The 2021 Breeders’ Cup takes place at Del Mar Racetrack on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6. Although every race on the BC card is graded, we’ve chosen the seven races that you should most definitely handicap. Check out more information on the juvenile events, the Distaff, the Turf, the Mile, the Sprint, and the most important horse race in the United States, the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Horse Racing Odds & Picks November 1st Edition
Top Stakes Races for the Week
- When: Friday, Nov. 5 – Saturday, Nov. 6
2021 Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar Racetrack – Friday, Nov. 5
- Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies – 1 1/6 miles dirt – $2,000,000
Steve Asmussen trained Echo Zulu should be odds on to win the Juvenile Fillies. Zulu has been sensational in every one of her races. Brad Cox puts the saddle on Juju’s Map, who may go off second choice. Don’t discount Nest from the Todd Pletcher barn. She broke her maiden at first asking and Pletcher is a master with juveniles.
- Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile – 1 1/16 miles dirt – $2,000,000
Although most expect a full field for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, betting dollars will settle around Chad Brown trained Jack Cristopher and Bob Baffert’s Corniche. Both have raced great this year. Corniche is the likely favorite because the Breeders’ Cup happens at Del Mar, a track Bob knows very well.
2021 Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar Racetrack – Saturday, Nov. 6
- Grade 1 – Breeders’ Cup Mile – 1 mile turf – $2,000,000
Palace Pier would have been a favorite. But most horseplayers don’t believe Palace Pier runs. If few European horses show up for the BC Mile, or none show up, the favorite could end up Chad Brown trained Raging Bull or Got Stormy from the Mark Casse barn.
- Grade 1 – Breeders’ Cup Sprint – 6 furlongs dirt – $2,000,000
Most feel the Breeders’ Cup Sprint is Jackie’s Warrior’s to lose. But although Jackie looks tough, Firenze Fire, Special Reserve, and Dr. Schivel are no joke. If you’re looking for a closer with a shot, consider backing Aloha West. The Wayne Catalano trainee has a serious turn of foot.
- Grade 1 – Breeders’ Cup Distaff – 1 1/8 miles dirt – $200,000
On paper, Letruska is unbeatable. However, she barely held off Chad Brown trained Royal Flag in the Grade 3 Shuvee at Saratoga in August. Royal Flag, a closer, has won 2-of-3. If Letruska faces pace pressure, there’s a chance the Brown trainee gets past her on Saturday.
- Grade 1 – Breeders’ Cup Turf – 1 ½ miles turf – $4,000,000
2020 BC Turf winner may run in the Filly & Mare Turf. That would be a mistake. The second-place Arc de Triomphe winner could dominate this field. Yibir will be tough, but none of the American horses look capable of beating Tarnawa.
- Grade 1 – Breeders’ Cup Classic – 1 ¼ miles dirt – $6,000,000
Can Knick Go wire the Breeders’ Cup Classic field? That’s the big question. The Brad Cox trainee has never won at 1 ¼ miles. Not only that, but the last time Knicks Go faced speed like what he will see from Hot Rod Charlie and Art Collector, he folded. If there’s a meltdown, Cox’s other runner, Belmont winner Essential Quality, and Steve Asmussen trained Max Player could pick up the pieces.