The Breeders Cup is an annual event on November 5 & 6, 2021 and has a whopping prize purse total of $31 million.
This top horse racing event has grown from a one-day, seven-race event into a two-day, 14-race extravaganza. The Breeders’ Cup starts proceedings with Future Stars Friday, which showcases horse racing’s brightest rising stars.
Championship Saturday awards over $22 million in purses and awards over nine races, culminating in the defining event of the international racing season – the $6 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic.
View the race schedule and the latest odds for the 2022 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland, Lexington, Kentucky.
Breeder Cup Classic Odds
|Life Is Good||+800|
|Hot Rod Charlie||+1200|
|Tiz The Bomb||+3300|
*Odds for all Breeders’ Cup races will be available before Future Stars Friday
Breeders’ Cup 2022 – Key Info
- When: November 5&6
- Location: Keeneland
- Distance: Various
- Surface: Dirt and Turf
- Prize purse: +$31,000,000
Breeders Cup Races 2022
View the Breeders Cup 2022 race schedule for Friday and Saturday.
- $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
- $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
- $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint
- $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
- $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
- $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
- $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
- $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
- $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint
- $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile
- $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff
- $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf
- $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf
- $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic
Previous Breeders’ Cup Classic Winners
|Year||Horse||Jockey||Trainer||2021||Knicks Go||Joel Rosario||Brad H Cox|
|2020||Authentic||John Velazquez||Bob Baffert|
|2019||Vino Rosso||Irad Ortiz Jr.||Todd Pletcher|
|2018||Accelerate||Joel Rosario||John W. Sadler|
|2017||Gun Runner||Florent Geroux||Steven M. Asmussen|
|2016||Arrogate||Mike Smith||Bob Baffert|
|2015||American Pharoah||Victor Espinoza||Bob Baffert|
|2014||Bayern||Martin Garcia||Bob Baffert|
|2013||Mucho Macho Man||Gary Stevens||Katherine Ritvo|
|2012||Fort Larned||Brian Hernandez Jr.||Ian Wilkes|
|2011||Drosselmeyer||Mike. Smith||W. Mott|
|2010||Blame||G. Gomez||A. Stall|
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Breeders Cup?
The Breeders' Cup World Championships is an annual series of Grade I Thoroughbred horse races organized by Breeders' Cup Limited, established in 1982.
When do tickets go on sale for the 2022 Breeders Cup?
Tickets for the 2022 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland will go on sale to the public on Friday, July 16 at Noon ET / 9:00 a.m. PT.
How much is the prize money at the Breeders Cup?
With $31 million in purses and awards paid out throughout the weekend, the Breeders' Cup is one of the richest two days in sports. Owners, stallion nominators, and foal nominators all receive payouts. Owners decide how they want to split their winnings with their trainer and jockey.
What is the purse distribution for Breeders' Cup races?
Percentage of prize distribution:
- 1st - 52.0%
- 2nd - 17.0%
- 3rd - 9.0%
- 4th - 5.0%
- 5th - 3.0%
- 6th - 2.0%
- 7th - 1.0%
- 8th - 1.0%
- 9th - 1.0%
- 10th - 1.0%
- Travel Awards8.0%
*Travel awards: $10,000 is awarded to non-California starters based in North America and $40,000 is awarded to all overseas starters outside of North America.