Some of the biggest prizes in horse racing will be on offer at Keeneland in November, as the Breeders’ Cup 2022. There will be over $31 million available in prize money across two days of thrilling action in Lexington, and many of the top trainers from across the world would have earmarked potential horses with targets at the meet since the start of the season.
So if you are considering betting on the Breeders’ Cup you might be wondering: which trainers look to have the best chance of coming away with Keeneland with some big wins to their name?
It has been an excellent season to this point for Chad Brown, as no other U.S. trainer has won more in prize money throughout the campaign. He almost certainly looks set to send a strong team to the Breeders’ Cup in November, and many of his stars could have excellent chances of landing historic wins. One of his most exciting contenders is Jack Christopher, who bounced back to winning ways with a dominant win in the G1 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial in August.
The superstar three-year-old looks a major player in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile this year. Brown has also excelled with horses on the turf, and he could have three strong contenders in the Filly & Mare Turf in the forms of McKulick, In Italian and Regal Glory.
It was a sensational trip Stateside for Charlie Appleby and the Godolphin team in 2021, as the British-based trainer won three massive Grade 1s. He will be back once again for more success in 2022, and he holds a very strong hand of runners in some of the most prestigious turf races. His weekend could get off to the perfect start in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, as Silver Knott certainly looks the one to beat based on his Newmarket heroics last time out.
Modern Games was a Breeders’ Cup winner in the Juvenile Turf in 2021, and he looks to continue his stunning form in the U.S. at Keeneland in 2022 by claiming victory in the Mile. Creative Force also looks to have a strong chance in the Turf Sprint. However, Appleby’s big hitters come in the lucrative Turf, a race he won with Yibir in 2021. Rebel’s Romance and Nations Pride are both prominent selections in the betting, and there would be few surprises to see a Godolphin 1-2.
When it comes to the potential big winners at the Breeders’ Cup this year, it would be near impossible to avoid talking about John Sadler. The 66-year-old has only trained one previous winner at the event, with Accelerate winning the Classic back in 2018. However, he has his best ever chance to add to that success this year, as Flightline is the heavy betting favourite to land victory in the Classic in 2022. The four-year-old has already won over $1.1 million in prize money this season, and is a multiple Grade 1 winner, which includes his dominant victory in the G1 Pacific Classic to earn his spot in the Classic. Many fans attending the Breeders’ Cup this year are expecting to see something extremely exciting from the four-year-old, and that looks increasingly likely based on his performances already this year.
However, Flightline isn’t likely to be his only chance at the Breeders’ Cup. Bran is a probable runner for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, while Edgeway and Heywoods Beach could yet make the grade depending on other declarations. However, victory in the Classic would make Sadler hard to pass as the most successful trainer at the Breeders’ Cup this year, as he would earn 51% of the $6 million purse.