Breeders Cup Races 2022 - Top 10 Contenders
The 2022 Breeders Cup is ready to showcase the best horses around the world on 4th and 5th November at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky. This annual horse racing event brings excitement and fun to all fans and bettors.
Many contenders are ready to try for the top, but only some can take the spot. It’s undeniably one of the best events for horses on and off-track, as the world’s greatest come together in one exciting racing event of the year.
Choosing your pick can be a bit overwhelming with so many factors to take on board when assessing the best horses, jockeys, and trainers.
Thus we aim in this article to point up the most likely contenders, by looking at a variety of different form rankings.
This annual event is ready to crown and celebrate champions with these top contenders for Breeders Cup races this year.
At the top of the list is the 4yo bay colt Flightline, trained by John Sadler. This exceptional racehorse, with its jockey, Flavien Prat remains unbeaten in its four starts to date. Winner of two Group 1’s this tactically versatile thoroughbred can either track the pace or lead from the front .
One remarkable achievement of Flightline is to be awarded the highest Equibase Speed Figure of 127 in 2021.
Despite its age, Flightline has already shown outstanding performance in almost all its past and recent races. Indeed, one of the best picks to consider for the breeders cup betting this year.
Life is Good
Bred in Kentucky by the Gary and Mary West Stable is the bay colt, Life is Good. As described by his trainer, Todd Pletcher, Life is Good is one of the best horses with the ability and stamina to keep going in his races without expending too much energy.
With two Group 1’s to its name (the 2021 Breeders Cup Dirt Mile at Del Mar and Pegasus World Cup), this 4yo bay colt made a winning return in the Grade 2 John A Nerud Stakes at Belmont Park after a below par 4th in the Dubai World Cup in March.
Also known for its fast starts and unique power and strength in going hard from the front throughout its race.
Olympiad, with its trainer, William Mott, and jockey Junior Alvarado is ready to take to the track for the Breeders Cup. The horse took the win for the recent Stephen Foster (G2) at the Churchill Downs held on the 2nd of July this year.
The current race win helped Olympiad go up from seventh to third place in the Breeder’s Cup Rankings.
Country Grammer is in the care of one of the most successful trainers in the horseracing industry, Bob Baffert. The impressive record of its trainer and the assistance of top jockey, Flavien Pratin, ensures the horse is able to achieve its full potential and remain firmly in the spotlight.
As a result, the contender showcased its strength on the track during March's challenging race in the Dubai World Cup. Eventually, taking the winning spot from strong contenders such as Hot Rod Charlie and Life is Good.
Hot Rod Charlie
The dark bay colt, Hot Rod Charlie, bred in Kentucky, was trained by Doug O’Neill. Probably one of the most popular horses in horse racing because of its exceptional strength on track.
Hot Rod Charlie finished a strong first and second place twice in this year’s races. This includes Al Macktoum Challenge (Round 2), Dubai World Cup, and Salvator Mile.
Trained by the leading trainer in North America, Steven Mark Asmussen, Epicenter is ready to take the top spot for the 2022 Breeders Cup with Joel Rosario as its jockey. Epicenter is expected to progress and move forward in the right direction on the main track.
Furthermore, the horse is known for its relaxed, calm, and mature abilities during races. Thus, showing a comfortable run to the top of one of the Breeders Cup races.
Despite being inexperienced, Early Voting still managed to be on the list. According to its trainer, Chad Brown, with enough seasoning, Early Voting will surely get better for its coming races. Early Voting finished the Preakness Peak at number one last May this year with its jockey, Jose L. Ortiz.
Chad Brown trained Jack Christopher with their jockey, Jose Ortiz. Jack Christopher finished first in the Woody Stephens Stakes last June this year at Belmont Park.
Despite experiencing a stress fracture, the horse is ready to move forward. Furthermore, it will surely show impressive performance in its next races with the proper care and right approach.
Owned by C R K Stable and trained by John Shirreffs. Its training was focused more on strengthening the back and hindquarters of Express Train. Shirreff believed that it would further help a lot during races.
Express Train finished second in the Californian Stakes at Santa Anita Park last April. The horse is gearing up for another race at the San Diego Handicap for the last week of July.
Americanrevolution & Zandon
Americanrevolution ended in the second spot from its last race at the Stephen Foster Stakes at Churchill Downs last July, making its way to the top ten rankings, a tie with Zandon.
Zandon also tops the list for placing third at the Kentucky Derby last May.
Both horses are ready to take to the track in their respective Breeders Cup races with their unique blend of strength and power.
It’s a fun and exciting experience for the horse racing connections and fans to all gather for a historic event at the 2022 Breeders Cup. Knowing the contender’s ranking and form will surely help in weighing up the chances of the entries for each race.
As a result, one can ease the challenge along the journey of horse race betting, making the experience more rewarding and enjoyable for all.