The Breeders Cup is the end of season Championships for horses in North America as well as the rest of the world; it is a two day spectacular held at different tracks each year with 14 Championship races for punters to enjoy.
Each race covers a different class with both dirt and turf races on the card, the prize fund for the Breeders Cup is massive with 13 of the 14 races having a purse of $1million or more.
The money on offer attracts many horses across the Atlantic from Europe, with British and Irish horses in particular more and more visible each season at the Breeders Cup. The European horses tend to avoid the dirt races with the horses bred for the turf while the complete opposite is true for the North American horses on show at the Breeders Cup.
Any horse that wins a Breeders' Cup is immediately remembered as a great horse as they are draped with a garland of flowers as they return to the winners enclosure to a massive cheer. The location of the Breeders' Cup tends to be different each season although it is being held at Churchill Downs in 2010 and 2011; other locations include Santa Anita in California and Monmouth Park in New Jersey.
The biggest race of the meeting is the famed Breeders' Cup Classic which is the last race on the card on Saturday evening, and with a purse of $5million it always attracts the best 1mile 2 furlong horses from North America and Europe. The race is notoriously difficult for European trainers to win although we had one recently when Raven’s Pass won for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori in 2008. He was the first and only English trained winner of the Breeders Cup Classic with most trainers preferring to run their horses in the turf races rather than the Classic on dirt. Some of the very best horses have won the Breeders Cup Classic in recent years with the likes of Curlin winning in 2007 and superstar filly Zenyatta claiming the race in 2009.
Only one horse has ever managed three Breeders' Cup wins and that is the French filly Goldikova who has picked up the Breeders' Cup Mile in 2008, 2009 and 2010 for trainer Freddy Head. She has blown the field away over recent times with her electric turn of foot and at the moment remains the most successful horse in Breeders' Cup history.
The European team have had the most success with the fillies over the past decade with Goldikova leading the charge, but there has also been wins for the likes Ouija Board and Midday who have both won the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf race in recent years.
The Betting for the Breeders' Cup races is becoming increasingly popular in Europe and when the full race cards and runners are made available they will be made available. With 14 Grade 1 Races on the card at Churchill Downs the Breeders Cup Tips will be worth taking note of as each of the big races are always hard to call whether they are on the turf or dirt.