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Watch: ‘ALL IN: The Road to the Classic’

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Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, today premieres the pilot episode of its first-ever digital docuseries. Titled “ALL IN: The Road to the Classic,” the series offers an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the competitive world of Thoroughbred horse racing, following owners, trainers, breeders, and horses on their journey to the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, one of the most anticipated and prestigious races of the year. Executive produced by celebrity chef and Thoroughbred owner and breeder Bobby Flay and his Rock Shrimp Productions co-founder Kim Martin, Hennegan Brothers Creative, and Shelley Schulze, ALL IN will be comprised of seven episodes available for viewing on the show’s Facebook Watch page.

“The world of Thoroughbred horse racing is infinitely fascinating and we are proud to offer a new way for our fans to learn more about their favorite horses, and the teams behind them, through this new docuseries,” said Craig Fravel, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup. “Beyond offering a view into the excitement and intrigue of Thoroughbred horse racing, ‘ALL IN’ also represents a bold step for Breeders’ Cup as we enter the realm of original content and communicate with our fans, and hopefully attract new ones, through forward-thinking platforms.”

Watch the first five episodes of “ALL IN: The Road to the Classic” below.






Santa Anita cancels racing after heavy rain inundates track

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ARCADIA, Calif. — Santa Anita has canceled its eight-race card because of wet weather after 3+ inches of rain dropped on the Southern California racetrack in three days.

Officials at the track in Arcadia say heavy overnight rains and more rain throughout the day Thursday made it necessary to cancel. They say the track will make every effort to reschedule the races in the immediate future.

Track superintendent Andy LaRocco says an additional 2 inches of rain was forecast for Thursday.

Live racing will resume on Friday with eight races.

Kentucky Derby purse up to $3 million

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Derby’s purse will be raised to $3 million this May, an increase of $1 million and the first boost in 14 years.

Churchill Downs said Thursday the winner of the 145th running will receive $1.86 million. The runner-up will earn $600,000, with third place worth $300,000, fourth place $150,000 and fifth place $90,000.

The Derby purse had been $2 million since 2005 and $1 million from 1996-2004.

Track President Kevin Flanery attributes the increase to more bettors using historical racing machines – the electronic form of parimutuel betting – at a recently opened facility near the track.

The second and third legs of the Triple Crown offer total purses of $1.5 million in the Preakness and Belmont stakes.

The purse for the Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on May 3 was raised by $250,000 to $1.25 million. It had been worth $1 million since 2011 and was worth $500,000 from 1996-2010.

Churchill Downs also increased purses for some races on the Derby Day undercard on May 4.