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)|
|Australia A||9:00 PM|
|Australia B||9:20 PM|
|Daytona Beach Mat||1:04 PM|
|Daytona Beach Twi||3:04 PM|
|Dayton Raceway||6:35 PM|
|Dover Downs||4:30 PM|
|Gulfstream Park West||1:59 PM|
|Monticello Raceway||12:24 PM|
|Mountaineer Park||7:00 PM|
|Northfield Park||6:00 PM|
|Orange Park Eve||7:45 PM|
|Palm Beach Mat||12:59 PM|
|Parx Racing||12:24 PM|
|Pompano Park||7:30 PM|
|Sanford Mat||1:30 PM|
|Sarasota Mat||12:30 PM|
|Southland Mat||5:00 PM|
|Tucson Greyhound Eve||9:45 PM|
|Turf Paradise||2:54 PM|
|Western Fair||6:15 PM|
|Woodbine (H)||7:25 PM|
|Yonkers Raceway||7:10 PM|
|Zia Park||2:14 PM|
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Woodbine in beautiful Toronto, Ontario will be the scene of the Grade 2 Kennedy Road Stakes on Sunday, November 23. Horses three years old and upward will take to Woodbine’s All Weather Track and go six furlongs searching for the winner’s share of the $200,000 purse.
Del Mar in the great state of California will be the scene of the Grade 3 Red Carpet Handicap this Saturday, November 22. A purse of $100,000 will be on the line for fillies and mares three years old and upward willing to go 1 3/8 miles on Del Mar’s turf track.
Gulfstream Park West in Miami, Florida will play host to the Grade 3 Tropical Turf Handicap on Saturday, November 22. Horses three years old and upward will take to Gulfstream Park West’s turf track and go 1 1/8 miles searching for the winner’s share of the $100,000 purse.
The Grade 3 My Charmer Handicap comes our way from Gulfstream Park West in Miami, Florida this Saturday, November 22. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will be featured when they go 1 1/8 miles on Gulfstream Park West’s turf track searching for the winner’s share of the $100,000 purse.
The Grade 3 Delta Downs Princess Stakes is on tap for Delta Downs Racetrack in Vinton, Louisiana this Saturday, November 22. Two year old fillies will be featured as they chase the winner’s share of the $400,000 purse for one mile on Delta Downs’s main track.
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Delta Downs Racetrack in Vinton, Louisiana will play host to the Grade 3 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes on Saturday, November 22. Some of the best two year olds in the land will be after the winner’s share of the lucrative $1 million purse and 10 qualifying points toward next year’s Kentucky Derby when they go 1 1/16 miles on Delta Downs’s main track.
The Grade 2 Bessarabian Stakes comes our way this Sunday, November 16 from Woodbine in beautiful Toronto, Ontario. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will take to Woodbine's All Weather Track and go seven furlongs for a purse of $200,000.
The Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes, formerly the Hollywood Prevue Stakes at Hollywood Park comes our way from Del Mar in sunny California this Saturday, November 15. Horses two years old will be featured as they chase the winner's share of the $100,000 purse for seven furlongs on Del Mar's All Weather Track.
Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, New York will play host to the Grade 3 Red Smith Handicap this Saturday, November 15. A purse of $250,000 will be in the line for horses three years old and upward willing to go 1 3/8 miles on Aqueduct's turf track.
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