The Breeders Cup Part of the ‘Grand Slam’
The Breeders Cup in North America is the richest two days in any global sports event. There is huge prize money paid out in purses and awards over the weekend. The total amount of 26 million dollars is paid out over the weekend of racing. Winnings are paid to owners, stallion nominators and foal nominators. Owners share their winnings with their trainer and jockey on their own terms.
The Breeders’ Cup World Championships is an annual series of Grade 1 Thoroughbred horse races, operated by the Breeders’ Cup Limited, a company started in 1982. At the beginning it was a one day event, but expanded to two days in 2007. All the racing sites have been in the United States, except in 1996, when the races were held in Canada.
The Breeders Cup forms part of racing’s “grand slam”, the other races being the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. The 2015 edition of the Breeders Cup posted the highest television rating in twenty years, as the horse American Pharaoh became the first horse to win every one of those famous horse races. The number of viewers averaged nearly four million.
The 2015 Edition of the Race Broke All Previous Records
The last edition of this important horse race was run in Lexington, Kentucky, North America at the beginning of November, 2015 at the Keeneland Race Course. The people who watched the event in person at the racecourse numbered more than fifty thousand, which was also a course record.
Beginning with the exciting three way finish to the race in 1984, the Breeders Cup has become one of the most important horse races worldwide. There have been thirty one editions of the race, and it has produced 275 Champions. Some had voiced doubts about the size of the Keeneland’s racecourse, but it easily accommodated the record breaking number of visitors from around the world who attended the two days of racing. This year’s Championships ranks at the highest level of international competition.
The Breeders’ Cup championships comprises thirteen different races. This year there were 161 horses participating, including 25 horses from other countries. Seven of the races produced the full complement of fourteen horses.
The next edition of the Breeders Cup World Championships, in 2016, will be held on Friday and Saturday 4 and 5 November, at Santa Anita Park, in Arcadia, California.
Horse Racing Among the Most Popular Sports
Horse racing is one of the most popular sports worldwide. Most countries these days run horse races in many small towns and cities, as well as the big, famous races that are household names globally. Betting on these races, especially online betting, has also grown in leaps and bound s and is now one of the favourite pastimes of all punters. There are many different kinds of bet that punters are able to place, and it is wise to do a little research before placing any money on the horses. Most reputable betting sites and sports books will assist the punters with details regarding the form of the horses, the jockeys to ride the horses, the trainers and the condition of the race track. Punters may also wish to ascertain the weight the horse will carry, and the different post positions that different tracks may favour.
There are many factors that may influence the outcome of each horse race, and the punter should find out as many answers to them as is possible, before making that wager.