The Breeders' Cup got bigger for the
second straight year.
Three races were added to thoroughbred racing's world
championships in 2008, increasing the two-day event to 14 races
worth $25.5 million in prize money. The next Breeders' Cup will be
at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Oct. 24-25.
The new races - added to three others run for the first time at
the Breeders' Cup at Monmouth Park two months ago - boosts the
opening day to six races worth more than $5 million. The second day
features eight races, including the $5 million Breeders' Cup
Two of the new races carry $1 million purses: the 6½-furlong
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint for 3-year-olds and up and the mile
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf for 2-year-old fillies. The
other race is the $500,000 Breeders' Cup Dirt Marathon at a mile
for 3-year-olds and up.
At Monmouth Park, the new races were the Filly and Mare Sprint,
the Dirt Mile and the Juvenile Turf.
"The establishment of the three new races continues our
aggressive expansion of the Breeders' Cup World Championships as a
pre-eminent international sports and entertainment property for our
fans, sponsors and television viewers around the globe." Breeders'
Cup president Greg Avioli said in a statement Monday.
All races on dirt will be run over Santa Anita's synthetic
surface Cushion Track.