The Breeders' Cup World Championships

The inaugural Breeders’ Cup was held at the historical Hollywood Park, now defunct, in 1984. Although the first race meet was in 1984, the Breeders’ Cup Limited organization was formed in 1982. In 2007 the race expanded from a single day to two days of racing. 

Leading Thorougbred owner and breeder John Gaines, in addition to other industry members like trainer John Nerud, came up with the during the 1982 Kentucky Derby Festival. The plan was to have a North American championship to close the racing year. 

A maximum of 14 contenders are allowed in each of the races, except for the Dirt Mile which has 12 horses. The Breeders’ Cup selects contenders based upon a series of criteria such as, Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races (Win and You’re In), a point system and the judgement from a panel of racing experts. This helps ensure quality competition and gives clear guidance if races are oversubscribed. 

The host track for the two-day event typically rotates to varying tracks each year. Most recent notable tracks are Santa Anita, Del Mar, Keeneland, and Churchill Downs.

Breeders' Cup Friday

$1 million Juvenile Turf
$1 million Las Vegas Dirt Mile
$1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf
$1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint
$2 million Longines Distaff

Breeders' Cup Saturday

$2 million 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies
$2 million Filly & Mare Turf
$2 million TwinSpires Sprint
$1 million Turf Sprint
$2 million Sentient Jet Juvenile
$4 million Longines Turf
$1 million Filly & Mare Sprint
$2 million Mile
$6 million Classic

Breeders' Cup Race Post Times
Friday, November 3
ET CT PT GMT
Race 1 2:25 PM 1:25 PM 11:25 AM 6:25 PM
Race 2 3:00 PM 2:00 PM 12:00 PM 7:00 PM
Race 3 3:35 PM 2:35 PM 12:35 PM 7:35 PM
Race 4 4:10 PM 3:35 PM 1:10 PM 8:10 PM
Race 5 4:45 PM 3:45 PM 1:45 PM 8:45 PM Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
Race 6 5:25 PM 4:25 PM 2:25 PM 9:25 PM Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile
Race 7 6:05 PM 5:05 PM 3:05 PM 10:05 PM Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf
Race 8 6:50 PM 5:50 PM 3:50 PM 10:50 PM Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint
Race 9 7:35 PM 6:35 PM 4:35 PM 11:35 PM Breeders’ Cup Distaff
Race 10 8:17 PM 7:17 PM 5:17 PM 12:17 AM






Saturday, November 4
ET CT PT GMT
Race 1 1:10 PM 12:10 PM 10:10 AM 5:10 PM
Race 2 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 10:45 AM 5:45 PM
Race 3 2:20 PM 1:20 PM 11:20 AM 6:20 PM
Race 4 3:00 PM 2:00 PM 12:00 PM 7:00 PM Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filles
Race 5 3:37 PM 2:37 PM 12:37 PM 7:37 PM Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint
Race 6 4:14 PM 3:14 PM 1:14 PM 8:14 PM Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
Race 7 5:00 PM 4:00 PM 2:00 PM 9:00 PM Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf
Race 8 5:37 PM 4:37 PM 2:37 PM 9:37 PM Breeders' Cup Sprint
Race 9 6:19 PM 5:19 PM 3:19 PM 10:19 PM Breeders' Cup Mile
Race 10 6:58 PM 5:58 PM 3:58 PM 10:58 PM Breeders' Cup Juvenile
Race 11 7:37 PM 6:37 PM 4:37 PM 11:37 PM Breeders' Cup Turf
Race 12 8:35 PM 7:35 PM 5:35 PM 12:35 AM Breeders’ Cup Classic


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