’ Cup Classic is one of the most important races of the year, and one of the richest races in the world. With a $6 million purse, the Grade 1 race is a 1 1/4-mile contest of the greatest horses in training.

Making your 2020 Breeders' Cup picks is an important part of your betting success. This is the place if you want to learn more about horse racing and how to bet on the Breeders' Cup. The two-day event takes place on November 6 and 7, 2020, at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, with the Classic slated as the 12th race. The Breeders' Cup Classic post time is 5:18 pm Eastern.

How to Bet the Breeders' Cup Online

Make sure to pick your favourite racebook option and get ready to up your game with Breeders' Cup online betting! There is sports betting to be had at any of the online racebooks, be sure to examine our reviews for the best deals and bonuses available. There are thousands of available online wagering services, so being aware of the best ones is paramount. These betting sites will also offer current Breeders' Cup betting odds and special sign up bonuses.

Betting on the Breeders' Cup

The Breeders' Cup has an extensive wagering menu, with win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, superfecta, Pick 3, and daily double available in every race. There are also two Pick 5s on both Friday and Saturday, three Pick 4s on Friday and four of them on Saturday, and a Pick 6 on each day. There is also a Jackpot Super Hi Five wager available on each race. The Friday pools may carry over to Saturday, but the Saturday pools have mandatory payouts. The bet minimum is $1 for most of the wagers, but 50 cents for the Trifecta and multi-race wagers. The superfecta has a base bet of 10 cents.

The Breeders' Cup Classic is the final race of a series of races run over two days worth millions of dollars. The supporting races on the Breeders' Cup Classic undercard include the $4 million Breeders' Cup Turf, $3 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff, and $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint. 

Handicapping the Breeders' Cup

Even though he is not the favourite, Tiz the Law is the horse to beat in the 2020 Breeders' Cup Classic. He was unstoppable early this year, winning the Florida Derby, Belmont Stakes, and Travers Stakes, all Grade 1 events. He ran gamely to be second in the 2020 Kentucky Derby, then skipped the Preakness in favour of running in this race. He has been training well at Keeneland for trainer Barclay Tagg, and if he wins he will be crowned the Horse of the Year.

Standing in his way is the trio from the Bob Baffert barn: 5-2 favourite Improbable, 2020 Kentucky Derby winner Authentic, and last year's Three-Year-Old Champion Maximum Security. Improbable has won three major races in a row and defeated Maximum Security last out.

Maximum Security got a major Grade 1 win over the distance in August when he won the Pacific Classic; last year he "won" the Kentucky Derby but was disqualified for interference. If his neck was a little longer, Authentic would have won the Preakness Stakes (G1) and would have been favoured in this race, so a narrow defeat last out should not be held against him.

Some under the radar horses is By My Standards and Tacitus. By My Standards was a top three-year-old last year, but then was off for over half a year. He came back with three straight wins earlier this year, then lost to Improbable and Tom's d'Etat in his summer races before winning at Churchill Downs over Ownedale last out. That runner is in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) earlier on the card. Tacitus has earned $2.9 million without ever winning a major race, but he has been top three in all six of his starts over the distance, and trainer Bill Mott won this race with Cigar in 1995.

Breeders' Cup Jockeys and Trainers

The field for the 2020 Breeders' Cup Classic in post position order is as follows, with trainers, jockeys, and Breeders' Cup Classic morning line odds.

  • 1. Tacitus (20-1) Jose Ortiz/Bill Mott
  • 2. Tiz the Law (3-1) Manny Franco/Barclay Tagg
  • 3. By My Standards (10-1) Gabriel Saez/Bret Calhoun
  • 4. Tom's d'Etat (6-1) Joel Rosario/Albert Stall
  • 5. Title Ready (30-1) Corey Lanerie/Dallas Stewart
  • 6. Higher Power (20-1) Flavien Prat/John Sadler
  • 7. Global Campaign (20-1) Javier Castellano/Stanley Hough
  • 8. Improbable (5-2) Irad Ortiz, Jr./Bob Baffert
  • 9. Authentic (6-1) John Valezquez/Bob Baffert
  • 10. Maximum Security (7-2) Luiz Saez/Bob Baffert

Breeders' Cup History

The Breeders' Cup Classic has been won by some of the greatest horses in racing: the mare Zenyatta, the immortal Cigar, the record-setting Ghostzapper, and Kentucky Derby winners such as Unbridled, Ferdinand, American Pharoah, and Sunday Silence. Authentic will look to add his name to that list in the 2020 Breeders' Cup Classic, as he also won the 2020 Kentucky Derby. Belmont Stakes winners A. P. Indy and Drosselmeyer also won the Classic, can Tiz the Law accomplish the double this year?

Breeders' Cup Classic Betting

  • $20 to Win/Place/Show Tiz the Law
  • $10 to Place/Show By My Standards, Maximum Security
  • $2 to Show Tacitus
  • $1 Exacta Box Tiz the Law, Maximum Security
  • $1 Trifecta Box Tiz the Law, By My Standards, Maximum Security
  • $1 Superfecta Box Tiz the Law, By My Standards, Maximum Security, Tacitus, Authentic
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