Breeders' Cup adds 15th race, the Juvenile Sprint

The Breeders' Cup will expand to 15 races this year with the addition of the $500,000 Juvenile Sprint.

Churchill Downs will host the 28th annual World Championships Nov. 4-5. The new race will be run Friday, Nov. 4.

The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint will be run as a 6-furlong race open to 2-year-old colts, geldings and fillies and will be contested on the main track. The new race will have a maximum of 14 starters.

To make room for the Juvenile Sprint, the purse of this year's Breeders' Cup Sprint will be reduced to $1.5 million from $2 million in 2010.

The Juvenile Sprint was developed by the Breeders' Cup Wagering Committee, chaired by David Willmot, and the Breeders' Cup Racing and Nominations Committee, chaired by Clem Murphy.

"Our goal in the Wagering Committee focused on creating a Breeders' Cup race that would generate not only betting interest for the public, but also provide an additional opportunity for the 2-year-old crop from which our owners and breeders could benefit." Willmot said in a statement. "A 6-furlong sprint race for Juveniles has the potential to provide highly competitive fields in this new division."

Murphy added, "In discussions with horsemen on selecting a new race, an overwhelming majority requested that we add a Juvenile Sprint. There are a number of talented 2-year-old sprinters around the world who are not suited or may not be ready to run the two turns at 11⁄16 miles of the Juvenile or Juvenile Fillies in early November. The Juvenile Sprint provides horsemen with an alternative."

This is the first expansion of the $26 million World Championships program since 2008, when the number of races was increased from 11 to 14.

The Breeders' Cup began in 1984 with seven races and purses of $10 million. An eighth race was added in 1999. The Breeders' Cup was expanded to 11 races in 2007.