When: November 2 - 3, 2018
Where: Churchill Downs - Louisville, Kentucky
Every year, the Breeders' Cup Championship continues to grow in popularity because of its prestige and keen level of competition.
The 35th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, will have a total of 14 races spread out over two days at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3, 2018 and kicks off with a series of "Win and You're In" Challenge races that lead up to the World Championships.
The Breeders’ Cup is a weeklong event that culminates with 13 world championship races split over two days. Along with the Triple Crown races, the Breeders’ Cup is considered one of the sport’s premier events.
The races will feature the world’s best horses in their respective divisions and with millions is up for grabs, the Breeders’ Cup betting action will almost certainly top nine figures again this year.
Friday’s four-race appetizer will be capped off by the Distaff, where the top fillies and mares will travel 1 1/8 miles over dirt for a $2 million purse.
Then it’s on to Saturday’s nine races, leading up to the main event, the prestigious $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Thanks to the Challenge series, we already know several of the horses who will be invited to participate for the first time ever at the Del Mar Racetrack in San Diego, California and can already find odds for many of these races posted on the Breeders’ Cup futures market.
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All Breeders' Cup fields are limited to 14 runners. If more than 14 are pre-entered, Breeders' Cup officials use a two-part selection system to decide which horses will be allowed to compete.
The first seven runners earn automatic berths based on the points they have earned in American graded stakes races then a panel of racing directors and secretaries choose the next seven entrants.
Through 2006, there were eight races on the Breeders' Cup card, all classified as Grade I races.
In 2007, three races Dirt Mile, Filly and Mare Turf, and Juvenile Turf were added, all of them run the Friday before the remaining eight races.
Three more new races a Turf Sprint, Juvenile Filly Turf and Dirt Marathon were also added in 2008.
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1)||1 Mile (Turf)||2 Year Olds||$1 Million||5:25pm|
|Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1)||1 Mile||3 Year Olds & Up||$1 Million||6:05pm|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1)||1 mile (Turf)||2 Year Old Fillies||$1 Million||6:50pm|
|Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1)||1 1/8 miles||3 Year Olds & Up Fillies & Mares||$2 Million||7:35pm|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1)||1 1/16 miles||2 Year Old||$2 Million||3:05pm|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1)||1 1/4 miles (Turf)||3 Yr Olds & Up||$2 Million||3:43pm|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1)||7 furlongs||3 Yr Olds & Up||$1 Million||4:21pm|
|Geico Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1)||6.5 Furlongs (Turf)||3 Yr Olds & Up||$1 Million||5:05pm|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)||1 1/16 miles||2 Yr Old Colts||$2 Million||5:43pm|
|Breeders' Cup Turf (G1)||1 1/2 miles (Turf)||3 Yr Olds & Up||$3 Million||6:22pm|
|Xpressbet Breeders Cup Sprint (G1)||6 Furlongs||3 Yr Olds & Up||$1.5 Million||7:01pm|
|Breeders' Cup Mile (G1)||1 mile (Turf)||3 Yr Olds & Up||$2 Million||7:40pm|
|Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)||1 1/4 miles||3 Yr Olds & Up||$5 Million||8:35pm|
* Times GMT and subject to change.
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In a short time, the Breeders' Cup has been firmly established as Thoroughbred racing's most prestigious event.
Nothing can rival its millions in prize money or its international cast of talent, except for the yearly triple crown races.
No other day of racing can match the Breeders' Cup Championship for non stop excitement. NBC has televised the event since its inception, providing a degree of air time unprecedented in Thoroughbred racing.
The Breeders' Cup today, remains the definitive test of champions and has become racing's most recognizable and successful showpiece. Horses have journeyed from as far away as Japan to compete in the Breeders' Cup Championship.
It truly has become the foremost international racing event. The Breeders' Cup Championship has redefined the racing calendar - becoming the season-ending goal for the best horses and given the sport a championship event much like the World Series or the Super Bowl. The Breeders' Cup Championship has provided racing with some of its finest moments.
The Breeders Championship has memories of the great Cigar ending his perfect 1995 season with a thrilling victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic; Personal Ensign courageously inching past Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors to retire undefeated in 1988; Arazi swooping in from France and stunning all who saw him in the 1991 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Arrogate took home the title in Santa Anita, winning the 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic.
The horse needed all of the track to defeat California Chrome, just passing the favorite in the home stretch.
The long-awaited battle between California Chrome and Arrogate did not disappoint, with Arrogate prevailing in the $6 million 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park.
With Victor Espinoza in the saddle, California Chrome got off to an early lead and stayed there nearly the entire race, only to be surpassed down the stretch from the outside by the upstart Arrogate, who won the 1¼-mile race by a half-length, in 2:00.11.
California Chrome, the favorite at 4-5 odds, suffered his first loss in seven races in 2016.
Arrogate, who won the Travers Stakes back in August, has won five straight races.
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