2017 Breeder's Cup Expert Betting Preview & Prediction.

2017 Breeder’s Cup Betting Preview & Expert Prediction

Written by on October 30, 2017

In the world of horse racing, its the Triple Crown that gets most of the attention, but it can be argued that the Breeders Cup is actually a bigger event than any single race. The Breeders Cup takes place over two days of racing and features no less than 13 Grade I races that feature the best horses in the world. The event goes to different tracks each year, with the 2017 Breeders Cup set for Del Mar in San Diego on November 3rd and 4th, and with the latest horse racing odds plus this Breeder’s Cup betting preview you will be ready to enjoy the action from a different perspective. The beauty of all the races that take place here is that they are not limited to horses of a certain age, as is the case with the Kentucky Derby, which means we can see returning champions hit the turf in defense of their crown. The highlight of the two days of racing will come on Saturday with the running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic. All the biggest races are reserved for Saturday, so let’s take a closer look at each.

2017 Breeder’s Cup Betting Preview & Expert Prediction

Event Information

  • Inaugurated: 1984
  • Track: Left-handed
  • Location: Del Mar Racetrack
  • Race type: Thoroughbred
  • Surface: Turf, Dirt
  • Purse: Between $1 – $6 million


Top Races

14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies

  • Purse: $2 million
This is one of the races where an age restriction does apply, as it is reserved for 2-year old’s. The girls will run 1 1/16 mile, with the winner of this one likely to be named the best 2-year old female horse of the year. There is a $2 million purse up for grabs in this one, so a big start to the day.

Filly & Mare Turf

  • Purse: $2 million
There is a very talented field of horses entered into this 1 1/8-mile race for horses aged 3 and up, all of whom will be looking for a share of the $2 million purse. Queen’s Trust and Lady Eli are the early joint favorites for this one, but also expect to see Sistercharlie and Antonoe get a lot of the betting money. This race may well be the toughest to handicap given the level of talent here.

Twin Spires Sprint

  • Purse: $1.5 million
If it’s speed you want to see, look no further than this 6-furlong race that features some of the fastest horses in the world. The purse for this one is set at $1.5 million, and look for this group to go hard after the money when they turn into the home stretch.

Sentient Jet Juvenile

  • Purse: $2 million
Another on restricted to 2-year old’s, and also the richest race for that age group on the North American racing circuit. The purse here is $2 million, with many of the horses featuring in this race likely to be on the 2018 Kentucky derby roster.

Turf Sprint

  • Purse: $1 million
With just 7 horses to choose from, the Turf Sprint features one of the smallest fields at the Breeders Cup, but like every race here, it’s a talented bunch. Racing 6 furlongs over grass for a purse of $1 million, the horses in this group are likely going to be chasing down the 2017 Breeder’s Cup Betting favorite Lady Aurelia, the clear favorite in this race. Lady Aurelia is one of the 2017 Breeder's Cup Betting favorites.  

Longines Turf

  • Purse: $4 million
A huge field of 14 will contest this mile and a half race that comes with a purse of $4 million. Highland Reel won this race last year and will be back to defend the crown as the early favorite. The biggest challenger to the champion is likely to be Oscar Performance, although any of these horses could pull off the upset with a clean ride.

Filly and Mare Sprint

  • Purse: $2 million
A 7-furlong sprint featuring some of the fastest horses in the world racing for a share of the $1 million purse. Finest City will be back to defend her crown here, but the early favorite for this one is Vale Dori.

Breeders’ Cup Mile

  • Purse: $2 million
A $2 million purse is on the line for this group, and it’s a talented bunch that will be in the starting gate for this one. Tourist, the horse that won it last year, will not be racing, but look for the likes of Ribchester, Barney Roy, and Churchill to be up amongst the leaders coming down the stretch.

Breeders’ Cup Classic

  • Purse: $6 million
For general fans and Breeder’s Cup Betting enthusiasts, this is the big one. Run over a 1 and a quarter, the Classic will feature a group of horses that are absolutely the best in the business. Arrogate won it last year and will be back again looking for a share of the $6 million purse. Gun Runner and Collected look to be his main threats.

Most Wins in History


  • Mike Smith – 25
  • Jerry Bailey – 15
  • John R. Velazquez and Garrett K. Gomez – 13 each
  • Pat Day – 12
  • Lanfranco Dettori – 11


  • D. Wayne Lukas – 20
  • Bob Baffert – 14
  • Aidan O’Brien – 11
  • William I. Mott – 10
  • Todd A. Pletcher – 9
  • Shug McGaughey – 9

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