Churchill Downs will have special post times for its 10-race programs on Friday (Nov. 1) and Saturday (Nov. 2) so the races coincide but don’t overlap with a simulcast of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships from Santa Anita.
Friday’s card will begin at 2 p.m. (all times Eastern) while Saturday’s action will commence at 2:15 p.m. Admission gates at Churchill Downs will open at 12:30 p.m. both days.
A simulcast of the 10-race Championship Friday card from Santa Anita will begin at 2:25 p.m. with the four Breeders’ Cup events on Races 6-9 (5:25-7:35 p.m.). Championship Saturday’s 12-race program at Santa Anita will start at 1:15 p.m., with the nine Breeders’ Cup events on Races 4-12 starting at 3:05 p.m. and culminating with the Grade I, $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at 8:35 p.m.
The final race at Churchill Downs on Friday (7:10 p.m.) and Saturday (8:15 p.m.) will conclude prior to the $2 million Distaff and $5 million Classic, respectively.
All Breeders’ Cup races will be shown interspersed between live races on Churchill Downs’ Big Board, the world’s largest 4K ultra-high definition video screen that is 171-feet wide, 90-feet tall and towers 80-feet above the ground to top out at 170 feet high.
Additionally, $2 Budweiser/Bud Lights and $3 Stella Artois drink specials will be offered throughout most of the most facility on both days. A Breeders’ Cup signature drink served in a souvenir Breeders’ Cup glass also will be sold.
Churchill Downs will present stakes races each day. Fillies and mares will be showcased Friday in the 10th running of the $58,000-added Dream Supreme at six furlongs (Race 8 at 5:45 p.m.). Saturday’s card is topped by the 29th edition of the Grade II, $200,000-added Chilukki for fillies and mares at one mile (Race 9 at 7:25 p.m.) and the seventh running of the $58,000-added Bet On Sunshine for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs (Race 7 at 6:05 p.m.).
Customers who attend Churchill Downs on Friday will be able to advance wager on the entire Championship Saturday program from Santa Anita. There is no advance wagering on-track Thursday for the Championship Friday program.
Friday’s special Breeders’ Cup wagers include a $750,000 Ultra Pick 6 (Races 4-9), $1.5 million Pick 4 (Races 6-9) and a multi-day Double linking the Distaff and Saturday’s Classic. On Saturday, there will be a $2.5 million Ultra Pick 6 (Races 7-12), $1.5 million Pick 4 (Races 4-7) and $3 million Pick 4 (Races 9-12). Also, there will be 10-cent Superfectas; 50-cent Trifectas, Pick 3s, Pick 4s and Pick 5s; and a $1 Super Hi-5 on the Distaff and Classic.
A quarter of the Breeders’ Cup entrants have previously raced at Churchill Downs, including 14 local stakes winners led by Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks winners California Chrome (Classic) and Untapable (Distaff), respectively.
Other local stakes winners include this year’s Homecoming Classic winner Cigar Street in the Classic; Locust Grove and 2013 Chilukki (GII) victor Don’t Tell Sophia in the Distaff; Matt Winn (GIII) hero Tapiture in the Dirt Mile; Iroquois (GIII) champ Lucky Player in the Juvenile; Pocahontas (GII) heroine Cristina’s Journey in the Juvenile Fillies; Winning Colors (GIII) champ Southern Honey and Dogwood (GIII) winner Thank You Marylou in the Filly & Mare Sprint; and Twin Spires Turf Sprint (GIII) champ Marchman in the Turf Sprint.
Stakes winners at Churchill Downs in prior years entered in the Breeders’ Cup include 2013 Cardinal Handicap (GIII) winner Abaco (Filly & Mare Turf); 2013 Ack Ack Handicap (GIII) winner Pants On Fire (Dirt Mile); 2013 Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile (GII), 2012 Edgewood and 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (GI) winner Stephanie’s Kitten; and 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Secret Circle (Sprint).
Eleven other entrants have won races at Churchill Downs: Big John B (Turf), Carve (Dirt Mile), Conquest Eclipse (Juvenile Fillies), Finnegan’s Wake (Turf), Golden Ticket (Dirt Mile), Majestic Harbor (Classic), Mico Margarita (Sprint), Mr. Z (Juvenile), Take Charge Brandi (Juvenile Fillies), Unbridled Forever (Distaff) and Undrafted (Turf Sprint).
Reserved seating for Churchill Downs’ “Breeders’ Cup Viewing Party” can be purchased online at ChurchillDowns.com/Tickets, in person at the Gate 1 box office or by calling (502) 636-4400. General admission is $3 ($1 for senior citizens age 60 and up). Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
For a rundown of the Breeders' Cup entries, click here.