Breeders Cup 2021 – Del Mar Friday 5th & Saturday 6th November 2021
Breeders Cup 2021 Ante-Post Portfolio
The Build-Up to the Breeders Cup 2021
The 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be run at Del Mar Racecourse - Where The Turf Meets The Surf - Del Mar being a beach town in San Diego County, California, located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Del Mar has a dirt track and a grass track, prepare yourself for some nerdy facts.
Del Mar Racecourse has been a racing destination since its founding in 1937 by entertainment icon Bing Crosby and a crew of his Hollywood pals. Owner breeder Crosby, known as the original laid-back Californian, put his special stamp on the place “where nobody’s in a hurry but the horses.” Bing penned and sang a ditty called “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” in 1938 and the song is still played today at the start and finish of every card.
The Dirt surface at Del Mar comprises El Segundo Sand 10’ deep with a compacted decomposed granite base. The dirt track is an oval of exactly a mile with chutes for races over 7f and 1m2f. The distance from the home turn to the finishing post is a mere 306 yards making it the shortest Breeders’ Cup home straight in history.
The Turf course comprises Greg Norman #1 Bermuda grass with 9’ sand layer beneath on a compacted sub base. The course is an oval of 7f, with a diagonal straight chute for races over 1m½f and 1m1f. The distance from the home turn to the finishing post is a tiny 272 yards.
Perhaps surprisingly with such a short run-in most of the experts Stateside see the track as a pretty fair one against say Santa Anita where frontrunners tend to do well. A low draw in the Turf track does appear advantageous though especially over a mile more.
Future Stars Friday
Grade Two Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint
Grade One Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
Grade One Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies
Grade One Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf
Grade One Breeders Cup TVG Juvenile
Breeders Cup Saturday
Grade One Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
Grade One Breeders Cup Turf Sprint
Grade One Breeders Cup Dirt Mile
Grade One Breeders Cup Filly & Mares Turf
Grade One Breeders Cup Sprint
Grade One Breeders Cup Mile
Grade One Breeders Cup Distaff
Grade One Breeders Cup Turf
Grade One Breeders Cup Classic