Our Commitment

Breeders' Cup Limited is committed to maintaining the highest equine welfare and safety standards in Thoroughbred racing for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and its participants.

Integrity, Safety & Security

At 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. Our safety and security protocols include pre- and post- race testing, including out-of-competition testing for prohibited substances; comprehensive prohibitions on anabolic steroids and other controlled substances; a 24 hour equine security watch beginning 72 hours from post time and periodic inspections/testing of all racing surfaces prior to the event. We also employ top equine regulatory vets from the US and Europe to inspect runners on-site throughout the week leading up to the event.

In cooperation with the California Horse Racing Board, the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will feature the most up-to-date medication practices, testing protocols, equine security programs, veterinary exams, injury management protocols and race surface testing. In addition to Breeders’ Cup’s protocols, all of the reform measures adopted and implemented in California this year will be in place for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Learn more about what the Breeders' Cup does to reduce risk and protect our participants below.

2019 Equine Protocols

Learn more about the testing, safety and security protocols that will be in place for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

2018 Testing Results

Breeders’ Cup has long been at the forefront of out of competition testing and in 2018 the organization enacted its most comprehensive testing program to date.