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2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Race Favorites, Longshots, and Predictions

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2020 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Race

2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Race – Two-year-old colts and geldings will fight it out for the 2020 Breeders Cup Juvenile. Others will recognize it as the TVG Juvenile as presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. The US$2-million race covers a distance of 1 1/16 miles. It will take place at the Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. NBCSN broadcast the event live at 5:10 PM EST on November 6. The Breeders’ Cup website will live stream the race. There are fifteen probably entries for this particular race. It has been viewed by many as the “preview of the stars of the Triple Crown races for next year.” Online bookies favor Jackie’s Warrior as the top horse of the racing special.

2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Race Viewing Information

When: Friday, November 6, 2020, 5:10 PM EST
Where: Keeneland Race Course, 4201 Versailles Road, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
TV: NBC Sports

The Race

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile has been considered by horseracing experts as the prelude to the Triple Crown. It features the best colts and geldings in North America. Oftentimes, the winner of the race receives the annual Eclipse Award for Champion Two-Year-Old Male Horse. Experts regard it as an early favorite for the Kentucky Derby. 

Chief’s Crown won the first Breeders’ Cup Juvenile race. Other notable winners include Capote, the first winner of the 1 1/16-mile race in 1986, Arazi (1991) and Preakness Stakes winner Timber Country (1994). Former Kentucky Derby top-notcher Street Sense (2006), 2016 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist (2015) and last year’s winner Storm the Court were previous winners.

Betting on Horseracing at the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Race

The event has listed fifteen colts and geldings. The eleven probable entries and the remaining four are considered as possible starters for the Grade 1 race. Three of these horses – Champagne Stakes winner Jackie’s Warrior, Breeders’ Futurity first-placer Essential Quality, and Iroquois Stakes topnotcher Sittin On Go – have emerged victorious in separate Breeders’ Cup challenge events. Most importantly, all three horses are still unbeaten this year.

Among the three, the most impressive horse is Jackie’s Warrior who has yet to taste a defeat in four starts. The son of Maclean’s Music emerged victorious in the Champagne Stakes. He was able to defeat Reinvestment Risk and Midnight Bourbon. However, Jackie’s Warrior has not sampled a 1 1/16-mile race. This could hand Essential Quality a slight advantage. The Kentucky-bred son of Tapit came in first in the Breeders’ Futurity, beating Keepmeinmind and Super Stock. The distance and the racecourse could help him pull off a very important win. This event takes place in Keeneland at 1 1/16 miles.

Another notable horse in the field is Sittin On Go. The Dale Romans-trained colt had an impressive stint in the Iroquois Stakes. He outclassed Midnight Bourbon and Super Stock in a race held at the Churchill Downs. Sittin On Go is still unbeaten in two starts and is ready to surprise anyone in the event.

Other horses in the mix are Calibrate, Camp Hope, Classier, Dreamer’s Disease, Keepmeinmind and King Fury. In addition, Likeable, Next, Reinvestment Risk, Rombauer, Smiley Sobotka, and international entry Hot Rod Charlie will join the race.

2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Race Possible Entries

Horse Initial HRN Odds
Camp Hope
Dreamers’ Disease 30-1
Essential Quality 5-2
Hot Rod Charlie
Jackie’s Warrior 9-5*
Keepmeinmind 30-1
King Fury
Reinvestment Risk 8-1
Sittin On Go 10-1
Smiley Sobotka


2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Race Pick

Jackie’s Warrior is seen by Breeders’ Cup oddsmakers as the horse to beat in the race due to his impressive performances in four of his starts. However, his bid for 5-and-0 will be challenged by capable runners in the field like Sittin On Go, Reinvestment Risk, and Essential Quality. With a competitive bunch of racehorses vying for the top prize in this event, betting enthusiasts must think carefully as to which horse will win the race.