If you are one of those people who only watch horse races twice a year, this is one of those times. Of course, you have the Kentucky Derby with all the pools to choose from, crazy hats and minty juleps. But real racers will tell you that the Breeders’ Cup is truly the biggest racing event.
It’s 14 races worth at least $ 1 million over two days, featuring horses of all ages, not just three-year-olds looking to win the Derby. The total wallet is around $ 30 million. Five Breeders’ Cup races will take place on Friday, all for two year olds. On Saturday there are nine of them, all for horses from 3 years old. Half of the races are on mud and the other half on grass, called turf.
Horses come from all over the world, and most European horses come to the grass races.
Friday’s highlight is the $ 2 Million Minors draw because the winner is considered the favorite of the Kentucky Derby when the horse turns 3 at the start of the year. (All horses have January 1st as their birthday, regardless of when they were actually born.) Only twice has a juvenile competition winner also won Kentucky Derby, Street Sense (2007) and Nyquist (2016).
On Saturday, the classic $ 6 million competition is held for older horses, both males and females. Basically, any mare or mare can participate in any race, and foals or geldings cannot participate in any of the four races containing the words “mares” or “mares”. One of the greatest classic races was won by mare Zenyatta in a thrilling run from last place in 2009 in Santa Anita.
This year’s race is in Del Mar, where the stretch is shorter than average, which means you’d better get you to drive early. This is the second time Del Mar has hosted an event.
Of course you want to be able to watch. This is largely on NBCSN, which will be shutting down at the end of the year. On Friday, lighting starts from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm PST. It airs on NBCSN Saturday from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm, then switches to the main NBC channel (Los Angeles Channel 4) from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm for Classic coverage.
In terms of streaming, you can also find it on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app alongside Peacock. You can also get it from the Breeders’ Cup YouTube channel. As a bonus, the YouTube channel will also host post-race press conferences with owners, coaches and sometimes jockeys if they have nothing to do for the next race.
Here are the LA times for all races:
2:50 pm: $ 1 Million Boys and Girls Sprint
3:30 pm: $ 2 Million Juvenile Phyllis
10.16: $ 1 Million for Juvenile Fillies Turf
4:50 pm: $ 2 million for minors
5:30 pm: $ 1 million for minors
12:05 pm: $ 1 Million Filly and Mare Sprint
12:40 pm: $ 1M Tour Sprint
1:19 pm: $ 1 million dirty mile
1:59 pm: $ 2 Million Filly and Mare Turf
2:38 pm: $ 2 Million Sprint
3:20 pm: $ 2 Million (Turf) Mile
4:00 pm: $ 2 million spinning wheel
4:40 pm: $ 4 million on the lawn
17:40: $ 6 million Classic