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Breeders' Cup Classic

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History

VINO ROSSO winning Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.
VINO ROSSO winning Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Picture: (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

The Breeders' Cup Classic is a Grade 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for three year olds and up conducted by the Breeders' Cup Limited.
In 2019 the races were run at Santa Anita Park.
The Breeders' Cup Classic is run over a mile and a quarter (2012m) on dirt. It was first run in 1984 and won by Wild Again.
The concept of the Breeders' Cup was inaugurated in 1984. It was an idea based around being a so-called World Championships and is moved around leading American race tracks on a rotational basis.
The Breeders' Cup has been held at many tracks since its inception in 1984. Hollywood Park, Aqueduct, Santa Anita Park, Churchill Downs, Gulfstream Park, Belmont Park, Woodbine, Arlington Park, Lone Star Park, Monmouth Park, Keeneland and Del Mar Thoroughbred Club have all held the meeting.
The Breeders' Cup Classic, like the other international features, is designed to see mainly the Europeans take on the locals. The issue of running on the anti-bleeding medication Lasix is always a factor.
The race record is held by Ghostzapper at Lone Star Park at 1:59.02.
There have been some rough results in the Breeders' Cup Classic including the first running as Wild Again was a 30-1 chance and Arcangues scored at well over 100-1 in 1993.
However Zenyatta, who had won in 2009, was back to hopefully end her illustrious unbeaten career in 2010. She was 8 lengths last out of the straight the first time, had to make such a long run and missed by a nose.
In 2015, it was the first time since its inception that the Triple Crown winner could complete the grand slam by winning the Classic. American Pharoah did just that.
Two jockeys have won the race on five occasions – Chris McCarron and Jerry Bailey.
The trainer with most wins is Bob Baffert with three (in a row).
The Breeders' Cup Classic was worth US$6,000,000 in 2019. It is the richest race on the Breeders' Cup weekend.
Some famous Breeders' Cup Classic winners include Aysheba (1988), Sunday Silence (1989), AP Indy (1992), Cigar (1995), Tiznow (2000/2001), Curlin (2007), Raven's Pass (2008), Zenyatta (2009), Mucho Macho Man (2013), American Pharoah (2015), Arrogate (2016), Gun Runner (2017) and Accelerate (2018).
The 2019 Breeders' Cup Classic was won by Vino Rosso from McKinzie and Higher Power.
Racing and Sports

Previous Breeders' Cup Classic Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
VINO ROSSO (USA) 4C
CURLIN (USA) - MYTHICAL BRIDE (USA) STREET CRY (IRE)
I ORTIZ JR 57.0 TODD PLETCHER 10
ACCELERATE (USA) 5H
LOOKIN AT LUCKY (USA) - ISSUES (USA) AWESOME AGAIN (USA)
JOEL ROSARIO 57.0 JOHN W SADLER 14
GUN RUNNER (USA) 4H
CANDY RIDE (ARG) - QUIET GIANT (USA) GIANT'S CAUSEWAY (USA)
FLORENT GEROUX 57.0 STEVEN ASMUSSEN 5
ARROGATE (USA) 3C
UNBRIDLED'S SONG (USA) - BUBBLER (USA) DISTORTED HUMOR (USA)
MIKE E SMITH 55.5 BOB BAFFERT 9
AMERICAN PHAROAH (USA) 3C
PIONEEROF THE NILE (USA) - LITTLEPRINCESSEMMA (USA) YANKEE GENTLEMAN (USA)
VICTOR ESPINOZA 55.5 BOB BAFFERT 4
BAYERN (USA) 3R
OFFLEE WILD (USA) - ALITTLEBITEARLY (USA) THUNDER GULCH
MARTIN GARCIA 55.5 BOB BAFFERT 7
MUCHO MACHO MAN (USA) 5H
MACHO UNO (USA) - PONCHE DE LEONA (USA) PONCHE (CAN)
GARY STEVENS 57.0 KATHY RITVO 6
FORT LARNED (USA) 4H
E DUBAI (USA) - ARLUCEA (USA) BROAD BRUSH
B J HERNANDEZ JR 57.0 IAN R WILKES 4
DROSSELMEYER (USA) 4H
DISTORTED HUMOR (USA) - GOLDEN BALLET (USA) MOSCOW BALLET (USA)
MIKE E SMITH 57.5 WILLIAM I MOTT 3
BLAME (USA) 4H
ARCH (USA) - LIABLE (USA) SEEKING THE GOLD (USA)
GARRETT GOMEZ 57.5 ALBERT M STALL JNR 5
ZENYATTA (USA) 5M
STREET CRY (IRE) - VERTIGINEUX (USA) KRIS S. (USA)
MIKE E SMITH 56.0 JOHN A SHIRREFFS 4
RAVEN'S PASS (USA) 3C
ELUSIVE QUALITY (USA) - ASCUTNEY (USA) LORD AT WAR (ARG)
L DETTORI 55.0 JOHN GOSDEN 8
CURLIN (USA) 3C
SMART STRIKE (CAN) - SHERRIF'S DEPUTY (USA) DEPUTY MINISTER (CAN)
R ALBARADO 55.0 STEVEN ASMUSSEN 4
INVASOR (ARG) 4H
CANDY STRIPES (USA) - QUENDOM (ARG) INTERPRETE (ARG)
FERNANDO JARA 57.5 KIARAN MCLAUGHLIN 11
SAINT LIAM (USA) 5H
SAINT BALLADO (CAN) - QUIET DANCE (USA) QUIET AMERICAN (USA)
J BAILEY 57.5 RICHARD E DUTROW, JNR 13
GHOSTZAPPER (USA) 4H
AWESOME AGAIN (USA) - BABY ZIP (USA) RELAUNCH (USA)
JAVIER CASTELLANO 57.5 R J FRANKEL 1
PLEASANTLY PERFECT (USA) 5H
PLEASANT COLONY (USA) - REGAL STATE (USA) AFFIRMED (USA)
ALEX O SOLIS 57.5 RICHARD E MANDELLA 2
TIZNOW (USA) 4H
CEE'S TIZZY (USA) - CEE'S SONG (USA) SEATTLE SONG (USA)
C MCCARRON 57.5 J M ROBBINS 10
TIZNOW (USA) 3C
CEE'S TIZZY (USA) - CEE'S SONG (USA) SEATTLE SONG (USA)
C MCCARRON 55.5 J M ROBBINS