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Breeders' Cup Mile

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Breeders' Cup Mile
Grade I race
LocationNorth America
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
WebsiteOfficial Breeders' Cup website
Race information
DistanceOne mile (8 furlongs)
QualificationThree years old & up
WeightWeight for Age

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.

There is no official stakes record for the Breeders' Cup Mile as it is run on different racecourses each year, some of which are significantly faster than others. In 2012, Wise Dan set a then-course record at Santa Anita with his time of 1:31.78.[1] Although Tourist ran faster than this with a time of 1:31.71 in 2016, he just missed the current Santa Anita course record of 1:31.69.[2]

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 multiple qualifying races. Note though that one horse may win multiple challenge races, while other challenge winners will not be entered in the Breeders' Cup for a variety of reasons such as injury or travel considerations.

In the Mile division, runners are limited to 14 and there are up to eleven automatic berths. The 2022 "Win and You're In" races were:[3]

  1. the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate, a Group 1 race run in January Kenilworth Race Course in South Africa
  2. the Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella, a Grade 1 race run in May at Club Hipico in Chile
  3. the Shoemaker Mile, a Grade 1 race run in May at Santa Anita Park in California
  4. the Yasuda Kinen, a Grade 1 race run in June at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan
  5. the Queen Anne Stakes, a Group 1 race run in June at Royal Ascot in England
  6. the Sussex Stakes, a Group 1 race run in July at Goodwood Racecourse in England
  7. the Fourstardave Handicap, a Grade 1 race run in August at Saratoga in upstate New York
  8. the Prix Jacques Le Marois, a Group I race run in August at Deauville Racecourse in France
  9. the Woodbine Mile, a Grade 1 race run in September at Woodbine Racetrack in Canada
  10. the Coolmore Turf Mile Stakes, a Grade 1 race at Keeneland in Kentucky
  11. the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, a Group 1 race at Ascot in England


Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:


Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time Purse Grade
2023 Master of The Seas (IRE) 5 William Buick Charlie Appleby Godolphin 1:32.45 $2,000,000 I
2022 Modern Games (IRE) 3 William Buick Charlie Appleby Godolphin 1:33.96 $2,000,000 I
2021 Space Blues (IRE) 5 William Buick Charlie Appleby Godolphin 1:34.01 $2,000,000 I
2020 Order of Australia (IRE) 3 Pierre-Charles Boudot Aidan O'Brien Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, & Anne -Marie O'Brien 1:33.73 $2,000,000 I
2019 Uni† (GB) 5 Joel Rosario Chad C. Brown Khalid Abdullah 1:32.45 $2,000,000 I
2018 Expert Eye (GB) 3 Frankie Dettori Michael Stoute Khalid Abdullah 1:39.80 $2,000,000 I
2017 World Approval 5 John R. Velazquez Mark E. Casse Live Oak Plantation (Charlotte C. Weber) 1:34.55 $2,000,000 I
2016 Tourist 5 Joel Rosario Bill Mott Winstar Farm 1:31.71 $2,000,000 I
2015 Tepin 4 Julien Leparoux Mark E. Casse Robert E Masterson 1:36.69 $2,000,000 I
2014 Karakontie (JPN) 3 Stéphane 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 R. 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† (IRE) 5 Olivier Peslier Freddy Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:35.16 $2,000,000 I
2009 Goldikova† (IRE) 4 Olivier Peslier Freddy Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:32.26 $2,000,000 I
2008 Goldikova† (IRE) 3 Olivier Peslier Freddy Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:33.40 $2,000,000 I
2007 Kip Deville 4 Cornelio Velásquez 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 (Charlotte C. Weber) 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† (FR) 3 Jerry Bailey Pascal Bary Flaxman Holdings 1:33.86 $1,500,000 I
2002 Domedriver (IRE) 4 Thierry Thulliez Pascal Bary Flaxman Holdings 1:36.88 $1,000,000 I
2001 Val Royal (FR) 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 (FR) 4 Corey Nakatani Julio Canani J. Terrence Lanni 1:34.20 $1,000,000 I
1998 Da Hoss 6 John R. Velazquez Michael W. Dickinson Prestonwood Farm & 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 Farm & Wallstreet Stables 1:35.80 $1,000,000 I
1995 Ridgewood Pearl† (GB) 3 Johnny Murtagh John Oxx Anne Coughlan 1:43.65 $1,000,000 I
1994 Barathea (IRE) 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 (GB) 6 José A. 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 (IRE) 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† (IRE) 4 Fernando Toro John Gosden Robert Sangster 1:32.60 $1,000,000 I

† Indicates filly/mare

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wise Dan (horse)". American Classic Pedigrees. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  2. ^ Voss, Natalie (5 November 2016). "Tourist Gets Revenge Against Late-Flying Tepin In Breeders' Cup Mile". Paulick Report. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  3. ^ "BC announces 2022 "Win and You're In' schedule". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 7 October 2022.

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