- Most prestigious race meeting of the season takes place at Del Mar in November
- Fourteen Grade 1s with huge purses set to be competed, including the Breeders’ Cup Classic
From the start of the racing season, the eyes are focused on the Breeders’ Cup. Connections need to navigate their route through to the season to earn entry for the prestigious races, which could make horses potential superstars. The best flat horses from around the world will this year embark on Del Mar for the season-closing spectacle.
Breeders’ Cup Schedule
- When: Friday, 5th November- Saturday, 6th November
- Where: Del Mar, California
- How To Watch: NBC Sports
There are currently 14 races that are run over the two days of the Breeders’ Cup. The most prestigious of those is the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which is run on the final day of the meet. Other notable races that take place, include the Breeders’ Cup Turf, Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint and the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
Fields for these races are made up of stars from around the world, that for one day only collide with the biggest purses in racing available. For full list of races that you can expect to see at the Breeders’ Cup are:
|Breeders’ Cup Juvenile||November 5, 2021||$2,000,000||1 1/16 Miles||1|
|Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies||November 5, 2021||$2,000,000||1 1/16 Miles||1|
|Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf||November 5, 2021||$2,000,000||1 Miles||1|
|Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf||November 5, 2021||$1,000,000||1 Mile||1|
|Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint||November 5, 2021||$1,000,000||5 Furlongs||2|
|Breeders’ Cup Classic||November 6, 2021||$6,000,000||1 1/4 Miles||1|
|Breeders’ Cup Turf||November 6, 2021||$4,000,000||1 1/2||1|
|Breeders’ Cup Distaff||November 6, 2021||$2,000,000||1 1/8 Miles||1|
|Breeders’ Cup Mile||November 6, 2021||$2,000,000||1 Mile||1|
|Breeders’ Cup Sprint||November 6, 2021||$2,000,000||6 Furlongs||1|
|Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf||November 6, 2021||$2,000,000||1 3/8 Miles||1|
|Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint||November 6, 2021||$1,000,000||7 Furlongs||1|
|Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint||November 6, 2021||$1,000,000||5 Furlongs||1|
|Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile||November 6, 2021||$1,000,000||1 Mile||1|
How Do Horses Qualify For The Breeders’ Cup?
Qualification for the Breeders’ Cup is the first issue that connections need to navigate. The most straightforward way to earn a spot in one of the featured races is through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge.
A number of the most prestigious races from around the world ensures the winner a passage into a race at the Breeders’ Cup. Meanwhile, the final places that are then available are determined by a points system from horses’ performances in graded races. Experts also can judge whether a horse is deserving of a start in one of the lucrative races.
Breeders’ Cup Odds
Breeders’ Cup Classic Odds
|Life Is Good||+800|
|Hot Rod Charlie||+1400|
Belmont Stakes winner Essential Quality is currently the favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which boasts a purse of $6 million. Life Is Good, Medina Spirit, and Hot Rod Charlie are among the other talented three-year-olds available in the betting at present. You can check out a full early preview of the Breeders’ Cup Classic here.
Breeders’ Cup Distaff Odds
If the betting market illustrates the field that will actually go to post for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, then it could be one of the best races of the year. However, Malathaat is currently a higher price, as she holds entries elsewhere. Letruska is certainly a very talented filly and will be competitive, while Monomoy Girl has already won ten graded races in her illustrious career. That includes two straight wins in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
Breeders’ Cup Sprint Odds
|C Z Rocket||+1400|
Jackie’s Warrior undeniably looks like a solid pick for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint later in the year. He has been excellent this year, with wins in the G1 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial Stakes and G2 Amsterdam Stakes. Firenze Fire and Yaupon have also impressed this season, while should Starman make the trip from the United Kingdom, he could also have a big say.