It's the "World Cup" of thoroughbred racing - as top horses from around the globe meet to compete in the Breeders' Cup World Championship.
Just up ahead, check out the 2021 Breeders' Cup venue, ticket information and post positions, along with a bit of history and trivia about one of the most-anticipated horse races of the year.
This year, the 38th edition of the Breeders' Cup World Championships takes place on Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6, 2021 when the Breeders Cup Classic is set to air on NBC with a post time of 8:40 PM ET.
Contenders at the 2021 Breeders Cup Classic include 5-2 favorite Knicks Go, Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, Derby 3rd place finisher Hot Rod Charlie, 4th place finisher Essential Quality, and 5th place finisher Max Player. Other favorites include Art Collector, Tripoli, Express Train, and the long-shot Stilleto Boy. (Just up ahead, check the official post positions and morning line odds announced on Monday.
2021 Breeders' Cup TV schedule
Fri., Nov. 5, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET "Future Stars Friday" - NBCSN
Sat., Nov. 6, 2:30 PM ET - 8:00 PM ET - Championship Saturday- NBCSN
Sat., Nov. 6, 8:00 PM ET - Breeders' Cup Classic - NBC (post time 8:40 PM ET)
2021 Breeders' Cup favorite Knicks Go wins in a dramatic finish.
2021 Breeders' Cup Classic post positions
The announcement of this year's Breeder's Cup Classic post positions, jockeys and morning line odds were announced on Monday, November 1, 2021 live from Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, California.
Horse & Post Position
Morning Line Odds
Irad Ortiz Jr.
John W. Sadler
2. Express Train
John A. Shirreffs
3. Hot Rod Charlie
Doug F. O'Neill
4. Essential Quality
Brad H. Cox
5. Knicks Go
Brad H. Cox
6. Art Collector
William I. Mott
7. Stilleto Boy
Ed Moger, Jr.
8. Medina Spirit
9. Max Player
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Steven M. Asmussen
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calrifornia -- "where the surf meets the turf"-- is the
scene of the
2021 Breeder's Cup,
the fifth time since first hosting the Cup in 1938.
All about the Breeders' Cup
The Breeders' Cup World Championships caps the annual racing season with the richest races in the sport, honoring the fastest sprinters, most promising two-year-olds, and the best turf horses.
The very best of the best eventually compete in the final race for the ultimate
in prestige and the richest purse in horse racing: the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
In keeping with its star status as the ultimate in thoroughbred horse racing, the very first Breeders Cup took place at Hollywood Park in 1984. Almost immediately, the race took on the glamour of the Oscar
Awards, giving the sport a high-profile to become the hottest ticket in horse racing.
The Breeders' Cup Classic is open to horses of both sexes as are the Spring, the Mile and Turf races. The remaining four are the Juvenile, the Juvenile Fillies, Distaff and the Filly & Mare Turf for
females ages three and up.
Whichever the groups of horses are in contention, it's certain that national pride is on the line each time. Intense rivalry develops in almost each successive race among owners and trainers, primarily from the U.S., England, Ireland, France, Germany, and Japan over who will claim the best horse in competition.
DID YOU KNOW? Breeders' Cup trivia & fun facts
Girl power: Zenyatta
• 36 winners have started from gate No. 4, the luckiest post position in Breeders’ Cup history.
• Zenyatta is the only female horse ever to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
• Arcangues, who ran at 133-1 odds in the 1993 Breeders' Cup Classic, scored the biggest upset in Breeders' Cup history earning $269.20 on a $2 win bet.
• A record $2,687,611.20 was the payout on the winning Pick 6 ticket for the 2003 Breeders’ Cup.
• The prize money that will be awarded to the owners of this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic winner is more than $3 million, from a total purse of $6 million.
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