The Breeders' Cup World Championships
2 Days. 14 Races.
$31 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.
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 they love.
Board of Directors & Members
View our current Board of 14 Directors and our 43 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 2020.https://www.breederscup.com/sites/default/files/BC2020AnnualReport.pdf
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