2022 Breeders' Cup World Championships
The 2022 Breeders' Cup World Championships will take place at Keeneland racetrack in Lexington, Kentucky where there will be a total of fourteen championship races, thirteen of which are Grade 1 races with the recently added Juvenile Turf Sprint the only Grade 2 race on the card. It will take place over two days with the Juvenile's on show on Friday 4th November and the other races on Saturday 5th November and we will have all fourteen races covered in individual blogs to give you a helping hand!
The Keeneland Breeders' Cup will be the 39th edition of the Breeders' Cup World Championships and will be the third time it has been held at the Keeneland racetrack having also been held here in 2015 & 2020. The meeting culminates with the Classic, a race with a purse of $6m in 2022, be sure to head over to the Breeders Cup Classic Preview prior to the running of the races to see which runners score well on the trends.
Remember to head over to the Breeders Cup Picks page to see which runners the OLBG tipsters are backing over the two days of action, use the breeders' cup trends below and the individual race trends on the links below along with the OLBG tipsters picks to find a bet in each breeders cup race.
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2022 Breeders' Cup Schedule
Below you can find the 2022 Breeders' Cup schedule with links to each race blog, these blogs include a preview for the race, trainer and jockey statistics plus trends and analysis for each race.
The Friday (4th November) is dedicated to the younger runners with five juvenile races.
- Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint
- Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies
- Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
- Breeders' Cup Juvenile
- Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf
On Saturday (5th November), the older runners are on show with nine Grade 1 races.
2022 Breeders' Cup Challenge series
Throughout the 2022 season, there are certain races with a 'Win and You're In' status meaning the runners who win those races get an automatic berth into the race at the Breeders' Cup. Each race at the Breeders Cup' has a limit of fourteen runners who can compete in the race with the exception of both the Juvenile Turf Sprint and Turf Sprint in which only twelve can compete in the race.
The Breeders' Cup Challenge Series is a great way for European runners to get their way into some of the Breeders' Cup races, there are eleven races in England alone that are part of the series, here are also seven in France and five in Ireland so a total of twenty-three races in Europe where runners can guarantee a spot at the Breeders' Cup.
Number of Winners by Country Since 2012
- USA (101 Winners)
- GB (13 Winners)
- IRE (9 Winners)
- CAN (6 Winners)
- FR (3 Winners)
- JPN (2 Winners)
Breeders' Cup Challenge Series in England
Four of the eleven races come at Royal Ascot, the Queen Anne winner receives a spot in the Mile, the Prince of Wales's Stakes winner gets a spot in the Turf, the Norfolk Stakes winner gets the chance to race in the Juvenile Turf Sprint whilst the Diamond Jubilee winner gets an entry into the Turf Sprint, additional, at Ascot, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner has the chance to compete in the Turf race along with the Prince of Wales's Stakes winner.
The winner of the Sussex Stakes which takes place at Glorious Goodwood receives an entry in the Mile whilst three winners at the York Ebor Festival will receive entries, the winner of the Juddmonte International goes into the main event, the Breeders' Cup Classic, the Yorkshire Oaks winner into the Filly & Mare Turf and the Nunthorpe winner into the Turf Sprint. The Cambridgeshire meeting at Newmarket filled the final two spots, both for two-year-old runners, the Rockfel winner receives an entry in the Juvenile Fillies Turf and the Royal Lodge winner into the Juvenile Turf.
- Queen Anne Stakes > Mile
- Prince of Wales's Stakes > Turf
- Norfolk Stakes > Juvenile Turf Sprint
- Diamond Jubilee > Turf Sprint
- King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes > Turf
- Sussex Stakes > Mile
- Juddmonte International > Classic
- Yorkshire Oaks > Filly & Mare Turf
- Nunthorpe Stakes > Turf Sprint
- Rockfel Stakes > Juvenile Fillies Turf
- Royal Lodge Stakes > Juvenile Turf
Breeders' Cup Challenge Series in Ireland
There are five races in Ireland which are part of the series, three at Leopardstown and two at the Curragh, at Leopardstown, the Juvenile Stakes winner goes into the Juvenile Turf, the Matron Stakes winner into the Filly & Mare Turf and the Irish Champion Stakes winner into the Turf whilst over at the Curragh, the Moyglare Stud Stakes winner gets an entry into the Juvenile Fillies Turf and the Flying Five Stakes winner into the Turf Sprint.
- Juvenile Stakes > Juvenile Turf
- Matron Stakes > Filly & Mare Turf
- Irish Champion Stakes > Turf
- Moyglare Stud Stakes > Juvenile Fillies Turf
- Flying Five Stakes > Turf Sprint
Breeders' Cup Challenge Series in France
Rounding off the qualifying races in Europe are seven races in France, five of those take place at Longchamp during the Arc festival, prior to those there are two at Deauville in August, the Prix Jacques Le Marois in which the winner receives an automatic spot in the Mile whilst the Prix Morny winner gets into the Juvenile Turf Sprint. Then in October, we have the five races at Longchamp, all of which will serve as a prep run for the breeders' cup because of the closeness of the two meetings.
The Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp winner goes to the Turf Spring, the Prix de l'Opera into the Filly & Mare Turf, the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere into the Juvenile Turf, the Prix Marcel Boussac into the Juvenile Fillies Turf whilst the winner of the feature race at Longchamp, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe goes into the Turf.
- Prix Jacques Le Marois > Mile
- Prix Morny > Juvenile Turf Sprint
- Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp > Turf Sprint
- Prix de l'Opéra > Filly & Mare Turf
- Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère > Juvenile Turf
- Prix Marcel Boussac > Juvenile Fillies Turf
- Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe > Turf
Breeders' Cup Trainer Records since 2012
Here are the top trainers since 2012 in terms of winners for current races only, New Yorker Chad Brown leads the way with fourteen winners whilst Aidan O'Brien leads the European trainers with his seven winners whilst both Arizonan Bob Baffert and Kentuckian Brad H Cox have nine winners. Following an excellent 2021, Charlie Appleby is worth highlighting, he has now had 6 winners from just 11 runners!
|Chad C Brown||108-14-39||-2.79||-2.19|
|Brad H Cox||26-8-10||+1.16||-4.94|
|A P O'Brien||87-7-26||-10.50||-17.64|
|Wesley A Ward||40-6-15||-15.10||-7.96|
Who are the Profitable Breeders' Cup Trainers?
Looking at the list above, backing all of the trainer's runners would have returned a profit for only three of the top ten trainers, Brad H Cox for a small profit of +1.16, Charlie Appleby who shows an impressive +21.60 LSP from just 11 runners and Peter Miller who shows an LSP of +44.00.
Turf vs Dirt
The races are split seven on the dirt and seven on the turf, do the trainers prefer one surface over the other? You would expect the European trainers to show better figures on the turf and that is true, all seven of Aidan O'Brien's winners have come on the turf and when you list the trainers by the number of winners over the past ten years in the turf races then along with Aidan, both Charlie Appleby (6) & Sir Michael Stoute (3) make the top seven trainers list. Another name to take note of on the turf is Chad Brown, the leading trainer with fourteen winners, twelve of those winners have come in races on the turf! The leading trainer on dirt is the legendary Bob Baffert with nine wins over the last ten years with Brad Cox (7-15) & Steven Asmussen (5-37) & next best.
Breeders' Cup Jockey Records since 2012
It's all change at the top of the jockey's table with Mike E Smith being replaced by Irad Ortiz Jr who has ridden fourteen winners over the last ten Breeders' Cup and hot on his heels is Joel Rosario with thirteen winners. The only other two jockeys in double figures are both Javier Castellano and Mike E Smith who have a total of eleven winners. The top European is Ryan Moore who has ridden six winners and then William Buick on five winners, Frankie also makes the top ten with his four winners.
|Irad Ortiz Jr||74-14-26||+82.81||+41.79|
|Mike E Smith||66-11-22||+11.73||+10.39|
|John R Velazquez||90-7-24||-56.97||-41.66|
|Jose L Ortiz||68-5-21||-17.30||-2.21|
Who are the Profitable Breeders' Cup Jockeys?
The amazing fact is, had you backed all the rides of the top four jockeys over the last ten years, you would be showing a profit of +152.67 to LSP as all four are showing a profit! Ortiz Jr with a profit of +82.81, Rosario with +31.13, Castellano with +27.00 and Smith with +11.73.
Turf vs Dirt
Like with the trainers, we have looked at rides on the dirt vs rides on the turf to see if certain jockeys perform better on either of the surfaces, Joel Rosario seems to favours the races on the dirt where nine of his thirteen winners have come, on the turf he has notched up fours wins but that is from fifty-two rides, an 8% strike rate. The leading jockey over the last ten years for the races on turf is now Irad Ortiz Jr who has ridden eight winners, he has fourteen overall so his turf/dirt split is not too far off being equal with 8/6 in the turf favour but ranks in the top three on both surfaces. Both Ryan Moore and Javier Castellano have six turf wins to their names.