The 2020 Breeders' Cup will be staged at Keeneland Racecourse in Kentucky on November 6 and 7, with the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic as the last race of the Championships on Saturday. The Breeders' Cup is the biggest US horse racing betting event of the year.
With $28 million in prize money, across 14 races, more than $120 million is wagered annually on Breeders' Cup betting, making it the one of the biggest betting events across the US. Top horse racing betting sites across the world also handle millions of dollars of bets on Breeders' Cup odds.
It is the international element of the Breeders Cup Championships that draws so much interest from bettors, with a series of global ‘Win And You’re In’ qualifying races, bringing champions from horse racing events in Europe, South America, Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong and Japan.
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The Breeders' Cup is the climax of the US horse racing season, and for many the global championships of Flat horse racing. The glitz and glamour of the event, brings nearly 100,000 people to the Breeders' Cup courses, and millions more to the bookmakers.
Aside from the Pick 6 bet, there are many popular Breeders Cup betting markets beyond the ‘win’, ‘place’, and ‘show’ standard horse racing wagers.
For 2018, there were a host of new wagers available to Breeders' Cup bettors, including Head2Head wagering, a late Pick 5 wager, and a Jackpot Super High 5. There were also bets linking Friday and Saturday races. Here's a guide to Breeders' Cup 2018 betting:
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The most popular bet at the Breeders Cup is the Breeders Cup Pick 6. The Pick 6 is a bet that requires a player to pick 6 horses to win in 6 different Breeders' Cup races.
It is a pool bet that has yielded multiple $1 million payouts, a minimum bet of $2 producing a Pick 6 payout of $2.7 million back in 2003. It is the ultimate small stakes for massive wins bet at the Breeders Cup. In 2018, Saturday's Pick 6 races are 6-11 with a $1 million guaranteed pool.
How Does the Pick 6 Work?
The Breeders Cup Pick 6 runs from races 4-9 on Future Stars Friday, and from races 6-11 on Breeders Cup Classic Saturday. The minimum bet is $2, but punters can wager more on the Pick 6, and can also boost their chances of victory by picking more than one horse in each of the Pick 6 races.
The Breeders Cup Pick 6 is available to bet on at the track via the American PMU, but is also online via other betting pools like Ireland’s Totepool, and the online betting exchange Betfair. This is also true for the Pick 5s and Pick 4, the latter offering a $1.5 million guarantee on Friday, and $3 million on Saturday (races 8-11)
The Breeders Cup venue may change regularly, but the races remain the same, and the results have continuous trends than can be value to Breeders Cup betting strategy year after year.
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