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Breeders Cup: Our trip to the World Championships

Updated: Nov 13, 2023

What is the Breeders' Cup?

Staged annually at changing locations across the United States, this is the pinnacle of the world racing calendar. Runners from Europe and Japan to take on a show American might. Santa Anita, on the northern edge of Los Angeles, has hosted the World Championships eleven times, and the Breeders' Cup now flits between here and Del Mar on the west coast, and between Keeneland and Churchill Downs on the eastern seaboard.

What's the itinerary?

Arriving a few days before racing, we hold a celebrity drinks evening, previewing the weekend action. Thursday morning sees a highlight of the trip, and a chance to mix with some of racing's biggest names for Breakfast at the Breeders' Cup, where you'll also have the opportunity to see hopefuls exercising on track. Future Stars Friday is all about the juveniles, and on Saturday it's the big day, with the Classic and Turf both on the cards.

What happened in 2023?

This year saw a chance for the powerhouses to dominate at Santa Anita, but it also left room for fairytales to play out. Cody's Wish achieved a second win in the Dirt Mile, with his namesake Cody Dorman dying just a day later, after Cody's Wish was retired to stud. Big Evs gave Mick Appleby his first G1 success, though it wasn't to be for Live In The Dream in the Turf Sprint. Auguste Rodin took the Breeders' Cup Turf, and the Classic went to White Abbario and Chicago native Rick Dutrow, returning from a long absence in the sport.

Where will you be staying?

2024 and 2025's Breeders' Cup will be held at Del Mar, another venue in southern California (further down the coast in San Diego). We're still finalising our hotel offerings for next year, so watch this space! Register your interest and be the first to know when our packages go on sale...


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