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Racetrack: Santa Anita Park
Location: Arcadia, California
Dates: November 4 - 5, 2016
The Breeders ' Cup World Championships are an elite series of races in which horses will battle all year for a spot in the field of one of the events. The 2016 version will be held on November 4 and 5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The event used to be only one day but has now stretched into two. The change came back in 2007.
There are several races held with big - time purses for each one. The $1 million purse races are the Breeders ' Cup Juvenile Turf; the Breeders ' Cup Dirt Mile; the Breeders ' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf; the Breeders ' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint and the Breeders ' Cup Turf Sprint. There is one race with a $1.5 million race, which is the Breeders 'Cup Sprint. The $2 million purse races are the Breeders ' Cup Distaff; the Breeders ' Cup Juvenile Fillies; the Breeders; the Breeders ' Cup Juvenile and the Cup Filly & Mare Turf. The $3 million event is the Breeders ' Cup Sprint and the most lucrative of all the races has a $5 million purse. That one is called the Breeders ' Cup Classic.
The Breeders ' Cup Classic is a 1¼ mile race for three - year - olds. It is held at various race tracks depending on the year and it is considered by some to be the most prestigious throroughbred horse race of the year in the United States. Many of the best horses from a given year are in the field, which makes it hard to predict which one will emerge victorious. When one does, it often results in Horse of the Year honors since it proves it can knock off the other best horses in a showdown.
There is a field of 14 horses maximum allowed in each of the races except for the Dirt Miles, which has a 12 - horse limit. Jockey Mike Smith has the most career Breeders ' Cup victories with 20 in his career, while Jerry Bailey has 15. D. Wayne Lukas is the trainer whose had the most success with winning horses in the Breeders ' Cup, leading his racers to victory 19 times.
The next two years ' locations for the Breeders ' Cup are already mapped out. The 2016 version will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California while in 2017 it will take place at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, California.
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