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2018 Breeders Cup' Races

The Breeders' Cup changes its line up of races from time to time. Here are the races for the 2018 year.

Breeders' Cup Classic

Purse:$6,000,000Grade: 1
Distance: 1 1/4 MilesAge: 3+

Every sport has a definitive year-ending event to crown its champions. In Thoroughbred racing, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships is the culmination of the horse racing season worldwide and the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic is the defining event of the international racing season.

The Breeders’ Cup Classic, run at 1 1/4 miles, draws the top international Thoroughbreds year after year. With its $6 million purse, the Classic is the richest race in all of North America. It is open to horses 3-years-old and older and is limited to 14 starters. Five of this year’s starters will gain automatic entries into the race by qualifying through Breeders’ Cup Challenge series.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

Purse:$1,000,000Grade: 1
Distance: 1 MileAge: 2

The Juvenile Fillies Turf brings together the best 2-year-old female turf horses from North America and overseas for a 1 mile test on the grass course.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies

Purse: $2,000,000Grade: 1
Distance: 1 1/16 MileAge: 2

In Thoroughbred racing, a Juvenile race is one restricted to 2-year-old horses. The Juvenile Fillies is restricted to 2-year-old females. It is run at 1 1/16 miles, a little more than the circumference of the racetrack. In nearly all cases over the years, the winner of the Juvenile Fillies has been named the Champion of all 2-year-old females.

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Purse:$2,000,000Grade: 1
Distance: 1 1/4 MilesAge: 3+

Some of the world’s best female grass horses will compete in this 1 1/4 mile race at Churchill Downs for a $2 million purse.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf

Purse:$1,000,000Grade: 1
Distance: 1 MileAge: 2

Run at 1 mile on the grass course, the Juvenile Turf, restricted to male 2-year-olds, is often a forecast for the top turf horses of the future.

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

Purse:$1,000,000Grade: 1
Distance: 7 FurlongsAge: 3+

The Filly & Mare Sprint is run around one turn at 7 furlongs (about 7/8ths mile) for the fastest females, 3-years-old and older.

Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile

Purse:$1,000,000Grade: 1
Distance: 1 MileAge: 3+

The world’s fastest Thoroughbreds compete in the Dirt Mile, sometimes achieving speeds nearing 40 M.P.H. in the stretch. This race is contested at three- quarters of a mile for male and female horses, 3-years-old and older.

Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

Purse:$1,000,000Grade: 1
Distance: 6.5 FurlongsAge: 3+

The Turf Sprint is a fast and furious charge across the turf course and into the homestretch at Churchill Downs. Run at approximately 1400 yards (6.5 furlongs) for horses 3-years of age and older, this race combines both speed and agility for the international competitors.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile

Purse:$2,000,000Grade: 1
Distance: 1 1/16 MilesAge: 2

At $2 million, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is the richest 2-year-old race in North America. The 1 1/16 mile race, restricted to male 2 year-olds, is often a preview of the stars of the Triple Crown races for the following year.

Breeders' Cup Turf

Purse:$4,000,000Grade: 1
Distance: 1 1/2 MilesAge: 3+

The Breeders’ Cup Turf is run at 1 ½ miles on the grass course, for horses 3-years-old and older. The race attracts the top grass talent from Europe and North America to compete for a $3 million purse.

Breeders' Cup Sprint

Purse:$1,500,000Grade: 1
Distance: 6.5 FurlongsAge: 3+

The world’s fastest Thoroughbreds compete in the Sprint, sometimes achieving speeds nearing 40 M.P.H. in the stretch. This race is contested at three- quarters of a mile for male and female horses, 3-years-old and older.

Breeders' Cup Mile

Purse:$2,000,000Grade: 1
Distance: 1 MileAge: 3+

The world’s best grass milers compete in this race around two turns around Churchill Downs for horses 3-years-old and older.

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