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The Breeders’ Cup World Championships in November will be held at Churchill Downs for the ninth time, thirty years after making its first appearance at the Louisville track and seven years since its latest swing through Derby City. When examining a list of past winners of the original seven Breeders’ Cup events that have been held at Churchill Downs, one notable aspect has been the tendency of the primary turf events, the Mile (G1) and the 1 1/2-mile Turf (G1), to produce minor-to-major upsets. Although the sample size of eight previous runnings held at Churchill is a small one, the recognizing of this emerging trend should be enough to convince handicappers to take a broader look at the two races once final fields are drawn.
With just six weeks left until the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, qualifying contests for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) are in full swing with three guaranteed berths into the largest live-money handicapping contest in the world on the line this weekend, highlighted by Sunday’s (Sept. 23) tournament which has the lowest-ever qualifying ratio (1 per 5) and a $2,300 entry fee.
This is the sixth of nine weekly news releases focusing on the horses and races leading to the 35th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 at Churchill Downs.
Documentary Film includes and honors Nebraska native and Breeders’ Cup Limited co-founder, John Nerud.
2-year-old filly Skitter Skatter became the first horse to earn an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) and 3-year-old Havana Grey (GB) went wire-to-wire to win the $418,142 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five (G1) and gained a free berth into the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
Close but not close enough in her four stakes attempts overseas, Godolphin's La Pelosa welcomed a change of scenery by shipping to Woodbine and scoring big in Sunday's Grade 1, $250,000 Natalma Stakes. The Natalma is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event, with La Pelosa receiving an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Churchill Downs on Friday, November 2