Breakdown of Breeders' Cup Races

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Friday, October 9, 2020

Yes, the Breeders' Cup is the first weekend of November at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky with races on that Friday and Saturday. Every race is prestigious, and every winner is a champion. Indeed, just being able to run in one of the Breeders' Cup races is noteworthy for a horse, trainer, jockey, and owner.


The most significant of the 14 runs is the Saturday's Longines Classic for Thoroughbreds three years and older. It boasts a purse of $6 million. Ran on dirt, it's 1-1/4 miles for no more than 14 horses.


Next in preeminence and also on Saturday is the $4 million Longines Turf. At 1-1/2 miles for horses three and older, it is a genuine, lengthy test of endurance and race strategy. International entries have won this race four of the last five years.


Additionally, there are four more races on Saturday that have $2 million purses. The Longines Distaff is 1-1/8 miles on dirt for fillies and mares three and older. Next is the Fanduel Mile, a Grade I turf race for the best grass runners who are three and older. The third $2 million purse race is the Sprint—short at 3/4 of a mile with speed approaching 40 miles an hour—it produces amazingly fast times and is open to colts, fillies, and mares three and older. The last $2 million purse on Saturday is the 1-3/16 miles race for fillies and mares: The Makers Mark Turf.


Three more races are slated for Saturday, each with a $1 million purse. The Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile features an outstanding slate of Thoroughbreds three and older, all Grade I and stakes race winners, for one fast loop of the track. Another race promising exceptionally fast speeds is the Turf Sprint for horse three and older, the shortest race of the meet at 5-1/2 furlongs, just under 3/4 of a mile. The final $1 million race on Saturday is the Filly and Mare Sprint, a 7-furlong Grade I race for horses three and older


Friday, November 6, will have its share of excitement and large purses as well. There will be two $2 million races, the TVG Juvenile for colts and the Juvenile Fillies. Three $1 million races will take place: The Juvenile Turf, Juvenile Fillies Turf, and the Juvenile Turf Sprint.

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