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2017 Breeders Cup Championships

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The Breeders Cup is well-known for being the most prestigious and energetic events in the world of horse racing. Racers from all around the world travel to the host track, and put it all on the line to achieve the highest glory in their sport. The Breeders Cup attracts people of all types to come and watch a highly energetic event, with betting being a common practice. This year, the Breeders Cup is coming to the Del Mar racetrack in our very own San Diego. Taking place on November 3rd and 4th, don’t miss your chance to see the greatest racers in the entire world.

The Breeders Cup will feature a number of races, with the most popular being The Classic, Mile, and Longines Distaff. The Classic is the defining race of the horse racing sport. The best of the best will face off in hopes of winning the massive grand prize of $6,000,000. Mile is where the finest horses that are 3 years or older compete running two laps around the turf track. The Longines Distaff brings the best female horses for a energetic showdown of a race measuring 1 ⅛ miles on the main track.

Betting has always been a major part of the Breeders Cup, and this year its looking to be a huge turnout with this years championships. In previous years, there have been total wagers of more than $140 million, and this year looks no different. If you’ve never placed a bet before at a race, and you are planning to do so at this years Breeders Cup, here are some tips to help you have a seamless experience. First, you’ll want to arrive early to skip the lines, which get quite intense as the day goes on. Once you get to the teller, you want to say what race number you will be betting on, and the amount you want to wager. Make sure you know the type of bet you want to do, then clarify which horse you want to bet on. Be sure to use the number of the horse, rather than its name. For those who want to bet online, check out US Racing. If you would like to learn more about betting, check out the official Breeders Cup wagering info website.


If fashion is your kind of thing, then the Breeders Cup is the perfect place to show off. It is a tradition at the racetrack to come dressed in your finest, with a dress code being mandatory for those sitting at the Turf Club at Del Mar. Men will want to come with a suit or sport jacket, tie being optional. Ladies will want to wear suits or daytime dresses. The weather in November will be beautiful with the temperatures hovering around the mid-70’s. Some classic looks that are common at the races include the all-white dress/suit, complete with a white hat for the ladies and a blue or purple pocket square for the men. If you prefer a bold dash of color, then break out the vivid sports coat or dress that you’ve been dying to wear. If you count yourself among the bravest of fashionistas, then come dressed in wild prints or patterns. Whether it be a polka dotted red dress, or a blue striped sport coat with a checkered bow tie, you’ll feel right at home while at the Breeders Cup.

If you weren’t lucky enough to grab a ticket, don’t be worried! There are plenty of ways to watch the Breeders Cup. The race will be broadcasted on NBC Sports, as well as live-streamed on Facebook and Periscope. For a more inside look at the races, go to the official Breeders Cup website.

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