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Breeders' Cup World Championships Preview

Updated: 10/31/2022

For 2022, the Breeders' Cup World Championships return to Keeneland. Pre-entries closed on Monday October 24 for all the races and were released on October 26 with a total of 205 horses, including 45 from overseas, pre-entered for the 14 Championship races. Seven previous Breeders' Cup Champions are back to try for a repeat, including two-time Breeders' Cup Champion Golden Pal in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. Final entries closed on Monday October 31 and post positions where drawn in the afternoon at Rupp Arena. Below are links to the entries for each race along with lots of other information.

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Drawing the posts with Racing Secretary Ben Huffman and University of Kentucky basketball head coach John Calipari.
There are seven returning or former Breeders’ Cup Champions pre-entered: Aloha West, Ce Ce, Echo Zulu, Golden Pal, Life Is Good, Modern Games (IRE), and Order of Australia (IRE). 73 Grade/Group 1 winners are pre-entered including the undefeated Flightline, Whitney Stakes (G1) winner Life Is Good and Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Rich Strike in the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1); Malathaat, Clairiere, and Nest in the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1); and War Like Goddess in the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1).

The 39th Breeders' Cup will have a total of 14 Championship races (all Grade 1) spread over two days of racing with $30 million in purse money on the line. Friday November 4th is billed as "Future Stars Friday" featuring all 5 Championship races for juveniles on the same card, starting with the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G1) and highlighted by the $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1). Saturday November 5th will have nine Grade 1 races for older horses headlined by the $6 million Longines Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at 1 1/4 miles. The Championships will be held at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, for third time, the first in 2015 and the second in 2020 with only horsemen allowed due to Covid.

The Breeders' Cup will be televised on NBC, USA Network, and Peacock with the schedule shown below. All times are Eastern.
     Friday, November 4, 2:00-5:00pm - Future Stars Friday on USA Network
     Saturday, November 5, 1:00pm-3:30pm - Championship Saturday on USA Network
     Saturday, November 5, 3:30-6:00pm - Championship Saturday NBC and Peacock

Below is the list of races with conditions, purses, and post times for both days. The post times and race order were finalized on Monday October 24. Click the race names to get links for info specific to that race including a list of the contenders with a link to a profile for each horse with lots more info. Jockey assignments are not finalized and are based on the regular riders. Free past performances for both days are available here from BRISnet. You can view the official programs for both days online from Breeder's Cup here.

* all post times are Eastern Time
Saturday November 5
Race Distance Age/Sex Purse Post*
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) 7 furlongs 3 Year Olds & Up
Fillies & Mares
$1 Million 11:50am
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) 5 Furlongs (Turf) 3 Year Olds & Up $1 Million 12:29pm
Big Ass Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) 1 Mile 3 Year Olds & Up $1 Million 1:10pm
Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) 1 3/16 Miles (Turf) 3 Year Olds & Up
Fillies & Mares
$2 Million 1:50pm
Qatar Racing Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) 6 Furlongs 3 Year Olds & Up $2 Million 2:30pm
FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) presented by PDJF 1 Mile (Turf) 3 Year Olds & Up $2 Million 3:10pm
Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) 1 1/8 miles 3 Year Olds & Up
Fillies & Mares
$2 Million 3:55pm
Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) 1 1/2 miles (Turf) 3 Year Olds & Up $4 Million 4:40pm
Longines Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) 1 1/4 miles 3 Year Olds & Up $6 Million 5:40pm
Friday November 4
Race Distance Age/Sex Purse Post*
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G1) 5 Furlongs (Turf) 2 Year Olds $1 Million 3:00pm
NetJets Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) 1 1/16 Miles 2 Year Old Fillies $2 Million 3:40pm
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) 1 Mile (Turf) 2 Year Old Fillies $1 Million 4:20pm
FanDuel Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) presented by TAA (G1) 1 1/16 Miles 2 Year Old Colts & Geldings $2 Million 5:00pm
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) 1 Mile (Turf) 2 Year Olds $1 Million 5:40pm

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