Breeders’ Cup Races

The Breeders’ Cup Races are the yearly event where Thoroughbred racing championships are won or lost. The Breeder’s Cup was designed to showcase the world’s best horses in each racing division, for 2018 there are fourteen Breeders’ Cup Races and purses and awards in excess of $30,000,000. The maximum field for each race is fourteen, except for the 2018 Juvenile Sprint, which has maximum field of 12. This year the 35th Breeder’s World Championships will be on November 2nd and 3rd at Churchill Downs.

This marks the ninth time that Churchill Downs will host the Breeders’ Cup.

Friday, November 2

Longines Distaff

The Longines Distaff, Grade1, brings together the best three-year -old and up female dirt horses for a championship showdown at 1 1/8 miles on the main track for a purse of $2,00,000.

2017 winner was Forever Unbridled. She was Trained by Dallas Stewart and ridden by John Velazquez, Forever Unbridled covered the mile and one-eighth at Del Mar in 1:50.25.

Juvenile Turf Sprint

2018 is the inaugural running of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. The race will be at distance of 5.5 furlongs on the turf and is be open to all 2-year-olds. Juvenile’s will compete for purse of $1,000,000.

Juvenile Turf

The Juvenile Turf, Grade 1, is a test of the top juvenile turf horses and is good stepping stone to discover top turf horses for 2019 and beyond. The race is at 1 1/16 mile on the turf and is restricted to male 2-year-olds. Juvenile’s will compete for purse of $1,000,000.

2017 winner was Mendelssohn. He was rained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore, Mendelssohn covered the mile on a firm turf course at Del Mar in 1:35.97.

Las Vegas Mile

The Las Vegas Mile, Grade 1, is a one-mile race on the dirt for 3-year-olds and older and will be run around two turns of the main track. The field will compete for a purse of $1,000,000.

2017 winner was Battle of Midway.  He was trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Flavien Prat. Battle of Midway covered the mile on the main track at Del Mar in 1:35.20.

Juvenile Fillies Turf

The Juvenile Fillies Turf, Grade 1, brings together the top 2-year-old female turf horses in the world to claim the title of the best 2-year-old female turf in the world. The juvenile fillies will compete for $1,000,000 purse over 1 1/16 miles race on the turf.

2017 winner was Rushing Fall. She was trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Javier Castellano, Rushing Fall covered the mile on a firm turf course at Del Mar 1:36.09.

Saturday, November 3 Breeders’ Cup Races

Filly and Mare Turf

The Filly and Mare Turf, Grade 1, is a race that the world’s best female three-year-old and up turf horses compete. The Filly and Mare Turf race is at distance of 1 3/8 miles race on the turf course for a $2 million purse.

2017 winner was Wuheida She was trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by William Buick. Wuheida covered the 1 1/8 miles on the turf course at Del Mar in 1:47.91.

Classic

The Classic, Grade 1, is for horses 3-years-old and up, run at distance of 1 1/4 miles on the dirt. The Classic field will consist of the top distance running Thoroughbreds in the world. The field will compete for a $6,000,000 purse.

2017 winner was Gunner Runner. He was trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Florent Geroux. Gun Runner covered the 11/4 miles on the Del Mar dirt track in 2:01.29.

Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf

The Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, Grade 1, is run at 1 1/2 miles on the turf, for horses 3-years-old and older. The race attracts the best turf horses from Europe and North America to compete for a $4 million purse.

2017 winner was Talismanic. He was trained by Andre Fabre and ridden by Mickael Barzalona, Talismanic covered the 1 1/2 miles on turf course at Del Mar in a course record time of 2:26.19.

Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

The Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Grade 1, is for 2-year-old males. The juveniles will compete for the purse of $2,000,000 at 1 1/16 miles on the dirt.

2017 winner was Good Magic. He was trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Jose Ortiz. Good Magic covered the 1 1/16 miles on main track at Del Mar in 1:43.34.

TwinSpires Sprint

The TwinSpires Sprint, Grade 1, showcases the 6 furlongs speed of Thoroughbreds.  The Sprint is for 3-years-old and older horses, males and females, on the dirt.

2017 winner was Roy H. He was trained by Peter Miller and ridden by Kent Desormeax. Roy H covered the six furlongs on the main track at Del Mar in 1:08.61.

Turf Sprint

The Turf Sprint, Grade 1, for horses 3-years of age and older, at a distance about 5.5 furlongs on the turf course. The field competes for a $1,000,000 purse.

2017 winner was Stormy Liberal. He was trained by Peter Miller and ridden by Joel Rosario. Stormy Liberal covered the five-plus furlongs on the turf course at Del Mar in :54.75.

Filly and Mare Sprint

The Filly and Mare Sprint, Grade 1, is a race at a distance of seven furlongs, around one turn. The field will be comprised of the top 3-years-old and up female sprinters competing for $1,000,000 purse.

2017 winner was Bar of Gold. She was trained by John Kimmel and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr.  Bar of Gold covered the seven furlongs on the main track at Del Mar in 1:22.63.

Turf Mile

The Turf Mile, Grade 1, is a race at distance of one mile, around two turns, on the turf. The field will be comprised of the best 3-years-old and older grass milers, competing for a $2,000,000 purse.

2017 winner was World Approval. He was trained by Mark Casse and ridden by John Velazquez, World Approval covered the mile turf course at Del Mar in 1:34.55.

14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies

The 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies, Grade 1, is a race at a distance of 1 1/16 miles for to 2-year-old females. The field will compete for a $2,000,000 purse. The recent winners of the 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies race have been crowned the 2-year-old fillies Champion.

2017 winner was Caledonia Road. She was trained by Ralph Nicks and ridden by Mike Smith. Caledonia Road covered the 1 1/16 miles on the main track at Del Mar in 1:45.05.