Breeders' Cup - At The Races

Time Capsule

Breeders' Cup 2015 Review

Keeneland hosted the Breeders' Cup for the first time in 2015 and the meeting will be forever remembered for Triple Crown hero American Pharoah's brilliant Classic victory to become the first horse to win the Grand Slam.

Breeders' Cup 2014 Review

The Breeders’ Cup was staged in Santa Anita in 2014 for the third consecutive year and the eighth time in total at the Californian track.

Breeders' Cup 2012 Review

2012 saw the 29th renewal of the Breeders’ Cup and was staged for the sixth time at Santa Anita Park, California.

Breeders' Cup 2011 Review

Churchill Downs played host to the Breeders’ Cup for the second consecutive year and for a record eighth time. The Breeders’ Cup added a new race for 2011, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint for 2-year-olds at three- quarters-of a mile.

Breeders' Cup 2010 Review

The 2010 Breeders’ Cup was known as The Quest for Perfection. The undefeated Zenyatta was attempting to close out her brilliant career a perfect 20 for 20 with a second victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. This would also be the first Breeders’ Cup to finish under the lights.

  • Breeders' Cup 2009 Review

    Breeders' Cup 2009 Review

    For the first time, the Breeders’ Cup returned to the same racetrack in consecutive years as Santa Anita once again played host to racing’s most prestigious global event.

  • Breeders' Cup 2008 Review

    Breeders' Cup 2008 Review

    Changes continued for the Breeders’ Cup as it celebrated its 25th year under the San Gabriel Mountains in California. For the first time, the main track races were conducted on a synthetic surface.

  • Breeders' Cup 2007 Review

    Breeders' Cup 2007 Review

    A new era began in 2007 as the Breeders’ Cup World Championships expanded to a two-day event, and for the first time was held at Monmouth Park on the shores of New Jersey.

  • Breeders' Cup 2006 Review

    Breeders' Cup 2006 Review

    Total purses leaped from $14 million to $20 million for the 23rd Breeders’ Cup and, after a six-year hiatus, the event returned to Kentucky.

  • Breeders' Cup 2005 Review

    Breeders' Cup 2005 Review

    The 22nd Breeders’ Cup was held at Belmont Park for the fourth time. Jockey Garrett Gomez won his first two career Breeders’ Cup races, booting home Stevie Wonderboy in the Juvenile and Artie Schiller in the Mile.

  • Breeders' Cup 2004 Review

    Breeders' Cup 2004 Review

    The Breeders’ Cup came to Texas for the first time at Lone Star Park in suburban Dallas. The trainer and jockey combination of Todd Pletcher and John Velazquez won two races, first with Ashado in the Distaff and then Speightstown in the Sprint.

  • Breeders' Cup 2003 Review

    Breeders' Cup 2003 Review

    Ten years earlier at Santa Anita, trainer Richard Mandella won two races at the Breeders’ Cup, but on this day he would experience the greatest success of his racing life.

  • Breeders' Cup 2002 Review

    Breeders' Cup 2002 Review

    For the first time, the Breeders’ Cup came to Chicago and picturesque Arlington Park. The 4-year-old filly Azeri began the day by dominating the Distaff with a five length victory.

  • Breeders' Cup 2001 Review

    Breeders' Cup 2001 Review

    The 18th Breeders’ Cup was held in New York just six weeks after the tragedy of the September 11 attacks on the United States. Following a moving tribute in pre-race ceremonies to those who had fallen, an outstanding day of international competition commenced.

  • Breeders' Cup 2000 Review

    Breeders' Cup 2000 Review

    The first Breeders’ Cup of the 21st Century started off with two huge upsets. Spain won the Distaff at odds of 56-1 and was followed in the next race by Caressing, who captured the Juvenile Fillies at 47-1.

  • Breeders' Cup 1999 Review

    Breeders' Cup 1999 Review

    The 16th Breeders’ Cup was expanded to 8 races and total purses of $13 million. The newest addition was the Filly & Mare Turf, run at 1 3/8 miles for females, 3-years-old and older.

  • Breeders' Cup 1998 Review

    Breeders' Cup 1998 Review

    A Breeders’ Cup single day record crowd of 80,452 witnessed two memorable performances, starting with the 6-year-old gelding Da Hoss, who won the 1996 Mile at Woodbine but had not raced for nearly two years.

  • Breeders' Cup 1997 Review

    Breeders' Cup 1997 Review

    The 14th Breeders’ Cup turned out to be extremely predictable as favorites won 5 of the 7 races, including two from trainer Patrick Byrne, who won the Juvenile Fillies with Countess Diana and the Juvenile with Favorite Trick.

  • Breeders' Cup 1996 Review

    Breeders' Cup 1996 Review

    For the first time, the Breeders’ Cup was held in Canada at historic Woodbine, just outside Toronto. Jenine Sahadi also made history by becoming the first female trainer to win a Breeders’ Cup race when Lit De Justice came from last to first to win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint under Corey Nakatani.

  • Breeders' Cup 1995 Review

    Breeders' Cup 1995 Review

    Following heavy early morning storms over New York, the day brightened with spectacular individual efforts, starting with the 4-year-old Inside Information, ridden by Mike Smith, who dominated the Distaff with a 13½ length triumph.

  • Breeders' Cup 1994 Review

    Breeders' Cup 1994 Review

    Europeans took a liking to the Churchill Downs turf course for the 11th Breeders’ Cup as Barathea won the Mile and Tikkanen captured the Turf.

  • Breeders' Cup 1993 Review

    Breeders' Cup 1993 Review

    Jockey Eddie Delahoussaye repeated his performance of the previous year by winning two races, capturing the Sprint on the 7-year-old Cardmania, and then defeating defending champion Paseana in the Distaff on Hollywood Wildcat.

  • Breeders' Cup 1992 Review

    Breeders' Cup 1992 Review

    The Breeders’ Cup returned to Florida and the horses were greeted temperatures reaching 90 degrees. The day began with Thirty Slews, ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye, winning the Sprint for a young former Quarter Horse trainer named Bob Baffert.

  • Breeders' Cup 1991 Review

    Breeders' Cup 1991 Review

    The second Breeders’ Cup to be held in Kentucky featured some brilliant performances by European horses, most notably Arazi's astonishing display when routing his field in the Juvenile.

  • Breeders' Cup 1990 Review

    Breeders' Cup 1990 Review

    The first Breeders’ Cup ever at Belmont Park in New York had drama in spades; from Dayjur's unlucky defeat in the Sprint to Royal Academy's historic triumph in the Mile.

  • Breeders' Cup 1989 Review

    Breeders' Cup 1989 Review

    The first Breeders’ Cup ever held in Florida featured the greatest rivalry of the 1980’s when Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Sunday Silence from California met Belmont Stakes winner Easy Goer from New York in the Classic for the Horse of the Year title.

  • Breeders' Cup 1988 Review

    Breeders' Cup 1988 Review

    The Breeders’ Cup came to Kentucky for the first time, and on a rain swept day at Churchill Downs, racing fans witnessed some of the greatest performers and performances in the sport’s history.

  • Breeders' Cup 1987 Review

    Breeders' Cup 1987 Review

    The Breeders’ Cup returned to site of its inaugural running and featured a dramatic Breeders’ Cup Classic where winners of the past two Kentucky Derbies, Ferdinand and Alysheba, battled to the wire together.

  • Breeders' Cup 1986 Review

    Breeders' Cup 1986 Review

    The third Breeders’ Cup was held for the first time under the majestic San Gabriel Mountains at Santa Anita. A record Breeders’ Cup crowd of 69,155 were on hand to witness the 4-year-old Lady’s Secret go wire to wire to win the Distaff and become the first Breeders’ Cup champion to be named Horse of the Year.

  • Breeders' Cup 1985 Review

    Breeders' Cup 1985 Review

    New York played host to the second Breeders’ Cup and the Juvenile got the event off to a rousing start when Tasso nipped Storm Cat at the wire.

  • Breeders' Cup 1984 Review

    Breeders' Cup 1984 Review

    Hollywood Park staged the inaugural Breeders’ Cup on 10 November 1984, where a crowd of 64,000 watched seven races. The honour of being the first Breeders’ Cup winner went to Chief’s Crown, who landed the Juvenile.

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