Is it the Breeders’ Cup Classic or the Kentucky Derby? This year, the Breeders’ Cup will again have a total of 13 races spread over two days of racing with $26.5 million in purse money on the line. Friday November 4th will have four races headlined by the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff, run for several years as the Ladies Classic, worth $2 million.
Saturday November 5th will have nine races headlined by the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at 1 1/4 miles. For a record ninth time, the races will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Because the facility is large enough, there will be unlimited walk-up standing room admission on both race days, but tickets will be sold in advance as usual.
Pre-entries will be announced on October 26 for all the races, and those horses will be the only ones who can enter. Final entries will be taken and post positions drawn on October 31.
The Breeders’ Cup will be televised on NBC and NBC Sports:
Friday, November 4, 5:00-8:00pm ET on NBC Sports
Saturday, November 5, 2:30-8:00 ET on NBC Sports
Saturday, November 5, 8:00-9:00pm ET (Classic only) on NBC
Right now it looks like we will have two Kentucky Derby winners in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The horses currently listed as possibles include:
Horse Trainer Jockey
Arrogate Bob Baffert Mike Smith
California Chrome Art Sherman Victor Espinoza
Effinex Jimmy Jerkens Mike Smith
Found Aidan O’Brien Seamie Heffernan
Frosted Kiaran McLaughlin Joel Rosario
Gun Runner Steve Asmussen Florent Geroux
Hoppertunity Bob Baffert Flavien Prat
Keen Ice Todd Pletcher Javier Castellano
Melatonin David Hofmans Joe Talamo
Nyquist Doug O’Neill Mario Gutierrez
Shaman Ghost Jimmy Jerkens Javier Castellano
War Story Mario Serey, Jr. Antonio Gallardo
Win the Space George Papaprodromou Joe Talamo
When was the last time that two Kentucky Derby winners were in the Breeders’ Cup Classic? Do you think Nyquist and California Chrome, the Kentucky Derby winners will run 1-2?