One of our regular bloggers, Matthew W, gave me a good idea for a fun blog: Breeders' Cup prop bets.
How many of you fellow gamblers enjoy playing the multitude of prop bets during the Super Bowl? I know I do. For those of you not familiar, prop bets are unique, individual bets that are made available during marquee events.
During the Super Bowl, you can bet on anything from whether the opening coin toss will be heads or tails, to how many commercials there will be, to actual game bets, like which player will score the first touchdown or who will have the most rushing yards. They are very fun and sometimes an easy way to make (or lose) a lot of money.
Prop bets for the Breeders' Cup seems so natural. Not only are there 14 races with the best trainers, jockeys, and horses in the world, but since we're all gambling on the races anyway, why not add a few more enticing wagers? This year, the Breeders' Cup has added what can be considered a prop bet to their official wagering menu--giving bettors a chance to wager on what jockey they think will win the most races over the weekend.
I will take it a step further. Here are list of prop bets I created. I came up with all bets and lines. Feel free to throw out more of your own and tell me which of these you would wager on.
Which jockey will win more Breeders' Cup races?
Garrett Gomez vs. Rafael Bejarano
Which owner will win more Breeders' Cup races?
Juddmonte vs. Godolphin
Which trainer will win more Breeders' Cup races?
John Sadler vs. Ken McPeek (each with six pre-entered)
Who will have more Breeders' Cup wins?
Todd Pletcher trained horses (12 pre-entered) vs. Godolphin owned horses (14 pre-entered)
Which horse will win by a larger margin?
Goldikova vs. Ventura (both horses must win)
Which horse will finish ahead of the other:
Einstein vs. Col. John
Mine That Bird vs. Quality Road
Which post position number will produce the most Breeders' Cup winners?
(For those of you not familiar, an over/under number is set and you must wager whether the correct answer will be over that number or under that number).
Largest margin of victory in any one Breeders' Cup race:
Over/under: 5 ½ lengths
Number of Breeders' Cup wins for Bob Baffert:
Over/under 1 ½ (Obviously you can't have ½ of a win, but the lines are set this way so that there are no ties)
Number of Breeders' Cup wins by Todd Pletcher:
Over/under: 2 ½
Number of Breeders' Cup wins by European-based horses:
Over/under: 4 ½
Number of Breeders' Cup wins by American-based horses:
Over/under: 9 ½
Number of Breeders' Cup wins by Garrett Gomez:
Over/under: 3 ½
How many horses will be repeat Breeders' Cup winners from last year?
Over/under: 2 ½
Combined number of lengths all 14 Breeders' Cup winners will win by:
Over/under: 32 ½ lengths (a win by a nose, head or neck will count as a half-length)
Number of Breeders' Cup winners bred in states other than Kentucky:
Over/under: 4 ½
Number of horses to win Breeders' Cup races while wearing blinkers:
Over/Under: 5 ½
Total number of scratches for the 14 Breeders' Cup races:
Over/under: 4 ½ (starts after the final entries are drawn on Nov. 3)
Number of Breeders' Cup winners at odds of 10-1 or more:
Over/Under: 4 ½
Number of Breeders' Cup winners sent off as favorites:
Over/under: 6 ½
Biggest longshot Breeders' Cup winner:
As the "bookie" I'll hold all fictional bets. lol. Enjoy...