The Breeders Cup is a two day event that is one of the most important dates in the United States horse racing calendar. The event hosts a series of 13 exciting Breeders Cup Championship races and the venue changes each year. To become a spectator at this thrilling occasion, get your Breeders Cup tickets at StubHub today.
Breeders Cup Background Info
Originally a one day event, the Breeders Cup was an end of year championship to celebrate North American Thoroughbred racing. However, the horses participating are not limited to those from North America as horses come from across the globe. It is especially popular with European horses. The concept of this race came from John R. Gaines, a pet food heir and Thoroughbred breeder and owner.
The first Breeders Cup took place in 1984 and was hosted at Hollywood Park. It is held at a different location each year and all but one of these was in the United States. The exception to this was the 1996 Breeders Cup which was held at Woodbine Racetrack in Canada.
In 2007, the Breeders Cup was extended to a two day event allowing spectators with Breeders Cup tickets to enjoy an extra day of horse racing. By 2008, most of the races at the Breeders Cup were run on an artificial surface.
Breeders Cup Big Achievements
In the history of this horse racing event, many memorable moments have taken place and records broken. In 1988, a woman took part in the Breeders Cup for the first time. In the three races in which she participated, Julie Krone came 2nd, 6th and 4th.
With 25 wins at the Breeders Cup, Mike Smith is the most successful jockey while the top trainer is D. Wayne Lucas with 20 wins. In terms of top earnings, Zenyatta is the horse with the highest winnings as he won a total of $4,680,000. As for the owners, Godolphin Racing has won $11,630,700 from races at the Breeders Cup.
It is not just the spectators who love this event as the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities has ranked three of the races at the Breeders Cup in their list of the top Grade 1 races in the world. These are the Classic, the Turf and the Mile.
There are several venues across the United States that have hosted this horse racing event on several occasions. Santa Anita holds the record for hosting the most Breeders Cups as the event has taken place at this racecourse on nine occasions. However, Churchill Downs will equal this record in 2018 when the event takes place at this track for the 9th time. To witness the thrills of dynamic horse racing, book your Breeders Cup tickets without delay.