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Breeder's Cup - A gathering of the world's best thoroughbreds by Matthew Bass

The primary goal of Breeders' Cup Limited is to build positive public awareness of Thoroughbred racing and to expand opportunities for enhancement of the Thoroughbred industry. These objectives are first accomplished through the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, a year-end international showcase of the sport's greatest stars. Additionally, the Breeders' Cup supports these goals through the funding of a year-round series of stakes races, consumer marketing programs and nationally televised races.

The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships culminates the racing season and crowns the fleetest sprinters, the most promising two-year-olds, the best turf horses. The right to be called the best of the best belongs, many would argue, to the winner of the day's final and richest race: the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
The Breeders' Cup is non-stop action from the moment the horses step onto the track for the first race, the Distaff, until the garland is draped across the shoulders of the Classic winner at dusk. Heart-stopping finishes, stunning upsets, international glamour, old-fashioned fun - Breeders' Cup has it all.

Racing's richest event is truly a movable feast. Each fall, a different North American track plays host to the Breeders' Cup in a unique and special way. One year finds it at Churchill Downs with its rich trove of history, another at stately Belmont Park, the next at panoramic Santa Anita in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Major tracks compete aggressively for the right to stage the championship program and each year's selection is eagerly awaited. At the same time, the revolving nature of the Breeders' Cup ensures that it belongs to all of racing.

That's just what its founders envisioned when the concept of the Breeders' Cup took root in 1982. Racing's leaders wanted a vehicle to promote the sport, a showcase for its finest elements, and a grand finale to the racing season. The Championship races became the cornerstone of a year-round program which has allocated more than $380 million to owners and breeders since the inaugural 1984 event. The first Breeders' Cup, at glitzy Hollywood Park, was an instant hit.
Since then, the Breeders' Cup has redefined the racing calendar - becoming the season-ending goal for the best horses - and given the sport a championship event much like the World Series or the Super Bowl. Most divisional champions crowned since 1984 have participated in a Breeders' Cup race. In addition to the Classic, the other races are the Juvenile and the Juvenile Fillies, the Distaff and the Filly & Mare Turf for females ages three and up; the Sprint, the Mile, and the Turf. The latter three are open to horses of both sexes, as is the Classic.

The Breeders' Cup has provided racing with some of its finest moments. Images like these are indelibly etched in its rich chronicles: the great Cigar ending his perfect 1995 season with a thrilling victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic; Personal Ensign courageously inching past Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors to retire undefeated in 1988; Arazi swooping in from France and stunning all who saw him in the 1991 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

"Championship day is unquestionably racing's finest hour," says John R. Gaines, founding father of the Breeders' Cup and former owner of Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Kentucky. "It defines our reason for being and elevates the spirit of an entire industry."

Each year is special. Each year is better. One of the event's most exciting elements is the intense rivalry between North American and European contenders. In almost every race, national pride is on the line. Owners and trainers from England, Ireland, France, Japan, and Germany now circle the Breeders' Cup on their calendars and plan their horses' schedules accordingly.

Dozens of European horses board cargo planes each fall and cross the Atlantic in search of the Breeders' Cup's rich spoils. Their success in many of these races has ensured that foreign horses keep coming back. Who can forget the gallant French filly Miesque winning back-to-back editions of the Breeders' Cup Mile? Or an obscure French-based runner named Arcangues pulling the biggest upset in Breeders' Cup history, winning the 1993 Classic and paying $269.20 to win?

Horses have journeyed from as far away as Japan to compete in the Breeders' Cup. It truly has become the foremost international racing event. "The program was looked at as a revolutionary step when it started, but now it is considered part of the fabric of American racing," says Breeders' Cup president D. G. Van Clief, Jr.

The Breeders' Cup continues to grow in popularity because of its prestige and keen level of competition. Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, holds the records for both attendance and total wagering. The renowned racecourse attracted 80,452 spectators in 1998 and when Breeders' Cup came back to Louisville in 2000, over $108 million was wagered.

But the Breeders' Cup is known beyond the borders of the particular host track. NBC has televised the event since its inception, providing a degree of air time unprecedented in Thoroughbred racing. The network's coverage has won Eclipse Awards for National Television Achievement and the Outstanding Live Sports Special of 1992 at the 14th Emmy Awards for Sports annual ceremony.

The buildup to the Breeders' Cup begins well in advance of the Championship day. NTRA's "Racing to the Breeders' Cup" on ESPN gets the momentum started in early summer and continues through mid-October. The nationally televised series consists of dozens of stakes races at major tracks across the country and serves as racing's version of the playoffs.
In addition to television, simulcasting - the transmission by satellite of actual races - has helped further the recognition of the Breeders' Cup. At the same time, the quality of the races on Championship day has made simulcast outlets eager to carry the program. The number of outlets showing the telecast is growing by leaps and bounds. In 1984, the seven races were beamed to 19 North American outlets, where patrons wagered $8 million. Today, over 1000 outlets handle in excess of $108 million. Expanding its recognition, the actual race signal is transmitted by satellite to simulcast outlets in over 25 countries, throughout the Western Hemisphere, Europe and Australia. The continued expansion of the Breeders' Cup simulcast across the world is a primary goal of the Breeders' Cup.

Major corporate sponsors also have helped boost recognition of the Breeders' Cup. Sponsors have included Buick, Alberto-Culver, Budweiser, Delta Air Lines, Emirates Airline, Mobil, National Car Rental, Visa and Sears.

While sponsors have brought added name recognition to the Breeders' Cup, Thoroughbred owners and breeders have been its backbone since the beginning. They not only supply the horses which compete in Breeders' Cup events, they pay the nominations from which the organization derives its major source of funding.

Stallion owners annually pay a nomination fee that is the equivalent of a stallion's advertised stud fee, or a minimum of $1,000. Breeders pay a nomination fee of $500 for each foal. Nominated horses are eligible to compete for millions in both the Breeders' Cup Stakes program and the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships events.

As an international program, the Breeders' Cup has instituted a nomination process to breeders around the world. Annual nominations from all over the world have made the Breeders' Cup a global institution.

In a short time, the Breeders' Cup has been firmly established as Thoroughbred racing's most prestigious event. Nothing can rival its millions in prize money or its international cast of talent. No other day of racing can match the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships for non-stop excitement.

The Breeders' Cup has accomplished what its founders set out to do - and more. It remains the definitive test of champions and has become racing's most recognizable and successful showpiece. It only promises to improve in the years to come.

Matthew Bass on behalf of Doug Dearen owner of DerbyBox.com a premiere thoroughbred racing package company.
email: mbass@derbybox.com or doug@derbybox.com
Phone: 502-593-3729

Article Source: http://www.earticlesonline.com/Article/Breeder-s-Cup---A-gathering-of-the-world-s-best-thoroughbreds/2502

World Cup Upsets

Why Blatter's World Cup Expansion Is A Sham by

We are about to head into an international week, a series of World Cup qualifiers from all over the World. Football lovers such as myself live for these types of tournaments, they are bigger than all the big leagues in Europe, because they generate interest from even the most indifferent of football supporters. I however, fear for the next few major world tournaments. FIFA and UEFA have clearly made some fundamental mistakes in selecting the hosts for the next few tournaments, and I can only hope that I'm proven to be wrong.

We just witnessed a wonderful EURO 2008 this year. It was a great spectacle, lots of goals, great matches, upsets and surprises. The best thing was that it was relatively incident free with regards to issues off the field. The tournament was conducted in a peaceful manner, and everyone, journalists, fans and players alike were satisified with "Swissaustria". Fans travelled in numbers without any problems, and people watched around the world.

Everything was organised well and everybody involved could just focus on the football. This is the way it should be. Unfortunately, FIFA and UEFA clearly don't believe in this philosophy. These governing bodies would much rather secure votes at the next election rather than pick adequate hosts for the big international tournaments.

Although they argue that picking developing countries as hosts is part of 'spreading the game', the idea is not practical. Even though this reasoning is in good intentions, if a country doesn't have the facilities, or is unfit to host such tournaments, they simply shouldn't host it, or else there may be grave consequences.

Over the past few weeks, both the FIFA president and UEFA president have cast severe doubt over the hosting of the next World Cup and EUROs respectively. Blatter has come out and said he has a "Plan B" for World Cup 2010. Ever since South Africa was given the hosting rights there were doubts, with good reason. I mean would YOU give the hosting rights to a country which has the highest AIDS rate, one of the highest crime rates (50,000 murders per year is only the start) and one of the highest poverty rates?

There are regular black outs in the country as well, due to lack of electricity supply, and the corruption, don't even get me started. So what does this mean for the players and fans? Will the night matches be played in the dark? Will fans get mugged or killed while on tour? Can the players even guarantee their safety? Brazil, who will host in 2014, although a prosperous footballing nation, has similar problems in its country. Blatter is very insecure about South Africa.

Think about it, he's said that there is a 'Plan B' for World Cup 2010, and that there has always been a Plan B for every World Cup. Why would he then, out of the blue just say there's a 'Plan B' for South Africa, when he's never mentioned such a thing before? He is obviously worried about South Africa's progress. This could be a good thing however. Hopefully this is the kick in the pants South Africa needs to get their bloody act together.

Platini has also come out recently casting doubt over EURO 2012. There seems to be concerns over the stadiums themselves and the infrastructure and transport system. If the transports system is so bad, how can the players and fans travel, and if the stadiums can't be completed on time, well then, we have a major problem then, needless to say.

More recently, the Polish government has intefered with the country's FA. Under FIFA rules, a country's government is not allowed to intefere with its football confederation. Poland now risks suspension from FIFA and UEFA. Needless to say, this is a major blow for the EURO 2012 bid.

What is wrong with these governing bodies? They pick inadequate hosts for these major international tournaments just because it will be "nice" to have developing footballing nations host a tournament for once. I suspect however, as well as this lame philosophy, there may be a deal or two being conducted during voting, with each delegate saying "scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" so to speak, if you know what I mean. These hosts are being picked on a corrupt basis, without taking into account the people that matter, the players, and me and you, the fans.

Martin Sejas is the chief writer of http://www.SportsNewsFootball.com, a leading sports news football website known for its fearless and critical analysis of the major issues affecting the beloved game of football.

Article Source: http://www.earticlesonline.com/Article/Why-Blatter-s-World-Cup-Expansion-Is-A-Sham/400613

World Cup Upsets

World Cup Semi-Final Preview - Uruguay vs. Netherlands by sportsbetting1234

And then there were fourâ€the World Cup tournament is down to the last few games, with the big ones, the Semi-Finals, kicking off on Tuesday.

It has been a thrilling tournament thus far, with plenty of drama, upsets and controversy.

Tuesday, July 6th
Uruguay vs. Netherlands

Uruguay is looking to score their second World Cup championshipâ€a scant 80 years after booking their first. Uruguay actually won the first-ever World Cup when they hosted the inaugural tournament some eight decades ago, but they are longshots out of the four remaining teams. Online sportsbooks have them listed at +1100 to be crowned champs.

Their path to the 2010 World Cup title game wasn’t going to be easy no matter what happened in the quarter final between Brazil and the Netherlands. But the men in Orange pulled off an upset to send Brazil home and move through to play Uruguay.

This is a very tough task for the South American side. Sportsbooks have the Dutch as the odds on favorite at +160 to take the title.

World Cup Betting Odds:

Going into their semifinal matchup, the Uruguayans are seeing the odds stacked against them, listed as +400 underdogs; they are 3-2-0 through the tournament.

Thus far, Uruguay has scored seven goals with both Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez leading the team with three goals apiece.

The Dutch are riding high after that big win over Brazil and are also big faves going into the semifinal against the Uruguyans, listed at -303.

The Netherlands have netted eight goals this World Cup and are a little more balanced offensively than their opponents; they are also perfect at 5-0-0 in South Africa 2010.

While Midfielder Wesley Sneijder leads the team with 4 goals, the Dutch have spread the rest of the scoring out with five players †Arjen Robben, Dirk Kuyt, Robin Van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar †tied with one goal each.

SPORTSBETTING.com manager Brian Taylor reported that â€68% of all the betting volume on this match has come in on the Netherlands.â€

You can watch the game live at 2:30 PM ET on Tuesday.

We’ll have a full breakdown of the Germany vs. Spain match Tuesday evening.

Sports Betting

Article Source: http://www.earticlesonline.com/Article/World-Cup-Semi-Final-Preview---Uruguay-vs--Netherlands/803255

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