The Breeders' Cup Classic is a Grade 1 thoroughbred weight for age horse race, and is widely regarded as one of the most important races in the world. The race is open to horses of three years of age or older and run over a mile and a quarter (10 furlongs) on a dirt track. The race takes place yearly at a different North American racetrack as part of the Breeders' Cup. Churchill Downs hosted the 2006 race, and the 2007 Breeders Cup will be held at Monmouth Park.
The Breeders' Cup Classic is the second biggest race in the world in terms of stakes money with a purse of $5 million (the Dubai World Cup is worth $6 million) and if the winner is an American-based horse he tends to be crowned as the U.S. Horse of the Year.
This race is incredibly tough to handicap, and is still remembered for producing the biggest upset in Breeders Cup history when a 135/1 rank outsider by the name of Arcangues won the race back in 1993.