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Breeders' Cup

The Breeders' Cup is a one-day event held at a location that changes each year. All the sites have been in the United States, except in 1996, when the races were held at Woodbine Racetrack in Canada.

2021 Breeders' Cup Classic Odds

PP Horse Trainer Jockey Odds
1 Tripoli John Sadler Irad Ortiz Jr. 15-1
2 Express Train John Shirreffs Victor Espinoza 20-1
3 Hot Rod Charlie Doug O'Neill Flavien Prat 4-1
4 Essential Quality Brad Cox Luis Saez 3-1
5 Knicks Go Brad Cox Joel Rosario 5-2
6 Art Collector Bill Mott Mike Smith 8-1
7 Stilleto Boy Ed Moger Jr. Kent Desormeaux 30-1
8 Medina Spirit Bob Baffert John Velaquez 4-1
9 Max Player Steve Asmussen Ricardo Santana Jr. 8-1

2021 Breeders' Cup Replay

November 7, 2021

Re-live the excitement of the 2021 Breeders' Cup Classic and watch Knicks Go's wire-to-wire win. Credits to the video owner

2020 Breeders' Cup Classic Odds

1 Tacitus 20-1
2 Tiz The Law 3-1
3 By My Standards 10-1
4 Tom's d'Etat 6-1
5 Title Ready 30-1
6 Higher Power 20-1
7 Global Campaign 20-1
8 Improbable 5-2
9 Authentic 6-1
10 Maximum Security 7-2

2020 Breeders' Cup Replay

November 8, 2020

Re-live the excitement of the 2020 Breeders' Cup Classic and watch Authentic pip stablemate Improbable over the wire to win. Credits to the video owner

Breeders' Cup Classic Winners

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time Purse $ Track
2021 Knicks Go 3 Joel Rosario Brad Cox Korea Racing Authority 1:59.57 $6,000,000 Del Mar
2020 Authentic 3 John R. Velazquez Bob Baffert Spendthrift Farm 1:59.60 $6,000,000 Keeneland
2019 Vino Rosso 4 Irad Ortiz Jr. Todd Pletcher Mike Repole 2:02.80 $6,000,000 Santa Anita
2018 Accelerate 5 Joel Rosario John W. Sadler Hronis Racing LLC 2:02.93 $6,000,000 Churchill Downs
2017 Gun Runner 4 Florent Geroux Steve Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds & Three Chimneys Farm 2:01.29 $6,000,000 Del Mar
2016 Arrogate 3 Mike E. Smith Bob Baffert Juddmonte Farms 2:00.11 $6,000,000 Santa Anita
2015 American Pharoah 3 Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert Zayat Stables 2:00.07 $5,000,000 Keeneland
2014 Bayern 3 Martin Garcia Bob Baffert Kaleem Shah 1:59.88 $5,000,000 Santa Anita
2013 Mucho Macho Man 5 Gary Stevens Katherine Ritvo Reeves Thoroughbred Racing 2:00.72 $5,000,000 Santa Anita
2012 Fort Larned 4 Brian Hernandez Jr. Ian Wilkes Janis R. Whitham 2:00.11 $5,000,000 Santa Anita
2011 Drosselmeyer 4 Mike E. Smith William I. Mott WinStar Farm LLC 2:04.27 $5,000,000 Churchill Downs
2010 Blame 4 Garrett Gomez Albert Stall Jr. Claiborne Farm & Adele Dilschneider 2:02.28 $5,000,000 Churchill Downs
2009 Zenyatta 5 Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs Jerry & Ann Moss 2:00.32 $5,000,000 Santa Anita
2008 Raven's Pass 3 Frankie Dettori John Gosden Princess Haya /Darley Racing 1:59.27 $5,000,000 Santa Anita
2007 Curlin 3 Robby Albarado Steve Asmussen Stonestreet Stables et al. 2:00.59 $5,000,000 Monmouth Park
2006 Invasor 4 Fernando Jara Kiaran McLaughlin Shadwell Racing 2:02.18 $5,000,000 Churchill Downs
2005 Saint Liam 5 Jerry Bailey Richard Dutrow Jr. M/M William K. Warren Jr. 2:01.49 $5,000,000 Belmont Park
2004 Ghostzapper 4 Javier Castellano Robert J. Frankel Stronach Stables 1:59.02 $4,000,000 Lone Star Park
2003 Pleasantly Perfect 5 Alex Solis Richard Mandella Diamond A Racing Corp. 1:59.88 $4,000,000 Santa Anita
2002 Volponi 4 José A. Santos Philip G. Johnson Amherst & Spruce Pond Stable 2:01.39 $4,000,000 Arlington Park
2001 Tiznow 4 Chris McCarron Jay M. Robbins Cee's Stables 2:00.62 $4,000,000 Belmont Park
2000 Tiznow 3 Chris McCarron Jay M. Robbins Cooper & Straub-Rubens 2:00.75 $4,000,000 Churchill Downs
1999 Cat Thief 3 Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm 1:59.52 $4,000,000 Gulfstream Park
1998 Awesome Again 4 Pat Day Patrick B. Byrne Stronach Stables 2:02.16 $4,000,000 Churchill Downs
1997 Skip Away 4 Mike E. Smith Sonny Hine Carolyn Hine 1:59.16 $4,400,000 Hollywood Park
1996 Alphabet Soup 5 Chris McCarron David Hofmans Ridder Thoroughbred Stable 2:01.00 $4,000,000 Woodbine
1995 Cigar 5 Jerry Bailey William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson 1:59.58 $3,000,000 Belmont Park
1994 Concern 3 Jerry Bailey Richard W. Small Robert E. Meyerhoff 2:02.41 $3,000,000 Churchill Downs
1993 Arcangues 5 Jerry Bailey André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:00.83 $3,000,000 Santa Anita
1992 A.P. Indy 3 Ed Delahoussaye Neil Drysdale Tomonori Tsurumaki, William S. Farish III, William S. Kilroy 2:00.20 $3,000,000 Gulfstream Park
1991 Black Tie Affair 5 Jerry Bailey Ernie T. Poulos Jeffrey Sullivan 2:02.95 $3,000,000 Churchill Downs
1990 Unbridled 3 Pat Day Carl Nafzger Frances A. Genter 2:02.20 $3,000,000 Belmont Park
1989 Sunday Silence 3 Chris McCarron Charlie Whittingham H-G-W Partners 2:00.20 $3,000,000 Gulfstream Park
1988 Alysheba 4 Chris McCarron Jack Van Berg Dorothy & Pam Scharbauer 2:04.80 $3,000,000 Churchill Downs
1987 Ferdinand 4 Bill Shoemaker Charlie Whittingham Elizabeth A. Keck 2:01.40 $3,000,000 Hollywood Park
1986 Skywalker 4 Laffit Pincay Jr. Michael Whittingham Oak Cliff Stables 2:00.40 $3,000,000 Santa Anita
1985 Proud Truth 3 Jorge Velásquez John M. Veitch Darby Dan Farm 2:00.80 $3,000,000 Aqueduct
1984 Wild Again 4 Pat Day Vincent Timphony Black Chip Stable (William Allen, Ron Volkman, Terry Beall) 2:03.40 $3,000,000 Hollywood Park

Breeders' Cup Records

Here are some interesting Breeders Cup records:

  • The all-time Breeders' Cup leaders:
    • Jockey: Jerry Bailey - 15 wins
    • Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas - 18 wins
    • Leading money winning owner: Allen E. Paulson - $8,730,000
  • Churchill Downs has hosted the race card six times, more than any other track. It hosted the card most recently in 2006.
  • NBC had broadcast every Breeders' Cup from its inception in 1984 through 2005. Starting in 2006, ESPN took over the television contract for eight years.
  • All Breeders' Cup races have been called by Tom Durkin through 2005. Fellow race caller Trevor Denman now serves as the voice of the Breeders' Cup races on ESPN starting as of 2006, due to Durkin's exclusive contract with NBC Sports.
  • Breeder's Cup Firsts:
    • First winner: Chief's Crown 1984
    • First Classic winner: Wild Again 1984
    • First winner to repeat: Miesque (French mare) 1987 & 1988
    • First winner of $4 million race to repeat: Tiznow 2000 & 2001
    • First Classic winner to be sired by a Classic winner: Ghostzapper 2004 (Awesome Again - father)
    • First Foreign-based Winners: Royal Herione Ireland & Lashkari Great Britain 1984
    • First Special Stakes winner: Sondrio (Ireland)
    • First Breeders' Cup Steeplechase winner: Census 1986
    • First Breeders' Cup champion elected to National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame: Lady's Secret 1992
    • First Breeders' Cup outside of U.S.: Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto 1996

Breeders' Cup History

The Breeders' Cup, which has been run annually since 1984, was created as a year-end championship for North American thoroughbred racing, and it also attracts top horses from other parts of the world, especially Europe. The Breeders' Cup was founded in 1982 by John R. Gaines, a leading thoroughbred owner and breeder.

All Breeders' Cup fields are limited to 14 runners. If more than 14 are pre-entered, Breeders' Cup officials use a two-part selection system to decide which horses will be allowed to compete. The first seven runners earn automatic berths based on the points they have earned in American graded stakes races then a panel of racing directors and secretaries choose the next seven entrants.

Currently, there are eight races on the Breeders' Cup card, all classified as Grade 1 races. The races are listed below in their order on the 2006 race card; the order of the first six listed races varies from year to year, but the 'Turf' and 'Classic' are traditionally the last two races. All races, unless otherwise indicated, are for any horse, regardless of sex, two years old and up, and are held on a dirt track.

  • Juvenile Fillies: A 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-old fillies.
  • Breeders' Cup Juvenile: A 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-old colts and geldings.
  • Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf: A 1 3/8-mile or 1 1/4-mile race on grass for fillies and mares, 3 years old and up.
  • Breeders' Cup Sprint: A 6 Furlong Race.
  • Breeders' Cup Mile: A 1-mile race on grass.
  • Breeders' Cup Distaff: A 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares, 3 years old and up.
  • Breeders' Cup Turf: A 1 1/2-mile race on grass.
  • Breeders' Cup Classic: A 1 1/4-mile race. Current purse is $5 million.

In 2007, a new qualifying process took effect, where the winners of 24 races at six tracks - Saratoga Race Course, Arlington Park, Del Mar, Belmont Park, Keeneland and Santa Anita during the Oak Tree meeting - were automatically entered for the event in their respective divisions.

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