2021 Breeders' Cup World Championships to Kick Off Tomorrow at Del Mar
DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2021) – The 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships gets underway tomorrow as the best horses, trainers, owners, breeders and jockeys in Thoroughbred racing compete at Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California for the prestigious year-end event. 169 of the top contenders from around the globe, including a record-tying 46 international competitors, were entered into the 38th running of the Breeders’ Cup and will compete for the title of World Champion across 14 Championship races worth $31 million in purses and awards.
The excitement starts with five World Championships races on “Future Stars Friday,” where the best younger horses will take the stage. On Saturday, there will be nine World Championship races culminating with the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic. Breeders’ Cup will be welcoming spectators back to the World Championships this year under health and safety protocols developed in collaboration with state and local officials and public health experts.
“On behalf of Breeders’ Cup, I couldn’t be more excited that the time has finally arrived to celebrate the best in Thoroughbred racing from all around the world,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Drew Fleming. “Every horse, trainer, owner, breeder, jockey and connection has worked incredibly hard to be here at Del Mar this week and I know racing fans from all over, myself included, can’t wait to see which of our worthy competitors enter the winner’s circle as World Champions.”
AN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIR
The 2021 World Championships will be a truly international event, from the competitors and connections to betting and broadcasting. This year, a record-tying 46 Breeders' Cup competitors hail from countries outside of the United States, including England (21), Ireland (13), Japan (7), France (2), Argentina (1), Germany (1) and South Africa (1). A total of 27 countries from around the world, including Canada, France, Ireland, Germany and the United Kingdom, will be offering pari-mutuel, commingled pool wagering on the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and ten other jurisdictions will be offering separate pool wagering, including Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Hong Kong, India, Japan and Mexico.
The 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will also reach an unprecedented number of international viewers with races broadcast in over 120 territories. New for 2021, ITV, the largest commercial broadcast network in the U.K., will showcase the Breeders’ Cup races live on both Friday and Saturday. Britain’s Sky Sports Racing and Racing TV will also broadcast the races live in the U.K. and Ireland.
RAISING THE BAR
Building on the excitement for this year’s event, the Breeders’ Cup launched a national advertising campaign including a brand-new commercial featuring the broad array of nations that have participated in the World Championships. The campaign is being run across major linear and digital platforms, including NBC Sports, iHeart, Yahoo! Sports, Twitter, Facebook/Instagram and YouTube.
Breeders’ Cup is also introducing two new Ambassadors this year: actor and model Scott Eastwood and polo player and author Kareem Rosser. In addition to being celebrities in industries spanning fashion, motion picture, music and sports, Breeders’ Cup Ambassadors are dedicated racing fans who regularly attend can’t-miss international competitions, like the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Those attending this year’s event include Elizabeth Banks, Bo Derek, Jim Rome, Carson Kressley, Avery Johnson, Steven Jackson, John Ortiz and Rashard Lewis.
EXCITEMENT BEYOND THE TRACK
Attendees at this year’s Breeders’ Cup will be met with excitement on and off the track. Those at Del Mar can participate in on-site experiences including a fashion contest, champagne and wine garden, special photo-ops, and bourbon tastings. A full listing of on-site experiences can be found here. Additionally, the Breeders’ Cup Festival Week continues through November 6 with fun events for everyone to enjoy. For more details, visit www.BreedersCupFestival.com.
ABOUT BREEDERS’ CUP
Breeders’ Cup Limited administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred horse racing’s year-end Championships, as well as the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The Breeders’ Cup is also a founding member of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, an organization composed of industry leaders committed to advancing safety measures in Thoroughbred racing and improving the well-being of equine and human athletes.
The 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Championship races, is scheduled to be held on November 5-6 at Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, California. The event will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media.
- November 23, 2021
Godolphin Wins Fourth Consecutive John Deere Award as Outstanding Breeder of the 2021 Breeders' Cup World Championships and Challenge Series
Strengthened by victories from homebreds Modern Games (IRE), Space Blues (IRE) and Yibir (GB), for the fourth consecutive year Godolphin has won the John Deere Award, honoring the outstanding breeder of the 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships and the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.
- November 18, 2021
Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Knicks Go departed Taylor Made Farm Nov. 17 for Brad Cox’s barn at Churchill Downs in Louisville to ready for the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Jan. 29 at Gulfstream Park.
- November 6, 2021
Total all-sources common-pool handle for the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club was $182,908,409, a new record for the two-day event.