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The Breeders' Cup: The Most Electrifying Horse Racing Event

Updated on October 10, 2018

Greatest horse racing event

World’s greatest horse racing event was started in1984. In the beginning, it was a single day but after it was expanded to two days. Everyone knows that this event is full of excitement with a chance to win the huge amount of prize. The lucky viewers saw the great battle of European horses last year. It is an appreciable platform for the creation of new Champions. The things a fan wants in a racing event The Breeders' Cup will provide. Every year the Breeders' Cup moves to different North America racetrack which is an impressive feature of this event. But this year the Breeders' Cup World Championships is going too held at Churchill Downs on November 2 & 3. So if you are a horse racing lover then do not forget to watch it.


About the history

John R. Gaines who was a leading owner, as well as a breeder, proposed the idea of the Breeders' Cup. The main motto of John R. Gaines was to clean the clean up the sport's image. In the initial days the cup faced much skepticism but with the support of John Nerud and others, the cup gains tremendous popularity in the domestic as well as international level. From those days the Breeders' Cup becomes successful to attract the finest horses from all around the world. In 2006, Greg Avioli starts serving as a President and CEO of the Breeder's Cup. But after one year Greg Avioli becomes the CEO of the company.

Moving to the trophy it is a bronze recreation of the original Torrie horse which was discovered by Giovanni da Bologna in late 1580s. The bronze horse trophy was supervised by the famous University of Edinburgh. Every year the bigger version of the trophy is displayed at the official host track.

The process of selection in the cup

In the Championships races, maximum of 14 starters are allowed. That selection is varying according to the track dimensions and various races. For example Dirt Mile in which the number of starters may be 12. A field selection system has been adopted by the Breeders' Cup Limited to choose the runners. In this system, the ranking is granted to the horses according to their appropriate performances in cup challenge races and the judgment of a panel of racing experts. Graded races provide the points to the horses. The highest scoring horses compete with each other to qualify.

The changing trend in cup racing

In the Breeders' Cup, there were only eight races in 2006. The races were expanded to 11 after one year by the addition of new races such as the Dirt Mile, Filly and Mare Sprint, and Juvenile Turf. In addition to this, a Turf Sprint, Juvenile Filly Turf and Marathon like races were also introduced in the Breeders' Cup card. The expansion of races continuously still increased over time and 2011 was the year in which sprint racing activity was included namely as Juvenile Sprint. After two years a major couple of changes were also made in the racing event. The first one was the cancellation of Juvenile Sprint (on dirt) and another one was the ladies reappeared in the races with the latest name of Distaff.


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