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The Breeders Cup is the pinnacle of American flat racing and we have free expert horse racing tips ahead of the meeting.

It is a historic festival held each November that acts as an end of year championship celebration for the season’s best thoroughbreds racehorses. The meeting brings world-class racing, celebrity personalities and fashion to the forefront of American sport and is broadcasted to millions through NBC, cementing its position as a national occasion.
A total of 13 Grade One races are contested across two days, for horses aged two years and older, with over $24 million in prize money on offer. There is no consistent track that hosts the Breeders Cup in America, instead a number of the country’s leading courses alternate to welcome thousands of enthusiastic racegoers for what is renowned for being a weekend of immense sporting action.  We have expert US horse racing tips for all of the feature races on the card.

Breeders' cup - The history

Founded in 1984, the Breeders Cup meeting was originally just a one-day end of year championship event that featured the best thoroughbred race horses from across North America. Regarded as the richest day in sport, the Breeders Cup would continue to grow through the late 20th century into a must-see event for all Americans. 

In 2007, the festival expanded across two days which saw a significant rise in prize money to take the meeting’s worth to nearly $26 million, making it one of the richest events in world sport - ranked only behind the Dubai World Cup at Meydan. Some of the best flat horses from across Europe and Asia now make the lengthy trip across the ‘pond’ to America in search of solidifying their claims atop of the game’s lucrative hierarchy.

The Breeders Cup has now not only become a fine sporting occasion but it also plays a major role in cementing a thoroughbreds worth beyond their racing career. Many of the world’s leading breeding operations including Coolmore and Godolphin now look to the Breeders Cup as an opportunity to increase their standing at stud. 

As a result, the Breeders Cup has welcomed some of Europe’s most talented horses in recent years including Ouija Board, Goldikova, Conduit, High Chaparral and Golden Horn in their search of further worldwide success. 

The most notable of those European invaders was the great French mare Goldikova for trainer Freddy Head. A three year spell of dominance in the Breeders Cup Mile division between 2008 and 2010 showcased the brilliance that the daughter of Anabaa possessed on the racetrack. Such performances granted Goldikova the award of American Champion Female Turf Horse award in 2009 and 2010. 

breeders' cup classic tips

The headline race of the Breeders Cup meeting is the Breeders Cup Classic raced on the dirt surface over a distance of 1m2f and is worth over $5 million in prize-money. The contest is renowned for closing out America’s horse racing season and routinely produces the winner of the Racehorse Of The Year award.

In 2015, a horse named American Pharoah ended a phenomenal three-year-old campaign by winning the Grade One highlight. The horse, trained by Bob Baffert, had already cemented his place in history by winning the American ‘Triple Crown’ (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes) in the space of a few weeks. He went one step further at the Breeders Cup, however, becoming the first horse in American racing history to win the ‘Grand Slam’, a collection of the Triple Crown and the Breeders Cup Classic.

The success of American Pharoah is a fine example of the special attraction that the Breeders Cup brings to the world of sport. During the 2015 meeting, millions of people from around the globe tuned into the Classic in hope of witnessing history. It was a story that transcending the sport and made American Pharoah an American household name. Leading figures from the world’s of sport, showbusiness and fashion were in attendance on October 31st 2015 as horse racing hit mainstream headlines in almost every country. 

America's most exciting meeting

Not only does the Breeders Cup host two days of the world’s best horse racing but it is also the centre to one of the sport’s biggest fashion events of the year. Notorious profiles from the fashion industry flock to the Breeders Cup to showcase their latest work and frequently use the two days as a platform for their style. 

The meeting’s social scene is also ranked as one of the best in racing. Throughout the 21st century, the Breeders Cup has become a major social event in the American calendar. A number of the country’s leading celebrities act as ambassadors for the festival as the meeting breaks out into the mainstream each year. The fantastic blend of top-class racing, standout fashion and a world-renowned social scene ensures that the Breeders Cup is one of the most must-see racing events where history is made and great stories are cemented.

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