Breeders’ Cup Sprint Betting Odds, Tips & Best Bets 2018
- Bet Roy H to win at 5/2 with Betfair.
- Bet Roy H, Promises Fulfilled, Limousine Liberal and Whitmore in an exacta box with Betfair.
Roy H, at 5/2 with Betfair, comes in to this year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint a fresher horse, having taken extra time off from his trip to Dubai.
He has run just twice since then over the span of two months but took a huge leap forward. The scary thing about him is that he showed us last year that he can improve with a short space between his races, just like last year from the Santa Anita Sprint Championship to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
If it comes up wet, no problem, he handled a wet course at Santa Anita in 1:07 4/5 for 6 furlongs. The outside draw helps him as well and allows Paco Lopez to see what speed shakes out on his inside in a race that always has an unsustainable early pace.
There’s a Clear Horse for Course
Limousine Liberal, 6/1 with Betfair, is as consistent as any horse in this year’s entire Breeders’ Cup. He simply always shows up and even more so when racing at Churchill Downs, where he has raced eight times and won six.
On his best, which like I said he brings every single time based on his speed figures, he isn’t as fast as Roy H and Imperial Hint. But those two could regress to his level off of their recent big races.
If it comes up wet, his three-for-three record on an off track is impossible to ignore. One knock: He’s probably better at 7 furlongs. You cannot let this horse beat you is the bottom line. He’s a must include on any ticket.
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Breeders’ Cup Sprint Betting Tips
Promises Fulfilled (6/1) has to improve further to hang with this group. Yes, I understand he beat Whitmore and Limousine Liberal at Keeneland and looked damn good doing it. Ttruth is he’s never seen horses as fast as Roy H and Imperial Hint.
That being said, there should be improvement in him off of the Keeneland race. He ran faster at Saratoga, and that was setting a wicked pace over the deep track that is Saratoga and going further (7 furlongs).
Dale Romans has been clear: He’s in this race to win the Eclipse Award for top Sprinter of 2018, he could have gone a slightly easier route to the Dirt Mile. With that being said, Dale knows what he needs to get out of his 3-year-old in order to do just that, and that is a career best effort.
While he has been very good -- there is no questioning that -- Imperial Hint (9/5) has not seen this kind of talent this year. Especially with as good as Roy H has been.
I will say that he has shown more maturity this season by sitting just off the pace in his races, something that he has to do to win. The biggest turn off for me is his bad races at Churchill.
Perhaps he’s better than those but his most recent Churchill race was back in May. Some horses simply don’t like Churchill Downs.
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