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Breeders' Cup 2022

Where: Keeneland
When:  The Breeders' Cup takes place on November 6th & 7th, 2021
Watch:  See it on TV with NBC Sports & NBC

The Breeders' Cup Championship is the most honored horse racing event that crowns the fastest sprinters, the most promising young thoroughbreds and the top turf horses. Tempted with pure excitement, horse racing enthusiast across the globe concentrate closely on "the win and you are in" opportunities of the Breeders Cup Challenge. The mercury of betting rises higher during the final stake, the richest of the lot - $5 million Breeders Cup Classic.

Breeders' Cup World Championship

The Breeders' Cup Championship guarantees a continuous action from the very moment horses step onto the track until the prestigious garland is draped over shoulders of the Classic winner at dusk. Neck-to-neck finishes, nail-biting excitement, stunning upsets, international fame, traditional fun and frolic - Breeders' Cup Championship has it all.

Breeders' Cup Race Tracks

horse racing's most action-packed horse racing tournament, the Breeders' Cup World Championship, is truly one of North Americas sporting gems. Every fall, a different North American race track hosts Breeders' Cup Championship in a unique way. Whether it is at the historic Churchill Downs, at the passionate Belmont Park or at the panoramic Santa Anita in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, horse racing is celebrated in it's own style and fervor. Every year, major racing tracks fight for organizing the championship program - though the selection is processed maintaining a rotation policy. And, this is why the sense of ownership of the Breeders' Cup belongs to all racing enthusiast.

How the Breeders' Cup Started

The founders of the Breeders' Cup envisioned uniting the thoroughbred racing-leaders and wanted to promote the sports by showcasing the finest elements of horse racing. In 1982, they chalked out plans of organizing a grand finale to the racing season that eventually became the cornerstone of a year-round program. More than $380 million has been allocated to owners and breeders since the inaugural 1984 final. The first Breeders' Cup Championship, which was celebrated at glitzy Hollywood Park, was an instant hit.

Breeders Cup Races

Since the inaugural session of Breeders' Cup Championships, the Classic is regarded as the focus of all the contenders; besides Classic there are the Juvenile and the Juvenile Fillies, the Distaff and the Filly & Mare Turf for females all ages three and up. The Sprint, the Mile and the Turf are open to horses of both sexes unlike the Classic. The history of Breeders' Cup is studded with some enthralling performance: the remarkable finish in the 2005 Breeders' Cup Classic by the great Cigar or the sharp stunts of Personal Engine to way past Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors in 1988, are all great finishes. Dozens of such stunning feats will be found if one starts searching the history of Breeders' Cup.
Unquestionably, each year is better than it's previous one at the Breeders' Cup. Now, the participants come from across the globe and add more interest to this championship. Even horses have journeyed from as far as Japan to participate this race. Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky credits to hold the record for attendance and betting. This racetrack gathered 80,452 spectators in 1998 and in 2000, over $108 million was wagered. Different media organizations feature this horse racing event in their own style; this is somewhat unprecedented in Thoroughbred racing. After televised Breeders' Cup, NBC has won Eclipse Award for National Television Achievement and the Outstanding Live Sports Special of 1992 at the 14th Emmy Awards for Sports annual ceremony.

The 2022 Breeders' Cup Challenge

The 2022 Breeders Cup World Championship takes place in November but it all starts with the Breeders' Cup Challenge. The Breeders' Cup Challenge is a series of horse races for every division that begins in early summer and continues through mid-October. This racing series consists of dozens of stakes races at various tracks across the country and even around the world. Each race gives horses "win and you are in" opportunities to start in the main events along with earnings rankings that can help increase their chances of receiving a formal invitation. Besides simulcast horse racing, big television broadcast companies such as NBC and WGN have recently grown stronger interest in horse racing which has helped the Breeders' Cup reach new audiences all over the world. From Japan to Saudi Arabia to England, Canada, the United States and everything between, the Breeders' Cup has truly become one of the greatest international horse racing events on the planet. The number of outlets for pari-mutuel wagering is growing up by leaps and bounds. In 1984 there were only nineteen outlets throughout the United States where horse racing fans could only bet on seven races. Today there are over 1000 pari-mutuel betting parlors that handle over $108 million in wagers placed across over 20 races in two days.

Breeders Cup Sponsors

One of the main reasons behind the popularity of Breeders' Cup is the approach of major corporate giants who have helped boost the success of the Breeders' Cup Championship. Some of the notable sponsors include - Grey Goose Vodka, Buick, Alberto-Culver, Budweiser, Delta Air Lines, Emirates Airlines, Mobil, National Car Rental, Visa and Sears. Though the sponsors have been helping and supporting the Breeders' Cup Championships financially, thoroughbred owners and breeders have been it's backbone since the beginning of this event since its inception. Besides supplying horses in the Breeders' Cup event, thoroughbred owners and breeders pay nomination fees. This is one of the major sources of funding. Generally, stallion owners annually pay a nomination fee that is equivalent to a stallion's advertised stud fee, or at least $1000, whereas breeders pay a nomination fee of $500 for each foal. It is to be noted here that the nominated horses are eligible to compete for millions in both the National Stakes program and the Breeders' Cup championship events. As the Breeders' Cup is an international program, there is a set of rules for the nomination process for the breeders around the world. Within a short period, the Breeders' Cup has firmly standardized itself as thoroughbred racing's most prestigious event - no racing championship has matched it's money nor quality of race horses. Moreover, with the help of Santa Anita Racetrack, the hip sponsors such as Grey Goose Vodka and Hollywood elite, the Breeders' Cup has done a fantastic job of reaching a younger, more vibrant and new audience of horse racing fans.

So far the Breeders' Cup World Championship has outdone itself and completely fulfilled the dreams of its creators. Considered as the racing's most recognizable and successful racing event, there is no doubt it will blossom into even bigger and better things in the years to come.