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Breeders' Cup World Championships Contenders

Updated: 09/19/2017

This year, the Breeders' Cup will again have a total of 13 races spread over two days of racing with $24.5 million in purse money on the line. Friday November 3rd will have four races headlined by the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Distaff, run for several years as the Ladies Classic, worth $2 million. Saturday November 4th will have nine races headlined by the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at 1 1/4 miles. For the first time, the Championships will be held at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, California, in San Diego County north of the city. Due to the limited space at the facility compared to last year's host Santa Anita, all tickets including general admission must be purchased in advance, and at time of writing, reserved seating for both days is sold out as is stretch run general admission for Saturday. If you still want to attend and don't wish to pay a premium on the resale market, you are limited to stretch run admission on Friday, or infield general admission for both days.

Pre-entries will close at noon on Monday, October 23 for all the races, and those horses will be the only ones who can enter. Final entries will be taken and post positions drawn on Monday October 30.

The Breeders' Cup will be televised on NBC and NBC Sports, but the exact schedule is not yet known. Based on previous years, the schedule should be as shown below:
     Friday, November 3, 3:00-6:00pm on NBC Sports
     Saturday, November 4, 1:00-4:00 on NBC Sports
     Saturday, November 4, 4:00-6:00pm ET (Classic only) on NBC

Below is the list of races with conditions, purses, and post times for both days. The post times are not set yet so they could be changed as late as after the final entries. Click the race names to get links for info specific to that race including a list of the the top contenders with link to a profile for each horse with lots more info.

* all post times are Eastern Time
Saturday November 4
Race Distance Age/Sex Purse Post*
14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) 1 1/16 miles 2 Year Old Fillies $2 Million TBA
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) 5 Furlongs (Turf) 3 Year Olds & Up $1 Million TBA
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) 7 furlongs 3 Year Olds & Up
Fillies & Mares
$1 Million TBA
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) 1 1/8 miles (Turf) 3 Year Olds & Up
Fillies & Mares
$2 Million TBA
TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) 6 Furlongs 3 Year Olds & Up $1.5 Million TBA
Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) 1 mile (Turf) 3 Year Olds & Up $2 Million TBA
Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) 1 1/16 miles 2 Year Old Colts & Geldings $2 Million TBA
Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) 1 1/2 miles (Turf) 3 Year Olds & Up $4 Million TBA
Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) 1 1/4 miles 3 Year Olds & Up $6 Million 8:35pm
Friday November 3
Race Distance Age/Sex Purse Post*
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) 1 Mile (Turf) 2 Year Olds $1 Million TBA
Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) 1 Mile 3 Year Olds & Up $1 Million TBA
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) 1 mile (Turf) 2 Year Old Fillies $1 Million TBA
Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) 1 1/8 miles 3 Year Olds & Up
Fillies & Mares
$2 Million 7:35pm

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