When we are talking about the biggest events in global horse racing, we immediately think of the Breeders’ Cup.
We all had fun with the Triple Crown Races (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes) but the action continues even after the summer with the Breeders’ Cup. In fact, many people consider the Breeders’ Cup to be the fourth leg of the Triple Crown Championship due to its significance, and winning all four races is the highest achievement (Grand Slam) in the sport.
However, this is almost an impossible task and throughout the long history of the races, only two horses managed to win the Grand Slam – Whirlaway back in 1941 and recently American Pharoah with Bob Baffert as a trainer.
As the situation behind this race is heating up, we decided to highlight everything you need to know about the Breeders Cup 2023. We all know that in horse racing, knowledge gives you an advantage, so knowing the exact date, contenders and the 2023 Breeders’ Cup odds can increase your winning chances.
What is the Breeders’ Cup?
The Breeders’ Cup event is often considered the last ticket of the year for horse owners, jockeys, and trainers to ensure a year-end award. The Breeders’ Cup is two days of elite horse racing that not only attracts the fastest horses from all around the world but also brings thousands of fans.
In fact, the country outside of the US to produce the most Breeders’ Cup winners is Ireland with 44.
During the two days, there are multiple races organized depending on age, sex, and terrain. There are 14 races in total with huge prize purses, such as:
Friday’s Races are reserved for 2-year-old Thoroughbreds
- NetJets Juvenile Fillies ($2 million)
- Juvenile Fillies Turf ($1 million)
- Juvenile Turf Sprint ($1 million)
- Juvenile Turf ($1 million)
- Fan Duel Juvenile ($2 million)
Saturday’s races are the hard-core races reserved for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds
- Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile ($1 million)
- PNC Bank Filly and Mare Sprint ($1 million)
- Qatar Racing Sprint ($2 million)
- Turf Sprint ($1 million)
- FanDuel Mile ($2 million)
- Maker’s Mark Filly and Mare Turf ($2 million)
- Longines Distaff ($2 million)
- Longines Turf ($4 million)
- Longines Classic ($6 million)
This brings the total prize purse of the Breeders’ Cup to close to $30 million, making it one of the richest horse racing events in the world!
Date and Place
Now that we got your attention and you are excited to see the Breeders’ Cup, let’s talk about the place and the date.
If you are reading this article in September, chances are that the tickets are already sold out. But don’t worry, you can always watch it live at home.
The Breeders’ Cup is scheduled for November 3-4. This event is often considered to be the World Championship of horse racing, and it always starts the first weekend of November, which gives contenders plenty of time to qualify and train before the race.
Now we come down to the location, which the organizers of the Breeders’ Cup made a bit different.
Unlike the Triple Crown races which each has its own racetrack, the Breeders’ Cup is on the move every year. This makes the event more exciting and gives fans a chance to watch it and spread their passion for horse racing.
This year, the Breeders’ Cup will be held at the incredibly beautiful Santa Anita Park, which is not something new. In fact, the Breeders’ Cup has been held at Santa Anita Park for a record 11 times.
How do Horses qualify for the Breeders’ Cup?
Everybody wants to be a part of the action of the World Thoroughbred Championship, but unfortunately not all get a chance.
There are a few different ways that a horse can qualify for the Breeders’ Cup races.
One of the easiest ways to enter the Breeders’ Cup is to get nominated. Thoroughbred foals (baby horses) can be nominated for the race before Oct. 15 of the year they’re born, and they can participate in the event when they achieve their racing age. If not, the owner of the horse can still submit that manually by paying a fee, which can go up to $200,000.
Horses can also get to participate in the Breeders’ Cup through “Win and You’re In” races that are organized the same year.
This is without a doubt one of the biggest horse racing events on the planet. It is a great way to wrap up a good year for horse racing, even though we didn’t get a Triple Crown champion and cannot expect a Grand Slam.
So, if you are into horse racing and you are wondering which horse racing event to attend, make sure you put the Breeders’ Cup on your bucket list. You’ll definitely be surprised by everything that is going on within those two days of elite racing.