The Best Way to Enjoy the Breeders’ Cup

By Darragh Farrelly June 09, 2016

What is the best way to enjoy the Breeders’ Cup World Championships? Up close and personal, of course! Don’t miss your chance to witness this year’s ultimate showcase of Thoroughbred racing at the highest level of international competition.

Not only offering a platform to enhance and promote racing, the Breeders’ Cup races provide a powerful year-end championship and a grand spectacle that presents the sport to a worldwide audience. Perfectly nestle amongst the San Gabriel Mountains, Santa Anita Park is the place to be this November – grab one of our unique ticket packages today!

Useful Tips

Like all big sporting events, there are some DO’S and DO NOT’S. What to know:

  • Bring sunscreen (non-glass containers).
  • Folding chairs and umbrellas are only allowed in the infield.
  • Binoculars and strollers are permitted.
  • Alcoholic beverages of any description are forbidden.
  • All backpacks and duffel bags are not allowed on course. Purses and baby bags are all subject to search.
  • Bet wisely.


Running over the course of two days, Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th – Gates will open at 9:00am, with Saturday admittance commencing at 10:00am. The first race of the day on Friday kicks off at 11:25am, while the horses go to post on Saturday at 12:25pm.

Win and In - How to Qualify

Before the Breeders’ Cup® World Championship can begin, the crème de la crème need to be determined. There are three ways to gain entry to a Breeders’ Cup race:

1) Win a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race

2) Qualify via a points system. In this points system, horses are ranked on how they fared throughout the year in the major races.

3) The third and final way to gain automatic entry is selection by a panel of experts.  There is a maximum of 14 entries per race, seven who have qualified via a Challenge race, and seven who have been selected by experts.

The Races – What to Expect

Over the course of two action-packed days, we will witness 13 championship races, with a combined purse of $24.5 million; the two richest day in sports. The highlight of Friday is the Longines Distaff. Ran over 1 1/8 miles, this race sees the best female dirt horses come together. One of seven original Breeders’ Cup races since 1984, The Distaff was won by the mercurial Zenyatta in 2008.

The Breeders’ Cup Classic takes center stage as the defining moment in the year-ending event of racing. With a prize fund of $5,000,000, the showpiece event attracts horses from across the globe in the 1-and-a-quarter mile event. Last year saw the coronation of a King, as hugely popular American Pharaoh followed up his Triple Crown™ triumphs by overpowering his rivals in the Classic, becoming the first horse in history to complete the “Grand Slam”.


My VIP Package

Your Official Ticket Packages is not just tickets – they include VIP fast access pass for easy entry to the track, parking at the track, and premium hospitality with complimentary beverages, a premium bar, and plenty of food throughout both days!

Chandelier Room: 3rd Floor

Indulge in third-floor premium indoor seating with breathtaking views of the entire track, as well as access to a private outdoor viewing terrace overlooking the finish line.  Chandelier Room packages also include an official Breeders’ Cup gift bag!


Turf Club Box Seats: 3rd Floor – West

Enjoy third-floor Club House Box open-air seating directly in front of the 16th pole with premium views of the main stretch and finish line.  Turf Club Box Seat packages also include an official Breeders’ Cup gift bag!

Grandstand: 3rd Floor

Get third-floor mezzanine Grandstand views from open-air, stadium-style seating.

  • (L-N) Between the 8th and 16th poles with unobstructed views of the top of the stretch to just before the finish line.
  • (O-Q) Directly across from the 8th pole with prime views of the final turn, main stretch, and finish line.

Take Me to The 2016 Breeders’ Cup!