The Top Breeders' Cup Winners by Nationality

By Evan Chronis | October 11, 2019

The Breeders' Cup® is the Olympics of the thoroughbred racing sphere. 

Every Fall, horses from around the globe converge on one common location to compete for the right to be crowned World Champion

Through the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: Win & You're In, horses from different parts of the world are given a chance to qualify for the Breeders' Cup and be put up against top competition while also representing their home nation. 

In anticipation for the 2019 Breeders' Cup, we're breaking down every Breeders' Cup winner by the country (where they were bred) to see which nations have come out on top the most times at the World Championships of Thoroughbred racing.

Breeders' Cup winners by country

Country/Nationality

Winners

Starters

Winning Percentage

Classic Wins

United States

262

3050

8.5%

32

Ireland

31

318

9.7%

1

Great Britain

20

227

8.8%

0

France

7

76

9.2%

0

Canada

6

118

5.1%

1

Argentina

5

28

17.9%

1

Japan

1

10

10%

0

Germany

1

11

9.1%

0 

Stats to Know

  • Only horses from the United States have won the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile
  • Three of Canada's six Breeders' Cup wins have come in the Filly & Mare Sprint
  • Great Britain is the home to the most Filly & Mare Turf winners with nine
  • Three of France's seven Breeders' Cup wins have come in the Mile
  • 14 of Ireland's 31 Breeders' Cup wins have come on the Turf, which is the same number of victories as the United States

Winningest Trainers by Nationality

  • United States: D. Wayne Lukas — 20 Breeders' Cup Wins
  • Ireland: Aidan O'Brien — 12 Breeders' Cup Wins
  • Great Britain: Michael Stout — 8 Breeders' Cup Wins

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