The Breeders’ Cup World Championship is a popular series of Grade I thoroughbred horse races held annually at different locations. Inaugurated in the year 1984, it is governed by Breeders’ Cup Limited. Although initially it was a single day event, from 2007 onwards it was extended to a span of 2 days. Prior to its expansion, it was deemed to be the richest day in sports.
Founded in 1982 by John R. Gaines, primarily the event was conceived as a year-end championship for North American thoroughbred racing but it also draws top notch race horses from across the globe. The racetrack consists of turf, dirt as well as all weather and depending on the race type, the purse ranges anywhere from $500,000 to $5 million.
In 2007, a total of $20 million was awarded but in 2008, the amount plunged to $17 million. The Day 2 of the Breeders’ Cup as of 2008 is considered to be the second richest day in sports, with the Dubai World Cup Night leading the way as the richest single day event in sports. The Dubai World Cup is also a Thoroughbred racing event, featuring 6 races and a swaggering purse worth $21 million in the year 2008.
As compared to the audience turnout at other stake races, the Breeders’ Cup occupies the fifth position in North America in terms of attendance. Contrary to the popular misconception, the Breeders’ Cup Grand National Steeplechase is not run by the Breeders’ Cup Limited, although it has a licensing agreement to use the name ‘Breeders’ Cup’.
As of 2006, the Breeders’ Cup included 8 Grade I races. Later in 2007, 3 races were added to the event; the Dirt Mile, the Juvenile Turf and the Filly and Mare Sprint. All the three races are run the Friday before the remaining 8 races. During 2008, yet again 3 more new races were incorporated. These comprise of the Turf Sprint, the Juvenile Filly Turf and the Marathon.
This glorious equestrian event is reckoned to be the World Cup of thoroughbred racing. Online horse race games simulate this stupendous equestrian event with the help of virtual Breeders’ Cup contenders. Just like in the real world, great champion horses from different parts of the world meet every year to compete and win; you too can win a virtual Breeders’ Cup by contesting virtual Breeders’ Cup contenders.
Some of the legendary virtual Breeders’ Cup contenders that you can run in online games include popular names like Street Sense, Stevie Wonderboy, War Pass, Go For Wand, Arazi, Precisionist, Azeri, Lady’s Secret, Curlin And Ghostzapper.