Breeders’ Cup Greatest Moments Top 10 Memorable Classics

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santa-anita racetrackThe Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships are approaching and it is time for the battleground to take shape again. But what are the biggest moments in the history of the Breeders’ Cup Classic or other BC races? It is never easy to tell especially when the best of the best come out from all divisions in search of huge paydays and immortality throughout horse racing lore while stamping their name as a true champion. The biggest of the all comes from the Classic division and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. That is where many of the Breeders’ Cup Greatest Moments come from.

Many of the sports heavyweights have done battle in the Classic and some of the greatest moments in Breeders’ Cup history have come from that race.  Horse of the year is often decided at the completion of the always epic two-days of racing. I pared down 10 of the biggest moments in the history of the Classic and leave it up to you to help decide the rank within those 10 races. All are phenomenal and have varying importance from Fillies taking the crown, to long shots, and even the first Grand Slam champion. Check them out and enjoy the moments. At the end is a poll to vote on which edition is the greatest to you. We hope you enjoy.

Breeders’ Cup Greatest Moments

 

1984 Classic: Wild Again Upsets at 31-1 to Kickoff Classic Era

Video Courtesy of Breeders’ Cup World Championships

The first year of the Breeders’ Cup was due to bring some interesting results to say the least. There was no disputing that when longshot Wild Again at 31-1 battled with and survived a stretch duel with Gate Dancer and Slew O’Gold. An incredible finish to the first Breeders’ Cup all but cementing the event as the end of year staple that it has become.

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2016 Breeders’ Cup Post Times, Race Purses –Friday and Saturday Cards

santa-anita racetrackWe are a couple of weeks away from the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Santa Anita will be the home once again and the finest in the world will be on site to prove their worth. The two-day event is the culmination of the racing season. While many casual fans think of the Kentucky Derby-Preakness Stakes-Belmont Stakes as the pinnacle of the racing season, the real followers of the sport know that there is a summer grind, full of amazing racing, which peaks at the Breeders’ Cup.

There are 13 races spread over two days that see the greatest in the sport come to prove themselves. To make it easy to track we have put together a list of all 13 races, the sponsor, purse, and more to guide you through. No more worrying about when the Breeders’ Cup Classic Post Time is, or the Las Vegas Dirt Mile purse. Good luck and happy handicapping.

Note: Post times, Race Order or any Under-card races are subject to change

 

November 4, 2016 –  Friday Key Races

Race – Longines Distaff

Surface – Dirt

Purse – $2,000,000

Grade – 1

Distance – 1 1/8 Miles

Age – 3+

Post Time – 4:35 PM PST

 

November 5, 2016 –  Saturday Key Races

Race – Sentient Jet Juvenile

Surface – Dirt

Purse – $2,000,000

Grade – 1

Distance – 1 1/16 Miles

Age – 2

Post Time – 2:43 PM PST

 

Race – Longines Turf

Surface – Turf

Purse – $4,000,000

Grade – 1

Distance – 1 1/2 Miles

Age – 3+

Post Time – 4:40 PM PST

 

Race – Classic

Surface – Dirt

Purse – $6,000,000

Grade – 1

Distance – 1 1/4 Miles

Age – 3+

Post Time – 5:35 PM PST

 

 

Full Friday November 4, 2016 Breeders’ Cup Post Times

Juvenile Turf
Purse $1,000,000Age 2Post Time 2:25 PM PSTGrade 1
Las Vegas Dirt Mile
Purse $1,000,000Age 3+Post Time 3:05 PM PSTGrade 1
Juvenile Fillies Turf
Purse $1,000,000Age 2Post Time 3:50 PM PSTGrade 1
Longines Distaff
Purse $2,000,000Age 3+Post Time 4:35 PM PSTGrade 1

 

Full Saturday November, 2016 Breeders’ Cup Post Times

14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies
Purse $2,000,000Age 2Post Time 12:05 PM PSTGrade 1
Filly & Mare Turf
Purse $2,000,000Age 3+Post Time 12:43 PM PSTGrade 1
Filly & Mare Sprint
Purse $1,000,000Age 3+Post Time 1:21 PM PSTGrade 1
Turf Sprint
Purse $1,000,000Age 3+Post Time 2:05 PM PSTGrade 1
Sentient Jet Juvenile
Purse $2,000,000Age 2Post Time 2:43 PM PSTGrade 1
Mile
Purse $2,000,000Age 3+Post Time 3:22 PM PSTGrade 1
Twinspires Sprint
Purse $1,500,000Age 3+Post Time 4:01 PM PSTGrade 1
Longines Turf
Purse $4,000,000Age 3+Post Time 4:40 PM PSTGrade 1
Classic
Purse $6,000,000Age 3+Post Time 5:35 PM PSTGrade 1

2016 Breeders’ Cup: Event Info, How To Get Into Race, Gate Times

santa-anita racetrackWe are less than a month away from the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Santa Anita will be the home once again and the finest in the world will be on site to prove their worth. Over the past 30 years, there have been over 270 champions crowned at the Breeders Cup. The two-day event is the culmination of the racing season. While many casual fans think of the Kentucky Derby-Preakness Stakes-Belmont Stakes as the pinnacle of the racing season, the real followers of the sport know that there is a summer grind, full of amazing racing, which peaks at the Breeders’ Cup. There will be over $25 million in purses money handed out over the two-day period.

An owner cannot just enter a Breeders’ Cup race; there are qualification criteria that must be met in order to step into the starting gate. There are a few ways that a horse can qualify to run. The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series is the first way a horse can gain entry. Winning one of the selected races automatically qualifies a horse for entry. Secondly, horses can earn qualification through a yearlong points race. Each Grade 1, Grade 2, or Grade 3 race has a level of weighted points for first thru third place. Garner enough points and you are in. Finally, there is the panel of experts. This group can decide if a horse merits the chance to run in a Breeders’ Cup race. Fair? Yes, if there is a horse that was injured or has another weighting factor that limited starts for a talented animal. Regardless, each race is capped at 14 horses.

The level of excitement around the horse racing world cannot be understated. Everyone is counting down to an incredible event. Each bettor is looking for an angle, each trainer is looking for the edge and each owner is giddy with the opportunity to be crowned a Breeders’ Cup Champion. Money will be flowing over the two day event. Last year, the total two-day handle for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships was $150,574,656. Could the Breeders’ Cup hit $200 million in the not so distant future? Anything is possible so you should never rule it out. Maybe this year could be the year. Locally, almost 100,000 people (95,102) attended live to watch incredible racing at Keeneland. With the return to Santa Anita, that number should exceed 100,000 in 2016.

The position draw for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup will be held on Monday, the 31st of October at 3:30 PM Pacific Time at Chandelier Room at Santa Anita Park hosted by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. Good luck!

 

November 4, 2016 – Friday

Parking Opens at 8:30 AM PST

Gate Open at 0900 AM PST

Betting Windows Open at 10:00 AM PST

 

November 5, 2016 – Saturday

Parking Opens at 7:30 AM PST

Gate Opens at 8:00 AM PST

Betting Windows Open at 9:00 AM PST