Along with announcing its race schedule, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships announced a wagering smorgasbord for horseplayers consisting of seven multi-race pools offering a combined $8 million in guaranteed money.

Breeders' Cup Wagering
With 14 races and seven multi-race, big-money pools, put three horseplayers in a room with the Breeders’ Cup program and the number of possible bets is off the charts. (Image: Associated Press)

The two-day Breeders’ Cup is Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland. Even running spectator-free due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it provides bettors 14 Grade 1 races of varying distances, ages, and surfaces that are a horseplayer’s all-you-can-eat buffet of betting.

The Breeders’ Cup offers your normal Win-Place-Show wagers, along with exactas, trifectas, superfectas, daily doubles, and Pick 3s. Punters swinging for the fences have multi-race guaranteed pools – five of which are seven figures.

Friday’s opening day begins with a $500,000 Pick 5 on the first five races, which are non-Breeders’ Cup events. Then, there’s a $1 million Breeders’ Cup Late Pick 5 challenging bettors to pick the five winners of the five Breeders’ Cup “Future Star Friday” races.


Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Schedule

Race Time (all times Pacific)
$1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint 11:30 a.m.
$1 million Juvenile Turf 12:10 p.m.
$2 million Juvenile Fillies 12:50 p.m.
$1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf 1:30 p.m.
$2 million Juvenile 2:10 p.m.

In order, those five are the Juvenile Turf Sprint (11:30 a.m. PT), the Juvenile Turf (12:10 p.m. PT), the Juvenile Fillies (12:50 p.m. PT), the Juvenile Fillies Turf (1:30 p.m. PT), and the Juvenile (2:10 p.m. PT).

Rounding out Friday’s multi-race pool is a $1 million All-Breeders’ Cup Pick 4 on races 7-10.

There are 12 races on Saturday’s card, the last nine Breeders’ Cup races. Bettors can dive in with a $500,000 Pick 5 on the first five races. They can segue into a $1 million Breeders’ Cup Ultra Pick 6 on the last six races (7-12), take on a $2 million Breeders’ Cup Late Pick 5 (races 8-12), and a $2 million Breeders’ Cup Late Pick 4 on races 9-12.

Saturday’s schedule opens with three undercard races. The Filly & Mare Sprint begins the Breeders’ Cup slate at 9:02 a.m. PT, followed by the Turf Sprint (9:39 a.m. PT), the Dirt Mile (10:18 a.m. PT), the Filly & Mare Turf (10:57 a.m. PT), and the Sprint (11:36 a.m. PT).


Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Schedule

Race Time (all times Pacific)
$1 million Filly & Mare Sprint 9:02 a.m.
$1 million Turf Sprint 9:39 a.m.
$1 million Dirt Mile 10:18 a.m.
$2 million Filly & Mare Turf 10:57 a.m.
$2 million Sprint 11:36 a.m.
$2 million Mile 12:15 p.m.
$2 million Distaff 12:54 p.m.
$4 million Turf 1:33 p.m.
$6 million Classic 2:13 p.m.

The Late Pick 4 opens with the Mile (12:15 p.m. PT), followed by the Distaff (12:54 p.m. PT), the Turf (1:33 p.m. PT), and the marquee race – the Classic (2:13 p.m.).

Potential Friday carryovers could further sweeten Saturday’s pot. Friday’s Pick 6 and Pick 5 can carry over to Saturday, with any Pick 5 carryover rolling into Saturday’s Late Pick 5. Saturday’s Pick 6 and Late Pick 5 are mandatory payouts.

Special Daily Double Wager Has a Theme

Bet minimums are $1 for win-place-show, daily double, exactas, Pick 6, and the special daily double. They are 50 cents for the trifecta, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5 and the Jackpot Super High 5, and 10 cents for the superfecta.

The special daily double is a bet requiring horseplayers to hit two, non-consecutive races. There are three theme-based wagers on the menu: the Juvenile Turf/Turf (race 7 Friday and race 11 Saturday), the Juvenile Fillies/Distaff (race 8 Friday and race 10 Saturday) and the Juvenile/Classic (race 10 Friday and race 12 Saturday).

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