LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Breeders' Cup got bigger for the second straight year.
Three races were added to thoroughbred racing's world championships in 2008, increasing the two-day event to 14 races worth $25.5 million in prize money. The next Breeders' Cup will be at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Oct. 24 and 25.
The new races - added to three others run for the first time at the Breeders' Cup at Monmouth Park two months ago - boost the opening day to six races worth more than $5 million. The second day features eight races, including the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
Two of the new races carry $1 million purses: the 61/2-furlong Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint for 3-year-olds and up, and the mile Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf for 2-year-old fillies. The other race is the $500,000 Breeders' Cup Dirt Marathon at a mile for 3-year-olds and up.
At Monmouth Park, the new races were the Filly and Mare Sprint, the Dirt Mile, and the Juvenile Turf.