We are less than a month away from the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Santa Anita will be the home once again and the finest in the world will be on site to prove their worth. Over the past 30 years, there have been 262 champions crowned at the Breeders Cup. The two-day event is the culmination of the racing season. While many casual fans think of the Kentucky Derby-Preakness Stakes-Belmont Stakes as the pinnacle of the racing season, the real followers of the sport know that there is a summer grind, full of amazing racing, which peaks at the Breeders’ Cup. There will be $26 million in purses money handed out over the two-day period.
An owner cannot just enter a Breeders’ Cup race; there are qualification criteria that must be met in order to step into the starting gate. There are a few ways that a horse can qualify to run. The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series is the first way a horse can gain entry. Winning one of the selected races automatically qualifies a horse for entry. Secondly, horses can earn qualification through a yearlong points race. Each Grade 1, Grade 2, or Grade 3 race has a level of weighted points for first thru third place. Garner enough points and you are in. Finally, there is the panel of experts. This group can decide if a horse merits the chance to run in a Breeders’ Cup race. Fair? Yes, if there is a horse that was injured or has another weighting factor that limited starts for a talented animal. Regardless, each race is capped at 14 horses.
The level of excitement around the horse racing world cannot be understated. Everyone is counting down to an incredible event. Each bettor is looking for an angle, each trainer is looking for the edge and each owner is giddy with the opportunity to be crowned a Breeders’ Cup Champion. Money will be flowing over the two day event. Last year, the total two-day handle for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships was $160,704,877. That number was an 11 percent increase over 2012. Could the Breeders’ Cup hit $200 million in the not so distant future? Anything is possible.
The position draw for the 2014 Breeders’ Cup will be held on Monday, the 27th of October from 12:30 – 5:30 Pacific Time at the Top-O-The-Stretch at Santa Anita Park.
Below is the list of Post Times for each race over the two-day race card.
Note: Post times, Race Order or any Under-card races are subject to change
|Friday, October 31, 2014|
|Race 1: Allowance|
|Race 2: The Las Vegas Marathon Stakes (GII)|
|Race 3: Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes|
|Race 4: Twilight Derby (GII)|
|Race 5: Damascus Stakes|
|Opening Ceremonies (National Anthem, Color Guard)|
|Race 6: Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf|
|Race 7: Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile|
|Race 8: Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf|
|Race 9: Breeders' Cup Distaff|
|Race 10: Allowance|
|Saturday, November 1 2014|
|Race 1: Juvenile Turf Sprint Stakes|
|Race 2: Golden State Juvenile Stakes|
|Race 3: The Senator Ken Maddy S (GIII) presented by City of Hope|
|Opening Ceremonies (National Anthem, American the Beautiful, Color Guard, Flag)|
|Race 4: The 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies|
|Race 5: Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf|
|Race 6: DraftKings Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint|
|Race 7: Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint|
|Race 8: Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile|
|Race 9: Breeders' Cup Turf|
|Race 10: Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint|
|Race 11: Breeders' Cup Mile|
|Race 12: Breeders' Cup Classic|
Here at Sports Unbiased I will be breaking down the races below as we lead up to the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Come back often to see when a new breakdown is available for any of the below races. No breakdown will be available until the final field is determined (minus scratches). Expected breakdown availability is from the 27th of October until the 1st of November 2014.