10 Fun Facts About The Breeders’ Cup®

By Kristen Doolan February 07, 2017

Held each year in November, The Breeders’ Cup World Championships® brings excitement and thrill to horse racing. Rotating venues each year, the race will be held for a record tenth time at Santa Anita Park in 2019. With rich history from thoroughbreds to crowing victors in a flower garland, here are some facts that will give you a better insight on what The Breeders’ Cup is all about.

  1. The first running of The Breeders’ Cup World Championships® took place in 1984 and was a single-day event. The race wasn’t expanded into a two-day event until 2007.
  2. All racetracks to hold The Breeders’ Cup® have been within the United States, expect in 1996, when it was hosted by Canada at the Woodbine Racetrack.
  3. The total purse for the 2018 Breeders' Cup Classic totaled $6 million. 
  4. Tiznow is the only horse to win The Breeders’ Cup® Classic at least twice (2000, 2001).
  5. The United States has produced the most Breeders’ Cup® winners, followed by Ireland and Great Britain.
  6. Santa Anita Park has hosted The Breeders’ Cup World Championships® the most times at 10, with Churchill Downs at second with 9 stints as host.
  7. The Jockey with the most Breeders’ Cup® wins is Mike Smith with 26, while the Trainer with the most wins is D. Wayne Lukas with 20.
  8. Only 14 starters are allowed for each race within The Breeders’ Cup World Championships®, expect the Dirt Mile which is narrowed down to 12 starters.
  9. America Pharoah was the first Triple Crown™ victor since the inception or the Breeders’ Cup® and thus claimed the first Grand Slam Victory. (Triple Crown™ and Breeders’ Cup® Classic)
  10. The fastest time ever run in the Classic is 1:59.02, a feat accomplished by Ghostzapper in 2004. 

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