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Breeders' Cup Central

A guide to learning about the Breeders' Cup online


The Breeders' Cup World Championships is the biggest event of the year in Thoroughbred horse racing with 15 races worth $26 million run over two days. First run in 1984, it rotates between various host tracks each year and is where all the best horses in the world come and annual championships are decided. In 2013 the Breeders' Cup will be at Santa Anita in Arcadia, CA, on November 1-2. It will be back at Santa Anita for 2014 as well.

2013 Breeders' Cup At Santa Anita

Breeders' Cup Starting Gate
© Cindy Pierson Dulay

In 2013, the Breeders' Cup World Championships are on November 1 and 2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA. Below are links each of the 14 races with contenders, statistics, history, and other useful info. Each horse has a link to a profile with lots of info from pedigree to charts for his/her latest races.

The Road to the Breeders' Cup

The Breeders' Cup Challenge

The months before the Breeders' Cup are filled with graded prep races. There is also a series of Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" races where a win guarantees you a spot in the field for that division's championship race.

Handicapping the Breeders' Cup

Railbird handicappers at the Breeders' Cup
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With 15 races and full fields of top class horses going from 6 furlongs to 1 3/4 miles on the main track and the turf course, the Breeders' Cup can be a nightmare to handicap. Here are a few things to help you try to pick a winner. The only sure thing is you will have lots of top class horses to analyze.

Breeders' Cup History and Stats

2008 Breeders' Cup Classic winner
© Cindy Pierson Dulay

The Breeders' Cup was first run in 1984 and will have its 29th running this year. Here you can find results and photos for past runnings plus links to all kinds of statistics for the event.

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