It’s all about the youngsters on the opening day of our 2022 Breeders Cup betting preview, which features the Juvenile Fillies and Juvenile Turf. Most of the betting action has come in on the Juvenile, which is headlined by odds-on favorite Cave Rock.
There is good money to be made with Breeders Cup betting and we highlight the best bets across Friday’s races.
Cave Rock in Juvenile
Cave Rock is one of the most exciting juveniles running at the meeting and the short odds are a reflection of that.
Bob Baffert lines up the 2-year-old son of Arrogate, who hasn’t been tested in three starts to date and we’re unsure if they’ll catch him on Friday.
He won his debut by six lengths at Del Mar before scoring two consecutive starts by 5¼ lengths respectively. Putting that margin on the likes of National Treasure is a fine effort and the -140 price is worth snapping up.
“You look at him now, he’s everything a guy would want. He’s won two grade 1s. We’ll take it. It’s been a great 10 weeks and hopefully more fun to come in the springtime. We’ll find out what he’s made of four weeks from now if everything is okay,” owner Mike Pegram said.
He’s the feature runner for our Friday 2022 Breeders Cup betting preview and we expect bettors to cash in with Cave Rock for the $2 million feature.
Forte at +350 is seemingly the only danger following a win at Keeneland last start. However, he scored by just a neck and the win doesn’t rate as high as Cave Rock.
Even Betting Field in Fillies Feature
The Breeders’ Cup Fillies boasts an even field and the Breeders Cup odds are worth snapping up.
At the top of the market is Chocolate Gelato, who could go down smoothly at +350 odds following a one-length win at Belmont. It followed an 8½-length win at Saratoga, so she has class on her side.
Bettors haven’t gotten close to +350 for the daughter of Practical Joke in her three runs to date, so she’s a value runner to hold off the likes of Wonder Wheel and Chop Chop.
Wonder Wheel scored a win over Chop Chop at Keeneland last start and having recent winning experience on the track helps. That’s why she is being well-supported to beat the favorite, so keep her safe in selections.
Europeans Hold Key in Turf
The Europeans are almost impossible to beat in the Juveniles Turf and we think Silver Knott could tie up his opposition.
Our 2022 Breeders Cup betting preview puts the Godolphin runner clearly on top following a win in the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket.
“He’s probably the horse they’ve all got to beat, realistically,” Appleby said.”
He’s the current +137 favorite to give Appelby another win in the Juvenile Turf, and given that Europeans don’t run on dirt, they’re accustomed to the surface. Looking to cause a minor upset at +650 is Victoria Road, who has more experience with seven starts for three wins and two second placings.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt has won three on the bounce in Europe, including a win at Chantilly in France last start. His Prix de Conde victory came as the +190 second favorite, so he’s paying much better odds this time around.
We’re unsure if he’s good enough to beat Silver Knott but he’s worth having on your Breeders’ Cup Friday ticket.Follow us on Twitter