An early look at the 2021 Breeders’ Cup betting odds for Saturday show several imposing favorites, three of which may end up at even money or less.
Gamine (Filly & Mare Sprint), Life Is Good (Dirt Mile) and Letruska (Distaff) each look as if they are going to be very short prices. However, chalk players should be wary.
At the Breeders’ Cup held at Del Mar in 2017, betting favorites on Saturday went 1 for 9. The lone favorite to win was World Approval in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), returning $7.40.
The favorites that got beat were a talented bunch— Arrogate, Highland Reel, Bolt d’Oro, Drefong, Lady Eli, Unique Bella, Lady Aurelia and Moonshine Memories.
Let’s take a look at the early Breeders’ Cup betting odds available at BUSR for Saturday’s races:
Breeders’ Cup Classic
The Classic is a competitive group led by the Brad Cox duo of Knicks Go, the current favorite at BUSR in early Classic betting at 2-1 while his stablemate Essential Quality is 11-4.
Knicks Go has won three in a row and will be the likely pacesetter. However, the five-year-old is not proven at 1 ¼ miles. Essential Quality will be facing older for the first time and sports a win at 1 ½ miles in the Belmont Stakes (G1) and at 1 ¼ miles in the Travers (G1).
Value seekers have plenty of options. Max Player has blossomed now that he has been closer to the lead in his last two starts. Art Collector looked super winning the Woodward (G1). Hot Rod Charlie went off at less than even money in his last two wins and will be a much better price on Saturday.
|Hot Rod Charlie||7/1|
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Breeders’ Cup Turf
The defending champ is Tarnawa, who paid $11.40 last year and is currently listed at 8-5 in early Breeders’ Cup Turf wagering at BUSR. The Dermot Weld trainee is coming off solid seconds in both the Champion Stakes (G1) and Prix de l’ Arc de Triomphe (G1).
While Euros are tough in this race it is not always the obvious one. This year’s field is stacked with talented invaders including the Charlie Appleby trained Yibir, who won the Jockey Club Derby Invitational in his U.S. debut and Teona, winner of the Prix Vermeille (G1) at Longchamp in her last outing.
The best of the home team is the Chad Brown trained Domestic Spending, who won the Old Forrester Turf Classic (G1) and Manhattan (G1) before running second in the Mr. D (G1) at Arlington Park in his last start.
|Loves Only You||14/1|
Breeders’ Cup Mile
The Appleby trained Space Blues is the 11-4 early favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Mile. The five-year-old won the seven-furlong Prix de la Foret (G1) in his last start at Longchamp. He has won 10 of his 18 career starts but has not gone a mile in his career.
The shortest price among the U.S. contingent is Mo Forza at 6-1 in early Mile betting at BUSR. The five-year-old won the City of Hope Mile (G2) at Santa Anita last out.
Last year’s upset winner Order of Australia was pre-entered but will not make the trip.
|Order Of Australia||OUT|
|Master Of The Seas||14/1|
|Smooth Like Strait||16/1|
|Vin De Garde||20/1|
|Hit The Road||25/1|
Breeders’ Cup Betting Trends
Breeders’ Cup Distaff
Letruska sure looks tough and is a short price at BUSR in early Distaff wagering at 5-4. She has won five in a row and six of her seven starts this year. She has wired the field in each of her last five starts and has earned consistent Beyers ranging from 101 to 103.
She may be a single to some, but there are several talented fillies and mares that are going to offer some bang for the buck. Clairiere was a smart winner of the Cotillion (G1) finally putting it all together. Dunbar Road gave Letrsuka a tussle last out and Malathaat has done little wrong, winning six of her seven career starts.
|As Time Goes By||16/1|
Breeders’ Cup Sprint
Jackie’s Warrior was the beaten favorite in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) but since cutting back to sprints he has been very good. The Steve Asmussen trainee is the 27-20 betting favorite at BUSR for the Sprint. The colt earned a career top 110 Beyer winning the Gallant Bob at Philly in his last outing.
Dr Schivel is the second choice at 5-1. This guy has won five in a row, taking the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1) in his last start with a career top Beyer of 103.
Following Sea was a sharp winner of the Vosburgh (G2) last out for the Pletcher barn and Special Reserve and Aloha West figure to take some action off their one-two finish in the Phoenix (G2) at Keeneland, the duo separated by just a neck.
|C Z Rocket||14/1|
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf
The defending champion Audarya is back this year. The James Fanhawe trainee pulled off the upset last year at 17-1. She is 0 for 4 this year but has run well, a nose loss in the Jean Romanet (G1) two back and a fourth in her most recent start in the Prix de l’ Opera (G1) at Longchamp. She is the current second choice at 9-2 in early wagering at BUSR.
The current favorite in early wagering is War Like Goddess, who has won six of her seven career starts for her Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. She was an impressive winner of the Flower Bowl Inv. (G1) at Saratoga in her last outing.
|War Like Goddess||3/1|
|Loves Only You||7/1|
|My Sister Nat||14/1|
|Going To Vegas||14/1|
|Reina De Mollendo||40/1|
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
The Bob Baffert trained Gamine is the defending champ of the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, returning just $4.20 last year and if she wins this year the price likely will be even shorter.
She is going to face a small field and is perfect in her four starts in 2021, winning the Ballerina Handicap (G1) at Saratoga in her last start on Aug. 28.
Bella Sofia is very quick and could give her a battle early. The Rudy Rodriguez trainee won the Gallant Bloom Handicap (G2) last out in gate to wire fashion earning a career top speed fig.
Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
Baffert’s Life Is Good is the 10-11 early betting favorite at BUSR for the Dirt Mile. The colt has won four of his five career starts with a second. His Kelso Handicap (G2) win was sharp and he gave Jackie’s Warrior all he could handle two back in the Jerkens Memorial (G1), beaten just a neck.
Silver State and Ginobili are taking some action and Mind Control is coming off a game win in the Parx Dirt Mile where he earned a career top figure.
|Life Is Good||10/11|
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
Golden Pal won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint (G2) for trainer Wesley Ward at 4-5. The colt is currently sitting at 17-10 in early Juvenile Turf Sprint betting at BUSR.
He bounced back off a poor showing when shipped overseas to York by winning the Woodford (G2) at Keeneland, but his price seems light in what figures to be a competitive field.
Ward’s Kimari is the second choice at 7-1. The filly won the Madison (G1) on dirt in her last outing. Also at 7-1 is Emaraaty Ana, winner of the Betfair Sprint Cup (G1) at Haydock in his last start.
Defending champion Glass Slippers is listed at 15-2. She won last year at 10-1 and is 0 for 3 this year. She was third in the Prix de l’Abbaye (G1) at Longchamp last out.
|A Case Of You||8/1|
|The Critical Way||16/1|
|Beer Can Man||20/1|