The Breeders Cup World Thoroughbred Championships
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The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is an annual
thoroughbred horse races sponsored by the National
Thoroughbred Racing Association. It is a one-day event held at a
location that changes each year. All the sites have been in the
United States, except in 1996, when the races were at the
Woodbine Racetrack in Canada.
Why the Breeders Cup was created
The event, which has occurred annually since 1984, was created as
a year-end championship for North American thoroughbred racing,
and also attracts top horses from other parts of the world,
especially Europe. D. Wayne Lukas horses have won a Breeders' Cup
race on sixteen occasions, more than any other trainer.
Currently, there are eight races on the Breeders' Cup card, all
classified as Grade I races. The races are listed below in their
order on the 2004 race card; the order of the first five listed
races varies from year to year, but the 'Juvenile', 'Turf', and
'Classic' are traditionally the last three races. All races,
unless otherwise indicated, are for any horse, regardless of gender,
3 years old and up, and are held on a dirt track.
Breeders' Cup Distaff: A 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares, 3
years old and up. Current purse is $2 million.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies: A 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-old
fillies. Current purse is $1 million.
Breeders' Cup Mile: A 1-mile race on grass. Current purse is $1.5
Breeders' Cup Sprint: A 3/4-mile race. Current purse is $1
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf: A 1 3/8-mile or 1 1/4-mile race
on grass for fillies and mares, 3 years old and up. Current purse
is $1 million.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile: A 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-old colts
and geldings. Current purse is $1.5 million.
Breeders' Cup Turf: A 1 1/2-mile race on grass. Current purse is
Breeders' Cup Classic: A 1 1/4-mile race. Current purse is $4
NBC has broadcast every Breeders' Cup ever held for the United
States. This will change in 2006, when ESPN will take over the
television contract for eight years.
The 2005 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship will be
held on October 29 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Previous
championships have been held at the following tracks:
2004 - Lone Star Park
2003 - Santa Anita Park
2002 - Arlington Park
2001 - Belmont Park
2000 - Churchill Downs
1999 - Gulfstream Park
1998 - Churchill Downs
1997 - Hollywood Park
1996 - Woodbine
1995 - Belmont Park
1994 - Churchill Downs
1993 - Santa Anita Park
1992 - Gulfstream Park
1991 - Churchill Downs
1990 - Belmont Park
1989 - Gulfstream Park
1988 - Churchill Downs
1987 - Hollywood Park
1986 - Santa Anita Park
1985 - Aqueduct
1984 - Hollywood Park
Some future sites have been tentatively set:
2006 - Churchill Downs
2007 - Monmouth Park