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Road to the 2017 Breeders’ Cup®

By Kristen Doolan September 07, 2017

The Triple Crown™ races have concluded and winners announced at each, so that’s it for horse racing season, right? Absolutely not! Held each November at rotating tracks is a historic, thrilling race weekend, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships®. Hosted by none other than the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for the first time in its history, the 2017 Breeders’ Cup® weekend is gearing up to be something you aren’t going to want to miss.

Horses, Jockeys & Trainers to Look for in Del Mar


With the countdown on until the running of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup®, the field is wide open.

The field is selected in three distinct ways. The first and most guaranteed way to achieve entry is by winning any of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge races. Grouped with this category is a points system based on where horses have placed throughout major races of the current year. Lastly, a horse can be selected into the Breeders’ Cup® by a panel of experts.

Each race consists of a maximum of 14 horses. 7 horses are selected from a combination of winning challenge races and the points system and the remaining 7 horses are selected by the experts. Breeders’ Cup® is structured this way to maintain its elite competition status in the world of horse racing.  

Breeders’ Cup® Classic Contenders:

As the season continues to unfold, more horses will claim their spots for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships®. Here are the horses that have already completed the task for the Breeders' Cup Classic.

  • Collected
  • Gun Runner
  • Mubtaahij
  • Arrogate
  • Churchill
  • Gunnevera
  • Pavel
  • War Decree
  • War Story
  • Win the Space

*Updated Last on 10/31/17

Attend the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships®

November will be here before you know it and what is better than spending it on the California coast? Join us at Del Mar Thoroughbred for the running of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup®. With unmatched access and exclusive hospitality in the Trackside Chalet, you can’t go wrong!

Inside the Trackside Chalet

About the Bloggers

Darragh Farrelly

410-Blogger-Darragh-Farrelly-48eb94555a7e887e43b7859670f8fa79Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Darragh made the move to North Carolina a little over three years ago. An avid sports fan, he earned his BA in Journalism from Griffith College Dublin, which led him to various roles covering sports in Ireland. When he's not watching the New England Patriots win, Darragh enjoys going to concerts and following the English Premier League.

Kristen Doolan

Kristen Doolan was born and raised a Florida State Seminole. Making her way from Florida to North Carolina, Kristen achieved her B.S. in Business Adminstration, Marketing at The University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is an avid traveler, college football addict, beach bum and loves spending time with her family and friends. 

Jazzy Morgan

Jazzy Morgan is originally from London, England, she grew up in Connecticut and made the move down south in 2011. She attended Winthrop University where she received her B.S. in Family & Consumer Science and a minor in Marketing. Jazzy enjoys traveling, working out, shopping and watching golf and Manchester United with her family.