We’re just days away from the horses approaching the starting gate for the 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championship races. The 38th edition of the Breeders’ Cup is at Del Mar for the second time Nov. 5-6 following a special and successful debut in 2017. The seaside track in Southern California will showcase 14 championship races with purses and awards totaling $28 million.
The post position draw was Nov. 1 from the Del Mar paddock, and the opening morning line odds are set for all the championship events including five ‘Future Stars Friday’ races for 2-year-olds.
Since 1984, the TVG Juvenile has produced six winners of the Kentucky Derby, but only two have won both races – Nyquist (2015-16) and Street Sense (2006-07). Last year’s Juvenile winner Essential Quality (7/2) edged huge longshot Hot Rod Charlie (94/1), and those two 3-year-old stars are leading favorite’s in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. The average win payout in the Juvenile is more than $18, but 2019 winner Storm the Court won at odds of 45/1 and returned $93.80 on a $2 win bet.
Jack Christopher (9/5) is the 2021 Juvenile favorite, according to the opening morning line odds. He’s resting up for Friday’s big race.
On Saturday’s biggest day of racing there are nine championship races with the day climaxed by the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf and $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Saturday’s wagering options and menu includes Win, Place and Show betting along with Exacta, Trifecta and Superfecta wagering on all the races. Plus the Jackpot Super Hi-5, Daily Double and the popular Pick 3, 4 and added Pick 5’s with guaranteed prize pools will provide more opportunities for a big payout and score.
Breeders’ Cup Betting Guide
The TVG Breeders’ Cup Betting Guide provides insight on the event and all the races with schedule, odds, wagering options and event information. TVG takes you right to the heart of the action with easy online betting information on each race with odds, entries, jockeys and trainers to target.
You can also get your first win wager up to $10 refunded through TVG if the horse you bet to win finishes 2nd or 3rd in that race.
The Breeders’ Cup Classic will be the most bet race on Saturday as wagering looks to eclipse the $166 million wagered on the Breeders’ Cup in 2017 at Del Mar – the third-highest total since the Breeders’ Cup expanded to a two-day event in 2007.
Breeders’ Cup Classic 2021 Odds
- Tripoli (15/1)
- Express Train (20/1)
- Hot Rod Charlie (4/1)
- Essential Quality (3/1)
- Knicks Go (5/2)
- Art Collector (8/1)
- Stilleto Boy (30/1)
- Medina Spirit (4/1)
- Max Player (8/1)
2021 Breeders’ Cup Classic Contenders and TVG Analysis
Trainer: Brad Cox
He has led the top of the standings for much of the summer and fall. The speedy gray is the stablemate of Essential Quality and has so much natural talent. He will be one of many that tries to make the lead in this race.
Trainer: Brad Cox
He is the best of the three-year-olds of 2021. Essential Quality won the Belmont Stakes and Travers Stakes after taking the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year. Brad Cox trains both Knicks Go and Essential Quality.
Trainer: Bob Baffert
He is still the winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derby for trainer Bob Baffert. He most recently defeated older horses in the Grade 1 Awesome Again at Santa Anita. This game and gutsy colt has been tough all year.
Hot Rod Charlie
Trainer: Doug O’Neill
Sophomore colt won the Pennsylvania Derby most recently. He also won the Haskell Stakes but was disqualified for interference.
Trainer: Bill Mott
He is riding a three-race win streak since changing barns, including the Grade 1 Woodward over a sharp field featuring Maxfield and Code of Honor. He will show speed in the Classic.
A total of 19 countries from around the world will be offering pari-mutuel, commingled pool wagering on the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. That includes Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Eight other jurisdictions will be offering separate pool wagering, including Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Japan and Mexico.
“This provides strong liquidity for our pools and maximizes value for our worldwide customers,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO, Drew Fleming.
Medication reforms in the U.S. have helped open international opportunities, and this will be the first Breeders’ Cup in which race-day Lasix will be prohibited in all of the races.
The early Pick 5 starts with Race 1, and for the first time, the Breeders’ Cup will offer a third, middle Pick 5 on Saturday, starting with Race 3. The most bet on races start in Race 8 and the late Pick 5, which includes the Sprint, FanDuel Mile, Distaff, Turf and Classic. Last year’s late Pick 5 on Saturday generated a $5.1 million pool while the late Pick 4 produced a $4.3 million pool.
Whatever your horses of choice and wagering decision, Del Mar will surely produce more horse racing excitement and be ‘Cool as Ever’ for the 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
See you in the Winners Circle.
You can bet on it.