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.
Breeders' Cup betting at OTB. OffTrackBetting.com gives you access to Breeders Cup wagering online, Breeders Cup schedule, Breeders Cup results, Breeders Cup race odds, Breeders Cup entries, Breeders Cup race replays & Breeders Cup live racing video.
Breeders Cup World Thoroughbred Championships
|Breeders' Cup Race||Grade||Purse||Date|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint||$500,000||November 1|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf||I||$1,000,000||November 1|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies||I||$2,000,000||November 1|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf||I||$2,000,000||November 1|
|Breeders' Cup Distaff||I||$2,000,000||November 1|
|Breeders' Cup Marathon||II||$500,000||November 1|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf||I||$1,000,000||November 2|
|Breeders' Cup Sprint||I||$1,500,000||November 2|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint||I||$1,000,000||November 2|
|Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint||I||$1,000,000||November 2|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile||I||$2,000,000||November 2|
|Breeders' Cup Mile||I||$2,000,000||November 2|
|Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile||I||$1,000,000||November 2|
|Breeders' Cup Turf||I||$3,000,000||November 2|
|Breeders' Cup Classic||I||$5,000,000||November 2|
|Race Tracks||Time (EST)|
|Australia A||10:10 PM|
|Australia B||10:25 PM|
|Australia C||10:35 PM|
|Bluffs Run Mat||5:01 PM|
|Buffalo Raceway||6:43 PM|
|Cal Expo||9:15 PM|
|Charles Town||7:06 PM|
|Chester Downs Harrahs Philly||12:43 PM|
|Daytona Beach Eve||7:25 PM|
|Evangeline Downs||6:42 PM|
|Fraser Downs||3:46 PM|
|Freehold Raceway||12:39 PM|
|Golden Gate Fields||3:58 PM|
|Gulf Eve||8:00 PM|
|Gulfstream Park||1:28 PM|
|Hazel Park||7:30 PM|
|Hollywood Greyhound Eve||7:29 PM|
|Hollywood Greyhound Mat||5:06 PM|
|Lone Star Park||7:35 PM|
|Los Alamitos||10:00 PM|
|Maywood Park||8:10 PM|
|Meadowlands (H)||7:15 PM|
|Palm Beach Eve||7:02 PM|
|Palm Beach Mat||1:02 PM|
|Penn National||6:01 PM|
|Prairie Meadows (TB)||7:30 PM|
|Remington Park||7:01 PM|
|Sam Houston||8:00 PM|
|Sanford Eve||7:35 PM|
|Sanford Mat||1:33 PM|
|Saratoga Harness||6:51 PM|
|Scarborough Downs||4:02 PM|
|Southland Eve||8:29 PM|
|St Johns Eve||7:45 PM|
|SunRay Park||3:41 PM|
|Tampa Bay Downs||12:46 PM|
|Tri-State Eve||7:01 PM|
|Tucson Greyhound Eve||7:45 PM|
|Vernon Downs||6:47 PM|
|Wheeling Downs Eve||6:50 PM|
|Wheeling Downs Mat||12:31 PM|
|Woodbine (H)||7:25 PM|
|Woodbine (TB)||1:01 PM|
|Yonkers Raceway||7:13 PM|
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The Grade 3 Coolmore Lexington Stakes is on tap for Keeneland Race Course this Saturday, April 19 - it offers one final chance for three year olds to sneak into the Kentucky Derby in a couple weeks time. Three year old Derby hopefuls will take to Keeneland's dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles looking for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse and the all-important 10 qualifying points toward the Kentucky Derby May 3.
The Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes comes our way from Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky this Saturday, April 19. A group of horses four years old and upward will be after the winner's share of the $150,000 purse when they go 1 1/8 miles on Keeneland's dirt track.
Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero, Illinois will be the scene of the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap this Saturday, April 19. The race will feature fillies and mares three years old and upward that are willing to race 1 1/8 miles on Hawthorne's main track for a purse of $150,000.
The Grade 3 Illinois Derby comes our way this Saturday, April 19 from Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero, Illinois. A purse of $500,000 will be on the line for three year olds willing to go 1 1/8 miles on Hawthorne's main track.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in the great state of West Virginia will play host to the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic this Saturday, April 19. A richest purse in North America outside of the Breeders' Cup and Triple Crown - $1.5 million will be on the line for horses four years old and upward willing to go 1 1/8 miles on Charles Town's main track.
The Grade 2 Distaff Handicap is on tap for Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York this Saturday, April 19. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will take to Aqueduct's dirt track and dash six furlongs searching for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse.
The Grade 3 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes goes down at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky this Friday, April 18. Fillies and mares four years old and upward will take to Keeneland's All Weather Track and go 1 1/16 miles for the winner's share of the $100,000 purse.
Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky will play host to the Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes Presented by Japan Racing Association on Thursday, April 17. Fillies, three years old will be featured as they go one mile on Keeneland's turf track for a purse of $100,000.
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The Road to the Kentucky Derby is in the home stretch - just one qualifying race remains after the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park and the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland were contested over the weekend.
The Grade 3 Santa Barbara Handicap comes our way this Sunday, April 13 from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Fillies and mares four years old and upward will take to Santa Anita's turf track and go 1 1/4 miles for a purse of $150,000.
The Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes will be contested this Sunday, April 13 from Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. Three year old fillies will be featured as they go seven furlongs on Keeneland's synthetic track for a purse of $200,000.
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