Breeders’ Cup Picks & Predictions: Who Can Beat California Chrome?

2016 Breeder's Cup Odds

A total of 13 world champions will be named over the course of two days of racing at Santa Anita Park in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup. Who will win the 13 races and add their name into horse racing immortality? Check out our expert Breeder’s Cup picks below.

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Juvenile Turf

Friday 5:25 p.m. ET

The Pick: #9 Wellabled has a horse betting nice price here of 15/1 for a horse who has hit the board in every single one of his career races and has won three of the four, albeit against lesser competition than this.

Las Vegas Dirt Mile

Friday 6:05 p.m. ET

The Pick: Remember Dortmund? He was once a Kentucky Derby favorite who ultimately couldn’t make it the distance in the biggest races. Now, he’s back in the Breeders’ Cup Las Vegas Dirt Mile and will break from the #3 post as the 6/5 favorite. He’s the easy choice here against a field of has-beens.

Juvenile Fillies Turf

Friday 6:50 p.m. ET

The Pick: If #14 La Coronel runs anything near the 105 Beyer Speed Rating she had in her last race at the Jessamine Stakes, she’s going to easily cash a 7/2 ticket on Friday night.

Longines Distaff

Friday 7:35 p.m. ET

The Pick: The best race of the Breeders’ Cup, and it isn’t even close. There are three legitimately Grade A horses in this field in #1 Songbird, #5 Stellar Wind and #8 Beholder. Beholder is the only one to have raced against the boys in her career, and we think she’s ready for a rebound after a tough season. A price of 5/2 is just too good to pass on.

14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies

Saturday 3:05 p.m. ET

The Pick: Bob Baffert loves to keep his younger fillies and colts in one place as much as possible, and he’s got that with #8 American Gal ( 6/1 ). She hasn’t raced up to this level yet, but she’s been awfully successful here at Santa Anita.

Filly & Mare Turf

Saturday 3:45 p.m. ET

The Pick: Lady Eli is the favorite here at 5/2, and the only thing we don’t like about this race for her is the fact that she’s starting out of the No. 8 post in a relatively crowded field. Keep an eye on #3 Seventh Heaven as well, the second favorite in the horse racing odds at 3/1.

TwinSpires Sprint

Saturday 4:21 p.m. ET

The Pick: It’s hard to go against a horse who has won four in a row. The TwinSpires Sprint has a great field, but #6 Lord Nelson ( 5/2 ) has won four straight and looks confident for Breeder’s Cup results going into this race.

Turf Sprint

Saturday 5:05 p.m. ET

The Pick: #14 Celestine is the highest rated horse in this field per Prime Power, and the only reason he’s sporting an 8/1 price is because of his far outside post. Definitely a wide open race though, as no pony is better than 5/1.

Sentient Jet Juvenile

Saturday 5:43 p.m. ET

The Pick: The best two-year old that we’ve seen race this year is #5 Classic Empire. He’s 3-for-4 for in his career and has won every race in which he’s kept his jockey onboard. A price of 4/1 can’t be missed.

Longines Turf

Saturday 6:22 p.m. ET

The Pick: #4 Flintshire ( 5/2 ) might be the best horse to come out of Europe to come here to the Breeders’ Cup and should be bet upon here.

Filly & Mare Sprint

Saturday 7:01 p.m. ET

The Pick: If #8 Carina Mia can adjust to the shorter distance in this race, she’s got this. The reason she’s only a modest 7/2 though, is because she’s been training at significantly longer distances to race in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.


Saturday 7:40 p.m. ET

The Pick: An intriguing price here on #6 Photo Call. She beat the favorite, Tepin ( 3/1 ) at the First Lady Stakes and could do so again here to cash a 15/1 ticket.


Saturday 8:35 p.m. ET

The Pick: There’s just no betting against #4 California Chrome. He’s even money here at the Breeder’s Cup Classic, and he’s undefeated this year. American Pharoah might have won the Triple Crown a couple years ago, but California Chrome is the best horse we’ve seen in years.

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