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DFS Horse Racing Picks for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup
There is fantasy horse racing for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup. What a time to be alive.
To be honest, nothing surprises me anymore. Thanks to COVID-19 and the endless thirst for fantasy sports and betting, pretty much anything is fair game.
You can legit build tiny The Bachelorette DFS lineups. Heck, there were even fantasy contests for the presidential election.
It all amounts to prop betting, though, so if you want to get your hand in the action this weekend, it might just make more sense to bet on the races.
To get that party started, check out this guide on how and where to bet on the 2020 Breeders’ Cup.
But since you’re here, why not do a little bit of both? Right now, you can also make some money – for free, mind you – by filling out your 2020 Breeders’ Cup fantasy lineup over at FanDuel.
It’s 100% free, and first place gets a cool $5,000. In fact, the top 3,100 finishers win something, and if you can correctly predict 1st through 14th in the Breeders’ Cup Mile race, you could win (or split) $1 million.
I can’t guarantee you win that million (maybe nobody can), but I’ll offer my favorite 2020 Breeders Cup DFS picks and show you my final lineup.
Top DFS Picks for the Breeders’ Cup Mile
- Kameko – Win
- Ivar – Show
- Digital Age – Place
I don’t think I’m going out on a limb with my top two picks for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Mile. Kameko literally has the best Breeders’ Cup Mile odds at the best horse racing betting sites (+470), and won the 2020 Joel Stakes in September.
Kameko may have the momentum he needs to take first again here, but he’ll surely face stiff competition from Ivar, who has two wins and three top-3 finishes in his last three races.
I also really like Digital Age, who would normally just be a sleeper punt if you want to flat out bet on who will win the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Mile. This is just for fantasy, but two straight victories – including one at the 2020 Turf Classic – have my attention.
Other horses completely capable of cracking the top three include Uni, Raging Bull, Siskin, and Factor This. All of these horses have +1200 odds or better at BetOnline, and most have had a lot of success, either recently or throughout their careers.
Uni comes in with nice form after taking down the 2020 First Lady Stakes in October, while Factor This has five wins and six top-2 runs in his last six races.
I also have my eye on Safe Voyage. This is another deep sleeper from a betting perspective, but the 7-year old Gelding is obviously experienced and has three wins on the year.
My Favorite Lineup for the Breeders’ Cup Mile
- 1. Kameko
- 2. Ivar
- 3. Digital Age
- 4. Uni
- 5. Factor This
- 6. Raging Bull
- 7. Siskin
- 8. Circus Maximus
- 9. Safe Voyage
- 10. March to the Arch
- 11. One Master
- 12. Halladay
- 13. Casa Creed
- 14. Lope Y Fernández
I broke down my favorite Breeders’ Cup Mile DFS picks above, and you can see how they slide into my final daily fantasy horse racing lineup here.
I obviously still want Kameko, Ivar, and Digital Age in my top-three, and I’ve sprinkled in my other favorite plays in the top portion of this lineup.
Getting this order right is going to be a nightmare, so I won’t lose sleep over it. I think mixing things up in the second half of this field does make sense. Part of that is not having the horse with the worst odds (Casa Creed) finishing last.
A lot of people who piece these Breeders’ Cup Mile fantasy lineups together will either work strictly off of odds from their favorite horse racing betting sites, or they’ll use the pricing at FanDuel.
There’s nothing wrong with that, but following those odds completely will do two things; it’ll get you stuck a bit, and it will give you similar lineups to what other people will have.
Beyond lucking our way into the perfect lineup, we want some educated picks, and then we want to differentiate so we can jump ahead of the field if/when our picks hit.
You might notice Siskin is well inside my top-10, and this is another sneaky horse I like. He ripped off five straight wins dating back to 2019, with big wins coming at the Marble Hill Stakes, Railway Stakes, Phoenix Stakes, and the Irish Guineas in 2020.
Winner of the prestigious Irish 2000 Guineas, SISKIN (@JuddmonteFarms) was bred & raised in Kentucky and has returned home for his final race. He has been a star in Ireland?? for @gerlyonsracing and will hope to shine Saturday in the @FanDuel Mile pr/by @PDJFund. #BC20 pic.twitter.com/UmVuoM0n8P— Breeders' Cup World Championships (@BreedersCup) November 4, 2020
He did hit a wall at the 2020 Sussex Stakes and has finished 3rd and 4th in his last two tries. However, he was facing stiff competition and former favorite Punatubo (who dropped out of this race) was one horse he had to deal with.
I think landing him right in the middle of the pack is a solid play, and Circus Maximus (who finished ahead of him in the last two races) is a horse I think he can sneak past.
This feels like an impossible task, if I’m being honest. Winning the million dollars is probably a pipedream, and it’ll take all kinds of luck.
It’s one thing to look at the odds, research the horses, and try to figure out which horse will win. I think good horse racing fans and experts can make that happen from time to time. Maybe you can even nail which horses will win, place, or show.
Somewhat rarely, you can predict the exact order of those horses and how they finish. But getting every single horse’s place correct in a row? That is daunting.
Even so, it’s free, and you don’t actually need to do the latter to make money. You just need to be better than everyone else – who, by and large, also don’t know what they’re doing.
It’s also fun, it makes the Breeders’ Cup an event worth watching, and you can maybe win some cash for zero investment. I’m game, and hopefully my breakdown helps you in some manner.
This is far from our first step into the fantasy sports advice realm. See what else we have cooking for DFS this week at the links below.