Thursday, May 30, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 30, 2013) - The Breeders’ Cup today announced that the fifth Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) will be held at Santa Anita Park on November 1-2 with a purse expected to be upwards of $500,000 (based on 185 players). The BCBC is the country’s largest live money handicapping tournament in terms of prize money and requires a $10,000 buy-in.

A series of online qualifying contests for players wanting to participate in the BCBC continue this Sunday, June 2 at These online qualifying events feature an entry fee of only $110 and a contestant can win the full $10,000 BCBC entry fee.

“These online qualifying contests offer players a chance to win their $10,000 seat for as little as $110,” said Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge Administrator Ken Kirchner. “The BCBC is the ultimate big money betting contest and the online qualifiers have proven to be a winning way for fans to participate and qualify.”

The Breeders Cup Betting Challenge is unique in its format as the $7,500 of the $10,000 entry fee is dedicated to each player’s live money bankroll and $2,500 going into the overall prize pool. The tournament winner is the player that has accumulated the highest live money betting bankroll over the two day event. Players keep all funds remaining in their betting bankroll plus the top ten finishers sharing the estimated $500,000 prize pool.

“There is no better value than to play in the qualifying events at,” says two-time defending champion Patrick McGoey, who was an online qualifier in 2011 and turned his $100 entry into a $270,000 payday at the BCBC. Last year, McGoey repeated his victory by again defeating Christian Hellmers, and collected $255,000 for his second title. “Attending the Breeders’ Cup with first class hospitality and the excitement surrounding the races – plus the chance to win a quarter million dollars – makes the BCBC the go-to event for horseplayers,” stated McGoey.

The June 2, 9 and 16 qualifying events are a two-round format. The top ten percent of players from each Round One event advance to the Round Two Final on June 23, where up to eight players will earn a full $10,000 qualifying spot into the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. Complete information can be found at

The 2013 Betting Challenge estimated prize pool of $500,000 includes $225,000 for first place. Prize money is paid to the top ten finishers, and each contestant also keeps all monies in their betting bankroll. The BCBC permits win, place, show, exacta and trifecta wagering as part of the contest. BCBC contestants have access to a private tournament room at Santa Anita, along with trackside seating, guest credential, VIP party invitations, discounted hotel rooms and other amenities. For more information about entering the BCBC, please contact Tim Schram at (859) 422-2658 or at

About Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2013 World Championships will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Nov. 1-2, and will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network and NBC in the US. The $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic will be shown live and in primetime on NBC. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.