What Is The Breeders' Cup?

October 03, 2013

breeders' cupThe Breeders' Cup is less than a month away, November 1st and 2nd! If you're unfamiliar with this prestigious equestrian event, here's a little history and overview.

Unlike many equestrian events, the Breeders' Cup is relatively new, created in 1982 by John Gaines. Originally it was all held in one day, and was one of the richest days in horse racing, until they added a second day in 2007.

The Breeders' Cup attracts the best horses from around the world for competition, with a staggering $27 million paid out in purse money over the two days. Some of the most winning horses have brought in some serious bacon, like Zenyatta and Tiznow, who have each brought in over $4.5 million. The most winning jockey is Mike E. Smith, with 17 Breeders' Cup wins.

The events in the weekend are: Classic, Marathon, Juvenile turf, Juvenile fillies turf, Dirt mile, Distaff, Filly & Mare sprint, Turf sprint, Juvenile, Juvenile fillies, Turf, Filly & Mare turf, Xpressbet sprint, and the Mile.

The locations of the Breeders' Cup vary, but not every year. Churchill Downs has hosted the event more than any other track, with 8 years. This year's (and next) is hosted at the incredibly beautiful Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.

If you can't catch all the action in person, the Breeders' Cup is televised in its entirety on NBC Sports cable channel, and the Classic event will be on NBC's primary network.

For more info on the Breeders' Cup, check out their official website. If you have an equestrian event you'd like to see profiled, let us know on our Facebook page.