The Breeders Cup is an annual series of some really amazing Grade I thoroughbred horse races which is managed and operated by the Breeders Cup Limited. The company was founded in 1982. However, the inauguration of the company officially took place in 1984 through 2006. Originally it was just a one day event. However, in 2007 the event expanded its self to keeping the entertainment going on for two days in a row. The location of the event changes every year. All events that have taken place have been in the United States, except in 1996, when the company took the event to Canada at the Woodbine Racetrack.
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Ever since the inaugural running of the event took place 26 years ago at Hollywood Park, the Breeders Cup has successfully managed to establish itself as the season finishing championship of thoroughbred horse racing. The most exciting part of the event is that over the years it has also managed to gain a lot of fame resulting in it being entrenched into the American horse racing folk lore. The event has a beautifully magnificent tradition and history of its own. The World Championships that take place under the title of the company have served as a great deciding reason in the Eclipse Award voting scenario. The Eclipse Awards honor horse racing by deciding which should be the Horse of the Year and similar other champions in the field of horse racing.
The history of the Breeders Cup is that the main goal of creating a horse racing event as a year-end championship for the North American thoroughbred horse racing. The event attracts some of the finest and extremely beautiful horses from all over the world and especially from Europe to take part in the events. John R. Gaines created the Breeders Cup in 1982. At that time John R. Gaines was the leading thoroughbred horse owner and also a dynamic breeder. Before the event was stretched into a two day event, the one day event was recorded to be one of the wealthiest sporting one day events in the history of sports. In 2008, the event’s two day schedule was ranked to be the second richest two day event in sporting history. In the 2008 championships of the Breeders, a gross total of $17 million were awarded on the first day of the event and another $20 million in the 2007 Breeders championship. Now the wealthiest one day sporting event is yet another thoroughbred racing event by the name of the Dubai World Cup Night. This particular event has six horse races which in 2008 have been combined to have a gross total of $21 million.
The Breeders Cup has a massive fan following. The annual races and championships that take place have a colossal amount of attendance and this makes the Breeders Cup to be ranked as the fifth or the fourth in North America. This event is known to annually surpass the attendance of fans and a few high profile people of all other stake races. The managers and the operators of the event have added three new races as of 2008. This has resulted in an overall of $25.5 million to be awarded in the two day event. The winner of the Breeders Cup race is awarded a garland of flowers which are draped over the writhers of the horse that caused the win. Four Breeders Cup trophies are also given to the runner ups.
This spectacular multimillion dollar event has been a magnetic source for some of the best competitors from all over the world to participate in. Some of the famous Breeders Cup champions are Cigar, A.P. Indy, Azeri, Curlin, Sunday Silence, Ferdinand, Personal Ensign and Zenyatta including many more.
The 2009 Breeders Cup saw more than 96,000 fans attending the event. The event had been a complete sellout. The event was televised nationally for nine hours on ESPN sports channel and the ABC network. More than 130 countries in the world got the chance to witness the event live on their television screens. With such a massive fan following and a great history behind the event, it comes as no surprise that the event is one major spectacular event. Having the chance to witness this awesome event live in action in a great stadium would be a dream for many avid fans of the game. If you are a fan of the game or just someone who likes to watch some of the most beautiful horses in one of the most amazing sport championships, then get those Breeders Cup tickets, and enjoy an extremely thrilling event.