Breeders’ Cup can be thought of as Super Bowl in Thoroughbred racing. It consists of 14 races over two days and many of the race victors will be voted as Eclipse Award winners by turf writers and racing officials across North America. The Eclipse is the most prestigious award in North American racing.
Several horses who competed at Colonial this summer are pointing for Breeders’ Cup (BC) races, most notably Beverly D. winner Fev Rover who earned a starting berth in the BC Filly & Mare Turf with that victory.
Da Hoss Stakes winner Nobals is headed to the BC Turf Sprint as is Gear Jockey who raced here in the Van Clief Stakes.
No Nay Mets, who won the Rosie’s Stakes on Virginia Derby Day, is expected to start in the BC Juvenile Turf Sprint. He would not be the first Rosie’s Stakes winner to win a BC race. Four Wheel Drive completed that double in 2019.
Two other horses have BC aspirations: Fulmineo (BC Juv. Turf) a maiden winner here and Memorialize (BC Juv. Fillies Turf) who was second on debut here.
The Breeders’ Cup rotates among several tracks and this year’s event will be held at Santa Anita in Southern California. Simulcast information is as follows:
Breeders’ Cup Day 1 Friday, November 3
5 BC races (all for 2yo horses)
First race at Santa Anita: 2:30 p.m.
First Breeders’ Cup race: 5 p.m.
Last Breeders’ Cup race: 7:40 p.m.
Last Santa Anita race: 8:10 p.m.
Advance wagering will be available for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup race. Should anyone ask, there will not be advance wagering on Thursday for Friday’s races.
Breeders’ Cup Day 2 Saturday, November 4
9 BC races
First race at Santa Anita: 1:10 p.m.
First Breeders’ Cup race: 2:30 p.m.
$6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (biggest BC race): 6:40 p.m.
Last Breeders’ Cup race: 8:00 p.m.
Last Santa Anita race: 8:30 p.m.