Breeders' Cup Turf

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Breeders' Cup Turf
Grade I race
Location North America
Inaugurated 1984
Race type Thoroughbred
Website Breeders' Cup Turf
Race information
Distance 1 12 miles
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification 3-year-olds and up
Weight Weight-For-Age
4-year-olds & up: 126 lb (57.2 kg)
Northern Hemisphere 3-year-olds: 122 lb (55.3 kg)
Southern Hemisphere 3-year-olds: 117 lb (53.1 kg)
Purse US$3 million

The Breeders' Cup Turf is a Weight for Age Thoroughbred horse race on turf for three-year-olds and up. It is held annually at a different racetrack in the United States or Canada as part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships. The race's current title sponsor is Emirates Airlines.

The forerunner for this race was the Washington, D.C. International Stakes at Laurel Park Racecourse. Inaugurated in 1952, it was raced on turf at 1 12 miles and drew the best horses from North America and Europe. A winner of this race was the American legend Kelso, albeit on his fourth attempt, after being second three times in a row.

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 Turf Division runners are limited to 14 and there are eleven automatic berths.
The "Win and You're In" races are:
1. the Gran Premio 25 de Mayo, at Hipódromo de San Isidro in San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina;[1]
2. the Grande Prêmio Brasil, at Hipódromo da Gávea in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;[1]
3. the Takarazuka Kinen, a Grade 1 race at Hanshin Racecourse in Takarazuka, Hyogo, Japan;[1]
4. the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, at Saint-Cloud Racecourse in Paris, France;[1]
5. the United Nations Stakes, a Grade 1 race at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey;[1]
6. the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, a Group 1 race at Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, England;[1]
7. the Arlington Million, a Grade 1 race at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Illinois;[1]
8. the Del Mar Handicap, a Grade 2 race at Del Mar Racetrack in San Diego, California;[1]
9. the Grosser Preis von Baden, a Group 1 race at Iffezheim Racecourse in Baden-Baden, Germany;[1]
10. the Irish Champion Stakes, a Group 1 race at Leopardstown Racecourse in Dublin, Ireland[1] and
11. the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, a Grade 1 race at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.[1]


Speed record: Little Mike (2012)

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners of the Breeders' Cup Turf[edit]

Purse Grade
2015 Found 3 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Smith, Tabor & Magnier 2:32.06 $3,000,000 I
2014 Main Sequence 5 John R. Velazquez Graham Motion Flaxman Holdings 2:24.91 $3,000,000 I
2013 Magician 3 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Tabor, Magnier & Smith 2:23.23 $3,000,000 I
2012 Little Mike 5 Ramon Dominguez Dale Romans Priscilla Vaccarezza 2:22.83 $3,000,000 I
2011 St Nicholas Abbey 4 Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Smith, Tabor & Magnier 2:28:85 $3,000,000 I
2010 Dangerous Midge 4 Frankie Dettori Brian J. Meehan Iraj Parvizi 2:29.40 $3,000,000 I
2009 Conduit 4 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute Ballymacoll Farm 2:23.75 $3,000,000 I
2008 Conduit 3 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute Ballymacoll Farm 2:23.42 $3,000,000 I
2007 English Channel 5 John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher James T. Scatuorchio 2:36.96 $3,000,000 I
2006 Red Rocks 3 Frankie Dettori Brian J. Meehan J. Paul Reddam 2:27.32 $2,000,000 I
2005 Shirocco 4 Christophe Soumillon Andre Fabre Baron Georg von Ullmann 2:29.20 $2,000,000 I
2004 Better Talk Now 5 Ramon Dominguez H. Graham Motion Bushwood Stables 2:29.70 $2,000,000 I
2003 High Chaparral (DH) 4 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Michael Tabor/Sue Magnier 2:24.24 $2,000,000 I
Johar (DH) 4 Alex Solis Richard Mandella The Thoroughbred Corp.
2002 High Chaparral 3 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Michael Tabor/Sue Magnier 2:30.14 $2,000,000 I
2001 Fantastic Light 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 2:24.20 $2,000,000 I
2000 Kalanisi 4 Johnny Murtagh Sir Michael Stoute HH Aga Khan IV 2:26.96 $2,000,000 I
1999 Daylami 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor HH Aga Khan IV/Godolphin 2:24.73 $2,000,000 I
1998 Buck's Boy 5 Shane Sellers P. Noel Hickey Quarter B Farm 2:28.74 $2,000,000 I
1997 Chief Bearhart 4 Jose Santos Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:23.92 $2,000,000 I
1996 Pilsudski 4 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Lord Weinstock 2:30.20 $2,000,000 I
1995 Northern Spur 4 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Charles J. Cella 2:42.07 $2,000,000 I
1994 Tikkanen 3 Mike E. Smith Jonathan Pease Augustin Stable 2:26.50 $2,000,000 I
1993 Kotashaan 5 Kent Desormeaux Richard Mandella La Presle Farm 2:25.16 $2,000,000 I
1992 Fraise 4 Pat Valenzuela William I. Mott Madeleine Paulson 2:24.08 $2,000,000 I
1991 Miss Alleged 4 Eric Legrix Pascal Bary Fares Farm 2:30.95 $2,000,000 I
1990 In the Wings 4 Gary Stevens André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:29.60 $2,000,000 I
1989 Prized 3 Ed Delahoussaye Neil Drysdale Clover Racing/Meadowbrook 2:28.00 $2,000,000 I
1988 Great Communicator 5 Ray Sibille Thad Ackel Class Act Farm 2:35.20 $2,000,000 I
1987 Theatrical 5 Pat Day William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson 2:24.40 $2,000,000 I
1986 Manila 3 Jose Santos LeRoy Jolley Bradley M. Shannon 2:25.40 $2,000,000 I
1985 Pebbles 4 Pat Eddery Clive Brittain Sheikh Mohammed 2:27.00 $2,000,000 I
1984 Lashkari 3 Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupre HH Aga Khan IV 2:25.20 $2,000,000 I

† Indicates filly/mare

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