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Results are here!
On Tuesday afternoon, post positions were drawn for the fourteen races of the 25th Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be run this Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. As usual, large well-matched fields will go to post, but there are a few obvious standouts that look to go off at short odds. Defending champion and Horse of the Year Curlin is the 7-5 favorite on the morning line for the Classic and last year's Juvenile Fillies champion Indian Blessing is 2-1 for the Filly and Mare Sprint, but Ladies Classic favorite Zenyatta is expected to be the shortest price on the day, quoted at 3-5. Race order and post times are listed below.
This year brings a lot of changes to the Breeders' Cup as they expand to a total of 14 races spread over two days of racing with $25.5 million in purse money on the line. Friday will be "Ladies Day" with five races for the distaff divisions, headlined by the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (formerly the Breeders' Cup Distaff) worth $2 million. Saturday will have nine races ranging from the 6 furlong Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) to the new 1 1/2 mile Breeders' Cup Marathon. The feature race on Saturday will still be the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1).
With the extra races added, a record 180 horses were pre-entered for this year's Breeders' Cup, including 35 horses from overseas. Seven former or defending champions are among those entered for the 25th Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park. Previous Breeders' Cup winners who are back again are: Curlin (2007 Classic), Midnight Lute (2007 Sprint), Kip Deville (2007 Mile), Indian Blessing (2007 Juvenile Fillies), Ginger Punch (2007 Distaff, now named Ladies' Classic), Better Talk Now (2004 Turf), and Red Rocks (2006 Turf).
This year the Breeders' Cup will be televised on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2 with the schedule so far being:
Friday, October 24, 3:30-6:30 ET on ESPN2
Saturday, October 25, 1:30-3:30 ET on ABC
Saturday, October 25, 3:30-7:00 ET on ESPN
Check here for the latest TV schedule including preps and preview shows.
Below is the list of races with conditions, purses, and post times for both days. Click the race names to get links for info specific to that race plus a list of the horses entered with post positions and morning line odds. Each horse's name will link to a full profile with a photo and lots of info about that horse. A maximum of 14 starters are allowed in each of the races, with the exception of the Juvenile Turf, Juvenile Fillies Turf and the Dirt Mile, which are limited to 12 starters.
|Saturday October 25|
|Breeders' Cup Marathon||1 1/2 miles||3 Year Olds & Up||$500,000||1:10pm|
|Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint||6 1/2 Furlongs (Turf)||3 Year Olds & Up||$1 Million||1:50pm|
|TVG Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile||1 Mile||3 Year Olds & Up||$1 Million||2:30pm|
|Breeders' Cup Mile (G1)||1 mile (Turf)||3 Year Olds & Up||$2 Million||3:15pm|
|Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)||1 1/16 miles||2 Year Old Colts & Geldings||$2 Million||3:55pm|
|Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf||1 Mile (Turf)||2 Year Olds||$1 Million||4:35pm|
|Sentient Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1)||6 Furlongs||3 Year Olds & Up||$2 Million||5:15pm|
|Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (G1)||1 1/2 miles (Turf)||3 Year Olds & Up||$3 Million||6:00pm|
|Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)||1 1/4 miles||3 Year Olds & Up||$5 Million||6:45pm|
|Friday October 24|
|Sentient Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint||7 furlongs||3 Year Olds & Up
Fillies & Mares
|Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf||1 mile (Turf)||2 Year Old Fillies||$1 Million||4:15pm|
|Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1)||1 1/16 miles||2 Year Old Fillies||$2 Million||4:55pm|
|Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1)||1 1/4 miles (Turf)||3 Year Olds & Up
Fillies & Mares
|Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (G1)||1 1/8 miles||3 Year Olds & Up
Fillies & Mares
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Sorry, nothing available for the Marathon.
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