The premier event on the Thoroughbred flat racing calendar is this weekend — the 2023 Breeder Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park.
The championships consist of 14 Grade 1 stakes races, each with a purse of at least $1 million, run over every length and every surface. The card kicks off today at 5 p.m. EDT with the $1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint. The two “big” races, the $6 million Classic and the $4 million Turf, run tomorrow evening.
Maryland racing will be well-represented over the weekend, starting with three horses in the Juvenile Turf this afternoon: i) Maryland-bred colt Fulmineo (Bolt d’Oro x Starr of Quality (First Dude)), bred by Country Life Farm and Starr Quality LLC; 2) Tok Tok (Quality Road x In Tune (Unbridled Song)), trained by Graham Motion out of the Fair Hill Training Center; and (iii) Air Recruit (Air Force Blue x Werewolf (Arch)), trained by Marc Grier, also out of the Fair Hill Training Center.
Two more horses trained out of the Fair Hill Training Center will run tomorrow: i) Proxy (Tapit x Panty Raid (Include)), trained by Michael Stidham, in the $6 million Classic; and ii) Arzak (Not this Time x Delightful Melody (Tapit)), trained by Michael Trombetta, in the $1 million Turf Sprint.
The Breeders Cup will be shown live on NBC, Peacock, USA Network, and FanDuel TV.
Tune in to cheer on Team Maryland!