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The Breeder’s Cup Horse Races

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The Breeders’ Cup World Championship is an annual series of thoroughbred horse races. Founded in 1984, it features two days of competition with the locale changing each year. Every site has been in the United States except 1996, when Canada’s Woodbine Racetrack hosted.

The Breeders’ Cup serves as a year-end championship for North American horse racing. In 2008, $25.5 million was awarded over the two days of competition. Some of the more prominent races include the Classic, Turf, Mile, Ladies’ Classic and Sprint, though there are many others as well.

Churchill Downs has hosted the event more than any other track at six times. The last Breeders’ Cup held at Churchill Downs was in 2006, with the next scheduled for 2013. This year’s Cup, running November 6-7, takes place at Santa Anita Park for the second consecutive year.

2013 Breeders’ Cup Races:

There are many Breeders’ Cup races to choose from beyond the usual big names. Most of the Grade I thoroughbred horse races carry at least a $1-million purse, with some netting the winner as much as $2-million. The event takes place annually at various tracks across the United States (though in 1996 it took place in Canada).

Collectively, the races add up for a total of $25.5 million in winnings. Here’s a look at the Breeders’ Cup races scheduled for 2009.

  • $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf
  • $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I)
  • $2 million Juvenile Fillies (gr. I)
  • $2 million Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT)
  • $2 million (gr. I)
  • $500,000 Marathon
  • $1 million Juvenile Turf (gr. IIT)
  • $1 million Dirt Mile (gr. I)
  • $1 million Turf Sprint
  • $2 million Juvenile (gr. I)
  • $2 million Sprint (gr. I)
  • $2 million Mile (gr. IT)
  • $3 million Turf (gr. IT)
  • $5 million Classic (gr. I)

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