Breeders’ Cup 2014 Championships
Another fantastic weekend of thoroughbred racing has wrapped up at Santa Anita Park with the conclusion of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup. And if you were one of the lucky people who loaded up on longer shots for your Breeders’ Cup betting (especially if you got in early on the Breeders’ Cup futures market), your weekend might have been even more fantastic.
The big race that everyone’s talking about, as usual, is the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Bayern (6/1) gave trainer Bob Baffert his first-ever Classic win by a nose over Toast of New York. The 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion California Chrome finished third. The favorite, Shared Belief (5/2), had to settle for fourth after Bayern cut him off right out of the starting gate; the steward’s inquiry did not overturn the results.
Shared Belief being cut off was the only minor controversy on an otherwise beautiful weekend for racing – attendance was up at Santa Anita, and betting on Breeders’ Cup races was said to be consistent with previous years. The dirt oval was rated “fast” and the turf “firm” on Friday, when Untapable (3/2) took down the $2 million Distaff. She was one of three favorites to win during Friday’s four races, but overnight rains caused the dirt to clump, and only one favorite won on Saturday: Judy the Beauty (3/1) at the Filly & Mare Sprint.
We still saw some excellent racing on Saturday despite both tracks being downgraded to “good.” Saturday’s list of unlikely winners included Work All Week (19/1) at the Sprint, the Japanese-bred Karakonite (30/1) at the Mile, and Take Charge Brandi (61/1) at the Juvenile Fillies. We hope you were a winner at the Breeders’ Cup, too. Make sure to check out all the race results here at Bovada, and we’ll see you in 2015 at Keeneland.