The 26th running of the Breeders Cup World Championships, thoroughbred racing's richest and most prestigious event, takes place at the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California this weekend.

Founded in 1982 by John R. Gaines, a leading thoroughbred owner and breeder, the event was created as a year-end championship for North American thoroughbred racing, and also attracts top horses from other parts of the world, especially Europe.



The three day event, with more than $25 million in total purses and awards available to be won, will be be broadcast on TSN and TSN2 starting today.

The event begins Friday on TSN with five races for female horses, plus the Breeders’ Cup Marathon for three-year-olds and up. On Saturday, live coverage continues with the remaining eight races, including the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic featuring Kentucky Derby winner and former two-year old Canadian champion Mine That Bird, Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird, and the undefeated mare Zenyatta – winner of all 13 of her career starts.

In total, 166 horses were pre-entered in this year’s championship including 10 defending or former Cup champions.

The following is what's on this weekend.

Friday, Nov. 6 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET on TSN

Races
  • Breeders’ Cup Marathon - purse: $500,000
  • Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf - purse: $1 million
  • Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies - purse: $2 million
  • Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf - purse: $2 million
  • Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint - purse: $1 million
  • Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic - purse: $2 million
Saturday, Nov. 7 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on TSN2

Races
  • Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf - purse: $1 million
  • Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint - purse: $1 million
  • Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint - purse: $2 million
  • Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile - purse: $2 million
Saturday, Nov. 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET on TSN

Races
  • TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile - purse: $2 million
  • Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile - purse: $1 million
  • Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf - purse: $3 million
  • Breeders’ Cup Classic - purse: $5 million

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