It was “Cool as Ever” being at Del Mar for the 2021 Breeders’ Cup. A few more winning bets is always preferred, but I had a lovely lady with me enjoying the horses and festivities, and there is more to the races than winning wagers. The sites, sounds and atmosphere surrounding the Breeders’ Cup is something special to see and witness live in person. The beautiful horses are the main attraction, from the future stars on Friday as juveniles, to the fillies, magnificent mares and classic colts that produce a lifetime of enjoyment for their connections and fans.
There was live racing coverage from Del Mar of the Breeders’ Cup races on TVG. For bettors looking for longshots, there were opportunities to cash in big at the Breeders’ Cup. Longshots delivered some winners including in the Distaff. I was at the 2016 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita and witnessed one of the great Breeders’ Cup races when the magnificent mare Beholder edged the undefeated filly Songbird by a nose. The two favorites and confrontation of champions put on a stretch duel show in the Distaff, going head-to-head before Beholder prevailed in a photo finish.
Five years later this past Saturday, the Distaff was decided by a pair of longshots that rallied from the back into a hot pace. Japanese runner and 49/1 longshot Marche Lorraine took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off a late stretch run by Dunbar Road (12/1) to win the Distaff in another photo finish.
Marche Lorraine paid $101.80 on a $2 win wager for the biggest longshot winner of the day. The $1 exacta with Marche Lorraine on top of Dunbar Road returned $513, and a $1 trifecta with Malathaat finishing third was worth $4,010. Marche Lorraine became the first Japan-based horse to win on dirt in the 38-year history of the Breeders’ Cup.
Japan snapped an 0-for-13 losing streak in the Breeders’ Cup. Marche Lorraine’s huge upset at 49/1 odds was preceded by Loves only You (JPN) winning the 23rd running of the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf for 3-year-olds. Both horses are trained by Yoshito Yahagi, and Loves Only You (4/1) paid $10.60 and was a half-length better than runner-up My Sister Nat (29/1) and race favorite War Like Goddess (2/1).
“It’s a dream come true for Japanese horse racing history,” Yahagi said. Loves Only You became the first Japan-based horse to win a Breeders’ Cup race.
This year’s Breeders’ Cup attracted a record number of international pre-entries. The two Japanese horse victories provides a big boost for not only Japanese racing, but International racing.
“The Breeders’ Cup is a truly global event with winners this weekend bred, raised and raced on three different continents,” Breeders’ Cup CEO Drew Fleming added.
Breeders’ Cup Record Handle
Del Mar hosted the 38th Breeders’ Cup for a second time following a successful debut in 2017. The blue skies and wonderful weather on Saturday provided another perfect setting that saw record wagering.
Total all-sources common-pool handle for the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club was $182,908.409. That eclipsed the previous record set at Santa Anita in 2019 by nearly 5 percent. It was also a 14% increase over last year’s total handle when the event was held at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, KY – site of the 2022 Breeders’ Cup. The Breeders’ Cup will return to California and Santa Anita Park in 2023.
Saturday’s total common-pool handle for the 12-race Breeders’ Cup card was a record $121,562,392. All sources common-pool handle on Breeders’ Cup’s 10-race Future Stars Friday card was $61,346,017, also a new record for Breeders’ Cup Friday.
“We had an extraordinary two days of racing showcasing the best Thoroughbreds from around the world, and we want to thank our partners here at Del Mar, who did an amazing job, and the greater San Diego community,” said Breeders’ Cup president and CEO Drew Fleming.
On-track handle for the two days was $19,032,307. On-track attendance for the two days was 47,089.
Breeders’ Cup Results 2021
Saturday, Nov. 6
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
Win: 4 Ce Ce – $14.40/5.20/2.40
Place: 3 Edgeway – $9.60/3.20
Show: 5 Gamine – $2.10
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
Win: 3 Golden Pal – $7.00/4.60/3.60
Place: 4 Lieutenant Dan – $5.40/4.00
Show: 7 Charmaine’s Mia – $12.20
Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
Win: 5 Life Is Good – $3.40/2.60/2.20
Place: 3 Ginobili – $4.00/3.40
Show: 6 Restrainedvengence – $7.20
Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf
Win: 8 Loves Only You (JPN) – $10.60/6.20/4.00
Place: 9 My Sister Nat (FR) – $17.60/8.80
Show: 7 War Like Goddess – $3.00
Qatar Racing Breeders’ Cup Sprint
Win: 5 Aloha West – $24.60/8.20/6.00
Place: 9 Dr. Schivel – $5.00/4.20
Show: 1 Following Sea – $9.60
FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile
Win: 3 Space Blues (IRE) – $6.20/4.60/3.40
Place: 2 Smooth Like Strait – $9.00/6.20
Show: 14 Ivar (BRZ) – $11.40
Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff
Win: 10 Marche Lorraine (JPN) – $101.80/41.00/18.80
Place: 11 Dunbar Road – $11.60/6.80
Show: 3 Malathaat – $3.80
Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf
Win: 10 Yibir (GB) – $19.00/9.80/7.20
Place: 8 Broome (IRE) – $10.00/7.00
Show: 12 Teona (IRE) – $7.40
Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic
Win: 5 Knicks Go – $8.40/6.20/4.00
Place: 8 Medina Spirit – $6.60/4.00
Show: 4 Essential Quality – $2.80
The favorites and top contenders delivered in the Classic as outlined in the Breeders’ Cup betting guide. Knicks Go was the wire-to-wire winner for controversial trainer Brad Cox and top jockey Joel Rosario. Knicks Go was the morning line favorite, but went to post as the co-second choice at 3/1 odds behind Belmont Stakes and Travers winner Essential Quality (9/5), who finished third. Knicks Go was too tough and won by nearly 3-lengths to return $6.80 on a $2 win bet. Bob Baffert-trained Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit (6/1) finished second to produce a $1 exacta payout of $32.60.
A well-regarded handicapper and horseman had a brief run-in with Brad Cox prior to one of his races at the Breeders’ Cup, and let him know of his feelings towards Cox’ alleged regimen of feeding and training his race horses.
“The guy (Cox) steals from hard working barns, bettors, and does an injustice to our game everyday, and especially our beautiful horses,” Heine exclaimed in reply comments to his tweet.
Knicks Go went 10 straight races without winning from age 2 through age 3. Now he’s a 2-time Breeders’ Cup Champion and Horse of the Year at age 5. Public opinion can decide if that’s possible without enhancements, as the media is not willing to report, yet.
Friday, Nov. 5
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint
Win: 6 Twilight Gleaming (IRE) – $12/80/$5.40/$4.60
Place: 3 Go Bears Go (IRE) – $10.60/7.20
Show: 2 Kaufymaker – $11.20
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
Win: 6 Echo Zulu – $3.60/2.60/2.10
Place: 5 Juju’s Map – $3.20/2.40
Show: 4 Tarabi – $3.40
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
Win: 1 Pizza Bianca – $21.80/2.60/2.20
Place: 12 Malavath (IRE) – $19.00/12.00
Show: 11 Haughty – $5.00
TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Win: 12 Corniche – $4.80/4.00/3.40
Place: 4 Pappacap – $9.00/6.20
Show: 7 Giant Game – $7.60
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
Win: 4 Tiz the Bomb – $17.60/$7.40/$5.20
Place: 6 MacKinnon – $6.60/$5.40
Show 11 – Grafton Street – $9.40
The final race on Friday produced a fiasco in the Juvenile Turf. Modern Games was scratched, and then unscratched and allowed to run for purse money. Modern Games then won the race, but the situation robbed bettors who picked the winner, and created more controversy and calls of incompetence and ineptitude on the decision.
Friday’s results included an interesting result in the TVG Juvenile. Bob Baffert-trained 2-year-old Corniche (7/5) won the TVG Juvenile wire-to-wire as the favorite for his third straight win this year. But Baffert is banned from running horses at Churchill Downs for two years after Medina Spirit tested positive for betamethasone following his 2021 Kentucky Derby win. Corniche is not eligible to earn Kentucky Derby qualifying points while in Baffert’s care. Corniche’s owner Peter Fluor will have to move his horse to another trainer’s barn if he plans to earn qualifying points in Derby prep races for a chance to run in the 2022 Kentucky Derby.
Bad for Baffert, and other alleged cheaters.
Good for horse racing.
You can bet on it.