Fast horses. Haute couture. Huge payouts. Sound good? Then you need to get to this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park in California. Whether you’re a longtime racing fan or you’ve seen the Kentucky Derby a couple of times, this is an event that you’re going to love. Want to learn why? Check out our reasons below. And don’t fret – tickets to this year’s event are still available, so get yours today!
1. The Breeders’ Cup is literally horse racing’s world championships.
That means that you’re going to see the best of the very best. With 14 races for all kinds of racehorses – young and older, turf specialists and dirt runners, males and females, you’re going to watch elite Thoroughbreds and their jockeys match speed and strategy over two incredible days of competition.
2. You can win a lot of money … without being an expert horseplayer.
The Breeders’ Cup is a bettor’s dream – even if you don’t play some of the more advanced bets, you can cash out big at the BC. The average winning payout on a $2 win bet on the Classic winner is $25.25 – that’s a pretty incredible return on investment! But that’s nothing compared to the $269.20 that $2 win bettors got for backing Arcangues in the 1993 Classic – a record that still stands. If you’re a more adventurous horseplayer, the money gets even bigger: The payout for a $2 Pick 6 ticket in 2003 was $2,687,611.20. You read that right: One player turned a two-buck bet into over $2.6 million.
3. The fashion is on point.
If you want to up your style profile, the Breeders’ Cup is for you. Horse racing’s World Championships are a global event, and attendees dress to impress. From traditional formal cultural dress to Parisian couture, the Breeders’ Cup is a must for sartorialists.
4. You’ll get the chance to enjoy some cocktails for a great cause.
Get philanthropic and raise a glass to the greats with the Bash at the Breeders’ Cup. Held at The Langham Huntington on Friday, Nov. 1, the event includes feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a live auction. Proceeds benefit the Thoroughbred Charities of America, which raises and distributes money to approved charitable organizations assisting with retired racehorses, backstretch and farm employee programs, and equine-assisted therapy programs. Rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in racing while raising money for a very worthy cause? Sounds like the perfect night out.
5. You’ll see the stars of tomorrow.
The first day of Breeders’ Cup competition is called Future Stars Friday; that’s because the top 2-year-olds on the planet are coming together to try to secure year-end honors and their place as favorites in the best races of 2020. Want to see next year’s Triple Crown contenders or spot your Kentucky Oaks pick in person? Then you need to be at Breeders’ Cup.