There isn’t a single meeting in America that is more exciting for racing fans than the Breeders’ Cup.
Unlike other huge races, such as the Triple Crown, the Breeders’ Cup brings together the diehard fans of the sport that just want to see the best that the sport has to offer. Click here to learn more about the Cup.
But, what can we expect to see at the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar in November this year?
The Best That US Has To Offer
The Breeders’ Cup is the meeting that all the trainers plan around throughout the season in the United States, which means trainers would have earmarked the horses that will be most likely contenders for the Classic, Distaff and Sprint respectively.
It will also give US fans a first chance to see some of the horses that could compete for the Triple Crown prizes in 2022, as Essential Quality was the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 2020.
The biggest stars in the country will be on show in the Classic, which is the most lucrative of the races taking place in Del Mar. Pegasus World Cup winner Knicks Go is the current favourite in the betting, while Triple Crown race winners such as Essential Quality and Medina Spirit could also be leading contender.
Superstar female horses such as Letruska and Malathaat will also be looking to continue their fine seasons, while Gamine will be looking for another win in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
Huge International Interest
There is always huge international interest in the Breeders’ Cup, but this year that will reach new levels, especially in the United Kingdom.
It was announced earlier in the year that ITV will be broadcasting all 14 races throughout the meet at Del Mar to a UK audience for the first time, meaning that race fans will be able to see the best European and American horses on terrestrial television.
There will certainly be huge UK and Irish interest in the biggest races taking place on the turf, with very real chances in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, Breeders’ Cup Mile and Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
In the latter, Starman could look to end his season with an exciting Grade 1 winner, while Poetic Flare and Palace Pier will do battle once again in the Mile, where Order of Australia is the defending champion for Aidan O’Brien.
All eyes will be on the Turf though, as Tarnawa, Mishriff and Hurricane Lane could head the betting, with Derby winner Adayar and multiple Group 1 star Love also possible entries.
Big Price Winners
Due to the competition that is taking place in every race throughout the Breeders’ Cup, you write off the outsiders at your peril. Huge winners have come in at the Breeders’ Cup throughout its history, and that was more than evident in the racing action last year. There was a 30/1 winner in the Juvenile Turf, as Fire At Will was a shock winner.
Nonetheless, the biggest priced winner of the weekend, and one of the biggest in Breeders’ Cup history, came on the second day of the meet, as Order of Australia won the Breeders’ Cup Mile at odds of 70/1.
Other big priced winners came on Saturday, as Glass Slippers won the Turf Sprint at 10/1, Audarya won the Filly & Mare Turf at 18/1 and Whitmore won the Sprint at 19/1.
Big winners are always likely at the Breeders’ Cup, as the quality in each race is better than you can find anywhere else in the world. That trend is likely to continue at Del Mar later this year, which means carrying out meticulous research is the order of the day before placing your wager.