Breeders’ Cup: Owen looks to strike with 40-1 & 25-1 tips

One of my favourite festivals of the year, the Breeders’ Cup is a fantastic spectacle. It’s truly an international affair, as horses from across the globe compete for the fourteen championships across various categories. The big race of the week is the $6,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic, which has been won by the likes of American Pharoah, Arrogate, Gun Runner and Authentic.

We’ll have horse racing tips for all the Breeders’ Cup action, including accumulator tips. American racing can be extremely tactical and it won’t be any different this weekend. The tight turns at Del Mar will make positioning crucial and draws will play a huge part in determining the winners. That could leave some horses extremely overpriced and I’ve endeavoured to find them.

You can find all my outsiders for the Breeders’ Cup below and remember, gamble safely.

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00.30 Del Mar (Fri) – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

The final race on Friday, I’m going to pin my hopes on Dakota Gold (16-1, bet365) making all the running in the Juvenile Turf. There is a distinct lack of pace in this Grade 1 contest over the mile and there’s plenty of potential for this to be stolen off the front. I fancy Danny Gargan’s colt to do just that, arriving to Del Mar with a blemish-free record.

He made a winning debut at Saratoga from on the pace but proved his versatility at Monmouth Park in the Nownownow last time, coming from off the pace to score handily. He fits into the “could be anything” category and given the pace situation, you’d have to fancy that Luis Saez will boot him into the lead. With a good attitude and strong staying constitution, I think he can fend these rivals off.

19.40 Del Mar (Sat) – Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

A Grade 3 winner at Saratoga three starts ago, Caravel (40-1, bet365) was very fresh on her exercise gallop at Del Mar on Wednesday. Graham Motion’s filly was favourite for the Grade 1 Highlander on the back of that Saratoga victory, but despite a game effort, she came up slightly short.

There were little excuses for a disappointing defeat at Parx last time, but she’s capable of much better than that and her early speed will put her in the perfect position at a track that suits front-running types. She isn’t drawn badly and Jose Ortiz will make sure she’s fighting all the way to the line.

20.59 Del Mar (Sat) – Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Ger Lyons and Colin Keane have enjoyed a remarkable 2021 and it would be fitting if Acanella (20-1, bet365) won at Del Mar. She does have a little bit to find overall, but she’s mainly been progressive and should have more to offer in a strongly-run eleven-furlong contest. She posted a career-best effort two starts ago when landing the Group 3 Snow Fairy and little when her way in the Group 1 Matron last time.

Granted, she wouldn’t have won with a clear passage, but she would have been far closer. It’s still early days for her and she’ll relish the firm turf that Del Mar provides. As she’s likely to do her best work late, she will need plenty of luck, but Colin Keane is a master of that type of ride and I’d fancy her to steal a place late on.

23.40 Del Mar (Sat) – Breeders’ Cup Mile

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Hit The Road

Hit the Road (25-1, bet365) has been unlucky in recent starts and is perhaps the forgotten horse heading into the Breeders’ Cup Mile. He won the Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita four starts back and hasn’t enjoyed anything like the rub of the green subsequently. Given how close he’s finished to Mo Forza in spite of that the last twice, his current price is generous.

He was eating up the ground in the Del Mar Mile two starts ago before being crowded late and losing all momentum. In the City of Hope last time, he failed to get a gap at the five-sixteenths and had too much ground to make up as a result. Compensation surely won’t be far away and his best figures put him right in the argument. He’ll get a good pace to aim at and if the gaps do open in the stretch, he’ll be flying through them.

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