Breeders’ Cup Modifies Schedule to Include All 2-Year-Old Races on Friday

The ‘Future Stars Friday’ Breeders’ Cup Schedule Will Include Five Juvenile Races

The Breeders’ Cup announced changes to it’s schedule beginning this year at Churchill Downs. The Breeders’ Cup will hold all five of its 2-year-old stakes on its Friday program to be known as ‘Future Stars Friday’.

“With the increased excitement and international interest in our juvenile races, ‘Future Stars Friday’ will create an identity to showcase the emerging stars of our sport on the first day of the World Championships,” Craig Fravel, president and CEO of the Breeders’ Cup, said in a press release. “Churchill Downs also provides the perfect stage for our fans to witness the potential candidates for next year’s Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, as well as standouts competing from overseas.”

The Friday schedule will include:

  • $2 million Juvenile
  • $2 million Juvenile Fillies
  • $1 million Juvenile Turf
  • $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf
  • new $1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint

The Juvenile, which had been contested on Saturday, will be the finale, with a scheduled post of 6:05 p.m Eastern. The order of all other Breeders’ Cup races will be announced Oct. 24.

The $2 million Distaff and $1 million Dirt Mile will join the Saturday card of nine Breeders’ Cup races that closes with the $6 million Classic.

Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Turf produced eight starters for this year’s Kentucky Derby.

Breeders’ Cup also announced Thursday that the distance of the Filly and Mare Turf will be 1 3/8 miles after having been run over 1 1/8 miles last year at Del Mar. In addition, the Juvenile Turf Sprint and the Turf Sprint will both be run at 5 1/2 furlongs. Last year, the Turf Sprint was a five-furlong race at Del Mar.

The 35th World Championships are Nov. 2-3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Click here to see the new race schedule for Friday and Saturday.

There will be a 10-race program on Breeders’ Cup Friday and a 12-race program on Breeders’ Cup Saturday. Purses for the two days will be more than $30 million, according to Breeders’ Cup.

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