The Race 0f the Champions
The Breeders’ Cup is a two-day festival of top International racing with 14 Championship races on turf and dirt. The venue alters every season but it has only been staged once outside of the United States when it was held at the Woodbine Racetrack in Canada in 1996.
There is always a strong European challenge and they have been increasingly successful, particularly in the turf races. The meeting was first staged in 1984 as a single day but was extended to two in 2007. The Blue Riband event is the $5 million Classic that brings the meeting to a close.
Breeders’ Cup Highlight Moments
Highlights include victory for Cigar in 1995 and a heart-breaking first and only defeat for Zenyatta in 2010. In the same year, the French-trained mare Goldikova became the most successful horse in the history of the Breeders’ Cup when she took the mile for a third consecutive season.
The Breeder’s Cup 2019 will be hosted at Santa Anita Park, from November 1st – 2nd.
Breeder’s Cup location might change in 2019 to another race track. This is due to the cancellation of horse racing in Santa Anita after a 21 horse fatality in less than 3 months. We’ll keep you informed for any new revelation.
Del Mar Racecourse
Del Mar is a beach town located in Southern California with the racecourse situated astride the Pacific Ocean.
The First Race at Del Mar
The racecourse was opened in 1937 and was effectively put on the map the following year with a match race. America’s champion Seabiscuit faced South American champion Ligaroti with “The Biscuit” prevailing by a nose in a thrilling duel. The horse would go on to be the subject of numerous books and a film which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2003.
Del Mar has a reputation as the launch pad of champions. Recent Del Mar Futurity winners include California Chrome and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. The $1 million Pacific Classic has also attracted some of the leading middle-distance performers with high profile winners like Pleasantly Perfect, Game On Dude and Beholder.
More Top Races at Del Mar
Other major races held at Del Mar include the Del Mar Oaks, the Bing Crosby Stakes, the Clement El Hirsch Stakes and the Del Mar Debutante. In 2014, Del Mar added a new meeting to commemorate the closure of Hollywood Park racecourse. The card features the Hollywood Turf Cup, the Hollywood Derby and the Matriarch Stakes. Significant improvements to facilities and some excellent marketing has led to Del Mar hosting the Breeders’ Cup for the first time in 2017.
Breeders’ Cup 2017
Del Mar hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for the first time on 3rd and 4th November 2017. Del Mar was the perfect setting for the 34th Breeders’ Cup, with parties and events galore to celebrate some of the best racehorses in the world.
Tickets sell quickly for the Breeders’ Cup. Don’t delay – reserve your tickets for Del Mar today!