Horse racing’s world championships return to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Nov. 2-3, and if you’re going to this year’s Breeders’ Cup, here are 10 can’t-miss events you need to put on your calendar!
Horse racing’s only fan convention coincides with this year’s Breeders’ Cup, and it’s two action-packed days that offer something for everyone who loves the sport. Whether you’re interested in learning more about betting, meeting jockeys, caring for off-the-track Thoroughbreds, fashion, charities, or so much more, Equestricon is a must during Breeders’ Cup week. Tickets are still available, so get your tickets now!
2. The Rood and Riddle post-position draw
For the first time in Breeders’ Cup history, the Rood and Riddle post-position draw will be open to the public. Join horse’s racing’s elite owners, trainers, and jockeys on Monday, Oct. 29 at Equestricon to see the spectacle! Get your tickets now.
3. Dawn at the Downs
Want to see some of the best horses in the world train for their Breeders’ Cup races, hear expert commentary from racing analysts, and enjoy a classic Kentucky breakfast at Churchill Downs? Then you’re in luck! Take a morning to enjoy “Dawn at the Downs” … it’s a beautiful start to a Breeders’ Cup day. Find out more right here.
4. Trick-or-Treat at the track!
If you have kids, Breeders’ Cup week is a great time to bring them to the track! On Oct. 28, you can trick-or-treat at Churchill Downs, letting your little superheroes, ghosts, and zombies collect candy while having a scarily fun time at the track.
5. Learn how to bet the Breeders’ Cup with the pros from Daily Racing Form.
On the eve of the World Championships, you have the opportunity to hear from NBC’s Randy Moss and the Daily Racing Form’s Mike Watchmaker and Mike Welsch at the Louisville Marriot Downtown. Plus, there will be cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres as well as a silent auction of racing memorabilia, horse halters, and racing experiences with all proceeds going to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and other racing related charities. Learn more and book your ticket right here!
6. Breeders’ Cup morning brunch
Kick off your Breeders’ Cup Saturday in style with the official #BC18 brunch presented by Churchill Downs Magazine! Head to Butchertown Grocery for an incredible breakfast with Carson Kressley, and enjoy to live music and cocktails to start your day the right way. Even better: buying four tickets nets you free parking for Friday’s and Saturday’s races! Get your tickets here.
7. Celebrate Kentucky with Horse Country and mint juleps!
What could be more Kentucky than Thoroughbred farms and bourbon? Get the authentic experience thanks to Horse Country and Mint Julep Tours. There are several packages to choose from, so pick the perfect experience now!
8. Cocktails for a cause
If you’re looking for the ultimate Breeders’ Cup party, then you need to go to the Bash at the Museum. The Friday evening extravaganza benefits the Thoroughbred Charities of America, and it’s going to be incredible: there will be Kentucky-themed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, plus a live auction offering up meet-and-greets with Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify, a walkover from the backside to the paddock with the connections of a Breeders’ Cup Classic contender, and so much more. Get the details and your tickets now!
9. Head to the Mercury Ballroom and see Jukebox the Ghost!
See one of the hottest up-and-coming bands in the nation, celebrate the Breeders’ Cup, and help out retired racehorses, too! You can accomplish all of this in one easy step by catching Jukebox the Ghost at the Mercury Ballroom on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. ET. Tickets start at just $17, so what are you waiting for?
10. Interested in racehorse ownership? There’s a conference for that!
If you own Thoroughbreds or have ever been interested in finding out more about racehorse ownership, sign up for the 2018 Thoroughbred Owner Conference from Oct. 30 - Nov. 1. You’ll hear from some of the top horse owners in the game, and you’ll get seats at this year’s Breeders’ Cup … it’s a win-win! Get the details (and your tickets) right here.