Juvenile Turf Sprint to be 14th Breeders’ Cup event
The Breeders’ Cup continues to get bigger and better. The 35th Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs will include the Juvenile Turf Sprint, a 5 ½ furlong sprint for 2-year-olds with a $1 million purse. The two-day world championships will feature 14 races to be run Nov. 2-3, 2018 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
Previously, the Juvenile Turf Sprint was part of the event’s undercard since 2013. .
“The upgrade of the Juvenile Turf Sprint is in response to the increasing popularity of turf racing in North America and will fill a need for international turf sprint sires,” said Dora Delgado, Breeders’ Cup Senior Vice President of Racing and Nominations. “Each year, the Juvenile Turf and the Juvenile Fillies Turf are oversubscribed at the Championships. We feel that the Juvenile Turf Sprint will also be a popular draw among horsemen from North America and overseas stables and will generate interest among North American racetracks to card races in this division.”
The Breeders’ Cup also announced that the purse for the 2018 TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint would be increased to $2 million, a $500,000 increase over last year.
Five of the 14 Breeders’ Cup races are for juveniles, and three of those will be run on the turf.
- $1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint (5 ½ furlongs) – Added 2018
- $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (1 mile) – established in 2007
- $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (1 mile) – established 2008
- $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (1 1/16 miles) – since events inception in 1984
- $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (1 1/16 miles) – since 1984
In addition to the Juvenile Turf Sprint, the championships will also include an additional $1 million in undercard purses, pushing the total purse and awards for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships to more than $30 million.