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Breeders' Cup Classic

Grade I race
Breeders' Cup Classic
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The first turn in the 2007 Classic
Location North America
Inaugurated 1984
Race type Thoroughbred
Website [1]
Race information
Distance 1¼ miles
Track Dirt, Left-handed
Qualification 3-year-olds and up
Weight 4-year-olds and up: 126 lb (57.2 kg)
Northern Hemisphere 3-year-olds: 122 lb (55.3 kg)
Southern Hemisphere 3-year-olds: 117 lb (53.1 kg)
Purse US$5 million

The Breeders' Cup Classic is a Grade I Weight for Age thoroughbred horse race for 3 year olds and older run at a distance of 1¼ miles (2012 m) on dirt. It is held annually at a different racetrack as part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships. All of the races to date have been held in the United States except for the 1996 edition held at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada.

The Classic is considered by many to be the premier thoroughbred horse race of the year in the U.S., and for 2008 only the Dubai World Cup surpassed its $5 million purse. Often, the winner goes on to win U.S. Horse of the Year honors, as have the four winners of the race between 2004 and 2007—respectively Ghostzapper, Saint Liam, Invasor, and Curlin. Due to the extremely high quality of horses in the event, the race is notoriously hard to predict. One notable example of an underdog winning the Classic is the victory of Arcangues in 1993. This was the biggest upset in Breeders' Cup history and his $269.20 payoff for a $2 wager remains a Breeders' Cup record.

Contents

Automatic berths

Beginning in 2007, the Breeders' Cup developed "The Breeders' Cup Challenge," a series of races in each division that alloted automatic qualifying bids to winners of defined races. Each of the fourteen divisions has between three and six of these "Win and You're In" qualifiers. In the Breeders' Cup Classic Division there are four automatic berths. In 2009, the Win and You're In races are: the Whitney Handicap, a Grade I race at Saratoga Race Course; the Washington Park Handicap, a Grade III race at Arlington Park; the Pacific Classic Stakes, a Grade I race at Del Mar; and the Goodwood Stakes, a Grade I race at Santa Anita Park.

Records

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:


Winners of the Breeders' Cup Classic

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time

Purse

Grade

2009

Zenyatta

5

Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs Jerry & Ann Moss

2:00.62

$5,000,000

I

2008

Raven's Pass

3

Frankie Dettori John Gosden HRH Princess Haya of Jordan/Darley

1:59.27

$5,000,000

I

2007

Curlin

3

Robby Albarado Steve Asmussen Stonestreet Stables et al.

2:00.59

$5,000,000

I

2006

Invasor

4

Fernando Jara Kiaran McLaughlin Shadwell Racing

2:02.18

$5,000,000

I

2005

Saint Liam

5

Jerry Bailey Richard Dutrow, Jr. M/M William K. Warren, Jr.

2:01.49

$5,000,000

I

2004

Ghostzapper

4

Javier Castellano Robert J. Frankel Stronach Stables

1:59.02

$4,000,000

I

2003

Pleasantly Perfect

5

Alex Solis Richard Mandella Diamond A Racing Corp.

1:59.88

$4,000,000

I

2002

Volponi

4

Jose Santos Phillip G. Johnson Amherst & Spruce Pond Stables

2:01.39

$4,000,000

I

2001

Tiznow

4

Chris McCarron Jay M. Robbins Cee's Stables

2:00.62

$4,000,000

I

2000

Tiznow

3

Chris McCarron Jay M. Robbins Cooper & Straub-Rubens

2:00.75

$4,000,000

I

1999

Cat Thief

3

Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm

1:59.52

$4,000,000

I

1998

Awesome Again

4

Pat Day Patrick B. Byrne Stronach Stables

2:02.16

$4,000,000

I

1997

Skip Away

4

Mike E. Smith Sonny Hine Carolyn Hine

1:59.16

$4,400,000

I

1996

Alphabet Soup

5

Chris McCarron David Hofmans Ridder Thoroughbred Stable

2:01.00

$4,000,000

I

1995

Cigar

5

Jerry Bailey William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson

1:59.58

$3,000,000

I

1994

Concern

3

Jerry Bailey Richard W. Small Robert E. Meyerhoff

2:02.41

$3,000,000

I

1993

Arcangues

5

Jerry Bailey Andre Fabre Daniel Wildenstein

2:00.83

$3,000,000

I

1992

A.P. Indy

3

Ed Delahoussaye Neil Drysdale Tsurumaki/Farish/Kilroy/Goodman

2:00.20

$3,000,000

I

1991

Black Tie Affair

5

Jerry Bailey Ernie T. Poulos Jeffrey Sullivan

2:02.95

$3,000,000

I

1990

Unbridled

3

Pat Day Carl Nafzger Frances A. Genter

2:02.20

$3,000,000

I

1989

Sunday Silence

3

Chris McCarron Charlie Whittingham H-G-W Partners

2:00.20

$3,000,000

I

1988

Alysheba

4

Chris McCarron Jack Van Berg Dorothy & Pamela Scharbauer

2:04.80

$3,000,000

I

1987

Ferdinand

4

Bill Shoemaker Charlie Whittingham Elizabeth A. Keck

2:01.40

$3,000,000

I

1986

Skywalker

4

Laffit Pincay, Jr. Michael Whittingham Oak Cliff Stables

2:00.40

$3,000,000

I

1985

Proud Truth

3

Jorge Velasquez John M. Veitch Darby Dan Farm

2:00.80

$3,000,000

I

1984

Wild Again

4

Pat Day Vincent Timphony Black Chip Stable

2:03.40

$3,000,000

I

See also

  • American Thoroughbred Racing top Attended Events

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