Breeders’ Cup Races

The Breeders’ Cup Races are the yearly event where Thoroughbred racing championships are won or lost. The Breeder’s Cup was designed to showcase the world’s best horses in each racing division, for 2018 there are fourteen Breeders’ Cup Races and purses and awards in excess of $30,000,000. The maximum field for each race is fourteen, except for the 2018 Juvenile Sprint, which has maximum field of 12. This year the 35th Breeder’s World Championships will be on November 2nd and 3rd at Churchill Downs.

This marks the ninth time that Churchill Downs will host the Breeders’ Cup.

 

 


 Breeders’ Cup Qualifiers as of Now

Mikki Rocket won the 9½-furlong $3 million G1 Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin in Japan on June 24th.  Mikki Rocket is now qualified for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. The Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, Grade I, is run at 1 1/2 miles on the turf, for horses 3-years-old and older. The race attracts the best turf horses from Europe and North America to compete for the $4 million purse.

2017 winner was Talismanic. He was trained by Andre Fabre and ridden by Mickael Barzalona, Talismanic covered the 1 1/2 miles on turf course at Del Mar in a course record time of 2:26.19.

Also on June 24th, Smart Choice won the 1 1/4 mile G1 Gran Premio Pamplona by a neck over La Divina , earning an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, Grade I, is a race that the world’s best female three-year-old and up turf horses compete. The Filly and Mare Turf race is at distance of 1 3/8 miles race on the turf course for a $2 million purse.

2017 winner was Wuheida. She was trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by William Buick. Wuheida covered the 1 1/8 miles on the turf course at Del Mar in 1:47.91.

The Gran Premio Pamplona was the last of five Breeders’ Cup Challenge races in South America this year. Below is  the list of the 16 qualifiers outside America that have received an automatic berth so far this year to the Breeders’ Cup Championship at Churchill Downs on November 2nd and 3rd.

Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf: The Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, Grade I, is run at 1 1/2 miles on the turf, for horses 3-years-old and older. The race attracts the best turf horses from Europe and North America to compete for a $4 million purse.

2017 winner was Talismanic. He was trained by Andre Fabre and ridden by Mickael Barzalona, Talismanic covered the 1 1/2 miles on turf course at Del Mar in a course record time of 2:26.19.

  • Poet’s Word won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot
  • Mikki Rocket won the $3 million G1 Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin in Japan
  • Quarteto De Cordas won the Gran Premio Brasil at Gavea
  • La Extrana Dama won Gran Premio 25 de Mayo at San Isidro, Argentina.
  • Channel Maker won the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic
  • Promises Fulfilled won the TwinSpires Sprint at Keenland

Breeders’ Cup Mile :The world’s best grass milers compete in this one mile race  around two turns on the turf course for horses 3-years-old and older. Purse $2,000,000.

  • Accidental Agent won the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot.
  • Legal Eagle won the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth.
  • Happy Clapper won Star Doncaster Mile at Randwick.
  • Nuevo Maestro won the 1 1/4 mile G1 Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella at Club Hipico in Chile.
  • Mozu Ascot won the Yasuda Kinen at Tokyo.
  • Hunt won the Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita Park

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf : The world’s best female grass horses compete in this 1 3/8 mile race on the turf course for a $2 million purse.

  • Smart Choice won the Gran Premio Pamplona at Hipodromo de Monterrico in Peru.
  • Oh Susanna won the Carter Paddock Stakes at Kenilworth in January.
  • Alizee won the Coolmore Legacy Stakes at Randwick in April.
  •  Vasilika won the Rodeo Drive Stakes
  • Just Wonderful won the Shadwell Rockfel
  • A Raving Beauty  won the first lady stakes at keenland
  • Wild Illusion won  Longines Prix de l’Opera at Chantilly
  • Fourstar Crook won the Flower Bowl Stakes at Belmont Park

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint: The Turf Sprint, for horses 3-years of age and older, combines both speed and agility for international competitors at about 5.5 furlongs on the turf course.

  • Merchant Navy won Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday.
  •  Imperial Hint won the Vosburgh
  • Golden Mischief won the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes
  • Uncle Benny won the Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park.
  • Roy H won the Santa Anita Sprint Championship at Santa Anita Park

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint: The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint will make its debut at this year’s World Championships, November 2-3 at Churchill Downs and will carry a $1 million purse. The race will be run at about 5.5 furlongs on the turf and will be open to all 2-year-olds.

  • Shang Shang Shang won Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.
  • Disco Partner won Jaipur Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park.
  • Mohawk won the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes

Breeders’ Cup Classic: The Breeders’ Cup Classic, run at 1 1/4 miles, draws the top international Thoroughbreds year after year. It is open to horses 3-years-old and older and is limited to 14 starters. Purse $6,000,000.

  • Nonkono Yume won February Stakes on the dirt at Tokyo.
  • Pavel won Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs.
  • Accelerate won the Awesome Again Stakes
  • Discreet Lover won the Jockey Gold Cup

Longines Distaff: The Longines Distaff brings together the best female dirt horses for a championship showdown at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

  • Sinfonia Fantastica won the G1 Gran Premio Criadores at Palermo in Argentina in May.
  • Able Tasman won the Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park.
  • Blue Prize won the Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs.
  • Blue Prize won Juddmonte  Spinster Stakes Keenland

Dirt Mile: The Dirt Mile is a race for 3-year-olds and older and will be run around two turns of the main track. Purse $1,000,000.

  • Bee Jersey won the Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park.
  • Next Shares won the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes at Keenland

Tito’s Handmade Vodka Juvenile Fillies: In Thoroughbred racing, a Juvenile race is one restricted to 2-year-old horses. The Juvenile Fillies is restricted to 2-year-old females. It is run at 1 1/16 miles, a little more than the circumference of the racetrack. In nearly all cases over the years, the winner of the Tito’s Handmade Vodka Juvenile Fillies has been named the Champion of all 2-year-old females.

  • Bellafina won the Chandelier Stakes
  • Jaywalk won the Frizette Stakes

Sentient Jet Juvenile: At $2 million, the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is the richest 2-year-old race in North America. The 1 1/16 mile race, restricted to male 2 year-olds, is often a preview of the stars of the Triple Crown races for the following year.

  • Game Winner won the American Pharoah Stakes
  • Knicks Go won the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keenland
  • Complexity won the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park

14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies The 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies, Grade 1, is a race at a distance of 1 1/16 miles for to 2-year-old females. The field will compete for a $2,000,000 purse. The recent winners of the 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies race have been crowned the 2-year-old fillies Champion.

  • Restless Rider won the Darley Alcibiades Stakes on the 7th

Juvenile Turf Sprint

2018 is the inaugural running of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. The race will be at distance of 5.5 furlongs on the turf and is be open to all 2-year-olds. Juvenile’s will compete for purse of $1,000,000..

Juvenile Fillies Turf

The Juvenile Fillies Turf, Grade 1, brings together the top 2-year-old female turf horses in the world to claim the title of the best 2-year-old female turf in the world. The juvenile fillies will compete for $1,000,000 purse over 1 1/16 miles race on the turf.

2017 winner was Rushing Fall. She was trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Javier Castellano, Rushing Fall covered the mile on a firm turf course at Del Mar 1:36.09.

  • Lily’s Candle won the Total Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly

Juvenile Turf

The Juvenile Turf, Grade 1, is a test of the top juvenile turf horses and is good stepping stone to discover top turf horses for 2019 and beyond. The race is at 1 1/16 mile on the turf and is restricted to male 2-year-olds. Juvenile’s will compete for purse of $1,000,000.

Royal Marine won the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagarder at Chantilly