The 2023 Breeders’ Cup comes our way this week. It’s one of the biggest annual horse racing events, with 14 stakes races taking place this Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.
Highlights include the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Friday and the main event of the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday. For the featured attraction, Arabian Knight is the morning line favorite. Read on for a preview and the latest 2023 Breeders’ Cup odds.
Breeders’ Cup Classic odds
The 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic takes place on Saturday, Nov. 4, with a post time of 6:40 p.m. ET. The race will be contested over 1 ¼ miles on a dirt track and has a purse of $6 million. The table below has the full field of entrants along with their morning line odds.
|1||Jena Antonucci||Javier Castellano||SCRATCHED|
|2||Zandon||Chad Brown||Frankie Dettori||12-1|
|3||White Abarrio||Richard Duttrow Jr.||Irad Ortiz Jr.||4-1|
|4||Missed the Cut||John Sadler||Luis Saez||30-1|
|5||Derma Sotogake||Hidetaka Otonashi||Christophe Lemaire||20-1|
|6||Saudi Crown||Brad Cox||Florent Geroux||12-1|
|7||Clapton||Chad Summers||Tyler Gaffalione||20-1|
|8||Ushba Tesoro||Noboru Tagaki||Yuga Kawada||4-1|
|9||Senor Buscador||Todd Fincher||Geovanni Franco||30-1|
|10||Dreamlike||Todd Pletcher||Jose Ortiz||30-1|
|11||Bright Future||Todd Pletcher||John Velazquez||10-1|
|12||Arabian Knight||Bob Baffert||Flavien Prat||3-1|
|13||Proxy||Michael Stidham||Joel Rosario||12-1|
Morning line odds for the Breeders’ Cup Classic came out on Monday night. The following day, the first scratch was announced. Belmont Stakes winner Arcangelo, one of the early favorites at 7-2, was scratched due to a hind foot injury.
The current betting favorite is Arabian Knight, who enters with three wins in four career starts. Trainer Bob Baffert has a record four wins at the Breeders’ Cup Classic, while jockey Flavien Prat rode the winner at last year’s event.
Next up is White Abarrio, the recent winner of the Whitney Stakes, and Ushba Tesoro, who has $9.2 million in career earnings, including a victory at the 2023 Dubai World Cup. Last year’s winning trainer, John Sadler, is saddling Missed the Cut.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile odds
The 2023 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile takes place on Friday, Nov. 3, with a post time of 7 p.m. ET. The race will be run on a 1 1/16 mile dirt track and has a $2 million purse. The table below has the full field along with the morning line odds.
|1||The Wine Steward||Mike Maker||Luis Saez||8-1|
|2||Prince of Monaco||Bob Baffert||Flavien Prat||4-1|
|3||Wine Me Up||Bob Baffert||Ramon Vazquez||15-1|
|4||Timberlake||Brad Cox||Florent Geroux||4-1|
|5||Ecoro Neo||Hideyuki Mori||Yuga Kawada||30-1|
|6||Locked||Todd Pletcher||Jose Ortiz||7-2|
|7||Cuban Thunder||Adrian Murray||Tiago Pereira||30-1|
|8||General Partner||Chad Brown||Manny Franco||8-1|
|9||Fierceness||Todd Pletcher||John Velazquez||6-1|
|10||Muth||Bob Baffert||Juan Hernandez||4-1|
|11||Noted||Todd Pletcher||Irad Ortiz Jr.||20-1|
Running out of post position number six, Locked is the morning line favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. The Todd Pletcher entrant has two wins in three career starts, most recently winning the 2023 Breeders’ Futurity.
Pletcher and Baffert account for six of the entrants in the 11-horse field. Three horses are tied for second on the board: Prince of Monaco, Timberlake, and Muth. At last year’s edition, Pletcher and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. led Forte to victory.
Complete Breeders’ Cup 2023 schedule
The Breeders’ Cup is a two-day event and one of the biggest attractions in horse racing. Five of the races will be on the first day, with a post time of 5 p.m. ET for the first and 7:40 p.m. ET for the last. Here are the races on day one:
- Friday, Nov. 3
- Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint
- NetJets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
- Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
- FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
- Prevagen Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
The biggest attention-grabber for day two is the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, but there are eight other races, as well. The first of Saturday’s big set has a post time of 2:30 p.m. ET, with the last set to go off at 8 p.m. ET. Here’s the lineup for day two:
- Saturday, Nov. 4
- Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
- Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf
- PNC Bank Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
- FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile
- Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff
- Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf
- Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic
- Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
- Qatar Racing Breeders’ Cup Sprint
How to watch the 2023 Breeders’ Cup
NBC Sports is the broadcast home for the 2023 Breeders’ Cup. All 14 of the big races will be available on the Peacock streaming service, while other parts of the network family will provide coverage on both days.
- Friday, Nov. 3: USA Network, 4-8 p.m. ET
- Saturday, Nov. 4: USA Network, 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET
- Saturday, Nov. 4: NBC, 3:30-7 p.m. ET
The advance weather forecast for Santa Anita Park is calling for highs in the mid-70s for both days, with wind and precipitation not expected to be a factor.
Where to bet on the Breeders’ Cup
In addition to wagering in person at Santa Anita Park, you can also place your bets with advance deposit wagering platforms, such as FanDuel Racing. If you sign up at FanDuel Racing, you can get a “no sweat first bet” for up to $100 on the Breeders’ Cup.
FanDuel Racing has grown to be one of the top options for online horse bettors. In addition to horse racing’s signature events, odds and wagering are available for races from numerous tracks daily.