Breeders’ Cup Classic Odds
The Breeders’ Cup is the mega-money championship meeting that rounds off the Flat
season in the United States. It is also the biggest international showdown in global
horseracing, with many of the best European horses crossing the Atlantic each year to take
on the Americans in their backyard.
There are Breeders’ Cup odds available on all 14 races over two days at the $31 million
meeting, which this year takes place at Del Mar racecourse in California on November 5 and
The highlight of the two days is the $6 million Classic, which rounds off the action on the
second day. The mile-and-a-quarter contest has been won by some big names in US racing
since its inception in 1984. But the Europeans have not fared too well in this event run on
dirt – a surface unfamiliar to most horses from Britain, Ireland and France.
Raven’s Pass overcame this obstacle to claim Britain’s only Classic victory in 2008 but an
away win appears unlikely this year, with no visitors prominent in the betting.
The Breeders’ Cup Classic odds are headed by Knicks Go and Essential Quality, who are
stablemates at the Kentucky yard of trainer Brad Cox and were both winners at last year’s
The Classic has been kind to the fancied horses in recent years with the last eight winners
coming from the first four in the betting, and the Cox pair command plenty of respect.
One to consider at bigger Breeders’ Cup Classic odds is Maxfield. He has been beaten into
second in his last two outings but prior to that had looked top class when winning seven of
his eight starts. He is consistent and clearly has plenty of ability – and his Breeders’ Cup odds
are 20-1. At that price, he is worth each-way support to bounce back in the Classic.
Breeders’ Cup Classic odds
Knicks Go 7-2
Essential Quality 9-2
Media Spirit 8-1
Max Player 10-1
Life Is Good 10-1
Hot Rod Charlie 10-1
Monomoy Girl 14-1
Happy Saver 16-1
Silver State 16-1
Code Of Honour 20-1
Breeders’ Cup Favourites in 2021
The Europeans have favourites in five of the 14 races in the Breeders’ Cup odds against the
home team’s nine. Heading the possibles for the visitors is Ireland’s defending Turf champion Tarnawa, who tops the market for the $4 million contest after finishing runner-up in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
The Turf is the race the European trainers have won more than any other at the Breeders’
Cup, with 23 victories to the Americans’ 15 (first prize was shared in 2003 after a dead-heat)
– and they are set to field as strong a team as ever with their horses filling the first five
places in the betting.
John Gosden has the favourite in the Breeders’ Cup Mile after Palace Pier earned automatic
qualification with victory in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. Beaten only once in his
ten starts, the four-year-old would be one of the best milers Europe has ever sent to the
Breeders’ Cup if he makes the trip to Del Mar.
Two of Charlie Appleby’s three Breeders’ Cup wins have come in the Juvenile Turf and he
has the favourite again in Albahr, while the Newmarket trainer also has Wild Beauty at the
top of the Breeders’ Cup odds for the Juvenile Fillies’ Turf.
The list of European favourites is completed by impressive Middle Park Stakes winner
Perfect Power in the Juvenile Turf Sprint.
However, the hottest favourite in the Breeders’ Cup 2021 odds belongs to the home team.
Gamine smashed her rivals in the Filly & Mare Sprint last year and the bookmakers make her
a 4-5 shot to follow up in November.
Race Favourite Price
Classic Knicks Go 7-2
Turf Tarnawa 4-1
Mile Palace Pier 3-1
Filly & Mare Turf War Like Goddess 4-1
Distaff Letruska 2-1
Sprint Jackies Warrior 7-4
Filly & Mare Sprint Gamine 4-5
Dirt Mile Life Is Good 5-2
Turf Sprint Golden Pal 7-2
Juvenile Corniche 4-1
Juvenile Fillies Turf Wild Beauty 6-1
Juvenile Fillies Echo Zullu 4-1
Juvenile Turf Albahr 5-1
Juvenile Turf Sprint Perfect Power 9-2
How to read the odds and calculate payouts
There are two main methods for punters in Britain to bet on the Breeders’ Cup.
The first is with the bookmakers, either in one of their high-street shops or online. The
bookmakers generally frame their odds in fractional terms, so a 4-1 shot would return £4
plus your stake for every pound you bet.
Each-way bets consist of two bets on your selection, one to win and one to finish placed
(generally in the first three at the Breeders’ Cup). The place bet is paid out as a fraction of
the overall odds – so, if the race offers one-fifth the odds for a place and your horse is
second at 10-1, you will be paid out at 2-1. If your horse wins, you collect on both the win bet and the place bet. So in the case of a 10-1 winner , you will be paid out two returns at
10-1 and 2-1.
The second method is via the Tote, who operate pool-betting in the UK and return winnings
according to decimal odds. Under this system, their odds express the total amount won for
every pound bet. For example, £10 on a winner at £6.90 on the Tote would pay £69.
Breeders’ Cup Live Odds
Breeders’ Cup 2021 odds are now available on all 14 races under ante-post rules. Ante-post
markets offer the potential to back your fancy in advance at a bigger price than the raceday
market – but if your selection doesn’t make the final starting line-up you lose your stake
without a run.
The ante-post markets close once the final field is established and a live market is formed
for race day. Most bookmakers roll out their special offers and concessions once the race-
day market goes live.