Breeders' Cup 2022
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Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland
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Breeders' Cup 2022 is scheduled to be held on November 4-5 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky.
Each racing season ends with just one finish line: the Breeders' Cup World Championships. It's the two-day, 14-race, year-end culmination that every horse, jockey, trainer, and owner across the globe has in their sights.
The 39th Breeders' Cup begins on Friday, Nov. 4 with Future Stars Friday, where the sport's stars of tomorrow compete in five Juvenile (two-year-old) races. The non-stop action continues on Saturday where the Breeders' Cup will crown nine more World Champions across different surfaces and divisions, including the season-defining $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
Friday's first Breeders' Cup Championship race will be Race #6, which will have a post time of 3 p.m. ET. Post time for the last Breeders' Cup race of the day, Race #10, will be 5:40 p.m. ET.
There will be 12 races on Saturday, Nov. 5, featuring nine Breeders' Cup World Championships races. The day opens with two undercard races, beginning with a first race post time of 10:30 a.m. ET. The first Breeders' Cup Championship race will be Race #3, which will have a post time of 11:50 a.m. ET.
|Breeders' Cup Race||Grade||Purse||Date|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint||I||$1,000,000||November 4|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf||I||$1,000,000||November 4|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies||I||$2,000,000||November 4|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf||I||$1,000,000||November 4|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile||I||$2,000,000||November 4|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint||I||$1,000,000||November 5|
|Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint||I||$1,000,000||November 5|
|Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile||I||$1,000,000||November 5|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf||I||$2,000,000||November 5|
|Breeders' Cup Sprint||I||$2,000,000||November 5|
|Breeders' Cup Mile||I||$2,000,000||November 5|
|Breeders' Cup Distaff||I||$2,000,000||November 5|
|Breeders' Cup Turf||I||$4,000,000||November 5|
|Breeders' Cup Classic||I||$6,000,000||November 5|
Flightline Finishes No. 1 in 2022 Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings
OCT 11 - The undefeated Flightline has finished No. 1 in the final Longines Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings, earning a unanimous vote in the international poll. The Longines Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings is a weekly rating of the top 10 horses in contention for the $6 million Longines Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, on Nov. 5.
Flightline, owned by Hronis Racing LLC, Siena Farm LLC, Summer Wind Equine LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, and Woodford Racing, LLC, received 350 votes. Much like his races, Flightline led the Classic Rankings from start to finish, which comprised a 16-week poll. Trained by John Sadler, Flightline has won both the Hill `N' Dale Metropolitan Handicap (G1) and the TVG Pacific Classic (G1) this year. Flightline worked 6 furlongs in 1:12.4 at Santa Anita Park on Saturday in preparation for the Longines Breeders' Cup Classic.
The 3-year-old Epicenter, trained by Steve Asmussen, winner of the Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1), finished second with 291 votes. The 4-year-old Life Is Good, who captured the Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga and the Woodward (G1) at Aqueduct, finished third in the Classic Rankings. Owned by CHC Inc. and WinStar Farm LLC, and trained by Todd Pletcher, Life Is Good earned 265 votes.
Zedan Racing Stable's Taiba, winner of the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) for trainer Bob Baffert, finished fourth with 217 votes. Olympiad, owned by Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stable LLC, and LNJ Foxwoods, finished fifth with 216 votes. Olympiad, trained by Bill Mott, has won six of seven races this year, including Saratoga's Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1).
Boat Racing, LLC, Gainesway Stable, Roadrunner Racing, and William Strauss' Hot Rod Charlie, winner of the Lukas Classic Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs, finished in sixth place with 191 votes. Country Grammer, winner of the Dubai World Cup (G1), wound up in seventh place with 94 votes.
Rich Strike, owned by RED TR-Racing, LLC, and trained by Eric Reed, finished in eighth place. Runner-up in the Lukas Classic, Rich Strike earned 73 votes. Gold Square LLC's Cyberknife, winner of the Haskell Stakes (G1), finished in ninth place with 69 votes.
Wertheimer and Frere's Happy Saver, second in the Whitney Stakes, finished in 10th place with 42 votes.
The Longines Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings was voted upon by leading Thoroughbred racing media, horseplayers, and members of the Breeders' Cup Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel.
2022 Breeders' Cup Wagering Menu
OCT 26 - The Breeders' Cup announced Wednesday the official order of races and wagering menu for the 2022 Breeders' Cup World Championships, scheduled to take place on Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. There will be a total of 10 races (five Breeders' Cup races) on the first day of the Championships - "Future Stars Friday" - and 12 races on the Saturday program (nine Breeders' Cup races). The Friday program begins at 11:55 a.m. ET with five undercard races. The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) (Race #10) will be the final race of the day, which will have a post time of 5:40 p.m. ET.
Championship Saturday's first post is 10:30 a.m. ET and begins with two undercard races. The World Championships will conclude with the $6 million Longines Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) (Race #11), which will have a post time of 5:40 p.m. ET. There will be one undercard race (Race #12) following the Longines Breeders' Cup Classic with a post time of 6:20 p.m. ET.
This year, a total of 26 countries from around the world, including Canada, France, Ireland, Germany, and the United Kingdom, will be offering pari-mutuel, commingled wagering through the Breeders' Cup Global Pool on the World Championships. Seven other jurisdictions will be offering separate pool wagering, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Hong Kong, India, and Mexico.
The 2022 wagering menu will include a Breeders' Cup All-Turf $3Pick 3 on Friday. The three races, in order, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G1) (Race 6), the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) (Race 8), and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) (Race 10).
The Breeders' Cup All-Turf Pick 4 on Saturday is a $.50 minimum wager and will package four of the best turf races in the world together with full fields of international competitors. The four races, in order, are the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) (Race 4), Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) (Race 6), FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) (Race 8), and the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) (Race 10).
Breeders' Cup will also offer a third, middle Pick 5 on Saturday, starting with Race #3. The early Pick 5 will start with Race #1 and the late Pick 5 with Race 7. Last year's late Pick 5 on Saturday generated a $4.7 million pool while the late Pick 4 offered a $4.4 million pool.
Championships Race Order (All Times Eastern)
The first Championship race on "Future Stars Friday" will be the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G1) (3:00 p.m.) followed by the $2 million NetJets Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) (3:40 p.m.), the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) (4:20 p.m.), the $2 million FanDuel Breeders' Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1) (5:00 p.m.) and the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) (5:40 p.m.).
Championship Saturday begins with two undercard races followed by the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) (11:50 a.m.), the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) (12:29 p.m.), the $1 million Big Ass Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) (1:10 p.m.), the $2 million Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) (1:50 p.m.), the $2 million Qatar Racing Breeders' Cup Sprint (2:30 p.m.), the $2 million FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile presented by PDJF (G1) (3:10 p.m.), the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) (3:55 p.m.), the $4 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) (4:40 p.m.) and the $6 million Longines Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) (5:40 p.m.).
The race order for the undercard races on Breeders' Cup Friday and Saturday will be announced on Monday, Oct. 31.
About Breeders' Cup - World Championship Horse Racing Since 1984
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 $6 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.
Breeders' Cup Betting - In Thoroughbred racing, the Breeders' Cup is the culmination of the horse racing season worldwide.
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.
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.
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.
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 32 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.