Free Breeders’ Cup 2020 Picks

Free Breeders’ Cup 2020 Picks

Category : News - Wed 04/11/2020 - 09:16 EST

The 37th Breeders’ Cup World Championships will take place this weekend at Keeneland in Kentucky. The $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic tops the weekend.

November 6 and 7 is when the 2020 Breeders’ Cup will take place over the Keeneland oval in Kentucky. Many of the top contenders in the $31 million races are hailing from California, especially Santa Anita Park where many of the final Breeders’ Cup prep races are run. This is your resource to find the best free Breeders’ Cup 2020 picks.

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Breeders’ Cup Classic Field

The field for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Classic in post position order is as follows, with trainers, jockeys, and Breeders’ Cup Classic morning line odds.

  • 1. Tacitus (20-1) Jose Ortiz/Bill Mott
  • 2. Tiz the Law (3-1) Manny Franco/Barclay Tagg
  • 3. By My Standards (10-1) Gabriel Saez/Bret Calhoun
  • 4. Tom’s d’Etat (6-1) Joel Rosario/Albert Stall
  • 5. Title Ready (30-1) Corey Lanerie/Dallas Stewart
  • 6. Higher Power (20-1) Flavien Prat/John Sadler
  • 7. Global Campaign (20-1) Javier Castellano/Stanley Hough
  • 8. Improbable (5-2) Irad Ortiz, Jr./Bob Baffert
  • 9. Authentic (6-1) John Valezquez/Bob Baffert
  • 10. Maximum Security (7-2) Luiz Saez/Bob Baffert

Handicapping the Breeders’ Cup Classic

Maximum Security has been favored in 11 of his 13 starts, but he will not be favored in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He won the Pacific Classic at Del Mar very impressively, romping by three lengths, but then finished second in the Awesome Again (G1) behind favored stablemate Improbable. The only time Maximum Security wasn’t first or second in his career was when he “won” the Kentucky Derby but was disqualified to 17th. Regular pilot Luis Saez will be back aboard.

Tom’s d’Etat is being overlooked at 6-1. He had won four in a row, including a major race over this track, when he stumbled at the start and couldn’t catch Improbable in the Grade 1 Whitney last out. His trainer, Al Stall, won this race in 2010 when his charge Blame defeated the great Zenyatta. Joel Rosario will ride Tom’s d’Etat; he won this race with Accelerate in 2018.

Tacitus is a 20-1 longshot on the rail, and has yet to win a major race, but is always in the money. He has never been worse than third at the distance and has earned $2.9 million the hard way. Bill Mott won this race with Cigar in 1995, and jockey Jose Ortiz will be looking to one-up his brother Irad, who won the race last year on Vino Rosso.

Improbable is a deserving favorite. He has won three major races in a row, and has always been a good horse with seven wins in 14 starts. Irad Ortiz, Jr. won this race last year. His stablemate is 2020 Kentucky Derby winner Authentic, a three-year-old taking on older horses in this. Authentic would have been favored had he won the Preakness Stakes last out, but he lost by a mere neck in a stretch-long battle where he was every bit as good as winner Swiss Skydiver. Authentic has won five of seven lifetime starts with two-second place efforts.

Global Campaign rounds out the top contenders. He has won two stakes races in a row, including the Grade 1 Woodward over Tacitus. That was at this ten-furlong distance. Stanley Hough trains and will be seeking his first Breeders’ Cup Classic win. Javier Castellano will be aboard; he piloted the mighty speedster Ghostzapper to win this race in 2004.

Breeders’ Cup Best Bets

  • $25 Win/Place/Show Maximum Security
  • $5 Place/Show Tom’s d’Etat and Tacitus
  • $1 Exacta Box Maximum Security and Tom’s d’Etat
  • 50 Cent Trifecta Box Maximum Security, Tom’s d’Etat, Improbable, and Tacitus
  • 10 Cent Superfecta Box Maximum Security, Tom’s d’Etat, Improbable, Global Campaign, and Tacitus

Breeders’ Cup Races

There are a total of 14 Breeders’ Cup races that take place over two days, Friday, November 6 and Saturday the 7.

The full schedule of Breeders’ Cup races is $2 million Juvenile (G1), $2 million Juvenile Fillies (G1), $1 million Juvenile Turf (G1), $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), $1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2), $6 million Classic (G1), $4 million Turf (G1), $2 million Distaff (G1), $2 million Filly and Mare Turf (G1), $2 million Sprint (G1), $2 million Mile (G1), $1 million Filly and Mare Sprint (G1), $1 million Turf Sprint (G1), $1 million Dirt Mile (G1). There are an additional five undercard stakes races on Friday and three more on Saturday, including the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Stakes, formerly known as the Breeders’ Cup Marathon.

Bob Baffert in the Breeders’ Cup

Trainer Bob Baffert has three horses in the Classic and also has favored Princess Noor in the Juvenile Fillies. He will attempt to add to his Breeders’ Cup record, which after 2019 stood at 14 wins, 16 seconds, and five thirds in 108 starts. He has earned $27.6 million in Breeders’ Cup purses over the years. His Breeders’ Cup Classic winners are Bayern, American Pharoah, and Arrogate, who came all in a row in 2014, 2015, and 2016. He leads all trainers in the record earnings list.

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