Churchill Downs Hosts Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships
The 28th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be held this year on Nov. 4-5 under the historic twin spires of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
It will be the eighth time that racing’s championship event will be held at Churchill Downs.
With the addition of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint, there are now 15 races making up the Breeders’ Cup, giving horseplayers a two-day betting extravaganza with nearly an unlimited amount of ways to pad the wagering bankroll.
For the 2010 Breeders’ Cup, there were $6 million in guaranteed pools, with a $750,000 guarantee in Friday’s Ultra Pick 6, and a $2 million guarantee in Saturday’s Ultra Pick 6.
In addition to the standard win, place, and show betting, there will be exacta and trifecta wagering on every race and rolling Pick 3 wagers beginning with the first race and continuing through all races on both days.
There will be 50-cent Pick 4’s with guaranteed pools, and a daily double lining Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Class to Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The Classic on Saturday will again offer a $5 million purse and will draw the top horses in the world.
Since its inception in 1984, 15 participants in the Breeders’ Cup Classic have been named Horse of the Year - Ferdinand (1987); Alysheba (1988); Sunday Silence (1989); Black Tie Affair (1991); A.P. Indy (1993); Cigar (1995); Cigar (1996); Skip Away (1998); Tiznow (2000); Ghostzapper (2004); Saint Liam (2005); Invasor (2006); Curlin (2007); Curlin (2008); Zenyatta (2010). Nine of those horses clinched the Horse of the Year with a Classic victory.
Last year’s Classic matchup between Blame and Zenyatta was one of the most memorable in the history of the race.
Zenyatta, sporting a perfect record in 19 career starts came charging late but came up just a head short of winning the Classic for the second year in a row.
Despite the loss, Zenyatta still won the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year for her remarkable year.
Fire up the wagering account, and tune into ESPN and ABC for all of the exciting action over the two- day championship event.
While the Kentucky Derby is called the two most exciting minutes in sports, the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is the two most exciting days in sports!