Press Release

35th Breeders' Cup World Championships Handle & Attendance

LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 3, 2018) – Following back-to-back Breeders’ Cup wins by Roy H and Stormy Liberal and a history-making win in the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf by 4-year-old European super filly Enable (GB), the first horse to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Longines Turf in the same year, Accelerate’s victory in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic capped a perfect day of racing at Churchill Downs in the 35th Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Total handle for the two-day event of was $157,445,841, the fifth highest since Breeders’ Cup adopted a two-day format in 2007. Total handle on Saturday’s nine Breeders’ Cup races was $96,018,060, a 4% decrease from the $99,833,643 bet on the nine Breeders’ Cup races in 2017. Common-pool handle on Saturday's 12-race Breeders' Cup card was $105,229,197.

Saturday’s attendance was 70,423 and the two-day attendance total was 112,672, the third highest in Breeders’ Cup history. (Attendance in 2017 at Del Mar was capped at 37,500 each day for the comfort of Breeders’ Cup guests.) 

“Once again the Breeders’ Cup proved a fitting showcase for world championship performances and the best in international racing,” said Breeders' Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel. “We want to thank our gracious hosts from Churchill Downs, the greater Louisville community, our fans around the world as well the owners and breeders who participate in our racing programs for an incredible week capped by two extraordinary days of racing.”

This year was the ninth time the Breeders’ Cup has been held at Churchill Downs. The Breeders’ Cup will return to Santa Anita in 2019, and will be held at Keeneland in 2020 and at Del Mar in 2021. 

Breeders' Cup Two-Day Attendance and Handle (common-pool) history:

2017, Del Mar – 70,420 – $166,077,486 
2016, Santa Anita Park – 118,484; $156,861,811 
2015, Keeneland Race Course – 94,652; $149,869,035 
2014, Santa Anita Park – 98,319; $151,158,813 
2013, Santa Anita Park – 94,628; $160,704,877 
2012, Santa Anita Park – 89,742; $144,272,332 
2011, Churchill Downs – 105,820; $161,512,867 
2010, Churchill Downs – 114,353; $173,857,697 
2009, Santa Anita Park – 96,496; $153,271,176 
2008, Santa Anita Park – 86,588; $155,740,328 
2007, Monmouth Park – 69,584; $129,197,262

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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, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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