Breeders’ Cup 2014
The biggest event in thoroughbred racing is just around the corner. The Breeders’ Cup 2014 World Championships will visit historic Santa Anita Park for two days of top-flight horse racing, starting on Friday, October 31 and wrapping up with the famous Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday, November 1.
Those who want to bet on Breeders’ Cup should note that it features 13 different races divided by distance, surface, age and gender. Here’s the complete list with purses included:
Juvenile Turf ($1 million)
Dirt Mile ($1 million)
Juvenile Fillies Turf ($1 million)
Distaff ($2 million)
Juvenile Fillies ($2 million)
Filly & Mare Turf ($2 million)
Filly & Mare Sprint ($1 million)
Turf Sprint ($1 million)
Juvenile ($2 million)
Turf ($3 million)
Sprint ($1.5 million)
Mile ($2 million)
Classic ($5 million)
Each of these races will have a maximum field of 14 horses. A predetermined number of spots are reserved for the winners from the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series; the remaining horses are chosen by an expert panel, and if there are any unclaimed invitations from the Challenge Series, replacements will be chosen based on a points system from previous races.
Breeders’ Cup 2014 odds for all 13 races are made available when the fields are set, but eager horseplayers have already descended on the Breeders’ Cup futures market, where you can bet on horses who have qualified or are expected to attend. And yes, that includes the big one, the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Will California Chrome shake off his disappointment at the Belmont and lock down Horse of the Year honors? We’ll find out on November 1.