Breeders’ Cup Classic Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, Churchill Downs, 2nd November 2019
Here we have available some of the best odds and betting tips for the grand finale of the thoroughbred racing calendar, the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
This is one of the biggest races of the series and always attracts a brilliant field and some brilliant racing betting offers. By far the most lucrative race of the Breeders’ Cup, the Classic is a weight for age race over 2000m, a mile and a half.
Breeders’ Cup Classic Tips 2019
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Breeders’ Cup Classic 2019 Betting Tips
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Breeders’ Cup Classic Previous Winners
- 2018 – Accelerate – jockey Joel Rosario, trainer John W Sadler
- 2017 – Gun Runner – jockey Florent Geroux, trainer Steve Amussen
- 2016 – Arrogate – jockey Mike E Smith, trainer Bob Baffert
- 2015 – American Pharoah – jockey Victor Espinoza, trainer Bob Baffert
- 2014 – Bayern – jockey Martin Garcia, trainer Bob Baffert
- 2013 – Mucho Macho Man – jockey Gary Stevens, trainer Kathy Ritvo
- 2012 – Fort Larned – jockey Brian Joseph Hernandez Jr, trainer Ian Wilkes
- 2011 – Drosselmeyer – jockey Mike E Smith, trainer William Mott
- 2010 – Blame – jockey G K Gomez, trainer Albert M Stall Jr
- 2009 – Zenyatta – jockey Mike E Smith, trainer John Shirreffs
- 2008 – Raven’s Pass – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer John Gosden
- 2007 – Curlin – jockey Robby Albarado, trainer Steven Asmussen
- 2006 – Invasor – jockey Fernando Jara, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin
- 2005 – Saint Liam – jockey J D Bailey, trainer Richard Dutrow Jr
This is the grand finale event of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and is the climax of the thoroughbred racing calendar in the US. The race is held at a different track each year and as of 2015 had only left the US once, with the 1996 renewal being held at Toronto’s Woodbine. The Breeders’ Cup Classic is a class one race for three-year-olds and older, and is run over a 10 furlong distance on dirt and is a weight for age race in which three- and four-year-olds have enjoyed most success.
It is the richest race in all of North America and so therefore draws in some of the year’s best performing thoroughbreds from across the world. With its prize fund amounting to over double that of any other race across the weekend, this is the contest that all spectators are waiting for. There are just 14 starting places for horses to fill in this race, with half of these being allocated automatically to those who triumph during The Breeders’ Cup Challenge and the rest decided by a panel of experts.
The Classic has been notoriously difficult to predict due to the highly selective nature of its participants, with each of the competitors earning their right to participate through their individual successes throughout the season. The status that comes with winning this race has proved decisive in the awarding of the US Horse of the Year honours, after four of the Classic winners between 2004 and 2007 went on to be rewarded with this accolade.
This prestigious race has accumulated a great number of world-class thoroughbreds, jockeys and trainers during its history. Chris McCarron and Jerry Bailey go down in the record books as legends in this particular race, both winning the Classic on five occasions each, spanning from 1988 until 2005. There are only a few trainers who have managed to win this one more than once, giving us an insight into the unpredictability of such a fascinating contest.
In 2011 William Mott joined the trio of handlers to boast two Breeders’ Cup Classic victories, alongside Charlie Whittingham and Jay M. Robbins. However, last year Bob Baffert made it three wins in a row to really cement his place in the history of this race.
It truly is an astonishing feat for a single jockey or trainer to be successful on multiple occasions here and this is made evident when viewing the past decade of results in this race – Mike E. Smith is the only jockey who has appeared on this triumphant list twice, winning the race for a fourth time in his career in 2016. Two jockeys have won it five times: Chris McCarron and Jerry Bailey.
From an owner’s perspective, just one person has ever possessed two Breeders’ Cup Classic winning horses – Stronach Stables has been successful with Awesome Again in 1998 and the record-time holder Ghostzapper in 2004.