Breeders' Cup Mile

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Breeders' Cup Mile
Grade I race
Location North America
Inaugurated 1984
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Official Breeders' Cup website
Race information
Distance One mile (8 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Weight for Age
Purse US$2,000,000

The Breeders' Cup Mile is a 1-mile (1.6 km) Grade 1 Weight for Age stakes race for thoroughbred racehorses three years old and up, run on a grass course. It has been conducted annually as part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships since the event's inception in 1984. All Breeders' Cups to date have been held in the United States except for the 1996 event in Canada.

The purse was raised from $1.5 million US to $2 million in 2007.

Freddy Head has won this race twice as a jockey and three times as a trainer.

In 2012, Wise Dan set a course record with his time of 1:31.78.

Automatic Berths[edit]

Beginning in 2007, the Breeders' Cup developed "The Breeders' Cup Challenge," a series of races in each division that allotted automatic qualifying bids to winners of defined races. Each of the fourteen divisions has between three and ten of these "Win and You're In" qualifying races.
In the Breeders' Cup Mile Division, runners are limited to 14 and there are seven automatic berths.
The "Win and You're In" races are:
1. the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate, a Group 1 race at Kenilworth Race Course in Cape Town, South Africa;[1]
2. the Doncaster Mile Handicap, a Group 1 race at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia;[1]
3. the Shoemaker Mile, a Grade 1 race at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California;[1]
4. the Prix Jacques Le Marois, at Deauville Racecourse in Deauville, France;[1]
5. the Woodbine Mile, a Grade 1 race at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario, Canada;[1]
6. the Shadwell Turf Mile, a Grade 1 race at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky[1] and
7. the Prix de la Foret, a Group 1 race at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France.[1]


Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners of the Breeders' Cup Mile since 1984[edit]

Purse Grade
2014 Karakontie 3 Stephane Pasquier Jonathan Pease Flaxman Holdings 1:32.88 $2,000,000 I
2013 Wise Dan 6 Jose Lezcano Charles Lopresti Morton Fink 1:32.47 $2,000,000 I
2012 Wise Dan 5 John Velazquez Charles Lopresti Morton Fink 1:31.78 $2,000,000 I
2011 Court Vision 6 Robby Albarado Dale Romans Spendthrift Farm 1:37:05 $2,000,000 I
2010 Goldikova 5 Olivier Peslier Freddy Head Wertheimer et Frere 1:35.16 $2,000,000 I
2009 Goldikova 4 Olivier Peslier Freddy Head Wertheimer et Frere 1:32.26 $2,000,000 I
2008 Goldikova 3 Olivier Peslier Freddy Head Wertheimer et Frere 1:33.40 $2,000,000 I
2007 Kip Deville 4 Cornelio Velasquez Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. IEAH Stables et al. 1:39.78 $2,000,000 I
2006 Miesque's Approval 7 Eddie Castro Martin D. Wolfson Live Oak Plantation Racing 1:34.75 $2,000,000 I
2005 Artie Schiller 4 Garrett Gomez James A. Jerkens Timber Bay Farm/Denise Walsh 1:36.10 $1,500,000 I
2004 Singletary 4 David R. Flores Don Chatlos Little Red Feather Stables 1:36.90 $1,500,000 I
2003 Six Perfections 3 Jerry Bailey Pascal Bary Flaxman Holdings 1:33.86 $1,500,000 I
2002 Domedriver 4 Thierry Thulliez Pascal Bary Flaxman Holdings 1:36.88 $1,000,000 I
2001 Val Royal 5 Jose Valdivia, Jr. Julio Canani David S. Milch 1:32.05 $1,000,000 I
2000 War Chant 3 Gary Stevens Neil Drysdale Irving & Marjorie Cowan 1:34.60 $1,000,000 I
1999 Silic 4 Corey Nakatani Julio Canani J. Terrence Lanni 1:34.20 $1,000,000 I
1998 Da Hoss 6 John Velazquez Michael W. Dickinson Prestonwood/Wallstreet Stables 1:35.20 $1,000,000 I
1997 Spinning World 4 Cash Asmussen Jonathan E. Pease Flaxman Holdings 1:32.60 $1,000,000 I
1996 Da Hoss 4 Gary Stevens Michael W. Dickinson Prestonwood/Wallstreet Stables 1:35.80 $1,000,000 I
1995 Ridgewood Pearl 3 Johnny Murtagh John Oxx Anne Coughlan 1:43.60 $1,000,000 I
1994 Barathea 4 Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani Sheikh Mohammed/G. W. Leigh 1:34.40 $1,000,000 I
1993 Lure 4 Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Claiborne Farm 1:33.40 $1,000,000 I
1992 Lure 3 Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Claiborne Farm/The Gamely Corp. 1:32.80 $1,000,000 I
1991 Opening Verse 5 Pat Valenzuela Richard J. Lundy Allen E. Paulson 1:37.40 $1,000,000 I
1990 Royal Academy 3 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Classic Ire Stable 1:35.20 $1,000,000 I
1989 Steinlen 6 José Santos D. Wayne Lukas Daniel Wildenstein 1:37.20 $1,000,000 I
1988 Miesque 4 Freddy Head François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:38.60 $1,000,000 I
1987 Miesque 3 Freddy Head François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:32.80 $1,000,000 I
1986 Last Tycoon 3 Yves Saint-Martin Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 1:35.20 $1,000,000 I
1985 Cozzene 5 Walter Guerra Jan H. Nerud John A. Nerud 1:35.00 $1,000,000 I
1984 Royal Heroine 4 Fernando Toro John Gosden Robert Sangster 1:32.60 $1,000,000 I

† Indicates filly/mare

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