2019 Breeders’ Cup Betting Favorites

2019 Breeders’ Cup Betting Favorites

Written by on October 29, 2019

Midnight Bisou, Sistercharlie, Dennis’ Moment, and Bricks and Mortar all offer favorites odds to win their respective Breeders’ Cup races this weekend. Are those chalks worth backing? Check out information on every favorite in every 2019 Breeders’ Cup race!

2019 Breeders’ Cup Betting Favorites

 
  • When: Friday, Nov. 1 & Saturday, Nov. 2
  • Where: Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA
  • TV: NBC Sports / NBC
  • Live Stream: NBC Sports Live

2019 Breeders’ Cup Friday – Nov. 1

Juvenile Turf Sprint

  • Time: 4:12pm EDT
  • Age: 2 year olds
  • Distance: 5 furlongs
  • Surface: Turf

Betting Favorite: Four Wheel Drive +300

Sprint races on the turf are often the most difficult to handicap. In this case, Four Wheel Drive should make it easy for horseplayers. The son of American Pharoah has been brilliant in two straight races. His Grade 3 Futurity win at Belmont was absolutely breathtaking. Four Wheel Drive is one of the top chalks on Friday’s card.

Juvenile Turf

  • Time: 4:52pm EDT
  • Age: 2 year old
  • Distance: 1 mile
  • Surface: Turf

Betting Favorite: Arizona +250

Anything Aidan O’Brien sends to the turf has a shot of winning. When O’Brien sends the favorite to the grass, we had better pay attention! Surprisingly, Arizona looks vulnerable here. He shows up in what might be the most difficult race to handicap during the two days. Stay away from chalky in the Juvenile Turf.

Juvenile Fillies

  • Time: 5:32pm EDT
  • Age/Gender: 2 year old fillies
  • Distance: 1 1/16 miles
  • Surface: Dirt

Betting Favorite: Donna Veloce +300

There are plenty of ways to go in this year’s Juvenile Fillies, which means settling on Donna Veloce makes no sense. However, if the Simon Callaghan runner offers better odds than the +300 morning line, she’ll be worth a long look.

Juvenile Fillies Turf

  • Time: 6:12pm EDT
  • Age/Gender: 2 year old fillies
  • Distance: 1 mile
  • Surface: Dirt

Betting Favorite: Albigna +400

Albigna is hard not to like. However, this race is wide-open. At +400, she’s not worth a bet. The win in the Group 1 Qatar Prix Marcel implies she can run with these, though. So, if the odds float to +500, she might be worth backing.

Juvenile

  • Time: 7:03pm EDT
  • Age: 2 year old
  • Distance: 1 1/6 miles
  • Surface: Dirt

Betting Favorite: Dennis’ Moment +160

Dennis’ Moment is an ultra-vulnerable favorite at 8/5, or +160,  odds. The Dale Romans trainee looked good in his last race, but the second choice, Baffert trained Eight Rings, won the Grade 1 American Pharoah over this track. Also, Maxfield has a huge shot at +300 odds.

2019 Breeders’ Cup Saturday – Nov. 2

Filly & Mare Sprint

  • Time: 2:55pm EDT
  • Age/Gender: 3+, fillies/mares
  • Distance: 7 furlongs
  • Surface: Dirt

Betting Favorite: Covfefe +190

If this were at 6 furlongs, Covfefe would be a lock. That extra furlong could be what keeps her from winning on Saturday. Beware backing her at short odds.

Turf Sprint

  • Time: 3:33pm EDT
  • Age: 3+
  • Distance: 5 furlongs
  • Surface: Turf

Betting Favorite: Eddie Haskell +450

What a wide-open race! Don’t accept short odds on any runner in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. That includes backing Eddie Haskell at anything less than +600, or 6/1.

Dirt Mile

  • Time: 4:10pm EDT
  • Age: 3+
  • Distance: 1 Mile
  • Surface: Dirt

Betting Favorite: Omaha Beach +160

It feels like odds makers have put too much emphasis on Omaha Beach’s Santa Anita Sprint Championship win, the horse’s prep for this. However, the chalk often wins the dirt mile while this year’s version came up short on talent. The Richard Mandella charge is a solid play.

Filly & Mare Turf

  • Time: 4:54pm EDT
  • Age/Gender: 3+, fillies/mares
  • Distance: 1 ¼ miles
  • Surface: Turf

Betting Favorite: Sistercharlie +175

What do we do with Sistercharlie? She’s on a 6-race winning streak. Her times haven’t been all that fast. Form always trumps time. That’s something to remember when handicapping these races. She’s not as solid of a favorite as Omaha Beach in the Dirt Mile, but she’s solid enough.

Sprint

  • Time: 5:36pm EDT
  • Age: 3+
  • Distance: 6 furlongs
  • Surface: Dirt

Betting Favorite: Mitole +225

The front runners should run a sub-21 second first quarter in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Mitole will have trouble holding off quality pressers and closers like Landeskog, Whitmore, Engage, and Firenze Fire.

Mile

  • Time: 6:20pm EDT
  • Age: 3+
  • Distance: 1 Mile
  • Surface: Turf

Betting Favorite: Circus Maximus +300

Usually, the turf mile is one of the most difficult to handicap races on the BC card. Not this year. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, the Group 1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp winner is as solid as it gets.

Distaff

  • Time: 7:00pm EDT
  • Age/Gender: 3+, fillies/mares
  • Distance: 1 1/8 miles
  • Surface: Dirt

Betting Favorite: Midnight Bisou +125

Like Sistercharlie, Midnight Bisou wins races, but she doesn’t post fast times. Will that pose a problem on Saturday? It could against a horse like Blue Prize. The chalk in the Distaff is vulnerable on Nov. 2.

Turf

  • Time: 7:40pm EDT
  • Age: 3+
  • Distance: 1 ½ miles
  • Surface: Turf

Betting Favorite: Bricks and Mortar +160

Winner of 6 in a row, Bricks and Mortar is looking for more than just a Breeders’ Cup Turf victory on Saturday. A win should sew up Horse of the Year honors. Magical scratched, which will make Bricks and Mortar an even heavier favorite in this. But, the Chad Brown chalk faces a tall task beating Old Persian, Charles Appleby’s runner. Beware taking anything less than the +160, or 8/5, odds.

Classic

  • Time: 8:44pm EDT
  • Age: 3+
  • Distance: 1 ¼ miles
  • Surface: Dirt

Betting Favorite: McKinzie +300

The jockey switch from Mike Smith to Joel Rosario will help. Code of Honor is the horse to back to win the Classic, though. Too much speed means McKinzie could get caught up in a duel. Plus, the favorite has yet to prove he likes to run at 1 ¼ miles.

 

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