If you’re like me and love a good ol’ gamble-fest, the only thing better than a sunrise-to-sunset betting bonanza is two straight days of nonstop wagering action. That’s exactly what you get with the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7.
The Breeders’ Cup is essentially the NCAA Tournament condensed into two days. It’s where the best horses (based on their accomplishments throughout the year) travel to a neutral site – it’s Kentucky this year but the host venue rotates annually – and square off in bracketed or divisional matchups. For instance, the best horses in sprint races (run at distances under a mile) on the dirt (there’s also a turf division) face-off in what’s known as the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. There’s a male division of the race and also a female division known as the Filly and Mare Sprint.
In total, there are 14 divisional races (five on Friday and nine on Saturday) that attract not only the best horses from coast-to-coast but also from international racing hotspots like England, France, Australia, South America, and even Japan and Hong Kong. There are so many variables to consider, including how international runners will perform against U.S. competition, in assessing – or handicapping – each race. That detailed level of analysis in 14 stacked Breeders’ Cup races gives horseplayers unique opportunities to make a huge betting score.
Anyone new to the event might be a bit overwhelmed