The Breeders' Cup World Championships is an annual series of Grade I Thoroughbred horse races, operated by Breeders' Cup Limited, a company formed in 1982. From its inception in 1984 through 2006, it was a single-day event; starting in 2007, it expanded to two days. All sites have been in the United States, except in 1996, when the races were at the Woodbine Racetrack in Canada.
Keeneland is pleased to host the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will mark the second running of the event at Keeneland. In 2015 Keeneland hosted the Breeders’ Cup and presented a memorable homecoming for the championships in the heart of the Thoroughbred industry.
The attendance at the Breeders' Cup varies, depending mainly on the capacity of the host track. Santa Anita Park set the highest two-day attendance figure of 118,484 in 2016. The lowest two-day attendance was 69,584 in 2007 at Monmouth Park. The attendance typically only trails the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Kentucky Oaks (and in some years, the Belmont Stakes); for more information see American Thoroughbred Racing top Attended Events.
With the addition of three races for 2008, a total of $25.5 million was awarded over the two days, up from $23 million in 2007. With the subsequent removal of two races, the purses for the remaining thirteen races totaled $24.5 million in 2014, plus awards for foal and stallion nominators. Prior to the 2016 running, the total purses were raised from $26 million to $28 million. The purse of the Classic was raised from $5 million to $6 million, and the purse of the Longines Turf was increased from $3 million to $4 million. In 2018, total prizes and awards were increased to over $30 million after another race, the Juvenile Turf Sprint, was added and the purse for the Sprint was increased to $2 million.
Each Breeders' Cup race presents four Breeders' Cup trophies to the connections of the winner and a garland of flowers draped over the withers of the winning horse. Many Breeders' Cup winners will go on to win the Eclipse Award in their respective division. For example, of the eleven flat racehorse categories, seven of the Eclipse winners in 2015 had also won a Breeders' Cup race, while three others were in the money.
In the 2015 listing of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), three Breeders' Cup races are ranked among the top Grade 1 races in the world: the Classic (4th), the Turf (10th) and the Mile (12th). The Distaff is ranked second among the top Grade 1 races for fillies and mares.
The 37th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships are on sale now. Don’t miss your chance to witness history when the Breeders’ Cup returns to Keeneland on November 6 and 7.
The winner of the Breeders Cup 2020 was Vino Rosso with odds of 4-1. Find the full list of Breeders Cup Winners Below.
|Breeders Cup Race||Winning Horse|
|Longines Classic||Vino Rosso|
|Longines Turf||Brick and Mortar|
|Longines Distaff||Blue Prize|
|Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf||Iridessa|
|Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile||Spun the Run|
|Turf Sprint||Belvoir Bay|
|Filly & Mare Sprint||Covfefe|
|TVG Juvenile||Storm the Court|
|Juvenile Turf Sprint||Breeze Easy|
|Juvenile Fillies Turf||Sharing|
|Juvenile Fillies||British Idiom|