Breeders' Cup 2015: Weekend Race Schedule, Prize-Money Info and More

Briggs Seekins@BriggsfighttalkFeatured ColumnistOctober 25, 2015

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2015, file photo, Keen Ice (7) with Javier Castellano up, moves past Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (2), with Victor Espinoza up, to win the Travers Stakes horse race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, two-time Breeders' Cup winner Beholder and Travers winner Keen Ice will square off in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic next week, with 2014 Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist in the field, too. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
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One of the nation's most historic thoroughbred tracks welcomes one of horse racing's biggest events this year, as Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, plays host to the 2015 Breeders' Cup. The action kicks off on Friday, October 30 at 3:30 p.m. ET with the one-mile Juvenile Turf and wraps up Saturday afternoon with the Breeder's Cup Classic, in which Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will attempt to add one more chapter to his legendary story. 

The complete schedule is as follows:

2015 Breeders' Cup Schedule
Race:Post Time:Distance:Age:Prize Money:
Juvenile Turf3:30 p.m ET, October 301 Mile2$1,000,000
Last Vegas Dirt Mile4:10 p.m ET, October 301 Mile3+$1,000,000
Juvenile Fillies Turf4:50 p.m ET, October 301 Mile2$1,000,000
Longines Distaff5:35 p.m ET, October 301 and 1/8 Miles3+$2,000,000
14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies12:05 p.m ET, October 311 and 1/16 Mils2$2,000,000
Turf Sprint12:45 p.m ET, October 315.5 Furloughs3+$1,000,000
Filly and Mare Sprint1:25 p.m ET, October 317 Furloughs3+$1,000,000
Filly and Mare Turf2:10 p.m ET, October 311 and 3/16 Miles3+$2,000,000
Twinspires Sprint2:50 p.m ET, October 316 Furloughs3+$1,500,000
Mile3:30 p.m ET, October 311 Mile3+$2,000,000
Sentient Jet Juvenile4:10 p.m ET, October 311 and 1/16 Miles2$2,000,000
Longines Turf4:50 p.m ET, October 311 and 1/2 Miles3+$3,000,000
Classic5:35 p.m ET, October 311 and 1/4 Miles3+$5,000,000

The Breeders' Cup is the final big-time thoroughbred event of the year and always draws its share of attention. But there is an entire extra level of excitement this year, thanks to American Pharoah's memorable spring. By collecting the first Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978, the bay has already written one of 2015's biggest sports stories. 

Following the only loss of his career in August at the Travers Stakes in Saratoga, New York, American Pharoah will be attempting to retire as a winner in Lexington. 

The Breeders' Cup's own Twitter account put out this photo of American Pharoah looking strong in his warm-ups:

Breeders' Cup @BreedersCup

Looking good, champ. #AmericanPharoah working out at @SantaAnitaPark prepping for #BC15 #GrandSlam https://t.co/6q4dt1J9uw

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Another tweet by Racing Post emphasized the horse's unique, pop-star status:

Racing Post @RacingPost

American Pharoah support 'like travelling with the Beatles' https://t.co/VQLWApjAGp https://t.co/fbKU3gd3Aq

However, after dominating the field at the Preakness, Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, America's favorite horse can expect some stiffer competition as he faces a field of horses that are three years old and up.

Not only will he face longtime rival Keen Ice, who topped him in Saratoga, but he'll also be up against two-time Breeders' Cup winner Beholder. Honor Code, sired by the great A.P. Indy and grand-sired by the immortal Seattle Slew, will also be in the field.

In earlier eras, horse racing was among the nation's biggest sports. Thanks to American Pharoah, we've been able to experience a small rebirth of that in 2015. That amazing run will come to completion next weekend in the Bluegrass State.  

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