2022 Top Stakes to Bet On: Breeders’ Cup Highlights Weekend Action

2022 Top Stakes to Bet On: Breeders’ Cup Highlights Weekend Action

Written by on October 31, 2022

The 2022 Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships take place this Friday and Saturday. On Friday, Bob Baffert trained Cave Rock headlines a terrific group of 2-year-olds in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Then on Saturday, Flightline puts his undefeated record on the line in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. See below for more information on six of this weekend’s top Breeders’ Cup races. 

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  • Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies – 1 1/16 miles dirt – 2 year old fillies

Todd Pletcher trained Chocolate Gelato will face off against Brad Cox trained Chop Chop and Wonder Wheel from the Mark Casse barn.

Top underdog plays include And Tell Me No Lies from from the Peter Miller barn, Steve Asmussen trained Grand Love and another Todd Pletcher runner, Anatomically. 

  • Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile – 1 1/16 miles dirt – 2 year old colts

Expect Baffert trained Cave Rock, who has a 104 Beyer figure on the resume, to go off at even money or less. Cave Rock looks like the real deal. So beating him will require some creativity.

Todd Pletcher trained Forte should offer second choice odds. Forte is a two-time grade one winner. So if Rock doesn’t show up with his best, the Pletcher runner could prevail.

Chad Brown trained Blazing Sevens, Cave Rock stablemate National Treasure, Verifying from the Brad Cox barn, and Tom Amoss’ Curly Jack will also attract action. 

  • Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint – 6 furlongs dirt – 3 year olds and up

On paper, Steve Asmussen trained Jackie’s Warrior and Chad Brown runner Jack Cristopher should dominate the field. Ah, but there is a lot of speed in the race.

Aloha West is back to defend his title. If a pace meltdown happens, West could complete the repeat.

Even if the pace doesn’t meltdown, Wesley Ward trained 4-year-old filly Kimari is good enough to upset the chalk. Revisit the Sprint once the field is set and don’t forget that Jackie’s Warrior finished off the board as the favorite last year. 

  • Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf -1  ½ miles on turf – 3 year olds and up

Charlie Appleby trained Nation’s Pride will go off the chalk. Joining Pride as one of the favorites will be John Gosden trained and 2020 Saudi Cup winner Mishriff.

The United’s States’ best shot of winning the turf rests on a couple of mares. War Like Goddess runs for Bill Mott and Virginia Joy hails from the Chad Brown barn. Both will have to run the race of their lives to have any shot of beating Nation’s Pride or Mishriff. 

  • Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff – 1 1/8 miles on dirt – 3 year old fillies and up 

Todd Pletcher will saddle the top two favorites in this Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Belmont Stakes second place finisher Nest should go off the chalk. 

Malathaat will go off second choice. Steve Asmussen has the third choice in Clairiere. Search Results, Society, and Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath will all attract money. 

  • Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic – 1 ¼ miles on dirt – 3 year olds and up 

Undefeated John Sadler trained Flightline is 3-to-5 on the morning line. Steve Asmussen is going to try and beat Flightline with Travers Stakes winner Epicenter. 

The 5-to-1 second choice will have to improve from the Travers Stakes victory. Life Is Good, the Todd Pletcher trained runner, is third choice at 6-to-1. If you believe in Flightline and the odds remain at the morning line, consider. Right now, the Sadler runner looks like one of the best horses to ever run over dirt. 


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