Breeders' Cup Turf

The Breeders Cup Turf is also known as the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf is run at 1 ½ mile, for horses three-years-old and older. The event gathers the top grass talent from America and Europe. The purse for this competition is $4 million.

The Breeders’ Cup Turf is held annually at a different racetrack in the United States or Canada as part of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

The race is run at the European Classic distance of 1+1⁄2 miles, and therefore is one of the most anticipated races on the Breeders’ Cup lineup, as it tends to unfold in a fair fashion, with every running style having a roughly equal chance at victory.

One of the biggest moments in the race’s history came in 2018 when Enable became the first horse to win both the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Breeders’ Cup Turf in the same year

A horse can qualify for a Breeders’ Cup race by completing one of the 3 following processes. By winning a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re in” or through a selection process. If there are more than 14 nominees (oversubscribed), the BC Challenge Series winners will get spots and the next seven are determined by points based on the following formula. Win, place, and show horses in Grade I stakes earn ten, six, and four points, respectively. The top three finishers in Grade II stakes earn six, four, and two points respectively, and in Grade III races the points earned are four, two, and one, respectively.

RACE QUALITYWINPLACESHOW
Grade 11064
Grade 2642
Grade 3421

The horses remaining after the BC Challenge winners and 7 entries based on points will be ranked in order of preference by the Panel. The Panel will be free to establish its own criteria or ranking so that high-quality horses of demonstrated ability will have the opportunity to participate in Championship Races regardless of earlier participation in graded events. 

Breeders’ Cup Turf Win and You’re In Races

DATERACE NAMEGRADEDTRACKDISTANCEWINNERVIDEO
Dec 11thGran Premio International Carlos PellegriniG1 San Isidro1 1/2 Miles (T)Village KingBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Jun 15thPrince of Wales’s StakesG1 ASCOT.    1 1/4 Miles (T)State of RestBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Jun 26thTakarazuka KinenG1Tokyo Racecourse1 3/8 Mile (T)TitleholderBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Jun 26thGrande Premio BrasilG1Hipódromo da Gávea    1 1/2 Miles (T)NautilusBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Jul 23rdKing George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCOG1ASCOT1 1/2 MilesPyledriverBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Aug 27thThe Resorts World Casino Sword DancerG1Saratoga 1 1/2 Miles (T)GufoBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Sep 3rdDel Mar Handicap Presented by The Japan Racing AssociationG1Der Mar1 3/8 Mile (T)Gold PhoenixBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Sep 10thIrish Champion StakesAmerica ‘Justify’ Matron StakesG1Leopardstown1 1/4 Miles (T)          LuxembourgBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Sep 10thKentucky Turf Cup G1Kentucky Downs1 1/4 Miles (T)Red KnightBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Oct 2ndQatar Prix de L’Arc de TriompheG1France Galop1 1/2 Miles (T)
Oct 15thQIPCO Champion StakesG1ASCOT1 1/4 Miles (T)

Last year’s winner was Yibir, which was trained by Charlie Appleby and the jockey was the British Charlie Appleby. Yibir covered the 1 ½ miles on a firm Jimmy Durante Turf Course in 2:25.90, establishing a course record. 

Records

Most wins:

2 – Conduit (2008, 2009)

2 – High Chaparral (2002, 2003)

Most wins by a jockey:

5 – Frankie Dettori (1999, 2001, 2006, 2010, 2018)

Most wins by a trainer:

6 – Aidan O’Brien (2002, 2003, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016)

Most wins by an owner:

6 – Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith (2002, 2003, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016)

Breeders Cup Turf Past Winners

YEARWINNERAGEJOCKEYTRAINEROWNER
2021Yibir (GB)3William BuickCharlie ApplebyGodolphin
2020Tarnawa (IRE)4Colin KeaneDermot WeldAga Khan IV
2019Bricks and Mortar5Irad Ortiz Jr.Chad C. BrownKlaravich Stables & William Lawrence
2018Enable† (GB)4Frankie DettoriJohn GosdenKhalid ibn Abdullah
2017Talismanic (GB)4Mickael BarzalonaAndré FabreGodolphin Stable Lessee
2016Highland Reel (IRE)4Seamie HeffernanAidan O’BrienMichael Tabor, Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith
2015Found† (IRE)3Ryan MooreAidan O’BrienMichael Tabor, Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith
2014Main Sequence5John R. VelazquezGraham MotionFlaxman Holdings
2013Magician (IRE)3Ryan MooreAidan O’BrienDerrick Smith
2012Little Mike5Ramon DomínguezDale RomansPriscilla Vaccarezza
2011St Nicholas Abbey (IRE)4Joseph O’BrienAidan O’BrienMichael Tabor, Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith
2010Dangerous Midge4Frankie DettoriBrian J. MeehanIraj Parvizi
2009Conduit (IRE)4Ryan MooreSir Michael StouteBallymacoll Farm
2008Conduit (IRE)3Ryan MooreSir Michael StouteBallymacoll Farm
2007English Channel5John R. VelazquezTodd A. PletcherJames T. Scatuorchio
2006Red Rocks (IRE)3Frankie DettoriBrian J. MeehanJ. Paul Reddam
2005Shirocco (GER)4Christophe SoumillonAndré FabreBaron Georg von Ullmann
2004Better Talk Now5Ramon DomínguezH. Graham MotionBushwood Stables
2003High Chaparral (DH) (IRE)4Michael KinaneAidan O’BrienMichael Tabor, Sue Magnier
2003Johar (DH)4Alex SolisRichard MandellaThe Thoroughbred Corp.
2002High Chaparral (IRE)3Michael KinaneAidan O’BrienMichael Tabor/Sue Magnier
2001Fantastic Light5Frankie DettoriSaeed bin SuroorGodolphin Racing
2000Kalanisi (IRE)4Johnny MurtaghSir Michael StouteHH Aga Khan IV
1999Daylami (IRE)5Frankie DettoriSaeed bin SuroorHH Aga Khan IV/Godolphin
1998Buck’s Boy5Shane SellersP. Noel HickeyQuarter B Farm (George Bunn)
1997Chief Bearhart4José A. SantosMark FrostadSam-Son Farm
1996Pilsudski (IRE)4Walter SwinburnMichael StouteLord Weinstock
1995Northern Spur (IRE)4Chris McCarronRon McAnallyCharles J. Cella
1994Tikkanen3Mike E. SmithJonathan PeaseAugustin Stable
1993Kotashaan (FR)5Kent DesormeauxRichard MandellaLa Presle Farm
1992Fraise4Pat ValenzuelaWilliam I. MottMadeleine Paulson
1991Miss Alleged†4Éric LegrixPascal BaryFares Farm
1990In the Wings (GB)4Gary StevensAndré FabreSheikh Mohammed
1989Prized3Ed DelahoussayeNeil DrysdaleClover Racing/Meadowbrook
1988Great Communicator5Ray SibilleThad AckelClass Act Farm (George Ackel)
1987Theatrical (IRE)5Pat DayWilliam I. MottAllen E. Paulson
1986Manila3José A. SantosLeRoy JolleyBradley M. Shannon
1985Pebbles† (GB)4Pat EdderyClive BrittainSheikh Mohammed
1984Lashkari (GB)3Yves Saint-MartinAlain de Royer-DupréHH Aga Khan IV

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