Breeders' Cup - At The Races

Breeders' Cup Betting Guide

    If you can't choose between the Pick 4 or the Pick 6 or don’t know whether you want it straight or exotic, this guide should help.

The Breeders’ Cup offers a fantastic array of US bet types to tempt punters from both sides of the Atlantic into betting into the massive pools on offer at the meeting. So if you can't choose between the Pick 4 or the Pick 6 or don’t know whether you want it straight or exotic, this guide should help.

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BREEDERS’ CUP 2016 BETTING SCHEDULE

FRIDAY 4 NOVEMBER
The Breeders’ Cup takes place on races 6-9 on the 10-race card.

WIN, PLACE & SHOW / EXACTA / TRIFECTA / SUPERFECTA: All races

Daily Double: A rolling bet across all races (ie races 1-2, 2-3, 3-4 etc)
PICK 3: A rolling bet accross all races (ie races 1-2-3, 2-3-4, 3-4-5)
PICK 4: Races 3-4-5-6, 6-7-8-9 and 7-8-9-10
PICK 6: Races 5-6-7-8-9-10

SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER
The Breeders’ Cup takes place on races 4-12 on the 12-race card.

WIN, PLACE & SHOW / EXACTA / TRIFECTA / SUPERFECTA: All races

Daily Double: A rolling bet across all races (ie races 1-2, 2-3, 3-4 etc)
PICK 3: A rolling bet accross all races (ie races 1-2-3, 2-3-4, 3-4-5
PICK 4: Races 2-3-4-5, 4-5-6-7 and 9-10-11-12
PICK 6: Races 7-8-9-10-11-12

 

STRAIGHT BETTING

These bets require you to select a single horse in a single race.

In all the Breeders’ Cup races you can bet WIN, PLACE or SHOW.

WIN
Your selection has to finish first for you to collect. The record win dividend at the Breeders’ Cup was $269.20 (declared to a $2 stake) paid out when Arcangues won the Classic at Santa Anita in 1993.

PLACE
Your selection must finish first or second to collect. 

SHOW
Your selection must finish first, second or third to collect.

WIN, PLACE AND SHOW
Also know as 'across the board', this actually consists of three bets, a win, a place and a show. If your horse wins you get the win, place and show dividend; if it’s second you get the place and show dividend, and if it’s third you get the show dividend.


EXOTIC BETTING

These bets involve two or more horses in one race and offer an alluring array of punting propositions.

STRAIGHT EXACTA
Select two horses to finish first and second in the correct order and you win if they do. The 2004 Mile hit the exacta high pay line with a return of $1,495.60 for a $2 stake.

COMBINATION EXACTA*
Known in the US as a Boxed Exacta, you can combine a number of horses (2 and up) and box them.  If any of the horses you have selected finish first and second you win.

TRIFECTA
This is similar to an Exacta but you must pick the first three finishers in the correct order of finish. The 1999 Classic rewarded the perspicacious punters who picked Cat Thief, Budroyale and Golden Missile to be the first three home with a whopping $39,031.20; not a bad return for a $2 bet.

COMBINATION TRIFECTA*
Again this is similar to a boxed exacta and if any of the horses you select (3 and up) finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd you win.

SUPERFECTA*
Similar to the Trifecta but this bet requires the fourth place finisher too. If you can predict the first four home in correct order, you win and it could be megabucks. A $1 superfecta bet on that 1999 Classic paid an unbelievable $692,907.

*Important note: Many UK betting websites display both straight and combination Exactas, Trifectas and Superfectas on the same screen. Users can either select the specific order by ticking tabs in the 1st place, 2nd place etc column or choose a full combination bet by picking their horses in the Any Order column.   


MULTI-RACE BETTING

DAILY DOUBLE
The Breeders's Cup sees a rolling Daily Double on all races. This means that races adjacent to each other are coupled, so the first double will be on races 1 and 2, then 2 and 3, 3 and 4 etc. The bet itself is simple; if you get the winners of both legs you win and dividends can be healthy: the late double in 2004 paid $390.40 for just a $2 bet. 

PICK 3
In common with many US tracks the Breeders’ Cup card features a rolling Pick 3. Again the aim is to pick the winners of consecutive races but in this case each race starts a new pick three. Simple perms can lead to rocket returns in this.

PICK 4
There are several chances to play the Pick 4 at Santa Anita. On Friday, the main Pick 4 starts with the Juvenile Turf and runs through to the Distaff. Then on Saturday you have two main opportunities; the first is on the first four Breeders' Cup races, from the Juvenile Fillies to the Turf Sprint, then the second is on the last four from the Turf to the Classic.

PICK 6
The Breeders’ Cup Pick 6 is the ultimate punters’ prize. On Friday, it starts with two non-Breeders' Cup races (the Twilight Derby and Damascus Stakes) then through all the Breeders' Cup races up to the Distaff. Then on Saturday it kicks off with race 7, the Sprint, and runs through to the Classic. Not surprisingly, the pick-up for this is potentially enormous if you're on the track a wheelbarrow might be needed - in 1999 the payout was a record $3,058.138.60 for a $2 ticket – not bad for a day’s work.

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