Official Rules

NOVEMBER 1st & 2nd, 2019



The 2019 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (the “Tournament” or “BCBC”) is a "real money" handicapping challenge. Players will be required to deposit $10,000, of which $7,500 will be the players’ bankroll (the “Bankroll”) for wagering during the Tournament.  The $2,500 balance will be used for the prize pool as set forth in Section 4.  At the conclusion of the Tournament, any dollar amount remaining in the Bankroll — whether it grows to $100,000 or falls to $100 — remains the property of the player.



Please register at or complete the following entry form: 2019 BCBC Entry Form (DOC). Participants who want to play the BCBC from home can register for the tournament online when site(s) are prepared to receive registrations in the near future.


Tournament races will include ALL live races from Santa Anita Park on Friday, November 1, 2019 and live races through the Breeders’ Cup Classic (the “Classic”) on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Tournament races include the Breeders’ Cup Championship races and all the undercard races prior to the Classic; Tournament races are not limited to only the Breeders' Cup Championships races. The Tournament will end on Saturday, November 2, 2019 with the Classic. Wager types permitted are Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta and Daily Double only. To avoid penalty, players must comply with the minimum wagering requirements set forth herein. Notwithstanding the foregoing, players may bet more than the minimum requirements at any time during the Tournament but are still required to meet the betting minimums set forth herein.

By the end of Friday, November 1, 2019, a minimum of $600 must be wagered per race on a minimum of three (3) of the five (5) Breeders’ Cup Championship races occurring on Friday, November 1, 2019. By the end of Saturday, November 2, 2019, a minimum of $600 must be wagered per race on a minimum of seven (7) of the nine (9) Breeders’ Cup Championship races occurring on Saturday, November 2, 2019. If a player makes all but one (1) of the required minimum $600 wagers (three (3) of the five (5) Friday Breeders’ Cup Championship races and seven (7) of the nine (9) Saturday Breeders’ Cup Championship races), Ten Thousand (10,000) points will be deducted from the player’s total score. If a player fails to make two (2) or more of the required minimum $600 wagers over the entire two days (three (3) of the five (5) Friday Breeders’ Cup Championship races and seven (7) of the nine (9) Saturday Breeders’ Cup Championship races), the player will be disqualified from the BCBC but permitted to keep the player’s remaining Bankroll. In addition, if a player fails to wager a minimum of $7,500 over the two days of Breeders’ Cup World Championship Races, the player will be disqualified. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the failure to either (1) wager the minimum number of races at $600 per race (as set forth above) or (2) wager the $7,500 total minimum wager over the two days will result in disqualification unless the tournament official determines in his sole discretion that outside factors affected the player’s ability to wager the minimum amount.

No simulcast races from other venues may be the subject of wagers within the Tournament. There are no caps on payouts. The player with the highest score, (which is calculated by taking the player’s total Bankroll plus any applicable tax withholdings less any applied penalties) after the Classic on Saturday, November 3rd is the Grand Prize winner. If there is a tie between players, see Section 9 below.


Of the $10,000 buy-in, $2,500 will be placed in a separate prize pool and the remaining $7,500 will be the player’s beginning Bankroll. The specific prize amount per finish shall be determined by Breeders’ Cup and Santa Anita Park based on the total prize pool and may include interim bonuses for specific races. For example, if 400 players enter the Tournament, the cash prize pool will be $1,000,000. When Santa Anita Park issues the prize money, CA state taxes will be withheld from any prize money won by a player who is a resident of a state other than CA

The estimated prize pool based on 400 players is as follows:

1st Place = $300,000 6th Place = $50,000 11th Place = $20,000
2nd Place = $200,000 7th Place = $40,000 12th Place = $17,500
3rd Place = $110,000 8th Place = $35,000 13th Place = $15,000
4th Place = $75,000 9th Place = $30,000 14th Place = $12,500
5th Place = $60,000 10th Place = $25,000 15th Place = $10,000

In addition to cash prizes, berths to the National Horseplayers Championship (“NHC”) will be awarded to the top fifteen (15) finishers in the Tournament. A hotel stay (up to $700) will be covered for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association event or upgraded for those already qualified. If for any reason one of the top fifteen (15) official finishers cannot attend or has already dual-qualified for the NHC, the next highest placing contestant will receive the NHC berth. Only fifteen (15) NHC spots will be awarded. Depending on a particular situation, Santa Anita Park and Breeders' Cup may assign an alternate qualifier. This is an official NHC Tour event and NHC points will be awarded in accordance with NHC Tour rules and policies. Players will earn on-track tournament NHC Tour points only if the player participates from Santa Anita Park or other official BCBC brick and mortar satellite locations with betting card. Players will receive online tournament NHC Tour points if that player participates in the BCBC through a BCBC online provider from any location. Players must be 2019 Tour members to earn Tour points. If a BCBC participant is not already a 2019 NHC Tour member at the time of the Tournament, Breeders’ Cup will provide payment for the participant’s 2019 NHC Tour membership as a result of the player’s participation in the BCBC.


Each participant at a live venue will be issued a player card to be used to make all Tournament wagers. This account-wagering card contains the "real money" bankroll of $7,500. Upon receipt, participants should test the card in self-service machines (or as directed at satellite locations) to become familiar with placing wagers and ensure the card is working properly. If a player loses his/her card or the card is not working, the player is responsible for immediately reporting the issue to Tournament officials so they may resolve the problem. Players must make only Tournament wagers on this card. Each participant online will not be issued a player card by the ADW but instead an account and password for Tournament play.


All BCBC wagers may be placed through any self-service machines throughout Santa Anita Park (each satellite location wagering procedure may be vary). Wagers will not be accepted through mutuel tellers at Santa Anita Park but there are numerous self-betting machines located throughout the facility. There is no requirement for BCBC participants to play in the BCBC from a designated location at Santa Anita Park. Players must place all wagers personally. No person shall directly or indirectly act as an intermediary, transmitter or agent in placing wagers for the player, unless authorized by Tournament officials. ADW online participants will place wagers through their assigned BCBC tournament account as directed by the respective ADW.

All official track rulings will apply to wagers placed in the Tournament except as otherwise stipulated. The Tournament will be based on the official placement and mutuel prices at Santa Anita Park.

It is the player’s responsibility to check all mutuel tickets.  



Any and all wagers are subject to applicable IRS and CA tax withholdings. Only the net amount of a winning wager subject to withholdings (the amount the player received after the IRS holding) will be available to the player for further wagering in the player’s Bankroll; however, the gross amount of such winning wager will be recorded in the player’s score.


If a horse is scratched after a wager is placed, it is the player's responsibility to change his/her selection prior to the race subject to all other Tournament wagering rules. In the event a player is not able to change his/her selection due to a gate scratch or (within 10 minutes to post) which prohibits the player from wagering on the minimum number of races on Friday, November 1, 2019 or Saturday, November 2, 2019, the player will not be assessed a penalty for such particular action (but still may be subject to penalties in the future) for falling short of the Tournament wagering rules assuming he/she had placed wagers on the specific scratched horse and those wagers would have surpassed minimum per race requirements. In addition, no Tournament penalties will be assessed on player wagers involving any horses ruled as non-starters by stewards. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event a player wagered on such scratched horse or non-starter as set forth above but can still meet the minimum race wagering requirements by wagering on future Breeders’ Cup races, such player is required to wager on the additional Breeders’ Cup races to meet the minimum wagering requirements or otherwise such player will be subject to the penalties set forth in Section 3 hereof.


In the result of a tie for a cash prize placing or if there is a tie for fifteenth place in the Tournament and final NHC Championship berth, the player with the most money earned in the Classic (final BCBC race) on Saturday, November 2, 2019 will be declared the winner. If there is still a tie, the most money earned in the second to last race of the Tournament on Saturday, November 2, 2019 will determine the winner. If there is still a tie, the most money earned in the third to last race of the Tournament on Saturday, November 2, 2019 will determine the winner and each race thereafter until there is no longer a tie.


Officials will endeavor to post the unofficial standings on TV monitors throughout Santa Anita Park as well as supply a link to real-time standings/scoring to all BCBC participants playing from Santa Anita Park, satellite locations and online ADWs after each race of the Tournament on Friday and Saturday, November 1-2, 2019. Issues related to IRS withholding, late scratches or other matters could either (i) delay the posting of those scores or (ii) cause inaccurate scores to be posted. All standings are unofficial until the final results are audited and posted. Players are encouraged to maintain an accurate record of their wagers and scoring.


Players must be at least 18 years of age to participate in the Tournament. Players must be at least 21 years of age to participate in the 2020 NHC in Las Vegas. If a player will not be 21 years of age by the start of the 2019 NHC, the next highest BCBC finisher (alternate) will take his/her place at the NHC. The following are ineligible to participate in this contest: (i) licensed trainers and (ii) employees of Breeders’ Cup Limited, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, United Tote, AmTote, Sportech, Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, Monmouth Park, or employees of any other ADW that participates as a BCBC provider.

If any player has ownership interest in a horse(s) running in any Tournament races, then all involvements must be fully disclosed in advance to Tournament officials. If a player has an ownership interest in a specific race, he/she can choose to bypass that race (not wager on that race) as part of the Tournament; however, the player would still need to reach the minimum number of races by the end of the Tournament or will be assessed a penalty as stated above. Players may also choose to wager on the specific race in which they have an ownership interest. If they choose to wager, then they must only wager on their horse in the win position when placing a WPS pool wager or “on top only” when wagering in the exacta, trifectas or daily double pools. No “box” tickets are permitted.



Liability for any and all federal, state, and local taxes is solely the responsibility of prize winners.


Affidavits confirming compliance with all the rules of this Tournament will be required of all players. All prizewinners acknowledge that if they enter this Tournament under a fraudulent name and/or Social Security number, they will be immediately disqualified from this and all future Tournaments held by Santa Anita Park. Out of state residents (those who reside outside of Kentucky) should be aware that state taxes will be withheld from any tournament prize money awarded by Santa Anita Park. Positive identification is required of all prizewinners. Positive identification is a valid government issued ID with a picture and the same address and birth date used on the entry forms, and/or such other form of identification as deemed adequate by contest officials or ADW provider. Social Security information is also the responsibility of the player. Contestants shall play a maximum of two entries. Collusion of entries between horse players is prohibited, as is any attempt to manipulate the results of the Tournament. All players must make his or her own final selection independently of every other player in the contest. Participants in the contest are prohibited from coordinating their play with other players, such as (1) sharing the risk of losing amongst different entries of different players and (2) playing the same picks across entries amongst different players and coordinating wagers across different players. All players must make his or her own final selection independently of every other player in the contest. If Santa Anita Park or Breeders’ Cup determines, in their sole discretion, that collusion occurred, the participating player will be disqualified. If Santa Anita Park or Breeders’ Cup concludes, in their sole discretion: (1) a player engaged in or attempted to engage in any act that compromises or could compromise the competitive integrity of the BCBC; (2) tampered with or attempted to tamper with the betting process and/or operation of the BCBC or any player; (3) acted in an unsportsmanlike manner or with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, coerce or harass any other player, then such player will be disqualified.

Players with multiple entries are permitted to play the entries in their own names in any way they wish.  


Each player permits and licenses to Breeders’ Cup Limited and its assignees the player’s likeness and images, pictures, photos, video, names and specific wagers made during the BCBC for promotional and other purposes. Breeders’ Cup Limited intends to publish the wagers of each player following the conclusion of the Tournament.


The management of Santa Anita Park and Breeders' Cup Limited reserve the right to interpret all questions and conditions in regard to this Tournament, without claim for damages or recourse of any kind. The management of Santa Anita Park and Breeders' Cup will decide all questions and definitions covered and not covered explicitly in these rules and their decisions shall be final. By participating in the BCBC, all players agree to Santa Anita Park's and Breeders’ Cup’s authority to make any and all such decisions. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Breeders’ Cup and Santa Anita Park reserves the right to amend and revise these Rules at any time.

16. Force Majeure

Santa Anita Park and Breeders’ Cup shall not be liable to any player, or any third party, for failure to run, or a delay in the running of, any races, or in the event any equipment, service, or transmission cannot be provided by Santa Anita Park and Breeders’ Cup or their respective contractors or sub-contractors due to an act of God, fire, epidemic, casualty, act or decision of a governmental authority, injunction, technical difficulties, failure of satellite or other communications, electrical, telephone or other power transmission lines or facilities, boycott, strike or labor dispute, or any similar or dissimilar cause beyond the control of Santa Anita Park or Breeders’ Cup. In the event of such occurrence(s), Santa Anita Park and Breeders’ Cup may terminate this Tournament or suspend and defer its performance of same without incurring any further obligation or liability to player or any third party whose claims are predicated upon the running of, or entry into, the BCBC. Breeders’ Cup is not responsible for lost, interrupted, incomplete, inaccurate or incorrect capture of betting information or for computer, telephone, cable, network, electronic or internet hardware or software malfunctions, failures, connections, availability or jumbled transmissions, service provider accessibility or availability or unauthorized human intervention.

17. Severability

Any provision hereof prohibited by, or unlawful, or unenforceable under any applicable law of any jurisdiction shall as to such jurisdiction be ineffective without affecting any other provision or enforcement of these Rules. Additionally, the unenforceability of any provision in one jurisdiction shall not affect the validity or enforcement of such provision in any other jurisdiction.

18. No Third Party Beneficiaries/Assignment

The provisions of these Rules are not intended to be for the benefit of, or enforceable by, any party other than Santa Anita Park, Breeders’ Cup and the player. Except for Santa Anita Park, Breeders’ Cup, and the player, no party shall have any right to rely upon or enforce any of the terms and provisions of these Rules. Player shall not assign any rights contained herein.

19. Waiver; Remedies

The failure by one party to require performance of any provision of these Rules shall not affect that party’s right to require performance at any time thereafter, nor shall a waiver by one party of a breach by the other party be considered a waiver of any or all subsequent breaches by the breaching party. All rights and remedies provided in these Rules are cumulative and not exclusive of any other rights or remedies that may be available to the parties, whether provided by law, equity, statute, in any other agreement between the parties, or otherwise.

20. Applicable Law

These Rules, including all matters of construction, validity, and performance, shall be governed, construed, and enforced in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Venue of any action arising out of these Rules shall reside in the Fayette County, Kentucky.


21. ODS Technologies, L.P. d/b/a TVG Network is not a sponsor of the BCBC.