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The Top 3 Breeders' Cup® Traditions

By Jaclyn Harris July 29, 2014

Breeders Cup ExperiencesThe Breeders' Cup World Championships® boast a deep history rooted in traditions and customs that are still carried out to this day throughout the two days of racing. From the beverages to the awards, some things just never change.

So why are we telling you this? Why does it matter if you know the top three traditions of the Breeders' Cup? Well, if you're attending the 2019 Breeders' Cup®, you don't want to be the odd man out, do you? You don't want to be the one person who doesn't understand the significance of all of the things going on around you, right?

However, if you understand why the traditions around you are taking place, how they were started and why they are significant, it makes the experience that much more meaningful. In other words, if you're looking for the ultimate Breeders' Cup experience this year, then you're going to want to take notes on the traditions we're about to share with you. 

So without further ado, take a look at the three most popular traditions that create the culture of the Breeders' Cup World Championships! 

1. The Torrie Horse Trophy

The Breeders' Cup awards the exact same trophy every year, and the original statue is brought from track to track that hosts the races. The design was created in the late 1950s and is a replica of Giovanni da Bologna's sculpture of the Torrie horse. It is carefully structured to show definition in the muscles, displaying the horse's strength.

Each year, the original trophy is displayed in a central location at the host track for spectators to view. At Santa Anita Park for instance, it is typically displayed by the fountain at the entrance of the main grandstand.

Something that makes this tradition unique is that even though the original trophy is there at the track, the winners are not presented with it. Instead, they are provided a smaller replica made out of bronze. Starting in 2012, the winning trainers, breeders and jockeys also received a Lalique crystal replica of the trophy.

Breeders Cup Experiences2. "Down the Stretch"

Similar to many big US horse races, the
Breeders' Cup has an official drink that is on high demand throughout the race weekend. Comprised of Grey Goose Vodka, Blue Curacao, sweet and sour mix, cranberry juice, and Sprite, the "Down the Stretch" drink was created in 2007, and is the drink of choice for race fans.

If you're attending the 2019 Breeders' Cup World Championships this fall, prepare yourself for the sweetness - you won't want to drink anything else the rest of the weekend!

3. The Flower Blanket

Breeders Cup ExperiencesAfter any horse race, it is customary that the winning horse receives a garland of flowers draped across its withers.

At the Breeders' Cup, this garland is created with yellow chrysanthemums as the base and outlined with purple chrysanthemums. The flower blanket holds a round purple cloth plaque with the Breeders' Cup logo and named embroidered within. The garland is then covered in the center with a bouquet of white orchids, greenery and additional chrysanthemums, and is approximately 96 inches in length.

In addition to the flower blanket, the winner also receives a purple horse blanket with the race name embroidered.

See the Traditions take Place at the 2019 Breeders' Cup®! 

It's time to secure your spot in the stands to watch the racing LIVE! With Official Ticket Packages to the 2019 Breeders' Cup World Championships, you can experience the 13 races from some of the best seats in the stands with prime views of the track!

Packages also offer you and your group access to an exclusive in-track hospitality area so you can escape from your seats as you wish throughout the day and enjoy a VIP venue. Within hospitality, you'll have access to complimentary food buffets, premium open bars, interactive entertainment elements, and so much more! 

Luxurious accommodations in the Lexington area, and transportation to and from the track on race day are also included in your package eliminating all trip planning aspects for you. In other words, attending the Breeders' Cup has never been easier!

So what are you waiting for? It's time to start your Breeders' Cup experience today! Join our wait list!

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