Breeders' Cup Charities was founded in 2008 as the official charity outreach program for the Breeders' Cup World Championships. The program is designed to support a variety of important causes and has raised over $1.5 million to date. The 2021 beneficiaries include Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, Race Track Chaplaincy of America, Old Friends Farm, Edwin J. Gregson Foundation and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
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Breeders' Cup and Maker's Mark® teamed up to create a limited-edition commemorative bottle collection featuring a few of the most legendary Champions in Breeders’ Cup history. Charity for Champions, which launched in 2015, featured eight unique bottles and supported a number of industry causes including Edwin J. Gregson Foundation, Grayson Jockey Club Foundation, Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, The Lexington Cancer Foundation, Old Friends Farm, Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, The Race for Education, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, Kentucky Derby Museum and the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Foundation.
2015 A.P. Indy, Lure, and Personal Ensign
2018 D. Wayne Lukas
2019 Jockey Mike Smith
2020 Ted Bassett