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Breeders' Cup Mile

Grade I race
Breeders' Cup Mile
Location North America
Inaugurated 1984
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Official Breeders' Cup website
Race information
Distance One mile (8 furlongs)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Weight for Age
Purse US$2,000,000

The Breeders' Cup Mile is a 1-mile (1.6 km) Grade 1 Weight for Age stakes race for thoroughbred racehorses three years old and up, run on a grass course. It has been conducted annually as part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships since the event's inception in 1984. All Breeders' Cups to date have been held in the United States except for the 1996 event in Canada.

The purse was raised from $1.5 million US to $2 million in 2007.

Freddy Head has won this race twice as a jockey and twice as a trainer.

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 Mile Division there are six automatic births. In 2009, the Win and You're In races are: the Champions Mile, a group one race at Sha Tin Racecourse, the Woodbine Mile, a grade one race at Woodbine Racetrack, the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Mile, a grade one race at Del Mar, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes a group one race at Ascot Racecourse, the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes a grade one race at Keeneland and the Oak Tree Mile Stakes a grade two race at Santa Anita Park.

Records

Most wins:

  • 2 - Lure (1992, 1993)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 3 - Flaxman Holdings (1997, 2002, 2003)

Winners

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time

Purse

Grade

2009

Goldikova

4

Olivier Peslier Freddy Head Wertheimer et Frere

1:32.26

$2,000,000

I

2008

Goldikova

3

Olivier Peslier Freddy Head Wertheimer et Frere

1:33.40

$2,000,000

I

2007

Kip Deville

4

Cornelio Velasquez Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. IEAH Stables et al.

1:39.78

$2,000,000

I

2006

Miesque's Approval

7

Eddie Castro Martin D. Wolfson Live Oak Plantation Racing

1:34.75

$1,500,000

I

2005

Artie Schiller

4

Garrett Gomez James A. Jerkens Timber Bay Farm/Denise Walsh

1:36.10

$1,500,000

I

2004

Singletary

4

David R. Flores Don Chatlos Little Red Feather Stables

1:36.90

$1,500,000

I

2003

Six Perfections

3

Jerry Bailey Pascal Bary Flaxman Holdings

1:33.86

$1,500,000

I

2002

Domedriver

4

Thierry Thulliez Pascal Bary Flaxman Holdings

1:36.88

$1,000,000

I

2001

Val Royal

5

Jose Valdivia, Jr. Julio C. Canani David S. Milch

1:32.05

$1,000,000

I

2000

War Chant

3

Gary Stevens Neil Drysdale Irving & Marjorie Cowan

1:34.60

$1,000,000

I

1999

Silic

4

Corey Nakatani Julio C. Canani J. Terrence Lanni

1:34.20

$1,000,000

I

1998

Da Hoss

6

John Velazquez Michael W. Dickinson Prestonwood/Wallstreet Stables

1:35.20

$1,000,000

I

1997

Spinning World

4

Cash Asmussen Jonathan E. Pease Flaxman Holdings

1:32.60

$1,000,000

I

1996

Da Hoss

4

Gary Stevens Michael W. Dickinson Prestonwood/Wallstreet Stables

1:35.80

$1,000,000

I

1995

Ridgewood Pearl

3

Johnny Murtagh John Oxx Anne Coughlan

1:43.60

$1,000,000

I

1994

Barathea

4

Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani Sheikh Mohammed/G. W. Leigh

1:34.40

$1,000,000

I

1993

Lure

4

Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Claiborne Farm

1:33.40

$1,000,000

I

1992

Lure

3

Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Claiborne Farm/The Gamely Corp.

1:32.80

$1,000,000

I

1991

Opening Verse

5

Pat Valenzuela Richard J. Lundy Allen E. Paulson

1:37.40

$1,000,000

I

1990

Royal Academy

3

Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Classic Ire Stable

1:35.20

$1,000,000

I

1989

Steinlen

6

José Santos D. Wayne Lukas Daniel Wildenstein

1:37.20

$1,000,000

I

1988

Miesque

4

Freddy Head François Boutin Stavros Niarchos

1:38.60

$1,000,000

I

1987

Miesque

3

Freddy Head François Boutin Stavros Niarchos

1:32.80

$1,000,000

I

1986

Last Tycoon

3

Yves Saint-Martin Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss

1:35.20

$1,000,000

I

1985

Cozzene

5

Walter Guerra Jan H. Nerud John A. Nerud

1:35.00

$1,000,000

I

1984

Royal Heroine

4

Fernando Toro John Gosden Robert Sangster

1:32.60

$1,000,000

I

See also

  • American Thoroughbred Racing top Attended Events



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