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Breeders Cup

The Breeder’s Cup Classic is one of the latest races in the racing season and is considered by many to be the high note that the racing season goes out on. Attracting the best horses across the US, Canada and Europe, this classic attracts only the best of the racing world. This race is extremely popular with bettors and spectators alike.

History of the Breeder’s Cup

One of the youngest races, the 2011 running of the Breeder’s Cup will be the 28th annual meeting. The Breeder’s Cup had its inaugural run in 1984. The horses who participate in the classic are the best that the racing community has to offer, and the crowd definitely has their favorites. This race has time and time again shown exceptional racing and heart from its contestants. Zenyatta, the only mare to win the Breeder’s Cup came back the next year in an attempt to get back-to-back wins. She faltered at the gate and was so far behind that she managed to rally and lost the race by a head. The crowd fell in love with her extraordinary heart and Zenyatta was awarded 2010’s Horse of the Year award.

About the Breeder’s Cup

In 2010 there were 14 races in the Breeder’s Cup World Championships. Many of these races were Grade 1, but not all of them. There was a great selection of races, none any less distinguished than the other. Some of these races require horses to be nominated, however in 2007 this was changed so that winners of specific races would gain automatic entry into the Breeder’s Cup Classic. These races are the Hollywood Gold Cup, Resorts Haskell Invitational, The Whitney Handicap, TVG Pacific Classic, Jockey Club Gold Cup, and the Goodwood stakes. With the field limited to 14 horses these 6 open seats are a coveted entry into a very prestigious race.

There are a number of races in the Breeder’s Cup World Championships, but the pinnacle of the two day event is the Breeder’s Cup Classic. This race is run on a dirt track, limited to horses 3 years old and up. It is a relatively short race, only 1 ¼ miles long. The Classic is the second richest day in horse racing. In 2008 there was over $25 million in purse money awarded.

The Trophy

Every one of the races in the Breeder’s Cup World Championships has an identical trophy. While the Championships may be held at a different racetrack every year, the trophy that is presented in the winner’s circle and the blanket of flowers remain the same.

The trophy used for this meeting is a bronze replica of the Torrie horse statue created by Giovanni da Bologna in France. There is a large version of this trophy that remains on display at track where the Breeder’s Cup was last run. A generic non-engraved version of the trophy is used in the winner’s circle, and a personalized copy is sent to the winning horse’s owner. Smaller replicas of this trophy are also awarded to the breeder, trainer, and jockey of the winning horse.

Like the trophies, 14 flower blankets are created for each winner of every race in the World Championship. Mainly created of yellow Chrysanthemums with a purple embroidered patch detailing the just-won race information, this blanket of flowers is an impressive 96” long. A silk replica is on display at the Breeder’s Cup Racing Office.

The Purse

The 2010 total purse amount for the 2 day championship event was $26 million. The Classic is the richest race of the series and second richest race in the world with an impressive purse of $5 million. Even the ungraded Juvenile race has an impressive purse of $500,000. Bettors flock to this event, and in 2010 it is estimated that the Breeder’s Cup saw over $150 million in wagers worldwide.