With the exception of the Triple Crown, the Breeders Cup races are among the most popular horse racing events in North America. This series was conceived in 1984, consisting of a day of races involving different classes of thoroughbreds, surfaces and lengths. For the 2007 edition, another day of competition was added to accommodate thirteen big money races.
The series features Grade One races that pit the fastest thoroughbreds against one another. Horses may earn the right to run in the Breeders Cup by winning various qualifying events prior to the big race. The Breeders Cup Turf Sprint is the shortest of the runs at 5.5 furlongs while the Breeders Cup Longines Turf is the longest at a mile and a half. The Breeders Cup Classic is the richest of all the races with a purse of $5,000,000 while the minimum purse for a Breeders Cup event is $1,000,000. The total purse for 2015 is a minimum of $24.5 million.
After hosting the Breeders Cup from 2012 to 2014, Santa Anita Park yields hosting duties to Keeneland for 2015, before returning to Santa Anita Park again in 2016 and landing at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in 2017.
Breeders Cup Betting Sites
The Breeders Cup races offer horse wagering enthusiasts some of the best opportunities to parley their knowledge of the field into victory. A variety of online racebooks provide bettors with the ability to wager on all the races, adding even more excitement to this highly anticipated event. When shopping around for the best racebook to place a bet with, make sure to compare their promotions. Bonus bets, betting rebates and wagering events differ between services, including vital details such as rollover and rebate rules. The best racebooks help players get the most out of their wagering dollar.
Breeders Cup Winners
The $5 million Breeders Cup Classic was electric in 2014, with the legendary California Chrome charging down the stretch neck-to-neck alongside Bayern and surprise challenger Toast of New York. In the end, Bayern sustained his lead from post to post, beating Toast of New York by a nose and California Chrome by a neck. The three horses were first, second and third throughout the entire race. Heavily favored Tonalist – the horse who won the Belmont Stakes to deny California Chrome the Triple Crown – started poorly and managed to kick his way into a disappointing fifth place finish.
All of the horses that won Breeders Cup races were from North America in 2014, with the exception of Karakonite, a Japanese horse who won the $2 million Breeders Cup Mile. Considering the fact that each race involves the best horses from North America and around the world, it’s incredibly difficult for even the most powerful thoroughbreds to take home a title.