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The Breeders’ Cup World Championships is the annual horse racing showpiece of Grade One races staged every year in November.

These championships have been in existence since 1984 as a single race day but from 2007 onwards they outgrew themselves and became the two-day event we now know and love. As of 2018 event prize money had grown to a total of over $30 million with the main race, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, worth a cool $6 million alone.

The idea is to bring the best juveniles, sprinters, milers and even those with more stamina together at the end of the racing season to see who will essentially be crowned as the champion of champions.

Typically we get to see the young Triple Crown horses clashing with the older generation in the Classic, a race that rates among the very best anywhere in the worldwide horse racing scene.

The 2018 meet was staged at Churchill Downs in Louisville, the home of the Kentucky Derby and was described by most as one of the best yet. A comprehensive run-down of the results is listed below.

How To Bet The Breeders’ Cup

Over November 1 and 2, 2019 we will witness the 36th Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park in California, a venue that has hosted this great event nine times already.

Fourteen championship races, one at Grade 2 level and all the others at Grade 1, will take place over the first Friday and Saturday of November from 5½ furlongs up to a mile-and-a-half. We will hopefully get to see the best of the US against some strong contenders from overseas in the closing event; the Breeders’ Cup Classic and betting the race makes it more fun!

Bet Types
Betting the various Breeders’ Cup races is simple and is one of the best ways to make yourself feel like you are taking part in the action, no matter how far from Santa Anita you may be. The three main bet types are the ‘win’, ‘place’ and ‘show’ bets and here’s an explanation of what they mean:

WIN – This one speaks for itself; your chosen horse must win for you to get paid.
PLACE – To win this bet, your horse needs to finish in the first 2 past the wire.
SHOW – This time, your horse must be in the top 3 to win the bet.

The payouts you can expect to receive depend not only on how much money is in the pari-mutuel purse, but also on the degree of difficulty. With this in mind, the highest payouts are on win bets, the second highest are on place bets and given that it is usually the easiest to get right, the lowest payouts are on show bets.

If you are feeling like a true wagering pro when betting the Breeders’ Cup you can try something a little different. Say for example you like two or more horses in a certain race but can’t choose between them, an EXACTA bet may be the wager for you.

An exacta basically requires you to predict which horses will finish 1st and 2nd and, if you get that right, can lead to a really big payout. If you’re not so sure that you can predict this accurately you can also ‘box’ your bet to give yourself a better chance.

Boxing means you will pay double the amount to place the bet, but it means that your chosen two horses can finish 1st or 2nd in any order and still give a reasonable payout.

If you think of yourself as a real pro try a TRIFECTA bet. This time you need to pick the 1st, 2nd and 3rd horses in the right order. Once again you can ‘box’ this bet and get paid out so long as your chosen horses finish in the first three, whatever the order. A SUPERFECTA will also be available concerning the first four to hit the wire but is incredibly tough to get right.

Placing Your Bets
Of course nothing much beats being at the track and walking up to the teller to collect your money when you’ve backed the winning horse, but for most of us it’s not realistic to make it to Santa Anita for the championships so betting here online is the way to go.

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The Racing World Coming Together

Although the original premise of the Breeders’ Cup was to bring together North America’s best horses at the end of the season, the Championships have become much more of an international affair over the years with some of the best of England, Ireland and France making their way over the pond to compete.

This meet is timed nicely after most of the championship races in Europe have concluded, so for those horses still showing enough enthusiasm after a long season it’s an ideal chance to race in different conditions and perhaps supplement their income and their reputation before going off to the breeding sheds.

Given that they are raced on turf and involve the need for stamina, horses bred and especially trained in Europe have done particularly well in the Mile, the Turf and the Fillies & Mares Turf over the years.

The Breeders’ Cup Schedule

As we mentioned above, the Breeders’ Cup became a two-day event back in 2007 after the championships became so popular the organizers simply couldn’t fit this much great action into one day.

The first day of the 2018 meet was known as Future Stars Friday and, along with some support races, features five top class juvenile races over various distances. Saturday is the big one though with over $21 million in purse money on offer across nine championship races, culminating in the Breeders’ Cup Classic itself. Here’s how the schedule looked at Churchill Downs:

Friday, November 2
Race Purse Distance / Surface Eligibility
BC Juvenile Fillies $2,000,000 1 1/16 miles / dirt Two-year-old fillies
BC Juvenile Fillies Turf $1,000,000 1 mile / turf Two-year-old fillies
BC Juvenile Turf $1,000,000 1 mile / turf Two-year-olds
BC Juvenile Turf Sprint $1,000,000 5 furlongs / turf Two-year-olds
BC Juvenile $2,000,000 1 1/16 miles / dirt Two-year-olds
Saturday, November 3
Race Purse Distance / Surface Eligibility
BC Mile $2,000,000 1 mile / turf Three-year-olds and up
BC Turf Sprint $1,000,000 5 furlongs / turf Three-year-olds and up
BC Filly and Mare Sprint $1,000,000 7 furlongs / dirt Females, three-year-olds and up
BC Filly and Mare Turf $2,000,000 1 1/8 miles / turf Females, three-year-olds and up
BC Sprint $2,000,000 6 furlongs / dirt Three-year-olds and up
BC Dirt Mile $1,000,000 1 mile / dirt Three-year-olds and up
BC Distaff $2,000,000 1 1/8 miles / dirt Females, three-year-olds and up
BC Turf $4,000,000 1 1/2 miles / turf Three-year-olds and up
BC Classic $6,000,000 1 1/4 miles / dirt Three-year-olds and up

2018 Breeders’ Cup Results

The 35th Breeders’ Cup was one of the best yet with a new Classic champ crowned in the shape of the brilliant Accelerate.

Although it was a shame we missed out on seeing Triple Crown hero Justify the meet lost very little for his unfortunate non-appearance as $30 million was shared out among 14 new Breeders’ Cup champions. Here are the full results:

Future Stars Friday

Over 42,000 people were in attendance to see the next generation of superstars as for once all the juvenile races were run on the same afternoon – the youngsters did not disappoint!

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (Listed Race) (2yo) (Turf) – 5½ furlongs

Pos Gate Horse Trainer Jockey Win Place Show
1st 5 Bulletin T Pletcher J Castellano $10.60 $6.20 $4.40
2nd 8 Chelsea Cloisters W Ward T Gaffalione $19.80 $10.60
3rd 9 So Perfect A O'Brien W Lordan $5.80
4th 10 Queen of Bermuda W Haggas F Prat
5th 12 Big Drink of Water L Rivelli J Valvidia Jr
6th 2 Soldier's Call A Watson O Murphy
7th 1 Strike Silver M Casse J Leparoux
8th 7 Sergei Prokofiev A O'Brien R Moore
9th 11 Pocket Dynamo R Cowell J Rosario
10th 4 Stillwater Cove W Ward I Ortiz Jr
11th 3 Well Done Fox R Hannon W Buick
12th 6 Moonlight Romance W Ward J Ortiz

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (Grade 1) (2yo fillies) (Turf) – 1 mile

Pos Gate Horse Trainer Jockey Win Place Show
1st 6 Newspaperofrecord C Brown I Ortiz Jr $3.20 $2.60 $2.40
2nd 14 East K Ryan J Spencer $8.20 $6.00
3rd 7 Stellar Agent J Abreu M Franco $21.00
4th 4 Just Wonderful A O'Brien R Moore
5th 9 Varenka H Motion J Ortiz
6th 2 The Mackem Bullet B Ellison O Murphy
7th 8 Belle Laura N Casse J Laporoux
8th 1 Concrete Rose G Arnold II J Lezcano
9th 13 My Gal Betty R Attfield J Castellano
10th 5 La Pelosa C Appleby W Buick
11th 10 Pakhet T Pletcher J Vezlaquez
12th 3 Lily's Candle F Vemmeulen P-C Boudot
13th 12 Summering T Proctor D Van Dyke
14th 11 Lady Pracealot R Baltas J Talamo

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade 1) (2yo fillies) (Dirt) – 1 1/16 miles

Pos Gate Horse Trainer Jockey Win Place Show
1st 7 Jaywalk J Servis J Rosario $13.00 $5.20 $4.00
2nd 4 Restless Rider K McPeek B Joseph $4.00 $3.20
3rd 3 Vibrance M McCarthy J Velazquez $10.80
4th 10 Bellafina S Callaghan F Prat
5th 5 Cassie's Dreamer B Tagg M Franco
6th 8 Sippican Harbor G Contessa I Ortiz Jr
7th 2 Serengeti Empress T Amoss C Lanerie
8th 9 Splashy Kisses D O'Neill D Van Dyke
9th 1 Reflect J Keith J Ortiz
10th 6 Baby Nina A Quortarolo T Gaffalione

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (Grade 1) (2yo) (Turf) – 1 mile

Pos Gate Horse Trainer Jockey Win Place Show
1st 5 Line of Duty C Appleby W Buick $9.00 $5.20 $4.20
2nd 2 Uncle Benny J Servis I Ortiz Jr $8.00 $5.80
3rd 7 Somelikeithotbrown M Maker J Ortiz $8.20
4th 1 Arthur Kitt T Dascombe R Kingscote
5th 10 War of Will M Casse J Rosario
6th 4 Forty Under J Englehart M Franco
7th 12 Current T Pletcher J Velazquez
8th 9 The Black Album J Soubagne M Barzalona
9th 14 Anthony Van Dyck A O'Brien R Moore
10th 8 Opry T Pletcher J Castellano
11th 13 Marie's Diamond M Johnston F Geroux
12th 11 King of Speed J Bonde G Stevens
13th 6 Henley's Joy M Maker T Gaffalione
14th 3 Much Better B Baffert D Van Dyke

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade 1) (2yo) (Dirt) – 1 1/16 miles

Pos Gate Horse Trainer Jockey Win Place Show
1st 9 Game Winner B Baffert J Rosario $4.00 $3.20 $2.80
2nd 10 Knicks Go B Colebrook A Jimenez $21.40 $11.20
3rd 13 Signalman K McPeek B Hernandez Jr $15.80
4th 2 Mr Money W Calhoun G Saez
5th 11 Gunmetal Gray J Hollendorfer F Prat
6th 1 Dueling J Hollendorfer M Franco
7th 7 Mind Control G Sacco I Ortiz Jr
8th 12 Topper T W Mott T Gaffalione
9th 4 Tight Ten S Asmussen R Santana Jr
10th 6 Complexity C Brown J Ortiz
11th 3 Derby Date D W Lukas L Contreras
12th 5 Well Defined K O'Connell M Smith
13th 8 Standard Deviation C Brown J Castellano


70,423 people packed into Churchill Downs on Breeders’ Cup Saturday and they were treated to some amazing performances by the likes of Expert Eye, Enable and Accelerate. The two-day total was the third highest attendance in Breeders’ Cup history.

Saturday’s betting meant a total handle of $157,445,841, a staggering amount of money which is the fifth-highest since the Breeders’ Cup became a two-day event back in 2007.

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (Grade 1) (3yo+ Fillies & Mares) (Dirt) – 7 furlongs

Pos Gate Horse Trainer Jockey Win Place Show
1st 14 Shamrock Rose M Casse I Ortiz Jr $53.80 $21.40 $11.20
2nd 6 Chalon A Delacour J Castellano $16.60 $9.20
3rd 12 Anonymity R Mandella F Prat $15.60
4th 13 Marley's Freedom B Baffert M Smith
5th 5 Golden Mischief B Cox F Geroux
6th 3 Happy Like a Fool W Ward L Saez
7th 11 Finley'sluckycharm W Calhoun B Hernandez
8th 10 Highway Star R Ubillo J Ortiz
9th 8 Mia Mischief S Asmussen R Santana Jr
10th 7 Skye Diamonds B Spawr T J Pereira
11th 9 Stormy Embrace K O'Connell T Gaffalione
12th 1 Selcourt J Sadler T Baze
13th 4 Kirby's Penny W Ward J Velazquez
14th 2 Miss Sunset J Bonde K Desormeaux

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (Grade 1) (3yo+) (Turf) – 5½ furlongs

Pos Gate Horse Trainer Jockey Win Place Show
1st 9 Stormy Liberal P Miller D Van Dyke $16.00 $6.40 $4.00
2nd 11 World of Trouble J Servis I Ortiz Jr $3.80 $3.00
3rd 5 Disco Partner C Clement J Rosario $3.40
4th 1 Ruby Notion D Miller F Geroux
5th 13 Will Call B Cox S Bridgmohan
6th 8 Chanteline S Asmussen R Santana Jr
7th 7 Lost Treasure A O'Brien R Moore
8th 2 Bucchero T Gylshaw F De la Cruz
9th 6 Rainbow Heir J Servis J Ortiz
10th 3 Hembree M Maker T Gaffalione
11th 14 Conquest Tsunami P Miller F Prat
12th 10 Havana Grey K Burke P J McDonald
13th 4 Vision Perfect J Servis J Castellano
14th 12 Richard's Boy P Miller P Lopez

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (Grade 1) (3yo+) (Dirt) – 1 mile

Pos Gate Horse Trainer Jockey Win Place Show
1st 1 City of Light M McCarthy J Castellano $7.20 $4.20 $3.20
2nd 5 Seeking the Soul D Stewart B Hernandez Jr $7.00 $4.60
3rd 7 Bravazo D W Lukas L Contreras $5.80
4th 6 Firenze Fire J Servis I Ortiz Jr
5th 8 Giant Expectations P Eurton J Leparoux
6th 9 Catalina Cruiser J Sadler D Van Dyke
7th 2 Trigger Warning M Rone R Santana Jr
8th 4 Seven Trumpets D Romans R Abarado
9th 3 Isotherm P D'Amato G Franco

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (Grade 1) (3yo+ Fillies & Mares) (Turf) – 1 3/8 miles

Pos Gate Horse Trainer Jockey Win Place Show
1st 6 Sistercharlie C Brown J Velazquez $8.60 $4.20 $3.40
2nd 3 Wild Illusion C Appleby W Buick $4.80 $3.40
3rd 9 A Raving Beauty C Brown J Castellano $6.40
4th 10 Magic Wand A O'Brien R Moore
5th 13 Athena A O'Brien W Lordan
6th 14 Eziyra D Weld L Dettori
7th 1 Fourstar Crook C Brown I Ortiz Jr
8th 11 Mom's On Strike J Sharp A Beschizza
9th 5 Princess Yaiza G Cromwell A Atzeni
10th 12 Santa Monica C Brown J Ortiz
11th 8 Fuhriously Kissed A Quortarolo T Gaffalione
12th 4 Paved M McCarthy J Rosario
13th 2 Thais C Brown M Franco
14th 7 Smart Choice T Pletcher F Prat

Breeders’ Cup Sprint (Grade 1) (3yo+) (Dirt) – 6 furlongs

Pos Gate Horse Trainer Jockey Win Place Show
1st 9 Roy H P Miller P Lopez $7.40 $4.00 $2.60
2nd 1 Whitmore R Moquett R Santana Jr $5.80 $3.60
3rd 5 Imperial Hint L Carvajal Jr J Castellano $2.60
4th 2 Promises Fulfilled D Romans L Saez
5th 8 Limousine Liberal B Colebrook J Ortiz
6th 3 B Squared B O'Neill M Gutierrez
7th 7 Distinctive B P Miller D Van Dyke
8th 4 Warrior's Club D W Lukas L Contreras
9th 6 Always Sunshine E Allard F Pennington

Breeders’ Cup Mile (Grade 1) (3yo+) (Turf) – 1 mile

Pos Gate Horse Trainer Jockey Win Place Show
1st 6 Expert Eye Sir M Stoute L Dettori $13.80 $7.00 $4.60
2nd 8 Catapult J Sadler D Van Dyke $7.20 $4.60
3rd 10 Analyze It C Brown I Ortiz Jr $4.60
4th 13 Divisidero K Rubley J Toledo
5th 1 One Master W Haggas J Doyle
6th 14 Clemmie A O'Brien A Atzeni
7th 9 Lightining Spear D Simcock O Murphy
8th 3 Happily A O'Brien W Lordan
9th 11 Gustav Klimt A O'Brien R Moore
10th 5 Almanaar C Brown J Rosario
11th 12 Mustashry Sir M Stoute W Buick
12th 7 I Can Fly A O'Brien J Spencer
13th 2 Next Shares R Baltas T Gaffalione
14th 4 Oscar Performance B Lynch J Ortiz

Breeders’ Cup Distaff (Grade 1) (3yo+ Fillies & Mares) (Dirt) – 1 1/8 miles

Pos Gate Horse Trainer Jockey Win Place Show
1st 11 Monomoy Girl B Cox F Geroux $5.50 $3.40 $3.00
2nd 9 Wow Cat C Brown J Ortiz $5.40 $4.00
3rd 7 Midnight Bisou S Asmussen J Valazquez $4.40
4th 10 Blue Prize I Correas IV J Bravo
5th 4 Mopotism D O'Niell M Gutierrez
6th 6 Verve's Tale B Tagg B Hernandez Jr
7th 1 Champagne Problems I Wilkes C Borel
8th 3 La Force P Gallagher D Van Dyke
9th 5 Wonder Gadot M Casse I Ortiz Jr
10th 8 Vale Dori B Baffert J Tamalo
11th 2 Abel Tasman B Baffert M Smith

Breeders’ Cup Turf (Grade 1) (3yo+) (Turf) – 1½ miles

Pos Gate Horse Trainer Jockey Win Place Show
1st 2 Enable J Gosden L Dettori $3.60 $3.00 $2.60
2nd 5 Magical A O'Brien R Moore $6.80 $4.80
3rd 11 Sadler's Joy T Albertrani J Castellano $8.80
4th 6 Arklow B Cox F Geroux
5th 12 Waldgeist A Fabre P-C Boudot
6th 1 Talismanic A Fabre M Barzalona
7th 4 Robert Bruce C Brown I Ortiz Jr
8th 13 Hunting Horn A O'Brien W Lordan
9th 10 Hi Happy T Pletcher L Saez
10th 9 Quarteto De Cordas I Wilkes B Hernandez Jr
11th 3 Channel Maker W Mott J Ortiz
12th 8 Liam the Charmer M McCarthy T Gaffalione
13th 7 Glorious Empire J Lawrence II J Leparoux

Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade 1) (3yo+) (Dirt) – 1¼ miles

Pos Gate Horse Trainer Jockey Win Place Show
1st 14 Accelerate J Sadler J Rosario $7.40 $6.00 $4.40
2nd 4 Gunnevera A Sano I Ortiz Jr $21.80 $11.80
3rd 1 Thunder Snow S Bin Suroor C Soumillon $8.00
4th 10 Yoshida W Mott J Ortiz
5th 9 Mendelssohn A O'Brien R Moore
6th 5 Lone Sailor T Amoss J Graham
7th 7 West Coast B Baffert J Velazquez
8th 13 Discreet Lover U St Lewis M Franco
9th 12 Axelrod M McCarthy J Bravo
10th 8 Pavel D O'Niell M Gutierrez
11th 11 Mind Your Biscuits C Summers T Gaffalione
12th 6 McKinzie B Baffert M Smith
13th 3 Catholic Boy J Thomas J Castellano
14th 2 Roaring Lion J Gosden O Murphy

How Horses Qualify For The Breeders’ Cup

In terms of what is required from each of the horses to be successful, it differs wildly in these championships with both dirt and turf courses used over various distances from 5½ furlongs to a mile-and-a-half.

A maximum of 14 starters are allowed in each race, sometimes only twelve depending on any track limitations, so the qualification process has to be pretty stringent. Horses can be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup by their owners and trainers and will then be eligible for Breeders’ Cup Championships races, paying entry fees to take part.

The Breeders’ Cup organizers employ a points-based system for qualification with win, place and show horses earning 10, 6 and 4 points respectively in Grade One stakes races. 6, 4 and 2 points are awarded for Grade Two races and 4, 2 and 1 for Grade Three’s throughout the year.

Horses earning points in stakes races during the season means it is easier to select the final field in November should a race be oversubscribed.

Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races take place from January right up to go time in November across the world and are the primary deciding factor in final Breeders’ Cup field, ahead of the stakes points system. The third adjudicating system, should it be needed, is a panel of racing experts who can decide which horses should take part when a race is oversubscribed.

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Breeders’ Cup Venues

Between 1984 and 2018 twelve individual race tracks have been used to host the Breeders’ Cup so, despite the fact the championships are free to move around the country, relatively few locations have been entrusted with the task of hosting this event given that a big enough capacity and a quality turf course are prerequisites.

The 2019 event takes place at Santa Anita, the tenth time that the meet has been staged in the shadow of the San Gabriel mountains putting level with Churchill Downs. Other tracks to have hosted multiple times are Belmont Park (4) and Hollywood Park and Gulfstream with three each.

Tracks visited just a single time by the Championships are Aqueduct, Arlington Park, Del Mar, Keeneland, Lone Star Park, Monmouth and Woodbine in Canada.

Breeders’ Cup History

The championships having been in existence since 1984, then as a single racing day and now as the two-day event we have now become accustomed to, they have evolved and earned their place right at the very top table of international horse racing.

Although the sport is packed full of tradition, new initiatives are usually well received within racing if the proposition is sound and these championships have been a great example of that, including how they’ve grown over the years and how they are perceived by overseas owners and trainers.

Early Years
Originally created as the year-end thoroughbred championships of North American racing, the Breeders’ Cup quickly became known as much for international participation, especially visiting horses from England, Ireland and France, as it did for domestic champions.

Although the first championships took place in 1984, the idea came about in 1982 when leading owner John R. Gaines proposed the Breeders’ Cup during the Kentucky Derby Festival awards luncheon and we’re glad he did!

Some within the sport didn’t see the benefit of such a championship and at first did not want to support it, however luckily many more in the game did see the future potential of such an event and so on November 10, 1984 Hollywood Park hosted the first ever Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

The event grew rapidly in popularity after the inaugural meet and at first organizers took the championships on somewhat of a road show, Hollywood Park being followed by Aqueduct, Santa Anita, Churchill Downs, Gulfstream Park and Belmont all within its first seven years before certain tracks began to be favored more than others (see venues above).

Breeders’ Cup Today
The rise in prize money over the first 20 years and the bigger influx of European horses on the big day meant that the expansion needed since 2007 to a 2-day event was crucial in ensuring the Championships don’t become stale.

As of 2019 we will see fully 13 Grade One races across Friday 2 and Saturday 3 of November with around $30 million in prize money on offer. Returning champions such as Roy H, Enable and Accelerate are anticipated while we await the winners of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in the summer.

Choosing Your Breeders’ Cup Bet

You don’t have to be a professional handicapper to place a bet in any Breeders’ Cup race. Reading the form, work out times or what sort of race conditions the horses prefer is a good start but remember to check in here for more info on each horse as we near post time in November.

At the 2018 meet a combination of winning favorites such as Newspaperofrecord and Enable along with some outsiders like Stormy Liberal and Shamrock Rose kept things interesting for the bettors, showing there’s a chance for everyone to bet a Breeders’ Cup winner.

Check back on our Breeders’ Cup Contenders page during 2019 for a more in-depth look at who could be in the winner’s circle at Santa Anita.

Breeders’ Cup Live Streaming

NBC Sports will have live TV coverage of the 2019 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita and as usual there should be a huge audience at home as well as at the track. Coverage of the 36th championships will include all 14 races across November 1 & 2.

No longer though must we rely on getting to a television set in order to not miss one of the biggest race meets of the year anywhere in the world. Advances in technology means live streaming is available now on all major sporting events, including the Breeders’ Cup.

As well as live TV coverage there will be a chance to watch the Breeders’ Cup via live streaming online. The event can be streamed through NBC Sports Live Extra or by using the NCB Sports Live Extra App for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

NBC’s online coverage mirrors their live televised coverage for the most part, taking in all the atmosphere and tradition of the two days as well as the racing itself. You may simply be asked for your TV provider and a password to access the online coverage.

Unforgettable Races Beamed Live
There have been some classic races at the Breeders’ Cup since 1984 beamed live to millions via TV and now online streaming. Some of the highlights have been:

Enable (2018 Turf)
Quickly becoming known as the Queen of the Turf, Enable succeeded where many others had failed in winning Europe’s premier race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, before coming to Louisville and landing the $4 million race under the ever-ebullient Frankie Dettori.

Arrogate (2016 Classic)
Despite having won the Travers Stakes by an incredible 13 lengths in one of the best performances of the year, Arrogate did not come into this race as favorite as he had Dubai World Cup winner and former Kentucky Derby hero California Chrome to beat, but beat him he did.

American Pharoah (2015 Classic)
Classics are usually hard to win, however the Triple Crown winning favorite had no trouble in dispatching this field by over 6 lengths in one of the best ever Classic wins. American Pharoah had won the Triple Crown that year before astonishingly improving even more in this race, a huge performance.

Goldikova (2010 Mile)
Having already won this race in 2008 and 2009, the ever-popular mare came back to attempt an unprecedented third victory in 2010 and managed it in great style. She did even go for a fourth win, however that was not to be.

Tiznow (2001 Classic)
After the heroics of 2000, Tiznow defeated Europe’s top rated horse and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Sakhee to become the first ever two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner.

Tiznow (2000 Classic)
European tough nuts Giant’s Causeway and Kalanisi had each won Grade 1 races overseas and had two huge battles between them in England before coming to Churchill Downs. Kalanisi won the Turf race just before this race went off and Giant’s did not let down the form either, coming to apparently win this race before the “Iron Horse” himself was just out-battled by Tiznow. A classic indeed.

Da Hoss (1998 Mile)
Having already won the Mile in 1996 and been off the track for two years before winning a small prep race, Da Hoss looked like winning this at odds of 11/1 before being headed in the stretch. He found a second wind though and managed to get up on the wire to score, much to the delight of the Churchill Downs crowd.

Cigar (1995 Classic)
One of the all-time greats, Cigar came into the 1995 Classic at Belmont Park on a run of 11 straight wins and did not disappoint fans when swooping home to win this. He famously went on to win 18 in a row.

Ferdinand (1987 Classic)
It’s always hoped that Kentucky Derby winners can compete in the Classic and in this case we had double the fun. ’87 Kentucky Derby hero Alysheba came thundering home to attempt to win this, however he found the previous year’s Derby champion Ferdinand too tough and the older horse came out on top. Alysheba would come back the following year to emulate the feat and take the Classic for himself.

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