Breeders’ Cup Registers Sixth-Highest Handle in Two-day History

Breeders CupTotal all-sources handle for the two-day Breeders’ Cup Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland was $160,472,894, the sixth-highest total since the Breeders’ Cup expanded to a two-day event in 2007 and an 8% decrease from the 2019 record handle of $174,000,574 at Santa Anita Park.

Breeders’ Cup did not report attendance figures this year at Keeneland with no paid spectators allowed as a COVID-19 safety precaution. Owners and their guests, breeders, participating horsemen, and media were allowed to attend—a group that perhaps numbered in the low thousands.

Despite a sharply reduced crowd, this year’s total handle represented a 7% increase from the 2015 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland…

Breeders’ Cup Spot Plays with Wagers, Top Selections and Analysis

Rich Nilsen 2016 BC Paddock17x NHC Qualifier Rich Nilsen Offers up Pace Scenarios, Spot Plays w/ Wagers, Top Selections and Analysis for BOTH days of the Breeders’ Cup in ONE report.

Nilsen, who has had some monster days in the past with his major race selection sheets, is back for both days of this year’s Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland.   Included in his report are top selections for all 5 Breeders’ Cup stakes on Friday and all 9 stakes on Saturday (all 14 Breeders’ Cup races).  Includes commentary on all the contenders listed.

You will also receive Nilsen’s expert pace analysis, which is often the key to selecting the winner.   Nilsen has 4 Spot Plays with wagering strategies to attack these races hard.

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Highlights from Previous Breeders’ Cup Spot Play Winners!

$29.40 Sprint Spot Play Winner Trinniberg with Cold $203.40 Exacta!

$15.80 Turf Sprint Spot Play Winner Mizdirection, keying $1,757.65 Pick-4 wager!

$40.40 Spot Play Winner Work All Week with $1,064.70 Trifecta!

$13.00 F&M Turf Spot Play winner Dayathespa

$16.40 Turf Sprint Winner Bobby’s Kitten

$64.80 Exacta with Main Sequence over Flintshire in the Breeders’ Cup Turf

The list goes on and on!

 

About Nilsen’s Analysis

In this comprehensive yet concise report, I provide selections for all 14 Breeders’ Cup races for both days, as well as pace scenario analysis which is absolutely vital for predicting the outcomes of these events.

Spot Plays are my best bets and key wagering horses for the big weekend. Picking your spots is key to profiting on the races, especially when it comes to the Breeders’ Cup. The opportunities are plentiful but you improve your chances by selecting key spot plays and focusing most of your bets on those plays.

Set aside a budget for these two days and be sure to have plenty of ammunition for the bigger of the two days, Saturday. Best of luck!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rich Nilsen caught the horse racing bug at a young age when his father took him to the racetracks in New York. He eventually attended the University of Louisville Equine Business Program with the goal of making a career in the horse racing industry.

Nilsen has worked the past 27 years in the equine industry, serving most of those years as the Marketing Director for Brisnet.com and TwinSpires.com, the Official Wagering Site of the Kentucky Derby.

During his long tenure at the Keeneland-owned properties, Nilsen managed the successful Players’ Pool syndicate, which pooled funds from the account wagering members to go after large Pick-6 carryovers. During Nilsen’s leadership, the Players’ Pool produced a significant profit for the members over the course of seven years. One of the best hits was when the Players’ Pool took down half of the Pick-6 pool on Kentucky Derby Day 2007, with a gross return of over $500,000.  The Pool had several other hits over $250,000.

The $3 Million National Handicapping Championship (NHC) is the premier horse racing tournament in the nation. It is basically horse racing’s version of the World Series of Poker, with the main difference being that players cannot buy their way into the NHC. Players can only win their way in via tournaments held throughout the country. Nilsen is one of the top participants in the history of the event, having qualified 17 times. He is a dual qualifier for the 2021 NHC and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee. He was the first player, and one of only a handful, to finish in the top 10 at the NHC twice.

Nilsen is the founder and editor of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

 

Know These European Contenders for the Breeders’ Cup

Source: BreedersCup.com and America’s Best Racing

In a year that has been anything but normal, one thing we can count on is a strong international presence at this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course. Two hundred and one horses were pre-entered for this year’s event with 39 making the trip from outside North America.

While the Breeders’ Cup is closed to fans this year, NBC will be airing the races across its channels on both Friday and Saturday. To prepare you for this year’s international invasion, we’ll introduce you to a few of the 39 headed to Lexington, Ky. and a few from the U.S. who have run abroad below.

FRIDAY’S ACTION AT KEENELAND

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint

The first of a potential 10 runners for trainer Aidan O’Brien, Lipizzaner will be making his third start in four weeks after finishing second in the Group 3 Jebel Ali Anglesey Stakes and then winning the Vertem.co.uk Doncaster Stakes last out. In all, Lipizzaner enters the race with five top two finishes in seven starts this season, mostly on rain-affected ground. If he wins, he’ll be the 13th Breeders’ Cup winner for O’Brien and second for the stallion Uncle Mo, who himself was a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner.

For the third year running, trainer Archie Watson will have a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint contender with Mighty Gurkha. The colt earned his first stakes victory two starts ago in the Group 3 Unibet Sirenia Stakes and will be contesting his first 5 ½-furlong race here. Running over six furlongs in five of his six starts, the only time Mighty Gurkha raced shorter than that was when he finished fifth in the Windsor Castle Stakes going five furlongs at Royal Ascot.

A last out Group 2 winner in England, Ubettabelieveit is coming into this race with a record of three wins in five starts. Also a winner of the National Stakes, Ubettabelieveit has won at five furlongs multiple times, though in his only start over six furlongs (half a furlong longer than the Juvenile Sprint), he was ninth.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Presented by Coolmore America

Battleground will likely be one of the race favorites, and his history with Keeneland and the Breeders’ Cup goes all the way back to 2015. That was the year his dam, Found, won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf against males before ending her career with a third the following year at Santa Anita Park. Battleground has had a bit of an unscheduled preparation for this race, not running since late July after rain caused him to scratch in a few races after that start. The colt is two-for-three, last winning the Group 2 Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes a little over a month after winning the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot. If he wins, he’ll be the second Juvenile Turf winner for his sire War Front since Hit It A Bomb won at this track in 2015.

Trainer Jessica Harrington is making only her second trip to the Breeders’ Cup from Ireland after Albinga finished fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf last year, this time with Cadillac as one of her three runners. Cadillac started his career off with a nine length romp in a maiden race, and in his next start ran future Group 1 winner Mac Swiney to within half a length in a Group 2 stakes before beating another future Group 1 winner in Van Gogh in the Group 2 KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes next out over a mile. If his last start turns you off, feel free to cross it out. He finished fifth in a Group 1 stakes on Oct. 10, but the ground that day was more like a bog and many horses didn’t handle it well.

By France’s leading freshman sire Goken, Go Athletico comes here after a close second in a Group 2 in France.  The juvenile gelding has never finished worse than second and though he hasn’t raced over a mile, he has won at seven furlongs, beating fellow Juvenile Turf hopeful Sealiway while doing it.

New Mandate comes here off a Group 2 victory in late September, his third win in a row after finishing third in his first two starts. The gelding trained by Ralph Beckett proved in his last race that he can handle a mile with a three quarter length victory over the distance and looks to give Beckett his first Breeders’ Cup win since Muhannak’s win in the Marathon in 2008.   New Mandate will also be that trainer’s first Breeders’ Cup runner in five years.

In the Oct. 4 “Win and You’re In” Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, Sealiway easily conquered his first try at a Group 1 with an eight-length victory. Racing exclusively at six and seven furlongs, the France-based colt has won four of his six starts, with one of his only two losses coming to fellow Juvenile Turf hopeful Go Athletico.

The Breeders' Cup horse racingBreeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf

Campanelle is based at Keeneland with trainer Wesley Ward for Stonestreet Stables, but if you don’t follow international racing, you’d be forgiven for not being familiar with the filly. After breaking her maiden at Gulfstream Park, as is the tradition with most good Ward 2-year-olds Campanelle then headed to Europe. The filly was a three-quarter length winner of the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot in her second start before winning a French Group 1 when taking on males in the Prix Morny. The filly has followed the same stakes schedule as another Ward and Stonestreet star in Lady Aurelia, though she’ll be deviating from that one’s path by making a start in the Breeders’ Cup as a 2-year-old – Lady Aurelia made her only appearance at the Breeders’ Cup the following year. Campanelle also has second preference in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint earlier in the day.

After finishing second by just half a length in the Group 1 Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes in September, Miss Amulet will attempt to stretch out to one mile for the first time in this race. The filly is a Group 2 winner at six furlongs and was second in the Cheveley Park at the same distance. If she runs in this race, she’ll also be only the second Breeders’ Cup starter for her trainer Ken Condon after he started Trais Fluors in the Breeders’ Cup Mile last year.

Mother Earth has been a consistent in the European stakes scene this year. She broke her maiden in a Group 3 stakes back in July and ran perhaps the best race of her career when stretching to a mile in early October, finishing third by just two lengths in the Group 1 Bet365 Fillies Mile. Other than an 11th in the race before that, Mother Earth has hit the board in each of her seven starts at distances from five furlongs to a mile and if she was to win here, she’d be the first Juvenile Fillies Turf winner for trainer Aidan O’Brien.

SATURDAY’S ACTION AT KEENELAND

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

The first Breeders’ Cup race of Saturday’s card has attracted two international runners, including Glass Slippers.

That filly was a close second last out in a Group 1 on ground labeled heavy (basically extremely soft in American terms) on a huge weekend in France. In the race before that, Glass Slippers won the Group 1 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes, and two starts back she finished second to Battaash, one of the world’s top sprinters, in a Group 2 stakes. While her record looks good any time of year, something to keep in mind with Glass Slippers is that she always comes into form in the fall. The last two autumns, she has won Group 1 races, and overall she’s four-for-six during the season.

Equilateral is second on the also eligible list for the Turf Sprint, with one of those in the main body has first preference in another race. The 5-year-old gelding is a racing veteran with 22 starts under his belt, including 10 on the board finishes though he has had a bit of an up and down season this year with a win and a second in Dubai over the winter and then two on-the-board finishes in England from five starts. This race is at a distance Equilateral hasn’t faced before, but he’s won at both five furlongs and six furlongs so 5 ½ should be no problem. If he gets in the race, it’s not hard to imagine him finishing in the top three.

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Pingxiang is on the also eligible list, but if he gets in, keep in mind that the Japanese-based colt made easy work of his Breeders’ Cup prep in his home country. By Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Speightstown, Pingxiang was a 17 ½ length winner in an allowance in late September. That race was his first going further than six furlongs, so that’s something to keep in mind though he may be getting thrown to the wolves a bit here. If he were to run and finish in the top three, it will be the second consecutive year an international horse accomplished the feat, with South Korea-trained Blue Chipper finishing third in the race last year. Pingxiang also has an entry in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint so it’s possible we could see him there.

Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf

The Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf has been kind to the Europeans, with their horses winning three of the last four editions and the other winner during this span, Sistercharlie, starting her career in Europe. European-based horses have a strong presence in this year’s renewal, with five guaranteed a spot in the main body of the field (though one of them, Tarnawa, has already committed to going to the Breeders’ Cup Turf) and three of the four in the also-eligible list.

Audarya was only a length from winning a second straight Group 1 last out when third in the Group 1 Prix de l’Opera Longines, which came after she won the Group 1 Darley Prix Jean Romanet in August. Those races were the first two times she’s stepped up to group stakes level and both were on rain-affected ground, so that may be something to keep in mind with her if she races on firm turf at Keeneland, although she’s handled that condition before.

Keeneland clock racingOne of three runners in the World Championships for trainer Jessica Harrington, Cayenne Pepper is a four-time winner. In her most recent start, she won the Group 2 Moyglare Jewels Blandford Stakes on Sept. 13 by four lengths. This filly has kept good company this year. She was second in back-to-back Group 1s over the summer, one to Breeders’ Cup Turf hopeful Magical and also in the Irish Oaks. She also finished second to Breeders’ Cup Turf contender Tarnawa in a Group 3 in August. Cayenne Pepper hasn’t run at this 1 3/16-mile distance before but she has wins at seven furlongs to 1 ¼ miles so it shouldn’t be an issue.

This year’s Group 1 Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Peaceful is looking to get a first win at further than a mile after losing the Group 1 Prix de Diane Longines by only a neck in a three-way photo finish over 1 5/16 miles (a furlong longer than the distance of this race). The filly is coming into this race off a 12th place finish in early October, though trainer Aidan O’Brien blamed that on the ground and said that her connections always thought the Filly and Mare Turf was a good race for her.

Terebellum is set to make her final start in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf as she searches for her first Group 1 victory. The filly has been close in three of her four Group 1 starts, losing by a head to Breeders’ Cup Mile hopeful Circus Maximus at Royal Ascot this year and then finishing third by only a half a length in another top-level race. Last year, the filly made her Group 1 debut in the 2019 Longines Prix de l’Opera where she finished fifth, but by only 1 ½ lengths.
Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Japan has sent Jasper Prince for this race, though he also holds an entry in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (his second preference). He is in the main body of this field, however, and is an interesting horse with five wins from 19 starts. He didn’t run well last out on a muddy track though he did win his prior start in September by 1 ¾ lengths and has only made three starts in 2020. A U.S.-bred horse, he will be the third Breeders’ Cup runner in the last two years and fourth overall for trainer Hideyuki Mori, whose Full Flat gave him his best career Breeders’ Cup finish with a fifth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile Presented by PDJF

One of the best milers in Europe based on accomplishment, Circus Maximus is one of seven internationals pre-entered for this race. He finished fourth to Uni last year in the Mile, and he looks to better that finish here after finishing second or third in three of his last four starts. Circus Maximus has raced five times so far this year, posting a head victory over Terebellum in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes to start his season. That was his third career Group 1 win. He’s only been campaigned at a mile this year, and Circus Maximus has been primed for this race – one of only a select few top-level turf races trainer Aidan O’Brien has not yet won.

The Mile will be a bit of a homecoming for Kameko. The colt was born next door to Keeneland at Calumet Farm before selling as a yearling in the pavilion just a few hundred feet from the turf course he’ll race on in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. He’s been on quite the journey since selling at Keeneland in 2018 for $80,000, winning the first synthetic Group 1 as a 2-year-old last November before adding to his Group 1 haul in the Group 1 QIPCO 2,000 Guineas back in June – England’s first classic of the year. After running fourth in three consecutive races, Kameko returned to the winner’s enclosure in the Group 2 Shadwell Joel Stakes in late September. Expect the son of Kitten’s Joy to be primed for this start, he’s set to retire after this race to Tweenhills Stud in England.

One of those horses who has spent most of the season coming agonizingly close to a win without getting it, Lope Y Fernandez has run with some of the best throughout the year and has three Group 1 placings. He’ll need defections to get in, but if he runs in the Mile, we’ll see both the first- and third-place finishers of this year’s Group 1 Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas in the race, as Lope Y Fernandez finished third to Siskin back in June. That’s the only time this colt has raced at a mile distance; he’s preferred shorter races throughout his career.

Roy and Gretchen Jackson’s Lael Stables is known for racing in North America, but the operation also races in Europe. The Jacksons are bringing back One Master, who was fifth in the 2018 Mile, for another try. One Master is an incredibly accomplished runner as she’s a three-time winner of the Group 1 Qatar Prix de la Foret – one of the most prestigious sprint races in Europe. While most of her starts have come in sprints, One Master has also held her own over a mile with four top-four finishes at the distance in five starts. Those include a close neck loss in a Group 1 stakes and a third-place finish by a neck in the Queen Anne Stakes against males, both occurring in 2019.

Having trained for over 25 years, John Quinn is marking plenty of milestones in 2020. In July in registered his 1,000th career winner with Safe Voyage, who now becomes his first Breeders’ Cup starter. Safe Voyage was third by only a neck to One Master last out in the Prix de la Foret, but beat her two starts back in a Group 2 stakes at York Racecourse in August. He then won another Group 2 in September before his very good third in the Prix de la Foret. An extremely consistent horse, Safe Voyage has won 12 of 29 starts with six other top three finishes and is bringing perhaps the best form of his racing career into this race, as he’s hit the board in five of six 2020 starts. Mainly a seven-furlong horse, Safe Voyage has stepped up to a mile with success throughout his career. His Group 2 win over One Master came at that distance, and he also finished third in a Group 1 to close out 2019 .

Siskin is looking to get back on a winning track in the Mile, as he’s Heading to Japan for stud duty afterward. He won the Group 1 Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas to start his season and then was third against older horses in the Group 1 Qatar Sussex Stakes next out with just a half-length separating him and runner-up Circus Maximus. He struggled in September’s Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, finishing fourth, but trainer Ger Lyons expects Siskin to put that behind him in Kentucky on a course many think will suit him well.
Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf

The final race with international representation this year, the Breeders’ Cup Turf sees five of the 11 horses in the race managed by European-based trainers. This race has proven to be a successful one for the Europeans over the past 10 years with only three American-based horses winning in that time.

Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien has won four of the last 10 runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Turf and sends one of the best turf horses in the world to Keeneland in Magical. If you’ve heard her name before when it comes to American racing, it’s because Magical was second in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf to Enable. In an extremely memorable duel, she finished second by just three-quarters of a length, one of the smallest margins of victory for Enable in a storied career. This time, Magical doesn’t have an Enable to contend with and is coming into this race with three Group 1 victories in 2020. She did finish third last out on soft turf but seems to be coming into this race in the form of her life, a scary proposition for the other runners.

It isn’t often you see a German-trained horse in a Breeders’ Cup race, with only 12 Germans running in the Breeders’ Cup through the years, and only one German-bred winner – Shirocco in the 2005 Turf. That changes this year with Henk Grewe sending Donjah to Keeneland after winning a Group 1 stakes two starts ago. She’s raced exclusively in Germany outside of one win in Italy, and Donjah was fourth by 1 ¾ lengths in the Group 1 Longines Grosser Preis von Baden last out. Overall, the filly has four wins in 10 starts with two of those victories coming at the mile-and-a-half distance she’ll race in the Turf.

John Gosden, trainer of Enable, looks for his second Turf victory in three years with two horses this year, led by Lord North. A six-time winner who has only been off the board twice in his career, Lord North easily won the Group 1 Prince of Wales Stakes earlier this year. He then finished a good third behind Magical in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes before finishing 10th in the Group 1 Qipco Champion Stakes, his most recent start. You can easily draw a line through the race with the bog at Ascot not suiting many of the horses who ran that day.

Always a good filly, Tarnawa has stepped up to another level this year with three victories in three starts for Dermot Weld. The Shamardal filly won a Group 3 stakes by 1 ¾ lengths in August and then won by three lengths in the Group 1 Qatar Prix Vermeille in September, both at 1 ½ miles. Most recently, she won the Group 1 Prix de l’Opera Longines by a neck going 1 ¼ miles in October. If Tarnawa can run to her 2020 form, she has a good chance to hit the board in the Longines Turf.

A Look Back at FL-Bred Gate Dancer and a Wild 1st Breeders’ Cup

In 1984, I had the pleasure to attend the inaugural running of the Breeders’ Cup as a reporter for The Florida Horse. My brother in law, Bryan Howlett, was farm manager for Tartan Farms, and by coincidence John Nerud was president and trainer for Tartan Farms.

He also happened to be on the board of the Breeders’ Cup and was a very big deal in that organization. One morning before the races, I happened to run into Nerud, and he invited me to ride with him around the Santa Anta facilities.

Nerud, the trainer of Dr. Fager and many other horses for Tartan Farms, lived to be 102.

What a thrill that was, and the thrills didn’t end there. Gate Dancer was running in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Gate Dancer was a Florida-bred, and an extremely good one…

Breeders’ Cup Notes: Classic or Distaff for Swiss Skydiver?

The decision will have to come, but Saturday was not the time to make it.

That doesn’t mean trainer Kenny McPeek hasn’t been thinking about what to do with his popular filly Swiss Skydiver when the Breeders’ Cup is run on the first weekend of November.

Here are the options: He could run Swiss Skydiver in the $2 million Distaff at 1 1/8 miles or take a swing at the $6 million Classic at 1 1/4 miles. Both races are on Nov. 7 at Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, Ky.

What makes the choice more than a little difficult is how Swiss Skydiver has performed against both sexes this year.

The 3-year-old filly …

Breeders’ Cup Schedule at Keeneland

Jockey and trainer at Keeneland

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The Breeders’ Cup consists of 14 Championship races and eight undercard races with total purses and awards of more than $31 million, which will be held on Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky.

The official race order and wagering menu for both days of the Championships will be announced on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The 37th Breeders’ Cup, which will be held in Eastern Standard Time, begins on Friday, Nov. 6 with Future Stars Friday, featuring all five Breeders’ Cup World Championships races for two-year-olds. There will be five undercard races preceding the first Breeders’ Cup race on Friday’s 10-race program, with the first race post time at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Friday’s first Breeders’ Cup race will be Race #6, which will have a post time of 2:30 p.m. ET. The $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1), will be the 10th race on the card, with a post time of 5:10 p.m. ET.

There will be 12 races on the Saturday, Nov. 7 program, featuring nine Breeders’ Cup World Championships races. The day begins with three undercard races with a first race post time of 10:15 a.m. ET. The first Breeders’ Cup race will be Race #4, which will have a post time of 12:02 p.m. ET.

Post time for the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), Race #12, will be 5:13 p.m. ET.

“This year’s World Championships will take place after Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 1. We wanted to ensure that our fans, racetrack and ADW partners have the schedule of EST post times in plenty of time to make arrangements to watch and wager on two days of world-class international racing at Keeneland Race Course,” said Dora Delgado, Breeders’ Cup Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Officer.

2020 BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS POST TIMES

(ALL EASTERN STANDARD TIMES)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6

Race 1     11:30 AM
Race 2     12:05 PM
Race 3     12:40 PM
Race 4     1:15 PM
Race 5     1:50 PM
Race 6     2:30 PM
Race 7     3:10 PM
Race 8     3:50 PM
Race 9     4:30 PM
Race 10   5:10 PM   TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7

Race 1     10:15 AM
Race 2     10:45 AM
Race 3     11:20 AM
Race 4     12:02 PM
Race 5     12:39 PM
Race 6     1:18 PM
Race 7     1:57 PM
Race 8     2:36 PM
Race 9     3:15 PM
Race 10   3:54 PM
Race 11    4:33 PM
Race 12    5:13 PM   Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic

BOLDED are Breeders’ Cup World Championships races.   Source: Breeders’ Cup

Gosden and O’Brien vie for supremacy on British Champions Day

The European flat-racing season reaches its climax with British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday after a season disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Qatari sponsors QIPCO have ensured it is a rich payday for the owners and few will begrudge them that as they have been credited with keeping the sport going this year even though prize money has been reduced.

The two pre-eminent trainers, Englishman John Gosden and Aidan O’Brien, from Ireland, look set for a battle royal.

AFP Sport highlights the three races where 69-year-old Gosden and O’Brien, 50, are most likely to battle for supremacy:

Stradivarius aims to …

Breeders’ Cup Notes: Nashville Under Consideration for BC Sprint

WinStar Farm and China Horse Club’s TDN Rising Star‘ Nashville (Speightstown), who took his record to two-for-two with a towering allowance success at Keeneland Oct. 10, could make his next start in the Nov. 7 GI Breeders’ Cup Sprint over the same track and distance, WinStar General Manager David Hanley said Monday.

“It’s a bit too early for a final decision, but I would say the nothing has been ruled out at this point,” Hanley said. “I haven’t discussed it with [WinStar President/CEO and Racing Manager] Elliott [Walden] or [trainer] Steve [Asmussen] and they will be the ones to decide….”

When is the Breeders’ Cup?

Keeneland clock racingIs the Breeders’ Cup Cancelled?

The good news is that the race goes on with the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.  The popular, annual event features purses worth over $31 million with race horses coming from all over the world to compete.  The dates are Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8 at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, KY.

The bad news concerning the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland is that, just like many other sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fans will not be in attendance.

Top trainers with horses that will play a major factor include Chad Brown, Todd Pletcher and Aidan O’Brien.

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Breeders’ Cup Board Approves a $4 Million increase in purses, safety measures

The Breeders' Cup horse racingLEXINGTON, Ky. (March, 2020) — The Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors met during a regularly scheduled meeting to discuss future business plans for the Company including next steps in advancing safety measures and purse levels for the two-day World Championships.

Safety Measures

The Breeders’ Cup Board continued its commitment to using the organization’s leadership position within the industry to encourage the adoption of increased safety requirements within and beyond the World Championships. Beginning at the 2020 World Championships, the Breeders’ Cup will adopt all six recommendations from Dr. Larry Bramlage’s report, (Pages 18-21). These process improvements are aimed at refining safety and veterinary evaluation protocols for future events. The report was the first of its kind as the Breeders’ Cup leads by example in promoting transparency and accountability in Thoroughbred racing.

In addition to its continued efforts to ensure that the World Championships are conducted under the highest standards of both safety and integrity, the Breeders’ Cup remains heavily involved in the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition’s advocacy for the implementation of the 19 safety and integrity reforms, to include those announced in November and December, at the state and/or track level. To this end, in order to host a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge race, U.S.-based tracks that are not members of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition will be required to agree to adopt all 19 safety and integrity reforms that make up the Coalition platform and must demonstrate a good faith effort in implementing those reforms.

“The implementation of the increased safety measures outlined in the Bramlage report for our World Championships, along with the required adoption of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition safety and integrity reforms by racetrack partners hosting Breeders’ Cup Challenge races, are the latest steps the Breeders’ Cup has taken to strengthen its longstanding commitment to instituting the highest standards in the overall conduct of our racing programs,” said Drew Fleming, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO.

Purse Levels

The Breeders’ Cup Board also approved a $4 million increase in purses, bringing total purses and awards for the two-day World Championships to $35 million. Purse payouts will also be modified to pay down to the 10th position from the current 8th position.

The purse increases begin with this year’s event at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. on November 6 – 7 and will be allocated as follows:

  • $1 million to the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic for a total purse of $7 million
  • $2 million to the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf for a total purse of $6 million
  • $1 million to the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile for a total purse of $2 million

These increases put the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf tied for the richest Group 1 turf race in the world and solidify the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile as the richest dirt mile race worldwide.  The Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic remains the richest race in North America and the third richest Group 1 in the world.

“These purse increases reflect the Breeders’ Cup’s mission to conduct the World Championships at the highest levels of quality and to keep our races competitive on the international stage,” said Fleming. “Our decision to increase purse payouts to 10th place in all our races is a tribute to the loyal participation of our owners and trainers who support the World Championships each year.”

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ABOUT BREEDERS’ CUP
The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred horse racing’s year-end Championships, as well as the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The Breeders’ Cup is also a founding member of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, an organization composed of industry leaders committed to advancing safety measures in Thoroughbred racing and improving the well-being of equine and human athletes.

The 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Championship races, will be held on November 6-7 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky and features a total of $35 million in purses and awards. The event will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.