Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders' Cup

The 2019 Breeders’ Cup will be held at Keeneland on Nov.6-7. (Photo credit: Breeders’ Cup Ltd.)

The Breeders’ Cup is the year-end championship of horse racing, with 14 races and $30 million in purses up for grabs. The races often decide the Eclipse Award winners and Horse of the Year.

In 1982 a group of prominent thoroughbred breeders from central Kentucky, led by the visionary John Gaines, hatched a plan. Their idea was to create a year-end, culminating championship for their sport. An event where horses from across the world could meet to settle the age old question, who is the best. An event that celebrated the best of horse racing. Put it on a national platform and helped to build the market for racing and breeding. Their vision – The Breeders’ Cup.

First run in 1984 at Hollywood Park over one day and seven races, the Breeders’ Cup has now expanded into a two-day format and 14 races. The 2021 edition will be contested at Del Mar on Nov. 5-6, 2021.

The 38th running of the Breeders’ Cup starts with “Future Stars Friday.” The five races restricted to juveniles highlighted by the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) which often produces the early betting favorite for the following spring’s Kentucky Derby (G1).

The Saturday program will feature nine Breeders’ Cup races, concluding with the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).

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Scenic Del Mar a Good Choice

Known for its scenic locale on the shores of the Pacific Ocean and prestigious summer meets, Del Mar underwent an extensive development process to expand its luxury seating options and infield experiences for its first Breeders’ Cup in 2017. The Breeders’ Cup debut at Del Mar resulted in a record-breaking, two-day on-track wagering mark, while also generating an estimated $96.8 million in economic benefits for San Diego County.

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“Del Mar is delighted to again be hosting our sport’s championship days,” said Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s chief executive officer Joe Harper. “We know we put on a good show here in 2017 and we look forward to presenting an even better one in 2021.”

The Breeders’ Cup will return to Keeneland in 2022. The Lexington, Kentucky racetrack hosted the 2020 edition, but due to the pandemic attended was limited.

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The official race order will be announced later.

The latest Breeders’ Cup news can be found right here at Turf ‘n’ Sport.

Turf ‘n’ Sport handicapper Michael Dempsey will have his full card selections for both days of the Breeders’ Cup.

The 2021 Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar


$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (new for 2018)

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile


$1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

$4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf

$6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic



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No. Horse Points
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2 Life Is Good 306
3 Olympiad 292
4 Jackie's Warrior 282
5 Clairiere 142
5 Country Grammer 142
7 Epicenter 121
8 Regal Glory 89
9 Nest 87
10 Hot Rod Charlie 48
As of August 1, 2022

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