Breeder’s Cup Overview

The Breeder’s Cup is one of the premier annual competitions in racing, up there with the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Kentucky Oaks. Even for attendees who aren’t serious fans of horse racing, the two days of the Breeder’s Cup are filled with fun, excitement and entertainment, in addition to the high-stakes, heart-pounding horse races. From the Breeder’s cupcakes to the racetrack fashion, the Breeder’s Cup is a must-see event. Read on to learn what makes the Breeder’s Cup an unforgettable experience.

History

The Breeder’s Cup is a newer race in the history of horse racing, but it’s quickly become one of the most popular races in the sport since the first Breeder’s Cup in 1984. The Breeder’s Cup was originally created as a year-end championship race for North American thoroughbred horse racing, but has since expanded to include elite European competitors, too. The Breeder’s Cup is held at a different location each year, though it has only been hosted outside the United States once, when the 1996 Breeder’s Cup races were hosted at the Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada.

The 2020 Breeder’s Cup races will be held at the Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, from November 6th through November 7th.

Traditions

The Torrie Horse Trophy

The Breeder’s Cup awards race winners the same trophy every year, the Torrie Horse Trophy. The Torrie Horse is a replica of a bronze renaissance statue of a horse that was originally created in Florence during the sixteenth century.

The “Down The Stretch”

Like the Kentucky Derby’s mint julep, the Breeder’s Cup has an official drink of its own, the “Down The Stretch.” This signature drink is usually made with a mix of Grey Goose vodka, Blue Curacao, sweet and sour, cranberry juice, and Sprite. However, each host venue will put its own spin on the drink, so each Breeder’s Cup is a unique tasting experience!

Breeder’s Cupcakes

Horse racing isn’t the only competition associated with the Breeder’s Cup. At each Breeder’s Cup, a unique cupcake is sold at the track and surrounding events in the area during race days that has been selected as the best from a competition amongst top U.S. bakers. Proceeds from the sales of the Breeder’s Cup’s official cupcakes benefit the nonprofit organization Children Mending Hearts, which provides global education to at-risk youth.

Race Fashion Competition

While race fashion is commonly dictated by the host racetrack, fancy hats and headwear are appreciated at all venues. Over the course of the race weekend, Breeder’s Cup attendees will be judged on their artful headwear, with the winners receiving a cash prize.

Stakes

For sports bettors, the Breeder’s Cup offers ample opportunities! Over $150 million was wagered on Breeder’s Cup races at Keeneland in 2015, the last time the venue hosted the Cup. With all the money involved, the Breeder’s Cup is an exciting, high-stakes environment that attracts fans from all over the world. The last Breeder’s Cup hosted by Keeneland drew more than 50,000 attendees for its Saturday races. The 2020 Breeder’s Cup is sure to be only more popular!

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