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2016 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park

The Breeders' Cup World Championships returns to Santa Anita Park in 2016 on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5.

The Breeders' Cup World Championships has become recognized as the ultimate test of a Thoroughbred's talent and ability. Not only offering a platform to enhance and promote Thoroughbred racing, the Breeders' Cup races provide a powerful year-end championship and a grand spectacle that presents the sport to a worldwide audience.

Through the enthusiastic participation of prominent horsemen from around the world who bring their top horses to compete, the Breeders' Cup has established a reputation for showcasing Thoroughbred racing at the highest level of international competition.

This year's Championships should be especially exciting with 2014 Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome competing at the top of his game. The brilliant chestnut, who captured the Dubai World Cup over the spring and romped in the Pacific Classic at the end of summer, is aiming for the Breeders' Cup Classic.

The three-year-old male Eclipse Award could come down to the Classic, as Nyquist won the Kentucky Derby, Exaggerator captured the Preakness Stakes and Creator triumphed in the Belmont Stakes. Throw in late bloomers like Arrogate dominating the Travers Stakes in record-setting fashion, and the division lacks a clear leader.

Not to be outdone, the Breeders' Cup Distaff is shaping up to be a battle royale between champions Beholder, Stellar Wind and Songbird.

And we can't forget about Breeders' Cup Mile queen Tepin returning for another shot at the boys, or international star Flintshire seeking his own place in Breeders' Cup Turf history.


Breeders' Cup Race Grade Purse Date
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf I $1,000,000 November 4
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile I $1,000,000 November 4
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf I $1,000,000 November 4
Breeders' Cup Distaff I $2,000,000 November 4
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies I $2,000,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf I $2,000,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Sprint I $1,500,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint I $1,000,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint I $1,000,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Juvenile I $2,000,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Mile I $2,000,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Turf I $4,000,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Classic I $6,000,000 November 5

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.

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