Every sport has a definitive year-ending event to crown its champions. In Thoroughbred racing, the Breeders' Cup World Championships is the culmination of the horse racing season worldwide and the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic is the defining event of the international racing season.
The Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships held the first series of its seven races before a crowd of 64,254 horse racing, horse betting, horse wagering, and handicapping fans at Hollywood Park in 1984. Today, purses for the fifteen races of the Breeders’ Cup amount to $26 million. The most important race in the series, the Breeders' Cup Classic, has a total purse of $5 million, with a winner's share of more than $2.5 million.
The Breeders’ Cup traces its roots back to 1982, with a group of Horse racing leaders frontlined by John R. Gaines, founding father of the Breeders’ Cup and former owner of Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Kentucky. The group had envisioned a vehicle to promote the sport, which would not only be a showcase of the sport’s finest elements but also a grand finale to the racing season, with a multimillion dollar total purse. Every one of those visions came true.
The Breeders’ Cup inaugural event was held on November 10, 1984 at glitzy Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California. It was an instant hit. The championship races have since become the cornerstone of a year-round program that has allocated over $380 million to owners and breeders alike. Most divisional champions crowned since 1984 have participated in a Breeders' Cup racing event.
In 1986, a separate $250,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase, run two weeks earlier than the series at a different track, was added to the program. That race was discontinued after 1993. A turf race for fillies and mares was added in 1999.
After Hollywood Park, the Breeders’ Cup would change venues yearly. Each fall, a different North American track plays host to the prestigious thoroughbred racing event, which have included the richly historical Churchill Downs, the stately Belmont Park, and the panoramic Santa Anita Park in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The Breeders’ Cup comes to Texas for the first time when it holds the 2004 season ender at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie near Dallas.
Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, holds the records for both Breeders' Cup attendance and total horse betting. The renowned racecourse attracted 80,452 spectators in 1998, and when the races came back to Louisville in 2000, over $108 million was wagered.
D.G. Van Clief, Jr., current president of The Breeders’ Cup Limited, had been responsible for the racing event's early development and funding, overseeing the 1984 inaugural running. He recently served as the interim Chief Executive Officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) until April 1998, and currently serves on the boards of The Blood-Horse Magazine, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and The Jockey Club Foundation, among others.
Since 1984, the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships has continued to grow in popularity owing to its prestige and keen level of competition. Contending horses have not only come from the US but all the way from England, Ireland, France, Japan, and Germany. The races are televised on both NBC and ESPN (pre-championships), and simulcast in 25 countries, with horserace wagering at more than $108 million.
Breeders' Cup betting - In Thoroughbred racing, the Breeders' Cup is the culmination of the horse racing season worldwide.
But beyond the foreign players and media sponsors, thoroughbred owners and breeders have served as the Breeders’ Cup’s backbone since the very beginning. They not only supply the race horses competing in the Breeders' Cup events but also pay the nominations from which the organization, Breeder’s Cup Limited, derives its major source of funding.
As an international program, the Breeders’ Cup has instituted a nomination process to breeders around the world. Stallion owners annually pay a nomination fee that is the equivalent of a stallion's advertised stud fee, or a minimum of $1,000. Breeders pay a nomination fee of $500 for each foal. Nominated horses are eligible to compete for millions in both the Breeders’ Cup Stakes program and the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships events. Annual nominations from all over the world have made the Breeders’ Cup a truly global institution.
The Breeders’ Cup has no doubt accomplished what its founders set out to do, and more. Today, after 26 years and running, the Breeders’ Cup remains the definitive test of Horse racing champions, and has become thoroughbred racing’s most recognizable and successful showpiece worldwide.
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Breeders Cup World Thoroughbred Championships
|Breeders' Cup Race||Grade||Purse||Date|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf||I||$1,000,000||October 31|
|Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile||I||$1,000,000||October 31|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf||I||$1,000,000||October 31|
|Breeders' Cup Distaff||I||$2,000,000||October 31|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies||I||$2,000,000||November 1|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf||I||$2,000,000||November 1|
|Breeders' Cup Sprint||I||$1,500,000||November 1|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint||I||$1,000,000||November 1|
|Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint||I||$1,000,000||November 1|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile||I||$2,000,000||November 1|
|Breeders' Cup Mile||I||$2,000,000||November 1|
|Breeders' Cup Turf||I||$3,000,000||November 1|
|Breeders' Cup Classic||I||$5,000,000||November 1|
|Race Tracks||Time (EST)|
|Alberta Downs Mat||4:15 PM|
|Australia A||10:00 PM|
|Australia B||10:28 PM|
|Australia C||10:54 PM|
|Balmoral Park||8:10 PM|
|Batavia Downs||6:35 PM|
|Bluffs Run Mat||4:00 PM|
|Cal Expo||9:15 PM|
|Charles Town||7:00 PM|
|Daytona Beach Eve||7:25 PM|
|Daytona Beach Mat||1:05 PM|
|Dayton Raceway||6:35 PM|
|Delta Downs||6:50 PM|
|Evangeline Downs||6:40 PM|
|Flamboro Downs||6:00 PM|
|Freehold Raceway||12:30 PM|
|Golden Gate Fields||2:40 PM|
|Gulf Mat||3:00 PM|
|Gulfstream Park West||1:05 PM|
|Hazel Park||7:30 PM|
|Laurel Park||12:35 PM|
|Lone Star Park||8:05 PM|
|Los Alamitos (QH)||9:30 PM|
|Monmouth at Meadowlands||12:00 PM|
|Mountaineer Park||7:00 PM|
|Orange Park Eve||7:45 PM|
|Orange Park Mat||12:35 PM|
|Palm Beach Eve||7:00 PM|
|Palm Beach Mat||1:00 PM|
|Parx Racing||12:25 PM|
|Penn National||6:00 PM|
|Pocono Downs||6:30 PM|
|Pompano Park||7:30 PM|
|Remington Park||2:43 PM|
|Retama Park||8:15 PM|
|Rosecroft Raceway||6:40 PM|
|Sanford Mat||2:15 PM|
|Santa Anita Park||5:00 AM|
|Saratoga Harness||7:05 PM|
|Scarborough Downs||1:05 PM|
|Southland Eve||7:30 PM|
|Southland Mat||1:30 PM|
|Tri-State Eve||7:00 PM|
|Tri-State Mat||1:30 PM|
|Tucson Greyhound Eve||10:45 PM|
|Turf Paradise||1:51 PM|
|Vernon Downs||6:00 PM|
|Wheeling Downs Eve||6:45 PM|
|Wheeling Downs Mat||12:30 PM|
|Woodbine (H)||7:55 PM|
|Woodbine (TB)||1:05 PM|
|Yonkers Raceway||7:10 PM|
|Zia Park||2:15 PM|
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The main event on Breeders' Cup weekend, the Breeders' Cup Classic takes place at Santa Anita in Arcadia, California. The best horses three years old and upward will take part in the Classic as they go 1 1/4 miles on Santa Anita's main track for a share of the lucrative $5 million and the honor of being called the Breeders' Cup Classic winner.
The Main Event of Santa Anita's Breeders' Cup Friday card - the Grade 1 Longines Distaff will be the culmination of a busy day on Friday, October, 31. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will take to Santa Anita's main track and race 1 1/8 miles for a very nice purse of $2 million.
Santa Anita in Arcadia, California will be the center of the horse racing universe this weekend. One of the races on the schedule Saturday, November 1 is the Grade 1 Longines Breeders' Cup Turf - a 1 1/2 mile test for some of the best horses three years old and upward. A purse of $3 million will be on the line.
Santa Anita in Arcadia, California will be the scene of a full weekend of Breeders' Cup races. On Saturday, November 1 the $1.5 million Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint will be contested - a six furlong test for horses three years old and upward.
The first Breeders' Cup race on Santa Anita's stacked Saturday, November 1 card - the Grade 1 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies will feature some of the best two year old fillies in the land. A purse of $2 million will be up for grabs when they go 1 1/16 miles on Santa Anita's main track.
The Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint comes our way from Santa Anita in Arcadia, California this Saturday, November 1. Horses three years old and upward will take to Santa Anita's fames turf track and dash 6 1/2 furlongs looking for the winner's share of the $1 million purse.
Santa Anita in beautiful Arcadia, California will be the scene of the Grade 1 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Saturday, November 1. Some of the best two year old colts and geldings in the world will be featured as they go 1 1/16 miles on Santa Anita's main track for a purse of $2 million.
The Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf comes our way this Saturday, November 1 from a very busy Santa Anita in Arcadia, California. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will be featured as they go 1 1/4 miles on Santa Anita's turf track searching for the winner's share of the $2 million purse.
The Breeders' Cup Mile takes place this Saturday, November 1 from Santa Anita in Arcadia, California. A purse of $2 million will be on the line for horses three years old and upward willing to go one mile on Santa Anita's turf track.
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The Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint is on tap for a very busy Santa Anita on Saturday, November 1. Some of the best fillies and mares in the land will take to Santa Anita's dirt track and dash seven furlongs in search of the winner's share of the $1 million purse and the honor of being called a Breeders' Cup champion.
Santa Anita in Arcadia California will play host to the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf this Friday, October 31. Some of the best two year olds in the world will take to Santa Anita's turf track and go one mile as they chase the winner's share of the $1 million purse.
The Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile is on tap for Santa Anita in Arcadia, California the Friday, October 31. Horses three years old and upward will take to Santa Anita's dirt track an race one mile searching for the winner's share of the $1 million purse.
The 2014 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita kicks off Friday, October 31. One of the races contested on that day will be the Grade 1 Juvenile Turf - a one mile test for some of the best two year olds in the world. A purse of $1 million will be on the line.
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