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 thirteen divisions has between two and twelve of these "Win and You're In" qualifying races.

In the Breeders' Cup Mile Division, runners are limited to 14 and there are up to nine automatic berths. 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.

The 2016 "Win and You're In" races are:[1][2]

  1. the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate, a Group 1 race at run in January Kenilworth Race Course in South Africa
  2. the Doncaster Mile Handicap, a Group 1 race run in April at Randwick Racecourse in Australia
  3. the Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella, a Grade 1 race run in May at Club Hipico in Chile
  4. the Shoemaker Mile, a Grade 1 race run in June at Santa Anita Park in California
  5. the Yasuda Kinen, a Grade 1 race run in June at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan
  6. the Sussex Stakes, a Group 1 race run in July at Goodwood Racecourse in England
  7. the Prix Jacques Le Marois, a Group 1 race run in August at Deauville Racecourse in France
  8. the Woodbine Mile, a Grade 1 race run in September at Woodbine Racetrack in Canada
  9. the Shadwell Turf Mile, a Grade 1 race at Keeneland in Kentucky


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
2015 Tepin 4 Julien Leparoux Mark Casse Robert E Masterson 1:36.69 $2,000,000 I
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Breeders' Cup Challenge". Daily Racing Form. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Japan Races Added to BC Challenge Series". Retrieved 28 June 2016. 

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