2017 Breeders’ Cup Quick Links
By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder
Updated on Nov 3
The Breeders’ Cup is almost upon us!
Let’s face it, there’s no shortage of Breeders’ Cup coverage and it can be hard to separate the signal from the noise. In order help you make the most of your 2017 Breeders’ Cup preparations we’ve collected a few useful resources. We’ll add more links as we find them.
Official race order and wagering menu
Wager types, minimum amounts for each wager, pool guarantees and post times.
|Friday November 3||5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET||NBCSN|
|Saturday November 4||1:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET||NBCSN|
|Saturday November 4||8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET||NBC|
Watch Contender Replays
The official Breeders’ Cup Challenge Schedule page has links to all available prep race replays. You can also view them at YouTube where they are organized as playlists by Breeders’ Cup race (e.g., watch all the challenge races for the Classic). This site also includes replays for every international race.
Be sure to check out our primer on how to get the most out of watching replays.
Watch Contender Workouts
You can watch live works from Santa Anita starting at 8:00 am ET at XBTV, but it really doesn’t get light enough to see what’s going on until around 9:45 am ET. They also have Breeders’ Cup Works section on their site that includes works from Belmont and Santa Anita.
This year the Breeders’ Cup has also added an official workout live stream entitled Live Breeders’ Cup World Championship Mornings broadcast from Del Mar via YouTube starting at 10 am ET that will run through Sunday October 9. Not to worry if you can’t make it to the live stream, each edition is available at their account.
If you’re going to watch live workouts, this sortable list of entrants workout saddle towels can help you quickly identify contenders by listing the color and number of each contender’s saddle cloth.
Keeneland has also been posting workouts but, unlike last year, hasn’t grouped them in a playlist.
Watch DRF clocker Mike Welsch’s daily reports here.
Be sure to check our primer on workouts.
How is the Track?
We’ll add comments and insights as we find them.
Mott: “It’s pretty deep. Big Sandy,” re: Belmont, “has nothing on this. You can’t hear the horses go by. … it has a very good cushion.”
— Jay Privman (@DRFPrivman) October 29, 2017
🐎 William Buick finishes down the field on his first ride at Del Mar today.
— Sporting Life (@SportingLife) November 2, 2017
Angles, Stats and Useful Tidbits
A collection of useful angles, stats and tidbits. We will add more as we find them.
Comprehensive International Contender Profiles – new
Brisnet’s International Correspondent Kellie Reilly provides an insightful look at the International contenders, including replays. Links to each profile are midway down the page.
HANA Monthly Breeders’ Cup Edition – new
If you’re looking for a variety of opinions and insights, look no further than the Horseplayer Association of North America’s monthly magazine.
Del Mar Track Tendencies
DRF’s Brad Free discusses the particulars of how the main track and turf play at Del Mar.
Complete Breeders’ Cup Entries
Quick and easy way to view all the entries including post position, jockey, weight, trainer and morning line odds.
Euro Invader Nick Luck’s Overview of International Shippers – new
Analyst Nick Luck gives an overview of International key contenders and trainers.
— TVG (@TVG) October 30, 2017
2017 Breeders’ Cup Cheat Sheets: Distaff and Classic
Our J.J. Hysell gives an overview of the fields including post position and morning line odds. Perfect to send to your friends that don’t follow racing as closely as you do!
Average Pick 4 Payout
Not a big pick 4 player? Big days with $.50 minimums are a great time to take shot.
What wins the Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies?
We dig through charts and lifetime past performances of winners to discover historical angles.
Useful Twitter Accounts
@BH_JBalan – Blood-Horse west coast correspondent shares plenty of on track insights
@chare889 – TVG analyst who closely follows the international scene
@ClockersCorner – Images and times of workouts from Santa Anita
@DRFWelsh – DRF’s clocker with workout observations
@GallantFox1930 – Twinspires correspondent provides valuable insight on international contenders
@WatchXBTV – another way to follow BC works
@zoecadman – XBTV analyst provides additional workout observations
New to Racing?
If you’re new to racing or only watch on big days we have some posts that could help you make the most of your Breeders’ Cup viewing experience.
How to Watch a Race
While it may seem like a no-brainer, there’s a definite skill involved in watching a race.
Understanding Race Calls
Watching the race is one thing, but understanding the race call might be another! We’ve compiled a list potentially confusing phrases or words frequently used in race calls.