The Breeders’ Cup takes center stage this week as some of the best horses in the world embark on Santa Anita, and we have the latest 2023 Breeders Cup betting trends.
We look at the Classic and the Turf, including Arabian Knight, who is the current +225 to win the feature race of the week.
2023 Breeders’ Cup
Date: Friday, Nov 3, Saturday, Nov 4, 2023
City: Arcadia, California
Location: Santa Anita Park
Purse: US$31 million
Baffert Holds the Key
The Bob Baffert-trained Arabian Knight is all the rage in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Horse racing betting lines are favoring the three-year-old colt, who owns three wins from four starts.
The son of Uncle Mo won on debut at Keeneland before taking out the Southwest Stakes. He then finished third behind Geaux Rocket Ride in the Haskell, which was a top-form guide for this race.
His best career performance came last time out when winning the Grade I Pacific Classic, which is the best of the 2023 Breeders Cup betting trends.
It’s why he’s the current favorite, and although he’s only young, he has the world at his feet.
Baffert knows it’s a good field, so his charge will need to be good to win.
“It’s a good race top to bottom. It’s a tough race but that’s how it’s supposed to be for $6 million,” Baffert said. “When you get that many good horses together, you can throw all the numbers out. Everything has to go right.”
Bettors get +225, and although for those who know how to bet on horse racing, there are no sure things, he’s worth backing at the odds.
Japanese Runner Commands Attention
Ushba Tesoro brings impressive Japanese form to Santa Anita, which should always be respected.
The six-year-old won the Dubai World Cup earlier this year, which automatically makes him tough to beat in the Breeders’ Cup.
He’s on the second line of betting at +400, which is a value price for a runner with international success, unlike Arabian Knight.
The Japanese runners don’t need a lot of preparation work to hit the ground running. They are able to target races fresh up, and he’s the biggest threat to the favorite by some margin.
Auguste Rodin Headlines Turf
The European runners have a mortgage on the Breeders’ Cup Turf, which is headlined by Auguste Rodin.
He is a well-tried 3-year-old with nine starts for six wins, including a win at Leopardstown last time out in September.
It’s strange to see two 3-year-old runners favored to win the featured races at the Breeders’ Cup, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see Breeders Cup results feature them at the top of the odds page.
He’s a British Derby winner, and that form usually stacks up well in America.
Bettors get +250 for Auguste Rodin, who leads the 2023 Breeders Cup betting trends for the Turf.
Mostahdaf Launches Claim
Mostahdaf has more experience than Auguste Rodin, which can’t be overlooked at this level.
He comes off a win in the Juddmonte International Stakes, and although he faced only three rivals, it’s still a time-honored race.
He also won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes during the Ascot Festival, so he has form on the board in big races.
Our only concern is his form when he travels. He went to Meydan and Longchamp and was soundly beaten, so getting on the plane to the US could pose some problems.
However, there have been good betting moves for the +250 chance, so include him in Breeders’ Cup selections.
Breeders’ Cup Post Position and Odds
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