Flightline Headlines Breeders Cup Entries and Odds

Saturday’s Card is Stacked at Keeneland

Bettors get a festival of racing on Saturday as the Breeders Cup entries and odds have been released.

All the rage is Flightline in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the unbeaten superstar is the hot favorite and at the top of our horse racing betting tips.

We look at the best races on the second day of the Breeders’ Cup.

Breeders Cup Race Information

Date & Time:
Location: Lexington, Kentucky, US
Track: Keeneland

Flightline All the Rage in Classic

It’s hard to look past Flightline in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the 3-5 favorite could have started shorter.

When Breeders Cup entries and odds were released, we were surprised to see Flightline at those odds. He has the right to be shorter, so we’re picking him to win comfortably despite facing harder opposition.

His trackwork throughout the week impressed trainer John Sadler.

“We just wanted to see him go smooth and within himself this morning and he did that,” Sadler said. “Backtracked on the turn to the seven-eighths, turned around and broke at the five, and worked to the wire, galloped out the seven. It was very nice work, well within himself. It was just what we wanted to see. We didn’t want to do too much because he’s already there. We don’t have to take him up, we just have to keep him the same.”

Getting past the likes of age-group star Epicenter, Life is Good, and Taiba won’t be easy. However, based on his success to date, he could be the best thoroughbred in the world and we see him winning by over three lengths.

It’s horse racing, and there’s always a chance of an upset, so include Epicenter in selections. He was the standout age-group runner and he deserves to be included in selections at 5-1 odds.

Godolphin to Dominate Turf

The odds for the Breeders Cup Turf always have the European well-favored to win and it’s no different in 2022.

Rebel’s Romance and Nations Pride come from the powerful Godolphin stable and we can’t see any reason to bet against them.

Rebel’s Romance won the Pres von Europa at Grade I level last start and Nations Pride won the Jockey Club Derby, so the form checks out and we don’t think any of the local chances will keep up.

War Like Goddess poses a threat and there has been solid betting support, but the Blue Army is tough to get past.

Nest Eyes Distaff

One of the better Breeders Cup entries and odds available is the Distaff, which sees the likes of Malathaat, Nest, and Search Results run for the big money.

The current favorite is Nest and she’s our top pick. The Todd Pletcher-trained filly has come of age this year with wins in the American Oaks, Alabama, and last time out at Aqueduct.

She also ran second behind Mo Donegal in the Belmont Stakes, which was a tremendous effort against the boys. Therefore, she’s the best horse in this field and the 9-5 odds are generous.

Looking to cause a minor upset is Malathaat, who finished third in the Distaff last year behind Japanese invader Marche Lorraine and Dunbar Road. She has since added wins in the Personal Ensign and Spinster, so she’s running well.

The field of eight should help her chances but she’ll have to lift her game to beat Nest.

All About Jackie

Jackie’s Warrior is the odds-on favorite to win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint and he’s an excellent parlay addition.

The 4-year-old colt comes off a second placing in the Forego but his form prior was excellent and included wins in the Alfred Vanderbilt Handicap, Churchill Downs Stakes, and H. Allen Jerkens Handicap.

He’s looking to bounce back from his effort for sixth in this race last year, but nothing went right and he’s much better than that. He’s also having his final start, so it could be an emotional farewell.

“It is a little sad to think this is the last time we get to run him,” trainer Steven Asmussen said. “But he’s given us so much. We’re just very proud of who he is. “He’s been training so pretty here. Looks lovely. Excited.”

 

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