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Who To Watch at The Breeders’ Cup®

By Darragh Farrelly October 26, 2016

We are just over a week away from the biggest year-ending horse racing extravaganza, the Breeders’ Cup®! As the world’s best thoroughbreds descend upon Santa Anita Park, final preparations are being put in place by trainers, owners and jockeys alike as they compete in the richest two days in sports, with a total purse of $28 million on offer.   

Determining the Best

Before the best can race, the best need to be determined. Getting into the prestige of a Breeders’ Cup race can be done in three ways. The first is by winning a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race, “Win & You’re In”. The series of races, which are held across the globe, see horses compete for a starting spot in their selected race. The second is based on a points system, where horses are ranked based on their performance in major races during the year. The third way to gain entry is to be selected by a panel of experts.

Breeders Cup start-3.pngFor each race, there are a maximum of 14 horses selected for each Breeders’ Cup Championship race. Seven who come from the Challenge races and points system and seven who have been selected by the experts. This ensures the highest quality of competition.

Below, we have compiled a list of Challenge Race winners. The series culminated on October 12th at Keeneland with a win by La Coronel, booking a spot in the Juvenile Fillies Turf.

 

Race

Track

Location

Division

Winner

February Stakes

Tokyo

Japan

 Classic

Moanin

Stephen Foster Handicap

Churchill Downs

Kentucky

 Classic

Bradester

The Gold Cup at Santa Anita

Santa Anita

California

 Classic

Melatonin

Haskell Invitational

Monmouth

New Jersey

 Classic

Exaggerator

Whitney Handicap

Saratoga

New York

 Classic

Frosted

Pacific Classic

Del Mar

California

 Classic

California Chrome

Awesome Again Stakes

Santa Anita

California

 Classic

California Chrome

Jockey Club Gold Cup

Belmont Park

New York

 Classic

Hoppertunity

Metropolitan Handicap

Belmont Park

New York

 Dirt Mile

Frosted

Pat O'Brien Handicap

Del Mar

California

 Dirt Mile

Masochistic

Gran Premio Criadores

Palermo

Argentina

 Distaff

Corona Del Inca

Ogden Phipps Stakes

Belmont Park

New York

 Distaff

Cavorting

Fleur de Lis Handicap

Churchill Downs

Kentucky

 Distaff

Paid Up Subscriber

Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

Del Mar

California

 Distaff

Stellar Wind

Personal Ensign Stakes

Saratoga

New York

 Distaff

Haveyougoneaway

Zenyatta Stakes

Santa Anita

California

 Distaff

Stellar Wind

Spinster Stakes

Keeneland

Kentucky

 Distaff

I'm a Chatterbox

Princess Rooney Handicap

Gulfstream Park

Florida

 Filly & Mare Sprint

Spelling Again

Ballerina Stakes

Saratoga

New York

 Filly & Mare Sprint

Cavorting

Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes

Keeneland

Kentucky

 Filly & Mare Sprint

Irish Jasper

Paddock Stakes

Kenilworth

South Africa

 Filly & Mare Turf

Legal Eagle

Queen of the Turf Stakes

Randwick

Australia

 Filly & Mare Turf

Azkadelia

Gran Premio Pamplona

Monterrico

Peru

 Filly & Mare Turf

Ryans Charm

Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes

Belmont Park

New York

 Filly & Mare Turf

Catch A Glimpse

Beverly D. Stakes

Arlington

Illinois

 Filly & Mare Turf

Sea Calisi

Yorkshire Oaks

York

England

 Filly & Mare Turf

Seventh Heaven

T. Von Zastrow Stutenpreis

Baden-Baden

Germany

 Filly & Mare Turf

Parvaneh

Matron Stakes

Leopardstown

Ireland

 Filly & Mare Turf

Alice Springs

Canadian Stakes

Woodbine

Canada

 Filly & Mare Turf

Rainha Da Bateria

Rodeo Drive Stakes

Santa Anita

California

 Filly & Mare Turf

Avenge

Prix de l'Opéra

Chantilly

France

 Filly & Mare Turf

Speedy Boarding

Flower Bowl Invitational

Belmont Park

New York

 Filly & Mare Turf

Lady Eli

Iroquois Stakes

Churchill Downs

Kentucky

 Juvenile

Not This Time

FrontRunner Stakes

Santa Anita

California

 Juvenile

Gormley

Champagne Stakes

Belmont Park

New York

 Juvenile

Practical Joke

Breeders' Futurity Stakes

Keeneland

Kentucky

 Juvenile

Classic Empire

Spinaway Stakes

Saratoga

New York

 Juvenile Fillies

Pretty City Dancer and
Sweet Loretta (dead heat)

Pocahontas Stakes

Churchill Downs

Kentucky

 Juvenile Fillies

Daddy's Lil Darling

Chandelier Stakes

Santa Anita

California

 Juvenile Fillies

Noted and Quoted

Alcibiades Stakes

Keeneland

Kentucky

 Juvenile Fillies

Dancing Rags

Frizette Stakes

Belmont Park

New York

 Juvenile Fillies

Yellow Agate

Moyglare Stud Stakes

Curragh

Ireland

 Juvenile Fillies Turf

Intricately

Natalma Stakes

Woodbine

Canada

 Juvenile Fillies Turf

Victory to Victory

Rockfel Stakes

Newmarket

England

 Juvenile Fillies Turf

Spain Burg

Prix Marcel Boussac

Chantilly

France

 Juvenile Fillies Turf

Wuheida

Jessamine Stakes

Keeneland

Kentucky

 Juvenile Fillies Turf

La Coronel

Juvenile Turf Stakes

Leopardstown

Ireland

 Juvenile Turf

Landfall

Summer Stakes

Woodbine

Canada

 Juvenile Turf

The Good Samaritan

Royal Lodge Stakes

Newmarket

England

 Juvenile Turf

Best of Days

Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère

Chantilly

France

 Juvenile Turf

National Defense

Bourbon Stakes

Keeneland

Kentucky

 Juvenile Turf

Keep Quiet

Queen's Plate

Kenilworth

South Africa

 Mile

Smart Call

Doncaster Mile

Randwick

Australia

 Mile

Winx

Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella

Santiago

Chile

 Mile

Kitcat

Shoemaker Mile

Santa Anita

California

 Mile

Midnight Storm

Yasuda Kinen

Tokyo

Japan

 Mile

Logotype

Sussex Stakes

Goodwood

England

 Mile

The Gurkha

Prix Jacques Le Marois

Deauville

France

 Mile

Ribchester

Woodbine Mile

Woodbine

Canada

 Mile

Tepin

Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes

Keeneland

Kentucky

 Mile

Miss Temple City

Smile Sprint Handicap

Gulfstream Park

Florida

 Sprint

Delta Bluesman

Bing Crosby Handicap

Del Mar

California

 Sprint

Lord Nelson

Forego Stakes

Saratoga

New York

 Sprint

A.P. Indian

Vosburgh Stakes

Belmont Park

New York

 Sprint

Joking

Phoenix Stakes

Keeneland

Kentucky

 Sprint

A. P. Indian

Santa Anita Sprint Championship

Santa Anita

California

 Sprint

Lord Nelson

Gran Premio 25 de Mayo

San Isidro

Argentina

 Turf

Don Inc

Grande Prêmio Brasil

Hipódromo da Gávea

Brazil

 Turf

My Cherie Amour

Takarazuka Kinen

Hanshin

Japan

 Turf

Marialite

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Ascot

England

 Turf

Highland Reel

Arlington Million

Arlington

Illinois

 Turf

Mondialiste

Juddmonte International

York

England

 Turf

Postponed

Del Mar Handicap

Del Mar

California

 Turf

Ashleyluvssugar

Sword Dancer Invitational

Saratoga

New York

 Turf

Flintshire

Grosser Preis von Baden

Baden-Baden

Germany

 Turf

Iquitos

Irish Champion Stakes

Leopardstown

Ireland

 Turf

Almanzor

Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes

Belmont Park

New York

 Turf

Ectot

TJ Smith Stakes

Randwick

Australia

 Turf Sprint

Chautauqua

Nunthorpe Stakes

York

England

 Turf Sprint

Mecca's Angel

Flying Five Stakes

Curragh

Ireland

 Turf Sprint

Ardhoomey

Sprinters Stakes

Nakayama

Japan

 Turf Sprint

Red Falx

The Protagonists

Undoubtedly the star attraction of the entire meet, California Chrome has blown away the competition in the Challenge series, with a win in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar, before blowing the field away in the Awesome Again Stakes with an effortless performance. He will start the Breeders’ Cup Classic as strong favorite, with Arrogate just behind Cal. An interesting prospect and winner of two Challenge races, Frosted, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, has two possible routes, the Dirt Mile and the Classic, with the latter the more likely to be favored. A win in the Whitney Handicap back in August proved his credentials for the weekend’s showpiece event.

Stellar Wind.jpgStellar Wind, who runs in the Distaff, ran and won in two Win & In races over the summer. However, she must be at her very best to outlast two-time Breeders’ Cup winner Beholder, and last year’s champion two-year old filly, Songbird.

Often a good indicator for the following year’s Triple Crown contenders, the Juvenile race is anybody’s for the taking. Classic Empire showed his worth when cruising to victory in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity. Looking to regain her crown from last year, Tepin, winner of this year’s Woodbine Mile, is a crowd favorite and one of the stars on show at Santa Anita. Elsewhere, perhaps the most competitive race all weekend is the Breeders’ Cup Turf. In a race where the Europeans have dominated, Challenge winners Flintshire and Highland Reel seem like the two to beat.

Last Minute Availability!

BC hospitality-1.jpgWith this event just days away, we have a very limited number of tickets still available.  If you haven’t booked your spot for Santa Anita Park just yet, make sure to reserve one of our ticket packages still available. Coupled with our unique hospitality and VIP Fast Access, make this a truly unforgettable experience by booking your spot today.

 

 

 

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