Breeders' Cup 2022 Predictions, Race Information & Tips

By Captain Thomsen on 31 Oct 2022

An extremely exciting horse racing event is about to begin. The Breeders' Cup always attracts the best contenders as well as a lot of fans. Below, we will talk about Breeders' Cup 2022 predictions, the history of the tournament, and betting tips for punters.

Breeders' Cup history

As one of the most prestigious horse racing tournaments, the Breeders' Cup was first introduced in 1984. Even though it's not as old as some other events, it's very popular among the horse racing community. The first edition was held at the Hollywood Park Racetrack. From its inception, this competition was known for huge rewards. In 2008, the purse was increased to $25.5 million. Ten years later, they increased it once again and the rewards to this day are a total of $30 million. Through the years certain races were removed from the competition. For instance, the Breeders' Cup Marathon and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint. Regardless of that, all races in the competition are Grade 1s.

As one of the most prestigious horse racing tournaments, the Breeders' Cup was first introduced in 1984. Even though it's not as old as some other events, it's very popular among the horse racing community. The first edition was held at the Hollywood Park Racetrack. From its inception, this competition was known for huge rewards. In 2008, the purse was increased to $25.5 million. Ten years later, they increased it once again and the rewards to this day are a total of $30 million. Through the years certain races were removed from the competition. For instance, the Breeders' Cup Marathon and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint. Regardless of that, all races in the competition are Grade 1s.

Breeders Cup

Race information

As we mentioned above, the Breeders' Cup is an event that features more than a dozen Grade 1 races. It's an annual competition held over two days but the course changes yearly. The 2022 edition of this tournament takes place at Keeneland. At the moment, there are 14 races in this competition. Our Breeders' Cup 2022 predictions will help you place bets on all those races. There are "Win and You're In" races which are qualifying races for the horses. If you win there, you can feature in one of the 14 main races. Additionally, horse racing experts can add horses to certain races. Out of all 14 races, the most popular ones are the G1 Breeders' Cup Turf and the G1 Breeders' Cup Classic. These are the races in which bookmakers offer the biggest and best odds.

Breeders' Cup 2022 predictions: Records and previous winners

Before discussing betting tips and predictions, it's important to know the history of previous outcomes. Here are some competition records as well as information about the previous winners of this tournament.

Records

Popular and well-known names in the horse racing world have been a part of the Breeders' Cup over the years. This is true for jockeys, trainers, and horses. Before the 2022 edition begins, Mike Smith leads the list of jockeys with the most wins. He has 26 victories to his name and the next person behind him is John Velazquez with 18 wins.

Looking at trainers, we have Wayne Lukas at the top. He has won 20 races as a trainer. When it comes to horse owners, Juddmonte Farm stands tall as they have earned more than $17 million in prize money at the Breeders' Cup. Zenyatta is the highest-earning horse with almost $5 million in prize money won at the Breeders' Cup tracks.

Three jockeys racing their horses around a bend.

When it comes to certain races in the tournament, we have some more records for you. Tiznow is the only horse that won the Breeders' Cup Classic two years in a row. On the other hand, Beholder and Goldikova are the only horses that have won three races during Breeders' Cup competitions. Now, here are some stats that will help with the Breeders' Cup 2022 predictions. By 2019, 107 horses considered favourites before the races have won 346 races since 1984. This fact suggests that a lot of outsiders win in this competition. The biggest underdog that won a race was Arcangues. Bookmakers backed the horse at 133/1 (134.0) odds and yet this horse won the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Past winners

As we mentioned several times, the Breeders' Cup is one of the most popular horse racing tournaments in the world. A lot of history was made in these races as some of the most renowned jockeys and horses have participated through the years. The Breeders' Cup Classic is the most important race in the tournament and here we will list the last five winners.

In 2021, Joel Rosario was the jockey who won the race. Knicks Go is the name of the horse that he rode on. He also won back in 2018 with the horse Accelerate. In 2020, John Velazquez won the race with the horse Authentic. Irad Ortiz Jr. rode Vino Rosso in 2019 to claim the top spot while it was Florent Geroux on top of Gun Runner winning the Classic in 2017.

Breeders' Cup 2022 predictions and betting tips

Since there are 14 races and we can't cover all of them, we will focus our attention on the Breeders' Cup 2022 Classic which is the most important race in this competition. At the moment, most bookmakers agree that Flightline is the head-on favourite to win the race. Most of them back this horse at 1/2 (1.5) odds. Life is Good is next in line backed at 9/2 (5.5) odds. However, a lot of experts believe that Epicenter is the horse that can trouble Flightline the most. Even though the odds for Epicenter are 11/2 (6.5), it's a bet that offers the most value. Our Breeders' Cup 2022 predictions suggest that Epicenter might be the perfect horse to back. If Epicenter surprises Flightline at the Classic, a lot of punters can profit.

When it comes to betting tips, there are three things punters need to consider:

Horse race

Look at how horses have performed on that course. The Breeders' Cup tournament changes its course yearly. In 2022, it's in Keeneland which is why punters should look at how horses performed on that course. For instance, if there is a horse that won races in Keeneland and is set to feature in the Breeders' Cup, chances are that horse will have a great performance.

Learn everything you can about the terrain. In Keeneland, there will be races on both turf and dirt. Based on that, it's safe to say that European horses will do better on the turf than the rest. American horses, on the other hand, will do better on dirt.

According to every Breeders' Cup 2022 prediction out there, the best advice we can give you is to look at the trainer strike rate. A trainer that's in great form heading into the competition will have a better chance at winning in the races.