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Thoroughbred Racing At The Breeders Cup: The Best Horse Racing Of The Year

Updated on May 11, 2011

The Fun Of Thoroughbred Racing At The Breeders Cup

Thoroughbred racing at the Breeders Cup is by far the best of days if you really enjoy thoroughbred racing. Most people that don’t follow horse racing do find interest in thoroughbred racing the first part of May each year because of the Kentucky Derby. It’s hard not to think about the Kentucky Derby, when you pick up a newspaper or watch sports on television with discussions about the best three year old horses in the country. You even hear people talking about the Big Race near the water cooler or coffee machine with pools of chance. A lot of times someone will be going to a racetrack or OTB that will be able to make a wager for you on that big race.

The Kentucky Derby is the most exciting two minutes in sports they say, but that is just one race and for those of us who really love the sport, just one race isn’t enough. That’s where thoroughbred racing at the Breeders Cup takes presence with many races over a two day period with full fields, the worlds’ best horses and usually really good payoffs.

Every year the Breeders Cup is held at a notable horse racing track in the United States. In 2010 it is at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. It is normally held the first weekend in November.

Thoroughbred Racing at the Breeders Cup
Thoroughbred Racing at the Breeders Cup

The Breeders Cup History

Over the years there has been some great and memorable thoroughbred racing at the Breeders Cup. Racing fans that watched Wild Again in 1984 battle and hold off Gate Dancer for the win and in the classic of 1988 Alysheba beat Seeking the Gold, were two great races to watch even if you didn’t bet on the winner. Also in 1988 in the distaff race, Personal Ensign appeared beaten by Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors but made a fantastic finish to win the race and become the first major race horse in 80 years to go undefeated with a perfect 13 for 13 career. In the Breeder’s Cup Classic on Saturday November 7, 2009 Zenyatta became the first female to win the Breeders Cup. That race had to be the best race at the Breeder’s Cup of all times being an unbelievable performance by a Super horse.

In 1984 at Hollywood Park thoroughbred racing at the Breeders Cup started being a single day event. In 2007 it was expanded to two days. Currently the first day of races is for the best fillies and mares in the world. There are various sprint, marathon and turf races from five furlongs to a 1 ½ mile with age restrictions that includes races for the best two year olds. The second day being a Saturday concluded by the Breeders Cup Classic run at a distance of a 1 ¼ mile and a purse of 5 million up from the original 3 million dollar purse in 1984.

If you are an avid race fan or just occasionally bet and watch the ponies, thoroughbred racing at the Breeder’s Cup offers a lot of excitement at the track or in front of your television.


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