Once the Triple Crown is complete (regardless of the order or calendar dates), racing fans then turn their attention to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
A two-day extravaganza of important stakes events for Thoroughbreds competing in various divisions according to age, sex, surface (dirt or turf) and distance.
This years Breeders’ Cup is taking place at Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Kentucky on November 6th and 7th.
The two days of Breeders’ Cup racing represent the sports richest day(s) of racing, as well as being the richest overall sporting event in North America. Therefore it should come as no surprise that it attracts top horses from around the globe.
Over the course of Friday and Saturday more than $31 million dollars in prize money will be awarded. With the richest race being the $6 million dollar Breeders’ Cup Classic, which is the final race on Saturdays card.
Past Winners of the Classic include such legends as; ALYSHEBA, SUNDAY SILENCE, CIGAR, TIZNOW, GHOSTZAPPER, CURLIN, ZENYATTA, and AMERICAN PHAROAH. WOW, what an All Star line-up that is !
Horses can qualify for a Breeders’ Cup race in a number of ways;
1. Win a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race, which are usually the most prestigious races in each division.
2. A points system, where horses are ranked based on their performance in a number of major races.
3. Selection by a panel of experts.
There are a maximum of 14 horses selected for each Breeders’ Cup Championship race. Seven of which come from the Challenge races and points system and seven who have been selected by the experts. This ensures the highest quality of competition.
The Daily Racing Blog will be previewing some of the bigger Breeders’ Cup races in the weeks leading up to the prestigious event.