Held over two days in the fall, it includes 14 races with $31 million in purses on the line, the Breeders’ Cup marks the end of the North American thoroughbred racing season. It’s also considered horse racing’s world championship and the biggest event of the year outside of the Triple Crown.
Breeders’ Cup races are held at different tracks most years, although it has returned to Santa Anita Park in California and Churchill Downs in Kentucky more than any others.
The 2020 Breeders’ Cup was held at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY. In 2021, the Breeders’ Cup will return to San Diego’s Del Mar Racetrack on Nov. 5-6. The seaside track hosted the Breeders’ Cup for the first time in 2017.
In Iowa, you can bet on the Breeders’ Cup at the state’s lone horse racing facility, Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel, and off-track betting (OTB) locations inside Iowa casinos, the Q Casino greyhound racetrack and most retail sportsbooks.
Plus, you should be able to bet on the Breeders’ Cup at Iowa online and mobile sportsbooks and the country’s most popular online horse race betting and simulcast operator, TVG.
Read below for a complete guide to betting on the Breeders’ Cup, including race info, all the different bet types and how exactly you can go about betting on the Breeders’ Cup with TVG, online and mobile sportsbooks, and at OTB locations across Iowa.
There are OTB locations in casinos, racetracks and sportsbooks in Iowa where you can go to place a bet on the Breeders’ Cup in person. However, betting online with TVG remains the easiest and most convenient way to bet on any horse race.
TVG is a Breeders’ Cup sponsor, and title sponsor for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile race, which means betting with TVG is betting with a Breeders’ Cup partner.
TVG will take Breeders’ Cup bets via computer, mobile phone or tablet, from wherever you are in Iowa. All you need to do is call TVG, access the TVG website or download the TVG app to any Apple or Android mobile device. Then, sign up for an account, deposit funds and browse through the Breeders’ Cup betting markets.
You will find that betting on the Breeders’ Cup with most Iowa online and mobile sportsbooks is a similar process. However, Iowa sportsbooks might not offer the same pari-mutuel betting you find on TVG. The pari-mutuel betting offered on TVG involves betting in the same Breeders’ Cup pools available at tracks, OTBs and other online horse betting operators across the US. That means you get paid at the same odds you can find at the track.
Sportsbooks take bets outside these pools can have capped payouts. So, it’s a good idea to check with the sportsbook you’re thinking of betting with first to see what type of Breeders’ Cup wagers are available. Or stick with TVG.
Odds are set by track handicappers for each horse in every Breeders’ Cup race, They will take into consideration previous records and current conditions. Then, the market will take over and the odds will change according to how much action each horse gets relative to the other horses in each race.
You can see the odds change before post time in each race and the changes can be dramatic, with long-shots quickly turning into favorites when enough money is wagered. You don’t lock in the current odds when you bet on a horse. Instead, you get paid at post time odds once all the betting is complete.
Another reason to bet with TVG are the Breeders’ Cup promos.
You can sign up for a new account with our exclusive LSRTVG promo code. Then, you can bet up to $300 on any Breeders’ Cup horse to win. If your horse wins, so do you. But even if your horse doesn’t come in, TVG will give you a site credit.
You can also use the same promo code to get a 50% deposit bonus, worth up to $250. That means if you sign up with the promo code and deposit $50, you’ll get a $25 bonus and so forth.
As a sponsor, TVG will run various Breeders’ Cup promos surrounding certain Breeders’ Cup races, including:
You may also find that Iowa online and mobile sportsbooks offer various free bet offers, risk-free bet and deposit match bonuses that can be used to bet on Breeders’ Cup races.
The Breeders’ Cup is 14 races over two days, but none is bigger than the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. It is the richest horse race in North America and usually includes the Preakness Stakes, Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winners.
The 2020 Breeders’ Cup Classic was held on Nov. 7, 2020, at Keeneland Race Course. Here are the results:
The Breeders’ Cup includes the following 14 stakes races with the purse figures attached:
Breeders’ Cup purses distributed according to the following percentages:
As such, the Breeders’ Cup Classic’s $6 million purse offers up the following prizes:
2021 Breeders’ Cup post times will be released closer to the race dates. Here’s how they looked in 2020:
Here’s a look at the five greatest moments in the history of the Breeders’ Cup:
Here’s a look at four Breeders’ Cup records:
The Breeders’ Cup is Thoroughbred Racing’s World Championship, which means only the top horses compete. Breeders’ Cup Challenge races are held throughout the year at tracks worldwide that let horses qualify for Breeders’ Cup races.
Winners are invited to the Breeders’ Cup alongside the top-ranked horses from a point earning system that includes Breeders’ Cup Challenge and other major races. Breeders’ Cup 14-horse race fields are then filled by horses selected by a panel of experts.
In total, seven horses come from the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series and the points system and seven more are chosen by the panel for each Breeders’ Cup race.
Breeders’ Cup betting is open to anyone 21 years and older. It is no different than betting on any other horse race. That means you can pick a horse to win, place or show. Or, you can pick combinations of horses and their finishing order in more exotic betting.
Here’s a list of the basic horse racing bets:
You don’t need to travel to California to bet on the Cup. You can bet on the 2021 Breeders’ Cup in person at OTB facilities inside the following Iowa locations: