Next Moves for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup® Classic Contenders

By Victoria Barnett | November 16, 2015

It’s been a couple of weeks since the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic, and most of us are left wondering where the contenders will be headed next. Some of the horses have headed straight to retirement; others are preparing for their next race. Then, there are a select few whose future is simply unknown. Take a look below at what we know about the next moves for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic contenders.

American Pharoah

Heading into the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic, we all knew it would be American Pharoah’s last race, which made his Grand Slam finish even sweeter. What a way to go out! This superhorse ended the 37-year Triple Crown drought with wins at the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes then went on to clinch horse racing’s Grand Slam in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Now this exceptional racehorse is getting some much needed rest and has retired at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud.


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After his second place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Effinex is already looking ahead to his next race. In fact, he’s among the 23 listed for the Churchill Downs’ Clark Handicap coming up on November 27. The 1 1/8 mile Clark is limited to 14 runners, so we will have to wait and see if Effinex lands a spot in this “Black Friday” Fall Meet.

Honor Code

Honor Code is now taking up residence at Lane’s End Farm as a new stallion of 2016 following his third place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He completed his career with six wins, two seconds and two thirds from 11 starts.

Keen Ice

After making headlines for snapping American Pharoah’s eight-race win streak in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga and finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Keen Ice is looking for his next move.

In fact, he has also landed on the list for the Churchill Downs’ Clark Handicup next to Effinex and 22 other horses. His trainer, Dale Romans, told Churchill Downs’ publicity department that there’s a strong possibility he will run in the Clark, and right now he’s training him like he’s going to do so.


Tonalist, who landed fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, will most likely make his next start in the Cigar Mile Handicap on November 28. Initially, there was a deal in place with Lane’s End, but that deal is now off the table, and Tonalist is expected to race in 2016. For now, he has returned to trainer Christophe Clement’s barn until his next race.

Hard Aces

We don’t know much about Hard Aces, but we do know he has flown back to trainer John Sadler’s Santa Anita base.



Similar to Hard Aces, we can’t say much about the future for Frosted except that he has headed to Florida and is expected to remain in training next year.

Gleneagles (IRE)

As of right now, we don’t know much about the future of Gleneagles. Will he race again?


After a disappointing scratch from the Breeders’ Cup Classic, we are all looking forward to the next move for champion mare Beholder.

Prior to the Classic, most of us agreed Beholder would be American Pharoah’s biggest threat, but unfortunately, we were not able to confirm our hypothesis. We aren’t sure what’s next for the 5-year-old, but one thing is for sure, we can’t wait to find out.

Smooth Roller

The day of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Smooth Roller was scratched from the race due to a “tendon” issue with his left foreleg. What this means for the future of the horse is unclear, but by now, he should be recovered from this minor injury.  

Looking Ahead to the 2016 Breeders’ Cup® Classic

We may have only recently wrapped up the 2015 Breeders’ Cup, but that doesn’t mean we can’t go ahead and start looking at next year. While it may be hard to top American Pharoah and his Grand Slam finish, we still know that 2016 will be filled with plenty of excitement and incredible races.  

Next year, the Breeders’ Cup will return to Santa Anita with a whole new set of contenders. Although ticket packages for next year have yet to be released, you can sign up for our quick call back list and be one of the first to know when they are available!

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