Royal Ascot is one of the greatest race meets in the world, and there is no race as historic or exciting during the meet than the Gold Cup (G1)! First run in 1807, it is one of the premier races for stayers in the world. The two-and-a-half-mile turf race offers a rich £500,000 purse, and it drew ten of the world’s best long-distance horses.
Breeders' Cup 2020 Picks
The Breeders’ Cup is an annual championship event worth $31 million. It will take place November 6 and 7 in Kentucky at Keeneland in Lexington.
Some of the biggest names, both human and equine, will be on display, such as Bob Baffert, Chad Brown, Authentic, Monomoy Girl, Swiss Skydiver, Maximum Security, and even Circus Maximus and Magical from the United Kingdom. Make your Breeders' Cup 2020 picks using our free, expert selections!
The 2020 Breeders' Cup will take place on November 6 and 7 at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky. The two-day festival with purses totaling $31 million is the culminating championship event that all the best racehorses in the world point towards.
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Handicapping the Breeders' Cup Classic
The Breeders' Cup Classic requires careful handicapping. There is a lot of speed in the race, with Authentic, Maximum Security, Global Campaign, and Improbable all horses who don't mind being on the front end. Tiz the Law and By My Standards are horses who often find themselves on the front end just because they are naturally faster than their rivals. How many horses will take back? Is there a horse that might get loose, or a few that go too fast early?
Improbable is a horse who can either go to the lead or sit off the pace and still win. He was a Grade 1 winning two-year-old and the favorite for the 2019 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, but this has been his best year yet. He has won three straight Grade 1 races this year, including one at a New York track. He will be the most heavily backed of the Bob Baffert trio of runners.
Stablemate Maximum Security would have been the favorite had he run a little better last out, when he finished second behind Improbable at Santa Anita. He has done little wrong in his entire career, winning 10 of 13 races and crossing the finish line first 11 times. He has earned $12 million and has been working as a star in California.
Authentic would have been favored if he had won the Preakness Stakes (G1) after taking the 2020 Kentucky Derby. But he missed by a neck to Swiss Skydiver, who is running in the Distaff two races earlier on the card.
Tom's d'Etat was the early favorite for this race earlier this year. He won four in a row, including a Grade 2 race here at Keeneland by four lengths, and romped over By My Standards in the Grade 2 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs. Al Stall won this race in 2010 with Blame, and in his lone loss of the year, Tom's d'Etat stumbled badly and had an excuse. Will he rebound?
By My Standards won three in a row earlier this year, and was a top three-year-old last year. He lost to Improbable two back but defeated Tom's d'Etat. Most recently he beat Owendale in the Alysheba at Churchill; Owendale is entered in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile earlier on the card.
Breeders' Cup Free Picks
- $10 Win on Improbable
- $2 Place/Show on Maximum Security and By My Standards
- $5 Exacta Box Improbable and Maximum Security
- $1 Trifecta Box Improbable, Maximum Security, By My Standards, and Authentic
- $1 Superfecta Box Improbable, Maximum Security, By My Standards, Tom's d'Etat, and Authentic
Breeders' Cup Undercard
The Breeders' Cup has 14 championship races over two days, with an additional five stakes races Friday and three more on Saturday. The full schedule of Breeders' Cup races, all Grade 1 events, is:
Friday, November 6
- $2 million Juvenile
- $2 million Juvenile Fillies
- $1 million Juvenile Turf
- $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf
- $1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2)
Saturday, November 7
- $6 million Classic
- $4 million Turf
- $2 million Distaff
- $2 million Filly and Mare Turf
- $2 million Sprint
- $2 million Mile
- $1 million Filly and Mare Sprint
- $1 million Turf Sprint
- $1 million Dirt Mile
Breeders' Cup Longshots
The Breeders' Cup Classic is often won by longshots. The most famous Breeders' Cup Classic odds is when 133-1 Arcangues won at Santa Anita Park in 1993. Other surprises include Cat Thief at 19-1, Volponi at 43-1, Drosselmeyer and Pleasantly Perfect both at 14-1, Raven's Pass at 13-1, and Fort Larned at 9-1. If you like a longshot, definitely place a wager!
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
The Prince of Wales’s Stakes is one of the most important races of the Royal Ascot meeting! With a £1 million purse, the race is one of the richest of the entire week, and it also offers its winner a guaranteed berth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
The 2022 Belmont Stakes, which will be run on Saturday, June 11, drew an exciting field of eight to compete for $1.5 million and a place in horse racing immortality. Several familiar New York horses will line up for the race, including Wood Memorial (G2) winner Mo Donegal and Peter Pan (G3) winner We the People.
The best horses in the older dirt male division line up for the $3 million Pegasus World Cup on Saturday, January 29 at Gulfstream Park! The race is at a mile and an eighth on the main track, an intermediate distance that draws both Classic runners and milers alike. Nine horses have passed the entry box, and are ready for a thrilling renewal of the winter’s biggest race!