Breeders' Cup Turf
|Grade I race|
|Breeders' Cup Turf|
|Website||Breeders' Cup Turf|
|Qualification||3-year-olds and up|
4-year-olds & 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)
The Breeders' Cup Turf is a Weight for Age Thoroughbred horse race on turf for three-year-olds and up. It is held annually at a different racetrack in the United States or Canada as part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships. The race's current title sponsor is Emirates Airlines.
The forerunner for this race was the Washington, D.C. International Stakes at Laurel Park Racecourse. Inaugurated in 1952, it was raced on turf at 1½ miles and drew the best horses from North America and Europe. A winner of this race was the American legend Kelso, albeit on his forth attempt, after being second three times in a row.
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 Turf Division there are five automatic births. In 2009, the Win and You're In races are: the United Nations Stakes, a grade one race at Monmouth Park Racetrack, the Arlington Million, a grade one race at Arlington Park, the Irish Champion Stakes, a group one race at Leopardstown Racecourse, the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes, a group one race at Newmarket Racecourse and the Canadian International a grade one race at Woodbine Racetrack.
- 2 - Conduit (2008, 2009)
- 2 - High Chaparral (2002, 2003)
Most wins by a jockey:
- 3 - Frankie Dettori (1999, 2001, 2006)
Most wins by a trainer:
- 4 - Sir Michael Stoute (1996, 2000, 2008, 2009)
Most wins by an owner:
- 3 - HH Aga Khan IV (1984, 1999, 2000)
- 3 - Sheikh Mohammed (1985, 1990, 1999)
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