Can’t make it to horse racing’s world championships this year? Not to worry – you can still have the perfect Breeders’ Cup experience at home with our guide to throwing the ultimate viewing party.
1. Decorations are a must.
Purple and gold are the Breeders’ Cup’s signature colors, so it’s a great start for your decorations. Something as simple as a table cover is a great way to stay on-theme without shelling out a ton of money. Another great option is the Breeders’ Cup rocks glasses – they’re beautiful, and something you’ll be able to enjoy for years after your guests have gone home.
2. Be ready if you want to bet.
You can bet from home if you’re not going to the Breeders’ Cup! It’s perfectly legal – and perfectly fun – to bet from your phone or computer. The official betting partner for this year’s Breeders’ Cup is TVG, so set up an account if you don’t have one already and get ready for you and your guests to win big. Be sure to register in advance of the Breeders’ Cup – sometimes it can take a few days. And don’t worry if you’ve never bet on horses before – we’re here to help!
It’s also fun to make your own betting games at the party. Anything from traditional winner-take-all pools to prop bets – the world is your oyster, and I’ll never stop anyone from gambling on what color tie Bob Baffert will wear.
3. Know where you can watch.
Tuning in is a vital element to this party, so be sure you’re ready with the TV and digital schedule. The more you know! You can also download the Breeders’ Cup app, where you can watch exclusive live content, see the races, and so much more.
4. Come correct with the cocktails.
For the first time ever, the Breeders’ Cup has two signature cocktails: the Torrie and the Garland. Don’t worry if you don’t have the supplies on hand – Breeders’ Cup has teamed up with Minibar Delivery to have your mixology needs brought directly to your door.
5. Get the perfect snacks.
Since this year’s Breeders’ Cup is at Santa Anita Park near Los Angeles, why not theme your food around California cuisine? Think fish tacos, In ‘n’ Out burgers (or a recreation thereof!), tamales, sushi, or just make delicious carved sandwiches – after all, that’s Santa Anita’s signature food! And don’t forget Breeders’ Cupcakes for dessert; we even have a guide on how to frost your own!