Breeders' Cup Overview
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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association sponsors an annual thoroughbred end-of- the-year championship race called the Breeders’ Cup or the “Breeders‘ Cup World Thoroughbred Championship”. This race features Grade I race horses, and determines thoroughbred racing’s principle champions.
A group of horse racing leaders in 1982, wanted to come up with a design on how to promote the sport of racing, affectionately referred to as the “Sport of Kings”. John R. Gaines, leading thoroughbred owner and breeder, and his group came up with the Breeders’ Cup.
November 7, 1984 was the date of the first Breeder’s Cup race, in Hollywood Park Racetrack, located in
The Breeders’ Cup is composed of eight races within one track. Churchill Downs has hosted five Breeders’ Cup races, with this year‘s running making six, more than any other track. The location of the Breeders’ Cup changes every year. So far, the race has been held in California (Hollywood Park- 1984, 1987, and 1997; Santa Anita Park-1986, 1993, and 2003 ), Florida (Gulf Stream Park-1989, 1992, and 1999), Illinois (Arlington Park-2002), Kentucky (Churchill Downs-1988, 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, and 2006), New York (Aqueduct-1985; Belmont Park-1990, 1995, 2001, and 2005), and Toronto (Woodbine-1996). In 2007, the Breeders’ Cup will be held in
As an international showcase of the sport’s greatest stars, the Breeders’ Cup is a multi-million dollar event. Owners and trainers from all over the world compete in the Breeders’ Cup for their respective national pride.
The Breeders’ Cup races are compiled these racing categories: Juvenile, Juvenile Fillies, Distaff, Filly and Mare Turf (which features females age three and up), Sprint, Mile, Turf, and Classic. The last three races are open to both sexes. In addition, the Turf and Classic races are traditionally last, and the additional six races are scheduled in various orders each year. The Breeders’ Cup Classic race is the richest race, set at $5 million for the 2006 running. The Turf race has a $3 million purse, and the other six races are set at $2 million for a total of $20 million in prize money.
Over 25 countries broadcast the running of the Breeders’ Cup. The eight races are seen throughout the Western Hemisphere, Europe, and
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