Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky
When: November 2-3, 2018.
Watch: NBC and NBCSN, also NBC Sports Live Extra app on mobile and tablet devices.
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It's the All Star Game of Thoroughbred racing - only better. Eight times better. It's the Breeders' Cup Championship, a multi-million dollar extravaganza that brings together the world's best horses to compete in eight sensational races.
The Breeders' Cup was first run in 1984 and was founded by John R. Gaines as a year-end championship event. The Breeders' Cup is made up of eleven separate races. Each race includes 14 running horses. The first seven of each race are automatically selected based on their performance in that year's graded stakes races. The other seven entrants are chosen by a special panel of directors. The final two and perhaps the most well known races at the Breeders' Cup are the "Turf" and "Classic" events.
Breeders' Cup Racetracks
Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Kentucky hosted the first Breeders' Cup, and has played host two other times. New York's Belmont Park has hosted the event four times, Churchill Downs hosted back to back in 2008, while Gulfstream Park has hosted three Cups. The only Breeders' Cup to be held outside the United States was the 1996 championships at Woodbine, outside Toronto, Ontario.
The Breeders' Cup Championships is a source of uninterrupted fun and excitement - the action starts from the horses step onto the track for the first race and continues till the garland is draped across the shoulders of the Classic winner.
The Breeders' Cup is run at a different race track each year in order to give the US public the opportunity to see the great day every couple of years as it heads from east coast to west coast from year to year. What makes this day so special is that each Breeders' Cup Betting race is worth at least $1 million in Prize money and for the eleven races it is in the region of $17 million, the two days attracts the best horses in search of these riches from all over the World and the US love to see horses from the UK, Ireland and France taking their chance but we are now seeing entrants from South Africa and all over the World. Many great US equine stars have emerged over the years including Azeri, A.P. Indy, Alysheba, Cigar, Personal Ensign, Ferdinand, Sunday Silence and a European star that will go down in history is Ouija Board who won her second title in three years in the Filly and Mare Turf at Churchhill Downs in 2006.
Gather off track betting information before the event starts and bet with confidence in time!
To help you get ready for the 2018 Breeders' Cup World Championships, we're providing a weekly overview of the top five horses in the Classic, Turf, Mile and Sprint divisions called the Breeders' Cup Watch. You will also find weekly news updates and opinions for each of these divisions and a schedule of all divisional races leading up to the Breeders' Cup.
- Accelerate 9-2
- Catholic Boy 7-1
- Diversify 10-1
- Yoshida 10-1
- West Coast 12-1
- Mendelssohn 12-1
- Hofburg 18-1
- McKinzie 19-1
- Catalina Cruiser 19-1
- Gronkowski 22-1
- Thunder Snow 23-1
- Pavel 24-1
- Good Magic 25-1
- Collected 26-1
- Gunnevera 29-1
- Bravazo 30-1
- Mind Your Biscuits 40-1
* Times GMT and subject to change.