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Breeders’ World Cup Championship

Breeders’ World Cup Championship 

2 Days, 14 Races, $31 Million – that’s the Breeders’ World Cup Championship for you! The World Cup is easily the most glamorous event in the world of horse racing. The event is attended by thousands of enthusiasts, including everyone from world-class equestrians looking to highlight their skills to renowned celebrities seeking the unmatched thrill of racing.

This year, the world’s best-thoroughbred horses, trainers, and jockeys against one another in a head-to-head showdown for the world champion title in their respective divisions on Nov 5- 6 in the heart of the North Coastal neighborhood at Del Mar. Read on to learn more about this amazing event to see if it’s for you.

Breeders’ Cup History

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Led by visionary John Gaines, a group of Kentucky thoroughbred breeders devised a strategy in 1982. The plan was simple: to establish a year-end championship for their sport – an event where horses from all around the world might gather to determine the best and honor the greatest of horse racing in the process. It was put on a national stage, and it aided in developing the racing and breeding industries.

Gaines, the owner of the world-class commercial stallion station on Paris Pike, unexpectedly announced the event during his speech at the Kentucky Derby Festival’s “They’re Off” luncheon. No one, not even his wife, had any idea that the man had been envisioning the future of horse racing for over three years. That day, Gaines delivered a speech that changed the course of history.

I have personally spoken to virtually all the prominent breeders in this country and several in Europe, and to a man, they have endorsed the program as a means of our industry helping itself,” he said, and so the Super Bowl event of horse racing began. Even after the death of John Gaines in 2005, his inspirations continue to change the world by celebrating the rising stars of racing every year.

How It Works


The Breeders’ Cup is built on the foundation of the breeding industry. The horses must be nominated to compete in the race, and it all starts with the stallions.

North American stallions are nominated every year for the upcoming breeding season, with the nomination price equal to the stud’s announced breeding fee. If a stallion is really popular and produces more than 50 foals per year, the owner will pay a higher nomination fee.

Foals born in North America only need to be nominated once to the Breeders’ Cup. Their breeder must pay a one-time $400 nomination fee by October 15 of the year they are born, and the foal is then completely eligible to run in any Breeders’ Cup World Championships race for the rest of its racing career.

A Breeders’ Cup nomination pays dividends for the nominator in the sales ring, with nominated foals fetching six times the price of non-nominated foals, as well as in nominator awards received during the Challenge Series and at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Why Should You Plan A Breeders’ Cup Trip?

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Nothing beats the thrill of horse racing. So, if you are looking for a luxurious escape this November, the Breeders’ Cup may be the perfect opportunity for you.

Plan a mini-vacation to Del Mar to see the world’s best thoroughbreds compete for glory, and then extend your stay to take advantage of San Diego’s world-class hotels, exquisite neighborhoods, and luxury sailing expedition. Here are some reasons why you may want to attend the Breeders’ World Cup Championship.

The Perfect Getaway

The Breeders’ Cup brings you the perfect getaway opportunity. Whether you are looking for some relaxing “me-time” to unwind or simply want to enjoy with friends and family, the Breeders’ Cup will prove to be an exquisite experience. In addition to attending the event, you can also explore the lovely Del Mar neighborhood.

Take a tour of the coastal areas and marvel at the city’s legendary seaside splendor. Del Mar has long been a favorite vacation spot for Hollywood celebrities and others who enjoy the community’s beautiful beaches, fast horses, fancy boutiques, and acclaimed food.

You may come to Del Mar for the Thoroughbred Club and racetrack activities, but you will stay for the captivating beauty of Del Mar Village, a Southern California beach village with a European vibe. It presents an array of shops and restaurants that would be at home on the French or Italian Riviera.

You can also explore La Jolla’s natural tony houses and chic coastal enclaves perched on the glittering Pacific, only a few miles south of Del Mar. Also, don’t forget to bring your golf clubs for a game at the world-class Torrey Pines Golf Course, which will host the Farmers Insurance Open and the US Open in 2021.

Hollywood & Fashion Scene

The Breeders’ Cup is one of horse racing’s most prestigious events, attracting celebrities from all around the world. You can find celebrities from the film, music, fashion, and sports industries. So, this might be your chance to mingle with the VIPs while watching the world’s best racehorses compete on the track.

The Breeders’ Cup Ambassadors list also includes fifteen celebrities, including Kate Upton, Walker Buehler, Elizabeth Banks, Joe Torre, Michael Owen, Rashard Lewis, Laura Bell Bundy, and more!

Dressing up is part of the fun as you experience the best fashion scene in town at parties. Think elegant, traditional gowns with a magnificent fascinator or cap for the ladies. Consider a suit with a bowtie, pocket square, and fedora for men. Don’t be afraid to go all out for a look that will catch people’s attention!

Support the Industry

Attending the Breeders’ World Cup Championship allows you to play your part in supporting the equestrian industry. The attendance price starts at only $50. However, the interest it generates in the industry is truly invaluable.

Join us at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar in 2021 for stunning views, head-turning fashion, and heart-pounding action. Witness history being made at one of America’s most iconic and historic racetracks as thoroughbred Champions are crowned.

Tickets for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar in 2021 are officially on sale. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability so act quickly if you don’t want to miss this historic event. Different ticket and package options are available, including the following.

  • General Admission Ticket 

  • Box Seating

  • Reserved Seating 

  • Breeders’ Cup Dinning

  • Corporate & Group Sales  

  • And more!

Visit Breeders’ World Cup Championship Tickets to reserve your tickets or learn more about the event.

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