Ultimate Fan Guide to Breeders’ Cup Week

Santa Anita scene

Santa Anita

By Penelope Miller, courtesy of America's Best Racing

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships are coming to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Nov. 4-5, and if you’re planning to attend the richest two days in horse racing, we have your guide to the ultimate Breeders’ Cup week! Below are the events that are open to the public, and all times listed are Pacific. The best is yet to come with the Breeders’ Cup, and now’s the time to plan your ultimate trip to horse racing’s World Championships!

Monday, Oct. 31-Saturday, Nov. 5

Breakfast at the Breeders’ Cup, Clocker’s Corner, Santa Anita Park

If you’re in town in the week leading up to the Breeders’ Cup, plan on heading to Clocker’s Corner at Santa Anita Park at least once for a breakfast that you’ll never forget. From 4:30-10 a.m. every day, Breeders’ Cup contenders will be training at Santa Anita for the World Championships, and this is your chance to see them up close before the big event. Plus, owners, trainers and jockeys will be there, so you’ll get the chance to meet and mingle with the sport’s biggest stars on the global stage throughout Breeders’ Cup week. The most popular day will be Thursday, Nov. 3, because every horse planning to run in the Breeders’ Cup will be on the grounds; that’s when you’ll have the best chance of spotting your favorite star preparing to run in the World Championships! If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to check out the Breeders’ Cup’s livestream of the action every morning from 7-10 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Arcadia Night: A Salute to Zenyatta

Head to this event beginning at 5 p.m. on North First Avenue between Huntington Drive and Wheeler Avenue in Arcadia for an unforgettable evening that will include bands, cash bars including Tito’s and Maker’s Mark® cocktails and wines from 14 Hands and Kendall-Jackson, food trucks, and the unveiling of champion racehorse Zenyatta’s Walk of Champions plaque at 7 p.m.; keep your eyes open for Zenyatta’s human connections like jockey Mike Smith and trainers John and Dottie Shirreffs! Arcadia Night is also where fans can pick up their limited edition Maker’s Mark® bottles commemorating Zenyatta; click the link above to reserve yours before they’re sold out. Arcadia Night is free and open to the public, so be sure to put it on your Breeders’ Cup calendar.

An Evening with Team California Chrome

From 7:30-9 p.m. on Wednesday, California Chrome’s human connections will be at Matt Denny’s Ale House in Arcadia to meet and greet fans. Tickets are $100 each, and all profits benefit the Thoroughbred Charities of America.

Thursday, Nov. 3

Racing at Santa Anita Park

The day before the Breeders’ Cup has a full afternoon of racing at storied Santa Anita Park; the art-deco era racetrack is one of the most beautiful in the world, and you can enjoy a great day of racing (and get to know the lay of the land if it’s your first trip to the Great Race Place) the day before the World Championships.

Friday, Nov. 4

Breeders’ Cup Pasadena Fan Fest

From 7-10 p.m., the Pasadena Civic Auditorium turns purple to herald the Breeders’ Cup. For just $45, fans will have the ultimate evening to celebrate horse racing’s World Championships; the night will include a concert by electric ‘80s cover band The Spazmatics, food trucks galore, a silent auction by Grandstand Sports Memorabilia with tons of horse racing memorabilia, a meet-and-greet with the official artist of the Breeders’ Cup, and so much more. Only 1,000 tickets are available, so be sure to buy yours now so you don’t miss out!

Friday, Nov. 4 – Saturday, Nov. 5

Breeders’ Cup racing at Santa Anita Park

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships kick off on Friday, and you’ll want to be there to see the Juvenile Turf, the Las Vegas Dirt Mile, the Juvenile Fillies Turf and the Longines Distaff! Then, on Saturday, the Breeders’ Cup action heats up with the 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies, the Filly and Mare Turf, the Filly and Mare Sprint, the Turf Sprint, the TwinSpires Sprint, the Sentient Jet Juvenile, the Mile, the Longines Turf and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. And if you need even more of a reason to head to Santa Anita for the championship weekend, there are tons of activities happening on-track around the races, including the Longines Prize of Elegance; the Las Vegas Selfie Station Style Lounge; a Beauty Bar for makeup touch-ups, and a Stitched station for embroidering suits and a social media selfie station; the Westfield Winner’s Circle that will include tiny versions of racetrack life including miniature horses dressed as Thoroughbreds; ear radios from Horse Racing Radio Network to let fans tune in to all the Breeders’ Cup action; singers performing inside The View between races; and the L.A. Tourism horse statues scattered throughout the track.

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