Breeders Cup:In July, FanDuel Group announced a comprehensive multi-year sponsorship agreement with the Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events to make TVG and FanDuel the official wagering partners of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Date: The 2019 Breeders Cup Will Began on Friday, November 1 and end on Saturday, November 2. Location: Like Every Years Breeders Cup Location is Set to Santa Anita Park. A year-ending showcase of the world’s best thoroughbreds, the 2019 Breeders’ Cup can see the best horses from either side of the Atlantic move to post in what’s the 2 richest days in racing. Start Time: We Will update you when start time confirmed.
When: Monday, October 28th – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: TVG, TVG.com
So it’s goodbye to the guinea pigs, Sir Percy and King Julian. It’s goodbye to the family for a week, to the nippy British autumn weather, the incessant Brexit disquisition, and increasingly excitable jumps racing posse.
Goodbye Sam Spinner, La Bague Au Roi, Altior. Hello Shancelot, Dennis’ Moment and Code Of Honor.
To Southern California and the 36th Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park.
It won’t be my 36th – the Breeders’ Cup began in 1984 and, frankly, so did I – but my second time in attendance, having been to Del Mar in 2017. That was quite remarkable and the wild-eyed celebrations of Classic-winning trainer Steve Asmussen will live long in the memory.
Del Mar was dusty and dated, but delightful. I’m told Santa Anita is on another level.
‘Like Cheltenham on acid’ a Whatsapp message politely offered over the weekend. I do occasionally get the fear driving up the M6 through Shap, so one can only wonder what impact American racing’s most famous mountain range will have.
Time will reveal all, but Terminal 2 awaits so in the meantime here are some thoughts on what I feel contribute most to making the Breeders’ Cup such an extraordinary occasion.
In such shamefully divisive times, there’s a lot to celebrate in people and cultures coming together over a shared passion.
A shared passion and 30 million dollars, but a shared passion nevertheless. And let’s face it, not many true horsemen and women first get into racing to make a quick buck.
Take a snapshot of who is represented here at the 36th Breeders’ Cup: Baffert, O’Brien, Brown, Gosden, Pletcher, Appleby. In spite of the title sponsor of this year’s Dirt Mile (don’t ask), make no mistake this is, as billed, a thoroughbred world championships. Bigger and better than ever for the Americans; no longer an afterthought at the end of a long year for Europe’s elite.
There are runners from France and Germany, while having Japanese representation through Matera Sky (Sprint) and Full Flat (Juvenile), plus a South Korean entry in Blue Chipper (Dirt Mile) is another feather in the cap for organisers.
On top of the global appeal and best-in-class dirt and turf equine talent, the people play an integral part in making the Breeders’ Cup what it has become.
And it’s not just local LA celebs or the aforementioned stellar cast of trainers that light up the first weekend of November, though Bob Baffert and Chad Brown with respective silver hair and steely glare have their own certain charm.
There are plenty on the periphery who more than hold their own in the character stakes.
French-born, New York-based Christophe Clement, trainer of Gio Ponti and Tonalist in previous years, can hardly be classed as being on the sidelines. But he’s down to earth and not one for pumping his chest in the spotlight.
He has a kind smile and a serious two-year-old colt to boot in Juvenile Turf candidate, Decorated Invader. Few would begrudge a first Breeders’ Cup triumph for the affable, experienced Clement.
If Clement is the Gérard Houllier of North American racing, then Jorge Navarro, trainer of big three-year-old Sprint hope Shancelot, fills the role of a snarling Diego Simeone. His pre and post-race interviews carry a certain je ne sais quoi.
Both fascinating people, and what a year it could be for the O’Briens.
It is a family that continues to blaze a trail in terms of setting records, but there’s one on the horizon here that may never be matched. And for once, Aidan isn’t central to the plot (though his role is implicit).
Starting Tuesday morning, HRRN will host the first of three consecutive Breeders’ Cup Countdown shows live from Santa Anita’s famed Clockers’ Corner. The shows, presented by Red Brand Fence, can be heard Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET. Each show features interviews with owners, trainers, breeders, jockeys and handicappers along with real time training reports on Breeders’ Cup contenders. HRRN’s Bobby Neuman will host the shows alongside analyst Megan Devine.
If Iridessa is successful in the Filly & Mare Turf, Aidan’s wife Anne-Marie O’Brien will be in the unique position of having ‘bred’ not only a Breeders’ Cup-winning horse, but also the trainer (son, Joseph), as well as the jockey (son, Donnacha).