Over the last 30 years, the Breeders Cup World Championships has promoted itself as the greatest day(s) in horse racing. The original concept was designed to bring together the best thoroughbreds in the world and settle the issue regarding who is truly the best. While several European Champions have appeared over the years, there has never really been a full commitment to the Breeders Cup program on behalf of European horse racing.
Breeders Cup Announcement
On March 14, Breeders Cup LTD. announced that Racing Director Joshua Christian would be stationed in Europe six months a year. His primary responsibility will be improving communication between the Breeders Cup organization and Europe’s horse racing community. That community includes jockeys, trainers, owners and racing officials. The goal is increasing the number of Breeders Cup nominations and participants coming from the European continent.
The Breeders Cup
Annually, the Breeders Cup sponsors two days of championship racing in North America. The event includes 13 races with purses ranging from $1,000,000-$5,000,000. The 2014 Breeders Cup will be held at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Ca. The event is scheduled for October 31 and November 1.
Europe’s Own Championships
Josh Christian’s task will will not be easy. In recent years, many of Europe’s best horses have stayed home for Europe’s own “championship” day that is carded on Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe day in France. Arc day is referred to as “Europe’s Richest Day of Racing“. This year’s event will be held October 5, four weeks prior to the Breeders Cup event. Christian’s primary challenge is to convince the owners and trainers to ship their very best horses to America on four weeks rest.
Aside from the racing date conflict, there is another obstacle to be considered. All of Europe’s championship races are run on grass. On Breeders Cup day, only six of the races are scheduled to be run on turf. The remaining races, including the $5 million Breeders Cup Classic, will be run on dirt, a surface that most European horses never encounter.
If the Breeders Cup can finally overcome these obstacles, the real winners will be racing fans all over the world. Once and for all, racing questions would be answered, and true “World Champions” could be crowned.
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