In 1982 a group of prominent thoroughbred breeders from central Kentucky, led by the visionary John Gaines, hatched a plan. Their idea was to create a year-end, culminating championship for their sport. An event where horses from across the world could meet to settle the age old question, who is the best. An event that celebrated the best of horse racing. Put it on a national platform and helped to build the market for racing and breeding. Their vision – The Breeders’ Cup.
Before we get to the celebration schedule for next weekend, let’s take a look at some of its the traditions
- The Breeders’ Cup Trophy is an authentic bronze reproduction of the original Torrie horse that was created in Florence by Giovanni da Bologna in the late 1580’s. Replicas are presented to the connections of the winners of each of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships races every year.
- Ralphs Floral Design Center creates each of the 13 Championship race garlands. The official flower garland is comprised of the rare combinations of Beauty Asters, Golden Asters, Cremons and Catteleya Orchids, which are grown exclusively for the Breeders’ Cup since 1988.
- All horses have to be nominated in order to compete in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and it all begins with the stallions. North American stallions are nominated annually to the Breeders’ Cup, the nomination is for the upcoming breeding season and the fee to be eligible is equal to the stud’s advertised breeding fee. Once the stallion is nominated and begins breeding (covering mares) all of his progeny (foals) from that breeding season are then eligible to be nominated the year they are born
- The 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will take place this weekend at Del Mar, near San Diego, Calif. This is the first time that Del Mar, one of the most iconic tracks in the country, will play host to the Breeders’ Cup. To accommodate the event, Del Mar widened its turf course to be able to handle 14 horses, as well as other changes in temporary seating areas, upgraded the television monitors and video board. Del Mar revamped the main track to increase the banking on the turns and even out the surface.
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So, let the celebrations commence:
Foxwoods Racebook – Friday & Saturday, November 3 & 4, 2017
Friday, 11/3 – Doors open at 11:00am. Seating is first come, first served basis. Receive a free official Breeder’s Cup Glass with advance wagering.
Friday, 11/4 – Make a reservation for “Bet at your Seat.” Seating is $25, and reservations are open. Two free hot dogs and chips when betting $50. Meet radio personality Anthony ” Big A” Stabile.
Mohegan Sun – Saturday, November 4, 2017
At Convention Center And Uncas Ballroom, doors open at 11:00am.
Watch all nine Breeders’ Cup Championship races on nine large screens with the Breeders’ Cup Classic post time slated at approximately 8:35pm. Doors will be open at 11:00am. There will be open seating for approximately 1,000 people.
Special Guest Handicappers:
Jim Mazur – Handicapper from Progressive Handicapping
Mike Mutnansky – Talk Show Host from Sports Radio WEEI
Bob Neumeier – NBC Sports
With a $25 wager in the Uncas Ballroom, guests will receive a commemorative 2017 Breeders’ Cup souvenir t-shirt (while supplies last), or with any $50 wager guests receive a pass to the Breeders’ Cup buffet (served 2:00pm – 6:00pm)
Advanced wagering on all of the Breeders’ Cup races will be available in the Race Book beginning Friday, November 3rd at 11:00am. With a $50 wager on any Breeders’ Cup race, guests will receive an embroidered Breeders’ Cup souvenir cap (limited one per transaction, while supplies last).