The Breeders' Cup World Championships
What is the
Each racing season ends with just one finish line: the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. It’s the two-day, 14-race, year-end culmination that every horse, jockey, trainer and owner across the globe has in their sights. Where the world’s greatest come together to crown champions, and spectators celebrate as history unfolds before their eyes.
It’s two-days full of exciting events both on and off the track, glamorous fashion, celebrity sightings and food curated by world-renowned chefs. It’s not just another day at the races. It’s the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
2 Days. 14 Races.
$30 Million in Purses and Awards.
What was once a one-day, seven-race event is now a two-day, 14-race celebration of the sport of horse racing. The Breeders' Cup kicks off with Future Stars Friday, comprised of five juvenile races featuring horse racing's brightest rising stars.
Championship Saturday is one of the richest days in racing awarding over $22 million in purses and awards over 9 races, culminating in the defining event of the international racing season, the $6 Million Breeders' Cup Classic.
The Breeders' Cup attracts competition from around the globe including the top talent from 6 continents and over 16 countries, crowning true world champions in the 14 divisions that comprise the championship event.
Of the 221 horses pre-entered in 2018, a record 51 horses were from overseas. And their success didn't end at the starting gate. At the 2018 World Championships 5 international horses were crowned champions, highlighted by super filly, Enable, who outdueled Magical (IRE) in the $4 Million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf.
To support breeders by promoting the growth of the Thoroughbred racing industry through the staging of the Breeders' Cup competition.
Father of the Cup
Thirty seven years ago the visionary John Gaines hatched a plan. His idea was to create a year-end culminating championship for horse racing. An event where horses from across the world could meet to settle the age old question, "who’s the best?". An event that celebrated the best of the sport, put it on a national platform and helped to build the market for racing and breeding.
His vision? The Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
The foundation of the Breeders’ Cup begins with foal and stallion nominations. Each year, the very best stallions in the world are nominated to the Breeders’ Cup, paving the way for their progeny to join this international racing and breeding program. This annual nomination of stallions and their foals provides a major source of purse funding for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, and provides a unique showcase for breeders as they raise and run the thoroughbreds the love.
Board of Directors & Members
View our current Board of 14 Directors and our 44 Breeders' Cup Limited members.
Breeders' Cup Staff
Meet and contact the Breeders' Cup management team.
The Breeders' Cup runs in good company. Thank you to the official partners of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Annual ReportView the accomplishments the Breeders' Cup achieved during 2018.https://www.breederscup.com/sites/default/files/19-001-006%20BC%202018%20Annual%...
Safety & IntegrityAt the Breeders' Cup, the safety of our athletes, equine and human, is our foremost priority. That's why we have the highest safety, integrity and testing standards of any racing event in North America. Learn more about what the Breeders' Cup does to reduce risk and protect our participants.Learn More