As glamour dates on the racing calendar go, it doesn’t get a lot larger for thoroughbred horses than the Breeders’ Cup and the 2023 version takes place this weekend within the shadows of Los Angeles at Santa Anita.
With the perfect area from across the globe descending on the Golden State, the prospect for the remainder of the world to tackle the North American set on their very own patch stays massively inviting.
At least 18 races happen over the two-day occasion throughout Friday and Saturday, with 14 Grade 1 contests on the slate on each Filth and Turf.
The perfect horses, jockeys and trainers are on the town, with the likes of Auguste Rodin, Mawj and Elite Energy on present, however the Breeders’ Cup can be an opportunity for stars to emerge.
With that in thoughts, right here at BestofBets we’ve studied the shape, going, monitor and playbook from Santa Anita and picked out THREE large worth e/w punts.
*All race occasions GMT/PT
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf (Friday, 22:20/3:30PM)
Giv’ Frankie a punt – 66/1 BoyleSports
First up, we flip to the Juvenile Fillies’ Turf over 1m on Friday and look to an outdated favorite.
Frankie Dettori might have ridden his remaining race on European turf, however a primary Breeders Cup at Santa Anita in 4 years presents additional possibilities for a gold-tinged twilight of his profession.
With a complete of nines rides throughout the weekend in Arcadia, by far, the veteran’s longest worth hope is on Leonard Powell’s rank outsider, Mo Fox Givin.
However regardless of his large antepost, punters ought to give this teen a shot.
Over the mile, the 2yo gained on debut at Colonial Downs in Virginia, and although runner-up final out at Churchill Downs, that contest was over this journey, pointing to a choice for an extended journey.
With the bottom suitably agency, the faster turf will swimsuit the sprinters and in Mo Fox Givin, not solely is there a fast filly, however one who will push late on.
Dettori has not ridden a Breeders’ Cup winner since 2018 on Allow, and by no means gained this race earlier than.
Nonetheless, after Ryan Moore’s heroics on Meditate final 12 months, may Frankie pull one out of the bag right here in his new adopted residence?
This race can be worthy of backing two different names within the area, Buttercream Babe and Danny Eplin’s unbeaten Dreamfyre.
The 2 completed 1-2 within the Surfer Woman Stakes on the identical course final day trip, with the latter a winner by a neck.
Although that is plainly a extra elite area, each are in glorious type and each fetching lengthy odds of 20s+.
FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (Friday 23:00/4:00PM)
A pleasant tipple – 18/1 William Hill
We go together with back-to-back races for quantity two, and to a colt who can placed on a present for Bob Baffert within the Juvenile Alliance.
Wine Me Up, like many this weekend, involves Cali with little expertise, however after profitable on debut two months in the past, made the journey to Santa Anita final day trip, ending a 9/1 runner-up behind Muth – a 7/2 shot right here.
On the dust, Wine Me Up, the son of Vino Rosso – a Breeders’ Cup Basic victor in 2019 – has the pedigree to make an announcement with Ramon Vazquez on board.
Within the American Pharoah Stakes, the colt was overwhelmed by virtually 4L and might want to actually flip it on, however may depart the Pegram, Watson and Weitman possession group with the bubbly flowing come Friday.
FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (Saturday, 20:30/1:30PM)
In Exaultation – 25/1 Betfred
As Saturday rolls into view, our remaining large punt of the weekend goes on the Turf Mile, and to a horse who, frankly, we’re shocked to see to date down the markets.
Sure, Mawj is predicted to deliver a 3rd win on the bounce for Godolphin, however Exaulted may spring a shock.
Exaulted comes into the competition from a Del Mar runners-up spot originally of September, however earlier than that, had gained 4 on the spin.
All 4 got here at Santa Anita, for a horse who stays unbeaten on turf.
🔥 EXAULTED stays unbeaten on the Turf!
💜 His G1 Shoemaker Mile win secures him a spot within the 2023 #BreedersCup Mile at @santaanitapark‼️#WinAndYoureIn
— World Horse Racing (@WHR) Might 29, 2023
Having made the step-up in journey from 7f with out success, Peter Eurton’s progressive 6yo Bay has proved a liking for not solely the journey however may be very a lot at residence in Arcadia.
Certainly, with the bottom agency and quick this weekend, the bay is but to style defeat Santa Anita, most just lately profitable the Shoemaker Stakes again in Might – a primary Grade 1 win.
That win was additional proof of a rising repute, and although by far and away a hardest area so far, punters may do quite a bit worse than with an e/w flutter.
The 2023 Breeders’ Cup begins on Friday at Santa Anita Park, with the Qatar Golden Mile Stakes at 18:30/11:30AM.