In 2008, the Breeders' Cup World Championships, thoroughbred racing's year-end Championships consisting of 14 races, returns to California where it all began in 1984. For the third time, the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita will host and the expansion of the two-day event (October 24th and 25th) continues with three additional races added, 14 total with purses of $25.5 million.
The Eclipse Awards, which honor Horse of the Year and other champions in the sport, are voted on annually by representatives of Daily Racing Form, the National Turf Writers Association and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. With each Breeders' Cup race worth $500,000 and up to $5,000,000, the day has been a magnet for the most outstanding equine competitors in the world. American champions such as Azeri, A.P. Indy, Alysheba, Cigar, Personal Ensign, Ferdinand, Sunday Silence, and countless others.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger chairs the Breeders' Cup Host Committee and ESPN will televise live the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Breeders Cup Website