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2022 Breeders Cup Betting Challenge

by Daniel BenjaminSeptember 24, 2022

The 2022 Breeders Cup is six weeks away, but registration for the event’s Betting Challenge has already open. It is expected that this year’s total prize will be $1.25 million with the top prize being $360,000.

2022 Breeders Cup Betting Challenge

 

The 2022 Breeders Cup is still six weeks away, but handicappers can get ahead start in their preparation by registering for the 2022 Breeders Cup Betting Competition (BCBC). The BCBC, now in its 14th year, is the largest-live money handicapping tournament in the world.

Horse racing is on the upward trend, and the Breeders Cup Betting Competition annually draws the top horseplayers from around North America and will crown the winner with the highest accumulated bankroll at the end of the two day Breeders Cup World Championship. This year’s Breeders Cup will take place Nov. 4-5 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington (KY).

Registration for the 2022 BCBC opened on Thursday. To view the complete rules and information, go to BreedersCup.com/BCBC.

Handicappers may participate in the tournament at several locations, including Keeneland (host site) or official satellite sites Gulfstream Park (Hallandale Beach, FL), Monmouth Park (Oceanport, NJ), and Santa Anita Park (Arcadia, CA). Players can also play online at TVG.com ― Xpressbet.com, NYRA Bets (non-New York State residents only), 4NJBets.com (New Jersey residents only), and HPIbet.com (Canadian residents only).

 

Cost and Prizes of the 2022 BCBC

 

The total cash prize pool of the BCBC is projected to be $1.25 million based on 500 payers, with the cost to enter being $10,000. The buy-in of $2,500 will be part of the prize money, while the remaining $7,500 will be used for the player’s bankroll. Players can bet into the Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta, and Daily Double pools with their $7,500 bankroll over the 22 races and keep all money earned from their betting.

Handicappers can earn a free entry into the BCBC by winning a Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge Qualifying contest. For details on upcoming live qualifying contests visit BreedersCup.com/BCBC and for online qualifying contests visit Horseplayers.com.

The top 20 finishers will get a share of the prize money. First place will get $360,000, second place will get $240,000, and third place will be awarded $130,000. Fourth-10th-place will receive between $30,000 and $90,00. 11th-place-20th will get between $10,000-$25,000.

“Top horseplayers wait all year for a chance to make big scores betting on the world’s best Thoroughbreds in the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge ― the ultimate test in live-money tournaments. We’re very excited to offer players again the opportunity to participate live at Keeneland, at our satellite locations, or with our wagering partners.” – said Tim Schram, BCBC Tournament Director.

Matt Miller (Chicago, Ill.), thanks to a $33,000 wager on Go Knicks in the Longines Breeders Cup Classic Classic , took the top prize in the 2021 BCBC. The tournament, which featured a record 534 entrants, generated an all-time contest-record wagering handle of $6.92 million.

 

Early Look At 2022 Breeders Cup Participants

The Breeders Cup attracts competition from around the globe including the top talent from six continents and over 16 countries. Thus, crowning true world championships in the 14 divisions that comprise the event. While there are still several automatic qualifiers to be run, 30 horses have secured their trips to Keeneland Race Course.

The $6 million Breeders Cup Classic already has five horses that has punched their tickets to the race, led by leading candidate for Horse of the Year Flightline. Flightline (5-5-0-0) has also qualified for the Big Ass Fans’ Dirt Mile and will be the favorite for either race. Olympiad, Life Is Good, Cyberknife, and Laurel River are other contenders.

Cyberknife and Laurel River join Flightline along with American Thereom as qualifiers for Breeders Cup Dirt Mile. Meanwhile, Goodnight Olive and Ce Ce have qualified for the Filly & Mare Sprint.

The Turf Sprint has four horses currently with Casa Creed, Bran, Lieutenant Dan, and Highfield Princess. Casa Creed also qualified for the Breeders Cup Mile along with Modern Games, Pearls Galor, Viejos Tiempos, and Songline. GUFO, Virginia Joy, Red Knight, Gold Phoenix, and PyleDriver have secured spots in the Turf race.

American Theorem is the only qualifier for the Sprint Race and Mysterious Night (IRE) along with Auguste Rodin (IRE) “are in” the Juvenile Turf. The Ridler ( Juvenile Turf Sprint), Last Call (Juvenile Fillies Sprint), Blue Stripe (Distaff), Clairiere (Distaff), Virginia Joy (Filly & Mare Turf), Pearls Galore (Filly & Turf Turf) have also qualified for a race.

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