2021 Breeders' Cup Turf Picks

2021 Breeders' Cup Turf Picks

Here are the current Breeders’ Cup Turf betting odds. As the horse race draws closer, the odds will fluctuate and firm up. Your best bet is to keep an eye on these odds and bet the race online when you like the odds on your horse. That way, you can lock in the best odds.

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Betting the Breeders’ Cup Turf Online

The time to sign up for an online sportsbook is right now. Sportsbooks are offering sign-up bonuses, deposit bonuses, and rebates that can earn you hundreds of dollars just for creating an account, funding it, and placing some bets. This makes betting the Breeders’ Cup Turf from anywhere even more profitable and fun!

Breeders' Cup Turf Field and Odds

This is the official field for the 2021 Breeders' Cup Turf including post positions, trainers, and jockeys:

  1. Rockemperor (Chad Brown/Javier Castellano) - 15/1

  2. United (Richard Mandella/John Velazquez) - 20/1 - EXPECTED TO SCRATCH

  3. Domestic Spending (Chad Brown/Flavien Prat) - 4/1 - EXPECTED TO SCRATCH

  4. Astronaut (John Shirreffs/Victor Espinoza) - 20/1

  5. Tribhuvan (Chad Brown/Jose Ortiz) - 20/1

  6. Acclimate (Philip D’Amato/Ricardo Gonzalez) - 20/1

  7. Walton Street (Charles Appleby/James Doyle) - 8/1

  8. Broome (Aidan O’Brien/Frankie Dettori) - 20/1

  9. Sisfahan (Henk Grewe/Cristian Demuro) - 12/1

  10. Yibir (Charles Appleby/William Buick) - 12/1

  11. Gufo (Christophe Clement/Joel Rosario) - 8/1

  12. Teona (Roger Varian/David Egan) - 6/1

  13. Tarnawa (Dermot Weld/Colin Keane) - 9/5

  14. Japan (Aidan O’Brien/Ryan Moore) - 20/1

  15. Bolshoi Ballet (Aidan O’Brien/Ryan Moore) - 15/1 - ALSO ELIGIBLE

  16. Channel Maker (William Mott/Luis Saez) - 20/1 - ALSO ELIGIBLE

  17. Mogul (Aidan O’Brien/Frankie Dettori) - 30/1 - ALSO ELIGIBLE

  18. Friar’s Road (Michael McCarthy/Umberto Rispoli) - 30/1 - ALSO ELIGIBLE

Bolshoi Ballet, Channel Maker, Mogul, and Friar’s Road are also eligible. With United and Domestic Spending both expected to scratch due to issues that came up the week of the race, Bolshoi Ballet and Channel Maker are expected to draw in.

Keep in mind that these odds are the racetrack’s estimation of what the tote board will look like come post time. They are no guarantee. Your best bet is to place your bet online and lock in the best odds with a trusted online sportsbook. That way, you know you can keep an overlay on your horse when you find one!

Breeders’ Cup Turf Handicapping

Now that you know where to bet the race and you’ve seen the list of entrants, it is time to start handicapping the race. Keep in mind that the race is a mile and a half, and often horses who have proven they can go that distance are in a better position.

Furthermore, the race will be contested in California, so the turf is likely to be firm. Give an advantage to horses who like firmer ground. Note that many of the European invaders are specifically coming to the United States to get firmer ground, meaning the European invaders are often dangerous when this race is run in places with dry climates like California.

Breeders' Cup Turf Favorites

Defending champion #13 Tarnawa is live once again. Though she does not have a win streak carrying into this race like last year, she has been facing the best horses in the world and holding her own. Most recently she finished second in the Arc de Triomphe (G1), the best mile and a half turf race in the world.

Tarnawa is a closer. Her chances improved Thursday since the scratches of United and Domestic Spending brought in #15 Bolshoi Ballet and #16 Channel Maker to help make pace with #5 Tribhuvan and #6 Acclimate, giving Tarnawa a more favorable race flow than she would have had without those further speed horses drawing in.

Breeders’ Cup Turf Value Horses

The best play in the win pool is #7 Walton Street. Though this is a tougher race than the Canadian International (G1) last out, he won that as decisively as he needed to, and in previous starts, he was compared favorably to some of the best horses in the world, including eventual Arc winner Torquator Tasso.

Walton Street has tactical speed and should be able to get the jump on the real closers. He goes well over firmer going, something he will certainly get in California, and his trainer Charlie Appleby is one of the best in the world at preparing and placing globetrotting horses.

#12 Teona also has legitimate claims in this race, and like Walton Street, she is more tactical than some of her other foes. Her form is a little muddled with that disappointment in the Oaks (G1), but that came over rain-soaked ground and she has been far better in more recent starts over firmer going. Off her win in the Prix Vermeille (G1), she should be ready to fire.

Breeders’ Cup Turf Exotics Horses

Much like Tarnawa, a few other live horses also benefit from the extra speed drawn off the also-eligible list.

#11 Gufo has tables to turn on Rockemperor from last out, but Rockemperor is boxed in on the rail this time with Gufo drawn in a cleaner spot. Gufo is well proven both at the mile and a half and over firm turf, and if he runs back to his Sword Dancer (G1) win two starts ago he should be right in the picture in the final furlong.

#9 Sisfahan, the winner of the German Derby, also has favorable form through Arc winner Torquator Tasso. Two back, he crossed the wire just a length behind that classy foe. He will have to bounce back from a disappointing third in the Preis von Europa, but if he comes back to his best he will be rolling home outside at a price.

Free Breeders' Cup Turf Bets

Here are your best bets for the 2021 Breeders' Cup Turf!

  • $20 to win - #7 Walton Street

  • $1 exacta box -  #7 Walton Street, #12 Teona, #13 Tarnawa

  • $0.50 trifecta key - #7 Walton Street with #9 Sisfahan, #12 Teona, #13 Tarnawa

  • $0.20 superfecta key - #7 Walton Street with #3 Domestic Spending, #9 Sisfahan, #12 Teona, #13 Tarnawa