Weekend Lineup: Breeders’ Cup World Championships

by | 11.01.2018 | 11:21pm
Thunder Snow breezes at Churchill Downs ahead of the Breeders' Cup Classic

It's finally here, the weekend we've all been waiting for! The Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs kicks off on Friday afternoon at 3:21 PM EST with the Juvenile Turf Sprint, and concludes on Saturday at 5:44 PM EST in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Here are some of the top storylines in this year's Breeders' Cup:

  • Juvenile Turf Sprint: Well Done Fox's owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was killed earlier this week in a helicopter crash. The colt will be the only starter to don the King Power colors this week.
  • Juvenile Fillies Turf: Chad Brown will be trying to win this race for the third year in a row with morning-line favorite Newspaperofrecord.
  • Juvenile Fillies: Jockey Corey Lanerie, named to ride Serengeti Empress, lost his wife just five months ago.
  • Juvenile Turf: Aidan O'Brien-trained favorite Anthony Van Dyck will have to overcome the outermost post in the 14-horse field.
  • Juvenile: Mind Control, winner of the G1 Hopeful, is the first G1 winner and first Breeders' Cup starter for mid-Atlantic based trainer Greg Sacco.
  • Filly & Mare Sprint: Last year's winning owners Chester and Mary Broman have another longshot entered this year in New York-bred Highway Star.
  • Turf Sprint: Indiana-bred Bucchero takes on the best in the world for local trainer Tim Glyshaw.
  • Dirt Mile: Catalina Cruiser is undefeated, and would probably be a single-digit odds in the Classic had Sadler entered him there.
  • Filly & Mare Turf: Chad Brown has entered a record-equaling five in this race, including slight favorite Sistercharlie.
  • Sprint: The Imperial Hint/Roy H rematch is on!
  • Mile: Possibly the best betting race on the card, with a 5-1 morning line favorite.
  • Distaff: Oaks winners Abel Tasman and Monomoy Girl square off beneath the Twin Spires.
  • Turf: Queen Enable takes on a full field of challengers in her quest to complete the Arc/Turf double.
  • Classic: Very wide open field with serious international flavor in the form of Roaring Lion, Mendelssohn and Thunder Snow.

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