Article posted on Thursday 16 November
This weekend's November Meet at Cheltenham features three full days of jump racing action, with a number of graded races. Saturday's highlight is the BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase at just over 2 1/2 miles, which has drawn a field of 18 runners.
The most highly anticipated race of the 2017 Breeders' Cup weekend, Saturday's Classic is also one of the world's richest races, with a total purse of $6 million. The race brings together a number of familiar rivals in the field of 11 to race 1 1/4 miles over the Del Mar dirt track.
Historically a race dominated by European bred or raced horses, the 2017 Breeders' Cup Turf includes some real good American runners and a couple live long shots. The race has drawn a full field of 14, and they'll go 1 1/2 miles on the grass, chasing a total purse of $4 million.
For the 2017 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Del Mar, the Filly & Mare Turf will be run at a shorter distance than usual of only 1 1/8 miles, which should benefit front-running horses. A full field of 14 have drawn into Saturday's race, and they'll be going after a purse of $2 million.
Article posted on Friday 03 November
As usual, Europe sends over a strong contingent of horses to challenge for the 2017 Breeders' Cup Mile title, a race that has produced some big long shot winners in recent years. The field of 14 will race over the Del Mar turf for a total purse of $2 million.
With the winner typically the early favorite for the next Kentucky Derby, Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile features one heavy favorite and and a bunch of other colts looking to show they belong. Twelve two-year-old colts race 1 1/16 miles on the dirt for a purse of $2 million.
The Juvenile Fillies kicks off Saturday's card of nine Breeders' Cup World Championship races from Del Mar race track, with a field of 13 going to the gate. The third of four races for two-year-olds, they'll race 1 1/16 miles on the dirt for a purse of $2 million.
A six furlong drag race on the dirt, the Breeders' Cup Sprint always produces a close finish and the 2017 version on Saturday at Del Mar is likely to be no exception. The race has drawn a well-matched field of 10 colts and geldings, and they'll be running for a purse of $1.5 million.
Despite the presence of a heavy favorite in the field for the 2017 Filly & Mare Sprint, after her the field is wide open in a very tough handicapping race. Open to female runners age three and older, they'll be racing seven furlongs on the dirt for $1 million.
The most unique of the Breeders' Cup races, the Turf Sprint has been run at different distances over its nine-year history depending on the track. For 2017 at Del Mar, the Turf Sprint will be run over a very short 5 furlongs. Limited to 12 horses, it carries a purse of $1 million.