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2021 Breeders' Cup Schedule - Dates, Cards and Race Previews

By Jon Vine
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  • Get the full schedule for the 2021 Breeders' Cup
  • This famous meeting takes place at Del Mar racecourse in California on November 5th and 6th
  • 13 Grade Ones will be run during this two-day meeting
  • Get the full cards, race times and previews here
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A general view of the field at the start of the Breeders' Cup Mile at Del Mar in 2017. (Getty)
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For the first time, the ITV Racing team will pitch up at Del Mar this weekend, to bring UK fans the best of the action on both days of the 2021 Breeders' Cup.

During this famous two-day festival, 13 Grade One prizes will be handed out, with this year's total prize pool surpassing the $30m mark.

Several European raiders have already been declared against their American counterparts. Let's take a look at the full schedule for the 2021 Breeders' Cup and briefly preview the key races.

2021 Breeders Cup Schedule


Day One - Friday 5th November


Time (GMT)
Title
Status
Surface
Distance
9:50pm Juvenile Turf Sprint Grade 2 Turf 5f
10:30pm Netjets Juvenile Fillies Grade 1 Dirt 1m ½f 
11:10pm Juvenile Fillies Turf Grade 1 Turf 1m
11:50pm Breeders' Cup Juvenile Grade 1 Dirt 1m ½f 
12:30am Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Grade 1 Turf 1m

Modern Games2021 Breeders' Cup Juvenile TurfGET 11/4 HERE
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Day one at the Breeders' Cup is all about the two-year-olds. The ITV Racing action kicks off on Friday with the only non-Grade One contest on the schedule, the Juvenile Turf Sprint, where US favourite Averly Jane will take on talented European two-year-olds Armor and Twilight Jet.

Echo Zulu will then put his unbeaten record on the line in the Juvenile Sprint, before James Ferguson's Mise En Scene and David Loughnane's Hello You go for Grade One glory in the Juvenile Fillies' Turf.

Impressive Champagne Stakes winner, Jack Christopher then tops the betting for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Friday's final big race is the Juvenile Turf, where Albahr, Modern Games, Glouthane and Dubawi Legend will fly the flag for Europe against several talented home challengers.

Day Two - Saturday 6th November


Time (GMT)
Title
Status
Surface
Distance
7:05pm Filly & Mares Sprint Grade 1 Dirt 7f
7:40pm Turf Sprint Grade 1 Turf 5f
8:19pm Dirt Mile Grade 1 Dirt 1m
8:59pm Filly & Mare Turf Grade 1 Turf 1m3f
9:38pm Breeders' Cup Sprint Grade 1 Dirt 6f
10:20pm Breeders' Cup Mile Grade 1 Turf 1m
11:00pm Breeders' Cup Distaff Grade 1 Dirt 1m1f
11:40pm Breeders Cup Turf Grade 1 Turf 1m4f
12:40pm Breeders' Cup Classic Grade 1 Dirt 1m2f

Tarnawa2021 Breeders' Cup TurfGET 7/4 HERE
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The first of nine Grade One races on the second and final day at the Breeders' Cup is the Filly & Mare Sprint, where hot-favourite Gamine bids for the sixth major title of her glittering career. Glass Slippers will then attempt to defend her Turf Sprint Crown, but faces stiff competition from Wesley Ward's Golden Pal, Sprint Cup winner Emaraaty Ana and Abbaye victor A Case Of You.

Life Is Good will carry a short price into Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Jackie's Warrior is also the overwhelming favourite to win the Sprint. In-between, Love, War Like Goddess and returning winner, Audarya will clash in a fascinating renewal of the Filly & Mare Turf. 

Space Blues and Master Of The Seas will attempt to hand the in-form Charlie Appleby a famous victory in the Breeders' Cup Mile, before Letruska goes for her fifth Grade One win of the year in the Distaff.

Defending champion, Tarnawa tops the betting for the Breeders' Cup Turf, where Dermot Weld's mare will square off against Teona, Domestic Spending and Yibir. Knicks Go and Essential Quality will then lock horns for the first time in the last and most lucrative race of this famous meeting, the Breeders' Cup Classic. 
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