Press Release

2018 Race Order, Wagering Menu and Guaranteed Pools Announced for World Championships

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (October 24, 2018) — The Breeders' Cup announced today the official order of races, and guaranteed multi-race wagering pools for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. There will be a total of 10 races (five Breeders' Cup races) on the first day of the Championships – now called “Future Stars Friday” – and 12 races on the Saturday program (nine Breeders' Cup races). The Friday program begins at 12:55 p.m. ET with four undercard races. The last race of the day, which follows the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, will have a post time of 6:43 p.m. ET.

Championship Saturday’s first post is 10:45 a.m. ET and begins with two undercard races. There will be one race following the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which will have a post time of 6:22 p.m. ET.

The race order for the undercard races on Friday and Saturday will also be announced on Monday, October 29.


Championships Race Order (All Times Eastern)

The first Championships race on “Future Stars Friday” will be the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (3:21 p.m.); the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (4:00 p.m.); the $2 million Tito’s Handmade Vodka Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (4:40 p.m.); the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (5:22 p.m.) and the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (6:05 p.m.)

Championship Saturday begins with two undercard races followed by the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (12:00 p.m.); the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (12:38 p.m.); the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (1:16 p.m.); the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2:04 p.m.); the $2 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (2:46 p.m.); the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (3:36 p.m.); the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (4:16 p.m.); the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (4:56 p.m.) and the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (5:44 p.m.).


Friday’s Guaranteed Pools

Friday’s card will open with a $500,000 Pick 5 guarantee on races 1-5. There will be a Late Pick 5 on races 5-9 with a $1,000,000 guarantee and an all Breeders’ Cup Pick 4 on Races 6-9 with a $1,500,000 million guarantee.


Saturday’s Guaranteed Pools

There will be a $1,000,000 guaranteed Pick 6 on races 6-11; a Late Pick 5 on races 7-11 with a $2,000,000 guarantee and an all Breeders’ Cup Pick 4 on races 8-11 with a $3,000,000 million guarantee.





Special Daily Doubles (SPDD) consist of leg one on Friday and leg two on Saturday.

Friday’s Pick 6, Pick 5’s and Jackpot Super High-5 may carryover to Saturday.

Any Pick 5 carryover from Friday or Saturday will carryover to the late Pick 5on Saturday.

Saturday’s Pick 6, late Pick 5 and Jackpot Super High-5 will have a mandatory payout in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday.


Bet Minimums

$10 Head2Head

$2 WPS, Daily Double, Pick 6

$1 Exacta and SPDD

$.50 Trifecta, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5 and SH-5

$.10 Superfecta


About Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 races (13 Grade 1 events) with purses and awards totaling more than $30 million, will be held November 2-3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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