TEMECULA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2018) – It is the biggest two days on the horse-racing calendar – a 14-race movable feast of the best thoroughbreds in the world competing for $30 million in prize money. It is the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which begin Friday and culminate Saturday from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
And there is no better place to watch and wager on that movable feast that is the Breeders’ Cup than the Pechanga OTB.
Again, Pechanga Resort Casino brings the value with a special Breeders’ Cup VIP Package. Book your reserved seat at the Pechanga OTB for both Friday’s and Saturday’s races and receive a program, complementary meals and a bag on Saturday for $35.
Limited reserved seats are available Friday for $15 and Saturday only for $25 and all tickets can be purchased at Pechanga.com, TicketMaster and the Pechanga Box Office except for Friday’s limited reserved seats, which are available only at the Pechanga Poker Room on Friday, Nov.2.
Located on the second floor, inside the poker room and above Pechanga’s sprawling 200,000-square foot casino, Pechanga OTB needed less than a year to establish a reputation as not only the most value-oriented OTB parlor in Southern California, with free admission and free coffee, water and sodas, but as the place to watch and wager on every race – big or small — from every track around the country.
Naturally, that includes iconic Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby and this year’s home of the Breeders’ Cup. The two-day slate of races provides horse-racing fans and bettors a wealth of wagering options across the thoroughbred spectrum, beginning with Future Star Friday: five races exclusively for 2-year-olds – each featuring a minimum $1 million purse.
The crown jewel that day is the $2 million Juvenile, which often gives savvy horseplayers a glimpse into next year’s Kentucky Derby hopefuls. The one to watch this year is the latest 2-year-old star from Hall-of-Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s endless barn of Derby prospects – Game Winner, who is the 8-5 morning line favorite.
Baffert may have trained the reigning Triple Crown holder in Justify, who retired from racing over the summer to head to the breeding shed, but when it comes to the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, Baffert and every other trainer not named John Sadler are looking longingly at Accelerate. The Sadler-trained horse is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the event’s marquee race, which wraps up Saturday’s nine-race, Breeders’ Cup lineup.
Accelerate is 5-for-6 this year – with four Grade I wins, including August’s Pacific Classic at Del Mar – and he finished second by a neck in his only loss. He has won nine races in 21 starts and finished out of the top three only twice in those 21 races.
On paper, it seems the only chance contenders such as Catholic Boy (8-1), the Baffert-trained duo of West Coast (5-1) and McKinzie (6-1) and the winningest New York-bred horse ever: Mind Your Biscuits (6-1), have centers on the facts Accelerate is starting from the far outside gate (No. 14) and if Accelerate forgets he isn’t in California anymore – where he has raced 20 of 21 times.
Regardless if any of those horses can out-accelerate Accelerate, there are 12 other races on the Breeders’ Cup card that offer horseplayers every opportunity to play their perfect racing combination watching and wagering on many of the world’s top thoroughbreds. Pechanga OTB opens at 9:55 a.m. both Friday and Saturday.
Pechanga OTB is open Wednesday through Monday, with live simulcasts from America’s best racetracks featured on 22 flat-screens and on individual monitors at several of the 72 comfortable seats. Special events are planned for racing’s biggest days, such as Friday and Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which means for more information on the numerous promotions, please see www.pechanga.com.