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2009 Breeders' Cup World Championships Entries

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Drawing the posts for the 2009 Breeders' Cup

Drawing the post positions for the 2009 Breeders' Cup World Championships

© Terence Dulay
Updated November 05, 2009

The Breeders' Cup World Championships is at Santa Anita for the second year in a row, with $25.5 million in purses spread over the 14 races held over two days. Final entries were taken and post positions were drawn at the FrontRunner Restaurant after lunch. There have been a few changes this year to allow for an all Breeders' Cup Pick Six on both days, with the Marathon moving to Friday because of this and also increasing in distance to 1 3/4 miles. Friday will have six races starting with the Marathon followed by the five distaff divisions, with the feature race being the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (formerly the Breeders' Cup Distaff) worth $2 million. Saturday will have eight races, with the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at 1 1/4 miles still the feature and final race of the day.

The Breeders' Cup was always associated will full fields of 12-14 horses but with the doubling of the number of races from the original 7 to the current 14, it appears to have had an effect on field size. Only 3 Championship races, the Turf Sprint, Juvenile Turf, and Juvenile Fillies Turf, drew the maximum field size. The Mile and the Sprint, which usually drew 14 horses in the past, only drew 11 and 9 horses espectively. As expected, Zenyatta will face males and go 10 furlongs for the first time in the Classic and was made the 5-2 morning line favorite. The highlight on Friday, the Ladies Classic, only drew 8 entrants with Canadian hope Careless Jewel the 2-1 favorite.

Television coverage for the Breeders' Cup will be on ESPN and ESPN2 with the schedule so far being:

  • Friday, November 6, 3:30-7:00 ET on ESPN2
  • Saturday, November 7, 1:00-3:30 ET on ABC
  • Saturday, November 7, 3:30-7:00 ET on ESPN
Check here for the latest TV schedule including preps and preview shows.

Here are the races with purses, conditions, and post times for both days. Just the race names to get links for info specific to that race plus a list of the horses entered for it with post positions and morning line odds. Each horse's name links to a detailed profile for him or her. Good luck with your handicapping and enjoy what should be a spectacular day of racing at its finest. Note that all post times are Eastern Time. Free past performances for 12 of the 14 races can be found here.

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