Just as young children eagerly anticipate Christmas morning, horse players do the same for Breeders’ Cup. It is the culmination of the racing year, featuring the best thoroughbreds from around the world. For the sixth consecutive year, it will be a two-day event (Friday, Nov. 2nd and Saturday, Nov. 3rd) with total purses exceeding $25 million. Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA will be the venue for the 29th annual Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Day 1 (Friday) will feature six (6) Breeders’ Cup races on a Santa Anita 10-race card. 1st race Post Time at 4:06pm EDT (1:06pm PDT) with the Breeders’ Cup race slated for race 4 through 9. Here’s the line-up. All Post Times are listed as Eastern Daylight Time and will be televised on NBC and NBC Sports Network:
4th race (4:06pm): $500k BC Juvenile Sprint – 6 furlongs
5th race (4:46pm): $500k Gr. 2 BC Marathon – 1 3/4 mile
6th race (5:28pm): $1 million Gr. 1 BC Juvenile Fillies Turf – 1 mile on the Turf
7th race (6:08pm): $2 million Gr. 1 Grey Goose BC Juvenile Fillies – 1 1/16 mile
8th race (6:48pm): $2 million Gr. 1 BC Filly & Mare Turf – 1 1/4 mile on the Turf
9th race (7:30pm): $2 million Gr. 1 BC Ladies Classic – 1 1/8 mile
Day 2 (Saturday) will feature nine (9) Breeders’ Cup races on a Santa Anita 12-race card. 1st race Post Time at 1:05pm EDT (10:05am PDT) with the Breeders’ Cup race slated for race 4 through the finale, race 12. Here’s the line-up. All Post Times are listed as Eastern Daylight Time with televised coverage by NBC:
4th race (2:50pm): $500k BC Juvenile Turf – 1 mile on the Turf
5th race (3:35pm): $2 million Gr. 1 BC Filly & Mare Sprint – 7 furlongs
6th race (4:14pm): $1 million Gr. 1 BC Dirt Mile – 1 mile
7th race (4:57pm): $1 million Gr. 1 BC Turf Sprint – 6½ furlongs on the Downhill Turf
8th race (5:36pm): $2 million Gr. 1 Grey Goose BC Juvenile – 1 1/16 mile
9th race (6:18pm): $3 million Gr. 1 BC Turf – 1 1/2 mile on the Turf
10th race (6:58pm): $1.5 million Gr. 1 Xpressbet BC Sprint – 6 furlongs
11th race (7:40pm): $2 million Gr. 1 BC Mile – 1 mile on the Turf
12th race (8:35pm): $5 million Gr. 1 BC Classic – 1 1/4 mile
To help get you in the mood for some horse racing, here’s the last Breeders’ Cup race run at Santa Anita…
… does anyone remember (or care) who won that Wake-GT OT game that day (re: ESPN scroll at the wire)?!
And just when you thought Zenyatta was would give us a Fairy Tale ending to her career in the 2010 Classic, we only had one horse to Blame…
As distraught as Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith was after that loss, he rode an eerily similar race aboard Drosselmeyer in last years Classic. Returning to the scene of the 2010 crime, snatching victory away from former girlfriend and recently retired, Chantal Sutherland who was aboard Game On Dude. Ya just can’t make this stuff up!
“The Breeders’ Cup continues to be the greatest two days of wagering anywhere in the world,” said Ken Kirchner, President of FalKirk International and the manager of the Breeders’ Cup wagering and simulcasting operations for the last 16 years. “With a tantalizing array of fractional wagers, like the 10 cent Superfecta and 50 cent Trifecta, Pick-3’s, Pick-4’s and Pick-5’s, players can be confident they will receive the highest betting value in all of racing. Among last year’s top payouts were a $71,510 Pick 5 for 50 cents; a $93,628 Pick 4 for $1; and a $444,571 Pick 6 for $2.”
Each Breeders’ Cup World Championships race will feature a maximum of 14 horses and wagering interests. In addition to the standard Win, Place and Show betting, there will be Exacta and Trifecta wagering on every race and rolling Pick 3 wagers beginning with the first race and continuing through all races on both Championship Friday and Championship Saturday. Among the featured wagers this year are:
• Friday’s Ultra Pick 6 will have a guaranteed gross pool of $1 million and Saturday’s Ultra Pick 6 will feature a $2 million guaranteed gross pool. If no one hits the Friday Ultra Pick 6, the pool will carry over into Saturday’s Ultra Pick 6. The wager is a mandatory payout at the end of the Saturday program. Last year’s Friday Pick 6 paid $444,571 for 6 of 6 winners, while no one selected all six winners on Saturday and five of six winners paid $95,070 for a $2 base wager.
• Breeders’ Cup Pick 5’s are offered on the first five races each day and will give players a chance to cash a large bet for a small investment. Last year, the Saturday Pick 5 paid $71,510 for a fifty cent bet.
• The Pick 4, with a 50-cent minimum, continues to be a fan favorite bet at the Breeders’ Cup. There will be three guaranteed Pick 4 pools. Friday’s all Championships Pick 4 (races 6-9) will have a guaranteed pool of $1 million. This Pick 4 paid $11,714 for a $1 wager last year. On Saturday, there will be two guaranteed Pick 4s. The early all Championships Pick 4 (races 4-7) will have a $1 million guaranteed gross pool and the late all Championships Pick 4 (races 9-12) will have a $2 million gross pool. The 2011 late Pick 4 on Saturday paid $93,628 for a $1 base wager.
• There will again be a Super High Five wager on both the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Bettors are required to select the first five finishing places on one ticket. If no one hits the Super High Five on Friday the pool will carry over to Saturday’s Super High Five on the Classic. The wager is a mandatory payout after the Classic. The Super High 5 on the 2011 Classic paid $156,424 for a $1 wager.
• A Daily Double wager linking the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic on Friday to the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday will again be offered. Last year’s “Classic Double” of Ladies’ Classic winner Royal Delta and Classic winner Drosselmeyer paid $84.
• Breeders’ Cup continues to offer some of racing’s best average payouts, with the $2 exactas averaging $354; $2 trifectas averaging $2,860 and $1 superfectas averaging $11,563 in 2011.
$2.00 – WIN, PLACE, SHOW, DAILY DOUBLE, PICK 6,
$1.00 – EXACTA, CLASSIC DAILY DOUBLE, SUPER HI 5
$.50 – TRIFECTA, PICK 3, PICK 4, PICK 5,
$.10 – SUPERFECTA