Six 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic pre-entries were Tonalist, Bayern, Shared Belief, Moreno, Majestic Harbor and California Chrome. Candy Boy, Imperative, Zivo, V.E. Day and Footbridge were five others, and Prayer for Belief, Toast of New York, Cigar Street and Big Cazanova round out the list.
The Breeders' Cup World Championships is a series of Grade I Thoroughbred horse races held annually at various race tracks around the United States, with the exception of 1996 when the event was staged at Woodbine Racetrack in Canada. The Breeders' Cup, which first occurred in 1984, serves as an end-of-season championship event for thoroughbred racing, attracting many of the top horses from around the world. Run during the course of two days, the event consists of 13 races with grand prizes ranging from $1 million for the Juvenile Turf race to $5 million for the featured Breeders' Cup Classic. The one and one-quarter-mile Classic, which is the event finale and considered the premier thoroughbred horse race of the year, is open to three-year-old horses, the same age featured in the highly publicized Triple Crown races.
The 2014 Breeders' Cup was held on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. While many experts predicted the Classic to be a showdown between pre-race favorite Shared Belief and California Chrome, the horse that won the first two legs of the Triple Crown earlier in the year, Bayern sprinted to an early and never relinquished the it, clearing the track in 1 minute, 59.88 seconds for the $5 million victory.