2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic Vegas Odds

Direct from our friends at the Wynn Las Vegas race book, the best in Nevada.  Odds as of Oct. 25 for next weekend’s race at Del Mar.

ARROGATE 2/1 2/1
COLLECTED 125/1 3/1
CUPID 65/1 25/1
DESTIN 40/1 40/1
DONWORTH 85/1 100/1
DORTMUND 30/1 40/1
GUN RUNNER 18/1 13/10
GUNNEVERA 100/1 15/1
KEEN ICE 35/1 10/1
MUBTAAHIJ 35/1 15/1
SHAMAN GHOST 16/1 25/1
WEST COAST 40/1 7/1

‘Super Bowl’ of Horse Racing Worth $100 Million to San Diego Economy

Del Mar racingSan Diego Chargers may have left, but the “Super Bowl of horse racing ” – Breeders’ Cup 2017 –  is coming to Del Mar in November and will be worth $100 million to the San Diego economy.

A total of $4.5 million has been spent to upgrade the track and add 2,700 premium seating options, including a $1.5 million chalet village at the west end of the stretch run. “This is not your grandmother’s Del Mar,” said Fravel.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer estimated the two-day event will be worth $100 million to the local economy and be a significant public relations coup for both San Diego and Del Mar. “Millions of people will be watching the event on television across the globe,” he said.

Source: ‘Super Bowl’ of Horse Racing Worth $100 Million to San Diego Economy

California Chrome, Songbird Set for Breeders’ Cup

California Chrome working out spring of 2014

2014 copyright Gary Tasich

Top Stars receive post-position assignments

LOS ANGELES — The reigning king and queen of horse racing, California Chrome and Songbird, received post-position assignments Monday as anticipation began to grow for this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita. There will be 13 races and $28 million worth of purses, but the main focus is centered on the $2 million Distaff… [Read more…]

Spanish Broadcast of Breeders’ Cup World Championships Set

Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY and official radio home of the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup World Championships, announced that José Arturo Sulbarán will join their Spanish broadcast team at Santa Anita Park November 4 and 5 to provide the live Spanish race call of all 13 championship races throughout the two-day coverage on HRRN en Español.

Sulbarán, a 30 year industry veteran, served as the official announcer of the Venezuelan Triple Crown in 1998 and provided the Spanish calls of major events such as the Clásico del Caribe in Puerto Rico as well as the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. From 1983 to 1994, Sulbarán worked as the producer and announcer of the ‘Monitor Hípico’ Show along with legendary Venezuelan race caller Aly Khan, and currently serves as the director of Venezuelan radio stations RQ 910 AM and Deportiva 1300 AM.

“Jose brings an incredible amount of passion and excitement to his race calls,” said HRRN President Mike Penna. “His enthusiastic style and stellar reputation as a top notch announcer make him the perfect fit to capture the essence of a high caliber event such as Breeders’ Cup.”

HRRN en Español, which debuted under the HRRN banner at Saratoga in July, offers live coverage of major stakes races throughout the year as well as a weekly Spanish language talk show “Hablando de Hipismo” which translates to “Talking Racing” in English. Hosted every Saturday morning by Roberto “El Potro” Rodriguez and Eloy Vielma live from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL, Hablando de Hipismo can be heard worldwide from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. ET via live streaming on the HRRN en Español website, www.hrrnenespanol.com.

The HRRN en Español broadcast team will join HRRN’s award-winning crew of Mike Penna, Jude Feld, Kurt Becker and Jeff Bloom at Santa Anita, November 4 and 5, to provide nine hours of live Breeders’ Cup coverage Friday and Saturday afternoons. Spanish coverage of the Breeders’ Cup is presented by Gulfstream Park, home of the 2017 Clasico Internacional del Caribe while HRRN’s traditional English coverage will be presented by visitbarbados.org.

A complete broadcast schedule along with live streaming can be found on the HRRN website and at www.horseracingradio.net.

Breeders’ Cup XXXI Pre-Entries, Post Times, Wagering Menus


BC 2016 logo ARCADIA, Calif. (October 26, 2016) — The Breeders’ Cup announced today the official order of races, and guaranteed multi-race wagering pools for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. There will be a total of 10 races (four Breeders’ Cup Championships races) on the Championship Friday program and 12 races on Championship Saturday (nine Breeders’ Cup Championships races). Championship Friday begins at 11:25 a.m. PT with five undercard races. Championship Saturday first post is 10:15 a.m. PT, and begins with three undercard races.

The race order for the undercard races on Friday and Saturday will also be announced on Monday, October 31.

Championships Race Order (All Times Pacific)

The first Championships race on Breeders’ Cup Friday will be the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (2:25 p.m.); followed by the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (3:05 p.m.); the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (3:50 p.m.); and the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (4:35 p.m.).

Championship Saturday begins with two stakes races followed by the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (12:05 p.m.); $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (12:43 p.m.); $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (1:21 p.m.); $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (2:05 p.m.); $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2:43 p.m.), $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (3:22 p.m.); $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (4:01); $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (4:40 p.m.) and the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (5:35 p.m.).

Friday’s Guaranteed Pools

Friday’s card will open with a $500,000 Pick 5 on Races 1-5. There will be a Pick 6 on Races 4-9 with a $500,000 guarantee and an all Breeders’ Cup Pick 4 on Races 6-9 with a $1.5 million minimum guarantee.

Saturday’s Guaranteed Pools

There will be a $500,000 guaranteed Pick 5 on Races 1-5; an early all Breeders’ Cup Pick 4 with a $1 million guarantee on Races 4-7; a $2 million guaranteed all Breeders’ Cup Ultra Pick 6 on races 7-12 and a $3 million guaranteed all Breeders’ Cup late Pick 4, Races 9-12.



Friday, November 4

Race 1          11:25 AM     WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD   PICK 5
Race 2          12:00 PM     WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD
Race 3          12:35 PM     WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD PICK 4
Race 4              1:10 PM    WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD   PICK 6
Race 5              1:45 PM    WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD
Race 6             2:25 PM   WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD   PICK 4
Race 7             3:05 PM   WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD PICK 4         
Race 8             3:50 PM   WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD          
Race 9             4:35 PM   WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    Sp DD           SupHi 5
Race 10            5:10 PM    WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER

Saturday, November 5

Race 1             10:15 AM         WPS        EX       TRI       SUPER       PICK 3    DD   PICK 5
Race 2             10:50 AM         WPS        EX       TRI       SUPER       PICK 3    DD   PICK 4
Race 3             11:25 AM         WPS        EX       TRI       SUPER       PICK 3    DD
Race 4             12:05 PM         WPS        EX       TRI       SUPER       PICK 3    DD   PICK 4
Race 5         12:43 PM      WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD          
Race 6         1:21 PM      WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD          
Race 7         2:05 PM      WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD PICK 6         
Race 8         2:43 PM      WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD          
Race 9         3:22 PM      WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD PICK 4
Race 10        4:01 PM      WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD
Race 11        4:40 PM      WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER                   DD 
Race 12        5:35 PM      WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER               Super Hi 5

BOLD are Breeders’ Cup World Championships races 

  • Friday’s Pick 6, Pick 5 and Super Hi 5 may carryover from Friday to Saturday. 
  • Saturday’s Pick 6, Pick 5 and Super Hi 5 may carryover from Saturday to Sunday. 
  • Special Distaff/Classic Daily Double on Friday race 9 and Saturday race 12.




$.50 –  TRIFECTA, PICK 3, PICK 4, PICK 5, SUPER Hi 5



About Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade I races with purses and awards totaling $28 million, will be held November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube

2016 Breeders’ Cup Post Times Set

LEXINGTON, Ky. (October 4, 2016) – The Breeders’ Cup announced today the post times for the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 races and purses and awards totaling $28 million, which will be held on November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

The official race order and wagering menu for both days of the Championships will be announced on Wednesday, October 26.

Santa Anita San Gabriel

copyright Cheryl Ann Quigley

The 33rd Breeders’ Cup begins on Friday, November 4 with a total of 10 races, four of them Breeders’ Cup World Championships races. There will be five Santa Anita Park races preceding the first Breeders’ Cup race, with post time of the first race at 11:25 a.m. PT. The first Breeders’ Cup race will be Race #6 and will have a post time of 2:25 p.m. PT. The $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff will be the ninth race on the program, with a post time of 4:35 p.m. PT.

All of Friday’s Breeders’ Cup races will be televised live on NBCSN.

There will be 12 races on the Saturday, November 5 program, featuring nine Breeders’ Cup World Championships races. There will be three Santa Anita Park races preceding the first Breeders’ Cup race, with post time for the day’s first race at 10:15 a.m. PT. The first Breeders’ Cup race will be Race #4 and will have post time of 12:05 p.m. The first eight Breeders’ Cup races will be televised live on NBCSN.

Post time for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, Race #12, will be 5:35 p.m. PT, and will be televised live and in primetime on NBC.

2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships


All Times Pacific

Friday, November 4
Race 1 11:25 AM
Race 2 12:00 PM
Race 3 12:35 PM
Race 4 1:10 PM
Race 5 1:45 PM
Race 6 2:25 PM
Race 7 3:05 PM
Race 8 3:50 PM
Race 9 4:35 PM Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Race 10 5:10 PM

Saturday, November 5
Race 1 10:15 AM
Race 2 10:50 AM
Race 3 11:25 AM
Race 4 12:05 PM
Race 5 12:43 PM
Race 6 1:21 PM
Race 7 2:05 PM
Race 8 2:43 PM
Race 9 3:22 PM
Race 10 4:01 PM
Race 11 4:40 PM
Race 12 5:35 PM Breeders’ Cup Classic


BOLD are Breeders’ Cup World Championships races

2016 Classic & Distaff Future Book Odds

Updated odds from the fabulous Wynn Las Vegas racebook.

Breeders’ Cup Future book odds as of September 16, 2016

AIR FORCE BLUE 60/1 30/1
AIROFORCE 85/1 100/1
AMI’S HOLIDAY 125/1 125/1
ARROGATE 75/1 5/1
BEHOLDER (M) 5/1 10/1
BRADESTER 75/1 100/1
BRODY’S CAUSE 75/1 60/1
CANDY BOY 75/1 75/1
CHERRY WINE 40/1 60/1
COMFORT 30/1 40/1
CONNECT 50/1 60/1
CREATOR 60/1 35/1
DESTIN 75/1 30/1
DONWORTH 50/1 50/1

Get the complete list for both races here.

The Year of ‘The Hammer’

By Rich Nilsen

We first interviewed Tommy “The Hammer” Massis after he scored a major handicapping contest victory last spring in the Grade One Gamble tournament at Keeneland Racecourse.  Topping 123 players with a huge $28,074 bankroll, the Canadian horseplayer captured an NHC berth, a $10,000 grand prize, and an entry into the lucrative Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge.

But Massis was far from done in 2015.  He parlayed that win into victories in both the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge and the fall Del Mar handicapping challenge.  The Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) is the largest real-money tournament in the country and its popularity is reaching that of the National Handicapping Championship.

Massis put the hammer down by turning a $7,500 betting bankroll into a staggering $90,682.25 balance at the conclusion of the two days of Breeders’ Cup action.  In the process he crushed 321 other players and brought home total winnings of $320,682.  At Del Mar a couple of weeks later, Massis turned a $3,000 bankroll into $18,064.  He added another $32,000 to that in prize money.

AGameofSkill.com sat down again with this professional horseplayer from Toronto, Canada to discuss his big wins in the second half of the year.  2015 was truly the year of the Hammer.


photo by Louie DeMato

photo by Louie DeMato

AGOS: Going against an all-star field of handicappers in the BCBC, what was your strategy going into the event?

TM:  I handicapped the two cards and was looking for my spots to make my plays. My two plays that I found were both on Saturday in the Sprint and the Turf.  I didn’t really like anything on Friday to make a huge bet.  However, with the $600 minimum bet requirement, I figured I would just take the five races I had to play, bet the $600, and try to hit something really good.  I did not consider any type of huge bet on Friday.  My two plays were in those races on Saturday.


AGOS: With so many races to look at, how did you prepare for the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC)?

TM:  I can’t do it the same way I normally do back home. Ten days at the latest, after a card has been run, I have looked at all the replays and have all my homework done. I try to do that work the next day, but at the latest, it is completed within a week to 10 days after the races have been run.

With 20 races in two days and all those horses, I can’t do all that legwork.  It’s insanity.

You can’t rely on just the DRF chart caller notes. I honestly went through those two days looking for pace scenarios, Europeans on the turf, etc.  It took me very little time to come up with no plays on Friday and two plays on Saturday.  On those two races [the Sprint and Turf] I did a lot of work.  I started watching the replays and so forth.

I then went back to Friday and looked at what races I could bet on.  There was one horse on Friday that was going off much lower than I expected at 5/2 and so I just bet to place instead [of a large win wager] and he ended up winning.

That’s why I don’t like the NHC.  It doesn’t fit my style with having to play 15 races a day. There is not enough time in the week [beforehand] to handicap the races and do it properly.


AGOS: Incidentally, did you feel that there were any track biases at play during the 2 days of the Breeders’ Cup, and did you use that information to your advantage?

TM: I knew that Keeneland took away one of my advantages which is the stone closers having a chance [by removing the all-weather track].  That was my bread and butter, but horses can’t win like that at Keeneland now.

On a big day with top jockeys and good horses, sometimes the biases can be corrected and evened out. I didn’t see any type of significant bias.

I came in with a plan and, with those kind of stakes, nothing was going to change.


AGOS: You basically risked everything on two horses in the Cup.  Tell us about your decision to play those runners.

TM:   The Sprint is what I look for in my daily handicapping – a ton of speed where closers can take advantage.  I really like Wild Dude’s ability to sit a good trip off the speed. I thought Kobe’s Back was better off at 6 furlongs than 7 furlongs and would come running late.   So if the speed gave way, I had two horses that were going to be finishing well.

I made a huge win bet on Wild Dude. I bet a bunch of trifectas with Kobe in the two and three hole.  The gate opened and basically I knew I was dead.  The jockey had it in his mind to take way too far back.  I was done.  I didn’t even watch after that.

I knew Run Happy was a young horse and he had to learn how to rate.  And he did just that on the biggest day of his life!

As for the turf, I watched Golden Horn beat Found with no excuses for Found.  Found’s only bad race was at 12 furlongs, so I watched the replay.  He had trouble, really had no chance to do his best running, but finished OK.  You could put a line through that race.  If I couldn’t put a line through that race, I would have put a line through Found.  So I determined that 1 1/2 miles (12 furlongs) was not a problem for the horse.

With good odds, Found was a play with Lasix and my favorite jockey.  That’s enough to move you up a little.

I had no opinion beyond those two.

I made a $3,000 exacta box on the two, and then went back up and added a $1,000 straight Found over Golden Horn.  I figured if I put more on that combination, I put the contest out of reach if it hit.


After the win at Del Mar

After the win at Del Mar

AGOS: Tell us about the winner that propelled you to victory in the Del Mar contest.

TM:   He had one lifetime races, broke in the air and rushed up.  The favorite won the race easily and this horse kept finishing behind him.  He kept finishing strong, distancing himself from the rest of the field and galloped out great past the wire.  He was claimed by Doug O’Neill and running back in the same class.  He was very obvious.

I went down to the paddock (and I’m not a paddock guy) and this horse looked like he was raring to go.  I waited and waited, watching the odds.  I planned to bet $5,000 at 5/2 but instead I ended up betting $9,000 at even money. I didn’t like the card.   I bet a horse that I would never bet as he was obvious to the public.  So, I ended up getting 9/2 on the winner [due to the prize money I won].

In the next race I liked two speed horses in a 5 furlong race and I was going to play a $600 straight exacta, but they killed each other off.  They ended up running third and fourth.

These were two bets I would never make in my real wagering. I would never bet an even money shot like that.


AGOS:  Since the NHC is so different and not really suited to your style, how are you going to approach that tournament in January?

TM: What I am going to do first is take care of the mandatory races.  I’ll be putting some replay work into those.   I look for speed horses, lone closers and so forth.

Tommy Massis relaxing back home at Woodbine

Tommy Massis relaxing back home at Woodbine

The more effort you put into [the 3-day contest], the more drained you get and the harder it is to make it the required three days.  I am not young, so I get drained pretty quickly.

I plan to walk in and put in all of my picks right away the first day; and then just monitor the odds throughout the day.  I’ll see if I have to change my strategy during the day.

I don’t care how good you are, you better just have the day of your life.  Being good gives you a chance.  I’m just not going to put a lot of work into it, because a lot of work isn’t going to do the job.  I don’t want to have a good day the first day and then I am so mentally drained the second day that I can’t make proper decisions.


AGOS: How have these recent experiences changed your life?

TM: You know I have so many health issues.  My meds are very expensive but I get them for $300 year through the disability program here in Canada.  It’s a great country to live in.

Looking long term, I plan to invest all my money in a condo and start from scratch again.


AGOS: Where are you going to buy a condo?

TM:   One bus stop from Woodbine.


For more on handicapping star Tommy Massis, read our first interview from April, 2015.

How to Bet the Breeders’ Cup

The 32nd running of the Breeders’ Cup is led by an international all-star cast of the world’s best horses featuring 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, super mare Beholder and Arc de Triomphe winner Golden Horn. With full fields and a long list of betting options, the 2015 Breeders’ Cup will surely keep you on the edge of your seat.

A historic two days of racing are in store at Keeneland in Lexington, KY. If you’re not attending, be sure to tune in on NBC & NBCSN on Friday and Saturday so you don’t miss out on what will be a homecoming weekend for the ages. Coverage begins on Friday at 3:00 p.m. on NBCSN, and on Saturday from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on NBCSN and then on NBC from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m (see full schedule below).

Tune in during the week for a 30 minute special on “How to Bet the Breeders’ Cup.” From the new $1 Pick 6 to massive guaranteed pools and the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, there is a lot to know about this year’s Breeders’ Cup. The show will feature NBC talent Laffit Pincay, Randy Moss, Eddie Olczyk, Bob Neumeier, Matt Bernier and Nick Luck. The Betting the Breeders’ Cup Special will air on NBCSN on Wednesday, October 28 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET; Thursday, October 29 from 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET; and Friday, October 30 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET.

Check out the Keeneland Race Day App, which is your complete guide to Breeders’ Cup week. You can watch all of the races LIVE, view real-time entries, results and payouts, chat with handicappers, view a map of the grounds, check out the schedule of events throughout the Breeders’ Cup Festival, and much more! Download or update the app via iTunes or Google Play.

Breeders’ Cup TV schedule for the 2-day 2015 event:

NBCSN Friday: Oct. 30: 3:00 -6:00 pm

NBCSN Saturday: Oct. 31: 1:00-4:00 pm

NBC Saturday: Oct. 31: 4:00-6:00 pm

Below shows the TVG schedule of events for Breeders’ Cup 2015

tvg breeders cup 2015 schedule

Updated Breeders’ Cup Future Book Odds

We have received updated Future Book Odds on the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (partial list below) and the feature event, the Breeders’ Cup Classic featuring Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.  Click here for the complete list from Wynn Las Vegas.

CURALINA 75/1 12/1
SALAMA 15/1 15/1
FRIVOLOUS 25/1 15/1
LOVELY MARIA 12/1 25/1