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.
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
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.
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
|2021||Yibir (GB)||3||William Buick||Charlie Appleby||Godolphin|
|2020||Tarnawa (IRE)||4||Colin Keane||Dermot Weld||Aga Khan IV|
|2019||Bricks and Mortar||5||Irad Ortiz Jr.||Chad C. Brown||Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence|
|2018||Enable† (GB)||4||Frankie Dettori||John Gosden||Khalid ibn Abdullah|
|2017||Talismanic (GB)||4||Mickael Barzalona||André Fabre||Godolphin Stable Lessee|
|2016||Highland Reel (IRE)||4||Seamie Heffernan||Aidan O’Brien||Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith|
|2015||Found† (IRE)||3||Ryan Moore||Aidan O’Brien||Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith|
|2014||Main Sequence||5||John R. Velazquez||Graham Motion||Flaxman Holdings|
|2013||Magician (IRE)||3||Ryan Moore||Aidan O’Brien||Derrick Smith|
|2012||Little Mike||5||Ramon Domínguez||Dale Romans||Priscilla Vaccarezza|
|2011||St Nicholas Abbey (IRE)||4||Joseph O’Brien||Aidan O’Brien||Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith|
|2010||Dangerous Midge||4||Frankie Dettori||Brian J. Meehan||Iraj Parvizi|
|2009||Conduit (IRE)||4||Ryan Moore||Sir Michael Stoute||Ballymacoll Farm|
|2008||Conduit (IRE)||3||Ryan Moore||Sir Michael Stoute||Ballymacoll Farm|
|2007||English Channel||5||John R. Velazquez||Todd A. Pletcher||James T. Scatuorchio|
|2006||Red Rocks (IRE)||3||Frankie Dettori||Brian J. Meehan||J. Paul Reddam|
|2005||Shirocco (GER)||4||Christophe Soumillon||André Fabre||Baron Georg von Ullmann|
|2004||Better Talk Now||5||Ramon Domínguez||H. Graham Motion||Bushwood Stables|
|2003||High Chaparral (DH) (IRE)||4||Michael Kinane||Aidan O’Brien||Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier|
|2003||Johar (DH)||4||Alex Solis||Richard Mandella||The Thoroughbred Corp.|
|2002||High Chaparral (IRE)||3||Michael Kinane||Aidan O’Brien||Michael Tabor/Sue Magnier|
|2001||Fantastic Light||5||Frankie Dettori||Saeed bin Suroor||Godolphin Racing|
|2000||Kalanisi (IRE)||4||Johnny Murtagh||Sir Michael Stoute||HH Aga Khan IV|
|1999||Daylami (IRE)||5||Frankie Dettori||Saeed bin Suroor||HH Aga Khan IV/Godolphin|
|1998||Buck’s Boy||5||Shane Sellers||P. Noel Hickey||Quarter B Farm (George Bunn)|
|1997||Chief Bearhart||4||José A. Santos||Mark Frostad||Sam-Son Farm|
|1996||Pilsudski (IRE)||4||Walter Swinburn||Michael Stoute||Lord Weinstock|
|1995||Northern Spur (IRE)||4||Chris McCarron||Ron McAnally||Charles J. Cella|
|1994||Tikkanen||3||Mike E. Smith||Jonathan Pease||Augustin Stable|
|1993||Kotashaan (FR)||5||Kent Desormeaux||Richard Mandella||La Presle Farm|
|1992||Fraise||4||Pat Valenzuela||William I. Mott||Madeleine Paulson|
|1991||Miss Alleged†||4||Éric Legrix||Pascal Bary||Fares Farm|
|1990||In the Wings (GB)||4||Gary Stevens||André Fabre||Sheikh Mohammed|
|1989||Prized||3||Ed Delahoussaye||Neil Drysdale||Clover Racing/Meadowbrook|
|1988||Great Communicator||5||Ray Sibille||Thad Ackel||Class Act Farm (George Ackel)|
|1987||Theatrical (IRE)||5||Pat Day||William I. Mott||Allen E. Paulson|
|1986||Manila||3||José A. Santos||LeRoy Jolley||Bradley M. Shannon|
|1985||Pebbles† (GB)||4||Pat Eddery||Clive Brittain||Sheikh Mohammed|
|1984||Lashkari (GB)||3||Yves Saint-Martin||Alain de Royer-Dupré||HH Aga Khan IV|
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