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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The total purse for the 2018 Breeders' Cup Classic totaled $6 million.
- Tiznow is the only horse to win The Breeders’ Cup® Classic at least twice (2000, 2001).
- The United States has produced the most Breeders’ Cup® winners, followed by Ireland and Great Britain.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- The fastest time ever run in the Classic is 1:59.02, a feat accomplished by Ghostzapper in 2004.
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