Breeders' Cup Presents The News Minute: International Pre-Entries At Record Level - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Breeders’ Cup Presents The News Minute: International Pre-Entries At Record Level

A record 56 international runners was pre-entered for the Nov. 5-6 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Del Mar racetrack near San Diego, Calif. Overall, 196 horses were pre-entered for the 14 races that culminate with the Nov. 6 $6-million Longines Classic. With a 5:40 p.m. Pacific post time, the Classic will be aired on prime-time television on the East Coast on the NBC network between 8-9 p.m. ET.

The ink hadn't dried on the pre-entry forms yet when it was learned there will be at least one defection from overseas. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said Order of Australia would not make the trip from Ireland to defend his title in the Breeders' Cup Mile after suffering a setback on Wednesday morning. Order of Australia was one of eight returning Breeders' Cup winners pre-entered. The others are Knicks Go, Essential Quality, Tarnawa, Audarya, Gamine, Glass Slippers and Golden Pal.

Final entries are due on the morning of Monday, Nov. 1, with post positions drawn that afternoon in the Del Mar paddock at 2:30 p.m. The general public is invited to attend.

In this Breeders' Cup News Minute, publisher Ray Paulick takes a closer look at some of the pre-entries and offers a historical perspective on what races have on average provided the biggest (and lowest) payouts.

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