The 2014 Breeders’ Cup Championships
We’ve made it to the Breeders’ Cup 2014 Championships, where the world’s fastest thoroughbreds take over the tracks at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia California, competing in 13 races spread over two days. Starting Friday, October 31 and ending on Saturday, November 1, the premier racing event of the fall will offer up a combined purse valued at $26 million and just like last year, you can expect to get more than your share of Breeders’ Cup betting action.
The excitement kicks off Friday with the first four races. If there’s one of these that shouldn’t be missed it’s the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Longines Distaff, which will feature the industry’s finest fillies and mares aged three and up racing 1 1/8 miles on the dirt. Steve Asmussen’s Untapable has emerged as the post-time favourite at 5-2 odds, after having won five of the six races she’s run this year including the Kentucky Oaks (G1), the Mother Goose (G1) and the Cotillion Stakes (G1). She will; however, face some stiff competition from the likes of Mott-trainee Close Hatches, who’s won four of her last five races and is looking to secure a first-place victory after finishing second to Beholder in last year’s Distaff.
Then it’s on to Saturday’s nine races, which will culminate in the esteemed $5,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic, where top performers aged three and up including California Chrome, Tonalist and Shared Belief will race 1 ¼ miles on the dirt for a spot in the winners’ circle and a share of the purse money. Shared Belief is the post-time favourite, and at 9-5 odds, the 3-year-old has remained undefeated in all seven career starts. Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness winner (G1) California Chrome is the event’s second choice at 4-1, while Belmont Stakes winner (G1) Tonalist is third at 5-1 odds.
If you’re up for taking part in your own Breeders’ Cup betting challenge, we’ve got everything you need to make it happen, including up-to-date odds on the contenders taking part in the five biggest races of the weekend: The Breeders’ Cup Classic, Distaff, Turf , Mile and Sprint. Should you want to get a head start on the betting excitement, take a look at our Breeders’ Cup futures.
*Odds as of October 28, 2014.