The ultimate testing ground for thoroughbreds, the Breeders' Cup is an end-of-year championship, which combines fierce competition with flamboyant spectacle.
Now over 25 years old, the Breeders' Cup is an important date on the American racing calendar. It also draws thoroughbreds from all over the world - indeed the first Breeders' Cup Turf championship was won by the Aga Khan's Lashkari, ridden by Alain de Royer-Dupre.
Usully the Breeders' Cup World Championships is held at a different racetrack in North America. In 2011, the Breeders' Cup World Championships was held in Kentucky at Churchill Downs, the legendary home of the Kentucky Derby. In 2012 it moved to Santa Anita, California, which is where it will remain for the 2013 Cup.
Santa Anita Park, with its backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains, is considered by many as the world's most beautiful race track. It opened in 1934 and in its heyday was associated with a number of Hollywood stars, including Betty Grable, Lana Turner, Jane Russell, Cary Grant and Esther Williams.