There’s an eye-watering $28m up for grabs this weekend as the best horses on the planet go to battle at the Breeders’ Cup meeting at Santa Anita in California. It’s the ‘Ryder Cup of racing’ as Europe’s finest four-legged beasts head State-side hoping to pocket some dollars on enemy soil – and we cannot wait.
The racing starts on Friday night at 9.25pm with the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf and runs right through to the Breeders’ Cup Classic at 12.35am on Saturday night / Sunday morning depending how you want to look at it.
Aidan O’Brien’s super mare Found is here after her Prix de l’Arc success this year and she’ll fancy her chances in the Breeder’s Cup Turf race as O’Brien chases an astonishing 11th Breeders Cup winner. Highland Reel also flies the flag for Europe in the same race, with Flintshire the favourite after finishing second in this race two years ago.
California Chrome could delight locals in the Breeder’s Cup Classic and add an eight Grade 1 success to a remarkable career. Tepin is aiming to retain his crown in the Breeder’s Cup Mile but faces a whole raft of European talent, while the Europeans haven’t won the Breeder’s Cup Sprint Sheikh Albadou in 1991. Will it all change this weekend?