2016 Breeders Cup Betting Winning Favorites

Written by on October 28, 2016

In horse racing, the Triple Crown races are the ones that garner most of the headlines, but if you want to talk about prize money and the best fields of horses, you need to talk about the Breeders Cup. The meet takes place every year in November, and unlike the Triple Crown events, it is not tied to a single track. The Breeders Cup is hosted at a different venue every year, and in 2016, it will be head to the place where the surf meets the turf: the famed Santa Anita track. What you get here is two days of the best horse races in the world, and this year sees it go on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5. There is a total of 13 races, all of which have huge purses on offer, but there is none bigger than the $6 million Breeders Cup Classic. Let’s take a closer look at the potential horseracing betting odds favorites in that one.

Here’s A Closer Look At The 2016 Breeders Cup Betting Winning Favorites


California Chrome

The Kentucky Derby winner is a bit of a rare breed in that he is still actively racing at 5 years of age. In this day and age, owners are usually quick to retire their horses after a Derby win, as they do not want to risk an injury that could put an end to the very lucrative stud fees on offer. California Chrome is still racing, and still wining big. After a big win in Dubai earlier this year, he became the richest American horse, with winnings of $12.5 million. It would not be a surprise to see him add to that amount next weekend. His last appearance in the Breeders Cup Classic came in 2014 when he finished 3rd.


There are a lot of race pundits who believe that the Classic is going to essentially be a two-horse race between Frosted and California Chrome. Frosted is an incredibly talented horse, but also one that can infuriate. When he is on his game, he is truly majestic, but he has also made a habit of coming up short in the bigger races. He has had 18 career starts, which includes 6 wins, and a total of 12 finishes in the money. If he runs well next week, he should be in the money.


While not likely to be the first one past the post this coming Saturday, Hoppertunity has a legitimate shot at getting in the money. He has had 22 career races, and has finished in the money in 16 of those, earning over $3.5 million in the process. His last race came earlier this month, when he finished first at the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.


This is a horse that is something of a miracle, as it looked as though his racing days were numbered early in his career. Melatonin recovered from a very serious equine illness, and has gone on to become a real player in stakes racing, finishing in the money 11 times in 13 starts. He loves this track, and has won all 3 races he has run at Santa Anita this season.