A Horse Racing Syndicate’s Dream, The Breeders’ Cup
Imagine a day in thoroughbred horse racing where all the best horses from around the world come together at the same race track and show off their talents for two consecutive days. This spectacular event of racing is The Breeders’ Cup. In short, the Breeders’ Cup is the end of the year challenge where all the best horses in the world come together to compete against one another in their respective classes and distances.
Every dream of a thoroughbred horse racing syndicate is to run in the Breeders’ Cup at the end of the year. It’s like the all-star game for horses, where the best horses at each distance and surface compete against the best from around the world. The Breeders’ Cup was inaugurated in 1984 at Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, CA. It was a dream conceived by several prominent owners in the industry to bring more attention and a positive light to horse racing on an international stage. Originally, the Breeders’ Cup was held on one single day but today it is comprised of 15 stakes races, the majority of which are Grade 1 races, and is held on two consecutive days.
The Breeders’ Cup is not available to just any horse, but only the best in world. Today, there are sponsored races that are predetermined before the racing season begins called Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races. There are a set amount of “Win and You’re In” races for each Breeders’ Cup race, and the winner of these races gains an automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup, as well as entry fees paid for. This is the most direct and assured way of gaining entry into the Breeders’ Cup so most horse racing partnerships will point their horses to specific “Win and You’re In” races. The other way to gain entry into the Breeders’ Cup races, is based on a point system, where specific stakes races have a predetermined number of points for finishing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively. The rest of the field is determined by the highest point earners, and then if needed horses can be nominated and are evaluated by a panel.
Unlike the Triple Crown races that are held at the same venues each year, the Breeders’ Cup usually does not have the same venue for more than 2 years in a row. Fortunately, this year and the 2013 Breeders’ Cup will be held at the beautiful Santa Anita Park in Southern California. In the past, the Breeders’ Cup has been held all across the United States, with Churchill Downs, Santa Anita, and Belmont Park being the most popular locations. Only one time in 1996, was the Breeders’ Cup held outside the U.S., at Woodbine in Canada. For the foreseeable future the Breeders’ Cup will be held within the United States.
Probably one of the most memorable Breeders’ Cup races took place in the 2009 G1 $5,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park. Zenyatta, one of the best female thoroughbreds to ever race became the first female thoroughbred to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which is typically a race dominated by male entries. Not only did she become the first female horse to win the Classic but also the first horse to win two different Breeders’ Cup races, as she won the 2008 Lady’s Classic. This was truly a remarkable feet, that may never be duplicated. These accomplishments speak to the history and quality of racing that takes place year in and year out at the Breeders’ Cup.
At Blinkers On Racing Stable, we were fortunate enough to campaign Turbulent Descent last year, where she went off as the post time favorite in the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. Though she had a very troubled trip and had to go 5 wide, finishing 5th, it was still the most exciting experience for our thoroughbred syndicate. All of our partners made the trip to Churchill Downs as passionate owners, friends, and fans. To be a part of the Breeders’ Cup is an experience in racing that usually only comes once in a life time, but we are confident that the Blinkers On horse racing partnership will be back very soon.
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