Breeders’ Cup Selections and Analysis by Michael Dempsey

Breeders' Cup

Michael Dempsey’s Breeders’ Cup Report offers up his selections, analysis, fair odds line and wagering recommendations. (Photo credit: Breeders’ Cup Ltd.).

The 36th running of the Breeders’ Cup is coming up on Friday Nov. 1 and Saturday Nov. 2 with 14 championship races with $30 million in purses and tens of millions of dollars in the betting pools waiting to be won.

Handicapper Michael Dempsey has been handicapping the Breeders’ Cup since it’s inception in 1984. A full-time horseplayer, handicapper and former horse owner, he knows racing from the backstretch to the finish line and his two-day Breeders’ Cup Report is a useful tool for horseplayers at any level who plan on wagering on the two-day championship event.

Michael’s two-day Breeders’ Cup Report is available for $34.95 and includes all races on the Santa Anita card each day. The race cards can also be purchased separately for $20 each day.

Each Breeders’ Cup World Championships race will feature a maximum of 14 horses and wagering interests. In addition to the standard Win, Place and Show betting, there will be Exacta and Trifecta wagering on every race and rolling Pick 3 wagers beginning with the first race and continuing through all races on both Championship Friday and Championship Saturday.

Breeders’ Cup Ultra Pick 6

Friday’s Ultra Pick 6 will have a guaranteed gross pool of $1 million and Saturday’s Ultra Pick 6 will feature a $2 million guaranteed gross pool. If no one hits the Friday Ultra Pick 6, the pool will carry over into Saturday’s Ultra Pick 6. The wager is a mandatory payout at the end of the Saturday program. Last year’s Friday Pick 6 paid $444,571 for 6 of 6 winners, while no one selected all six winners on Saturday and five of six winners paid $95,070 for a $2 base wager.

Breeders’ Cup Pick 5’s are offered on the first five races each day and will give players a chance to cash a large bet for a small investment. Last year, the Saturday Pick 5 paid $71,510 for a fifty-cent bet.

The Pick 4, with a 50-cent minimum, continues to be a fan favorite bet at the Breeders’ Cup. There will be three guaranteed Pick 4 pools. Friday’s all Championships Pick 4 (races 6-9) will have a guaranteed pool of $1 million. This Pick 4 paid $11,714 for a $1 wager last year. On Saturday, there will be two guaranteed Pick 4s. The early all Championships Pick 4 (races 4-7) will have a $1 million guaranteed gross pool and the late all Championships Pick 4 (races 9-12) will have a $2 million gross pool. The 2011 late Pick 4 on Saturday paid $93,628 for a $1 base wager.

There will again be a Super High Five wager on both the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Bettors are required to select the first five finishing places on one ticket. If no one hits the Super High Five on Friday the pool will carry over to Saturday’s Super High Five on the Classic. The wager is a mandatory payout after the Classic. The Super Hi 5 on the 2011 Classic paid $156,424 for a $1 wager.

Breeders’ Cup continues to offer some of racing’s best average payouts, with the $2 exactas averaging $354; $2 trifectas averaging $2,860 and $1 superfectas averaging $11,563 in 2011.

A Daily Double wager linking the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic on Friday to the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday will again be offered. Last year’s “Classic Double” of Ladies’ Classic winner Royal Delta and Classic winner Drosselmeyer paid $84.

The 2019 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita


$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (new for 2018)

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile


$1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

$4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf

$6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic

NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

No. Horse Points
1 Flightline 351
2 Life Is Good 306
3 Olympiad 292
4 Jackie's Warrior 282
5 Clairiere 142
5 Country Grammer 142
7 Epicenter 121
8 Regal Glory 89
9 Nest 87
10 Hot Rod Charlie 48
As of August 1, 2022

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