all in Breeders' Cup

Patience tends to be rewarded in the rollercoaster game that is Thoroughbred racing. It was again when Sistercharlie rose up at the last instant to overtake Ultra Brat by a nose in the tightest of photo finishes in the $500,000 Diana Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

With the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” schedule underway for 2018, the time has come to begin sorting the contenders from the pretenders for this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Horse racing’s summer season unofficially begins this week with opening days at two of the premier racetracks in the world, one a living historical monument ensconced in rustic upstate New York, and the other basking under the sun and soothed by an oceanside breeze on the southern California coast.

Summer in San Diego can’t be topped — sunshine, beaches, parks, restaurants, concerts, and, oh yeah, world-class horse racing just north of the city at Del Mar!

The historic race meet opens Wednesday, and the seaside track is sure to attract plenty of celebrities, socialites, horse lovers, handicappers, and of course, top-class racehorses. Read on for a rundown of Del Mar’s summer meet by the numbers.

1 mile - Circumference of the dirt main track at Del Mar.

Each week members of the media around the country vote on the nation's top racehorses, many of whom are aiming for the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs  on Nov. 2-3, in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. Find out the latest top racehorse rankings below. 

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