2023 Breeder’s Cup News Highlights, Updates, And Rumors


The Breeders Cup is an annual horse racing event that pits the country’s fastest and most challenging breed and the best jockeys over a race of fame, glory, and prestige. Many players and enthusiasts are preparing their strategies to bag a massive purse in the betting lines. Everything from official news and insights to rumors is considered for the upcoming race this November. 

In this article, we will break down the recent events this month. Starting from a historical Santa Anita run for this year’s cup, early favorites, and everything in between. Read more below and get updated! 

An Early Run for Breeder’s Classic

For the first time, the breeders Cup 2023‘s classic category will run first in the whole cup series. Because of new contract agreements and conflict with other sporting events, NBC Sports has committed to televising the event at 6:40 PM EDT post-time on November 4 at Santa Anita. This is approximately two hours earlier than its previous time slots in the past years. 

That said, live telecasts of major betting websites will be separated on the November 3 event, which features five races for 2-year-old racers and adjustments on other racing categories. It is noted that the Breeder’s Cup classic is one of the most awaited categories of the cup, where 3-year-old horses and above compete in a ¼ mile dirt field.

As of today, the official day-one event of the breeders’ cup will start on November 3, but the release of title card schedules and post times will be announced around the last week of October 2023, as announced by official press releases. 

40 Years of Prestige and Honor

With a few weeks left until the official start of the cup, the Breeders Cup organization has been campaigning for the celebration of its 40 years of running events. That said, a multi-month celebration has been held with various charity events, with the final culmination and festival of racing happening during the November 3 and 4 title races at Santa Anita Park in California. From its roots in 1984, the Breeders Cup brings a rich history of horse racing and numerous feats the sport has brought in its 40 years of success. 

In the modern era, we celebrate its slogan, “It Runs Deep,” and highlight the years of international competition across many platforms. The running campaign started on June 6 with an open poll on the top racing moments in history. Voting participants enter a raffle for a complimentary grand seating ticket to the 2023 event. Aside from that, multiple events and advertisements have been made to celebrate the rich history of the cup until the championship proper. 

Bob Baffert’s Arabian Knight Is Set on its Early Pedestal for the Breeder’s Cup Classic

One of the public favorites, the Arabian Knight, has placed himself as the top contender of the upcoming Breeders Cup 2023 through his successful win at the Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Beating numerous, no-nonsense horses and getting a pass to compete in the $6 Million cup this November at Santa Anita.

Arabian Knight, a strong contender for the said cup, has participated in numerous international leagues, especially in the previous cup at Keeneland for the maiden race category, then a stakes victory at Oaklawn after. However, they took a sharp downfall from the Kentucky Derby after a workout issue for trainer Tim Yakteen.

Rumored Favorites

As with all other horse racing events, rumors spread like wildfire on the most favored horses in the upcoming cup. While everything is subject to change and still far from the official day-one event, here are the top rumored favorites to potentially compete in the cup. 


Of all the contenders, Flightline brings the most exciting record in horse racing. His racing odds topple every other horse because of his undefeated record, winning his recent six starts, often comparing him to Secretariat, a known icon in the horse racing community. 

Although there is no news yet of his participation in the cup for this year, rumors rise about Flatline’s probability as a threat to others should he compete in the Classic. Considering that Flightline already won last year’s Classic, there is a high chance he’ll take a run to defend the title. 


Epicenter has been on the run, taking championship titles left and right last 2022, notably his 2022 Risen Star and Louisiana Derby races. That said, expectations are high to keep his record strong with the Breeders Cup win under his belt. 

Epicenter started his racing career way back in 2021. Since then, he has kept a good record as a winner and a strong 2nd or 3rd place holder in recent races. As such, many are anticipating this appearance for the November cup.


Olympiad is another strong contender, placing just behind Flightline in last year’s Classic. Before that, he had 13 starts under his name, winning eight and then several 2nd and 3rd placements. It is noted that Olympiad has been collecting wins from the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Mineshaft Stakes, and last year’s Stephen Foster and more. 

Considering this, he is more than competent to take a shot at the Breeders’ Cup. And who knows, if Flightline would also join, this could be a high-stakes rematch.

Final Thoughts 

This year’s Breeders’ Cup is more than just a race; it is a culmination of horse racing’s rich history and international influence over the culture of betting and entertainment. As early as now, we see potential players and high-stakes news that could spell anything. Would Flightline defend his title? Or will another up-and-running colt take the cup as the new champion?

At this time, we don’t have clear news until the last days of October. But one thing’s sure: this year’s event will be action-packed and televised worldwide. So get on your betting lines and events as we anticipate what’s to come in the next few weeks.

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