Added by Tania Sullivan on November 7, 2010
2010 Breeders’ Cup has witnessed reduction from 31 to 21 non-US horses. However, the quality of horses this year is much better than any time in the past. The best from Europe, Japan and Canada are coming for the Breeders’ Cup.
The races begin on Friday at Churchill Downs and will conclude on Saturday after 6 events and an eight-race card for the $5 classic. Churchill Downs uses dirt instead of turf which is synthetic track. This is the reason why Europeans skip this event.
Combined with the track, injuries to European horses resulted in reduced numbers. The organizers are promoting the Breeders’ Cup challenge by offering overseas races which will allow winners to qualify for the Breeders’ Cup automatically.
The challenge has been held in 7 countries and will move to Japan and Dubai in 2011.
As compared to $178 million wagered on the cup last year, organizers are expecting up to $200 million this year. Of the $100 billion bet on horse racing in the world, only $11 billion is bet in America. Breeders’ Cup is coming up as the true world championship, something which the Arc De Triomphe in France and Melbourne Cup in Australia are not.