Betting the Breeders’ Cup 101
Betting on the Breeders’ Cup can be fun and exciting. And nothing beats the thrill of cashing a winning ticket on the championship event.
Making a wager at the track is not complicated. When heading to betting windows, here are the steps to follow:
- State the name of the track
- State the race number
- State the amount of the bet
- State the type of bet
- State the horse’s program number
- Check the ticket(s) for accuracy before leaving window
For example, “Del Mar, race 7, $5 to win on #1”
Bettors can make either a “straight wager” or “exotic wager.”
Straight wagers are Win, Place or Show bets on a single horse in a race. Bettors have the option to make multiple straight wagers on one or more horses in a race if they choose. More on straight bets.
WIN: Horse must finish first to collect the bet.
PLACE: Betting on a horse to finish either first or second. The amount returned from a successful Place wager is less than the Win (separate payouts for the first and second-place finishers).
SHOW. Adds an extra layer security because the horse needs to finish first, second or third to collect. Payouts will less than Win and Place, but Show wagers increase the chances of cashing a ticket.
“Across the Board” terminology refers to betting a horse to Win, Place and Show (three separate bets).
Exotic wagers allow horseplayers to wager on multiple horses in a single bet. The degree of difficulty is higher than straight wagers but the return is more lucrative.
Vertical exotic wagers are made in the same race. The types of vertical exotic wagers are:
EXACTA: Betting on two horses to finish first and second in exact order. A “$2 exacta 5-7” means the #5 must finish first and the #7 must finish second. Bettors can also “box” horses but it doubles the wager. A “$2 exacta box 5-7” is two separate bets (5-7 and 7-5) and costs $4. And bettors can box more than two horses in exactas if they like.
QUINELLA: Betting on two horses to finish first and second in either order. A “$2 quinella 5-7” costs $2 and functions similar to an exacta box but the return is often significantly lower. Bettors have the option to “box” more than two horses in a quinella.
TRIFECTA: Betting on three horses to finish first, second and third in exact order. A “$1 trifecta 5-6-7” costs $1 and horseplayers can box the same numbers for $6, with a “$1 trifecta box 5-6-7” being six separate bets (5-6-7, 5-7-6, 6-5-7, 6-7-5, 7-5-6 and 7-6-5). You can box more than three horses as well in a trifecta.
SUPERFECTA: Betting on four horses to finish to finish first, second, third and fourth in exact order. Horseplayers can “box” four or more horses in the superfecta.
Horizontal exotic wagers are made over multiple races. You can play single combinations or increase the cost by adding multiple horses to any leg of the wager. Here are the types of horizontal exotic wagers:
DAILY DOUBLE: Horses must win two consecutive races. For example, “Race 1, $2 daily double 3-8” means the 3 must win the 1st race and 8 must win the 2nd race.
PICK 3: Similar to the Daily Double, the Pick 3 means your horses must win three consecutive races.
PICK 4, PICK 5 & PICK 6: Horses must win either four, five or six consecutive races.
Good luck betting at the Breeders’ Cup!
- September 21, 2018
Owned by LNJ Foxwoods and trained by Brad Cox, Covfefe recently made her debut on September 16th, and while parody may have inspired her name, the filly proved no joke. Under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, she decimated her competition by 9-1/4 lengths, completing the six furlongs in 1:10.20, earning a solid 86 Beyer first time out. Making the victory even sweeter is that it happened beneath the spires of Churchill Downs, where the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held in November.
- September 21, 2018
The Breeders’ Cup World Championships in November will be held at Churchill Downs for the ninth time, thirty years after making its first appearance at the Louisville track and seven years since its latest swing through Derby City. When examining a list of past winners of the original seven Breeders’ Cup events that have been held at Churchill Downs, one notable aspect has been the tendency of the primary turf events, the Mile (G1) and the 1 1/2-mile Turf (G1), to produce minor-to-major upsets. Although the sample size of eight previous runnings held at Churchill is a small one, the recognizing of this emerging trend should be enough to convince handicappers to take a broader look at the two races once final fields are drawn.
- September 20, 2018
Three Guaranteed Berths into Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge on the Line This Weekend on Horseplayers.com
With just six weeks left until the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, qualifying contests for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) are in full swing with three guaranteed berths into the largest live-money handicapping contest in the world on the line this weekend, highlighted by Sunday’s (Sept. 23) tournament which has the lowest-ever qualifying ratio (1 per 5) and a $2,300 entry fee.