Breeders' Cup Juvenile
|Grade I race|
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||1 1⁄16 miles (8.5 furlongs)|
|Qualification||Two-year-old Colts and geldings|
The Breeders' Cup Juvenile is a Thoroughbred horse race for 2-year-old colts and geldings raced on dirt. It is held annually in early November at a different racetrack in the United States or Canada as part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Distance : 1 mile (1984-1985, 1987); 1 1⁄16 miles (1986, 1988-2001, 2003 to present); 1 1⁄8 miles (2002).
In 2006, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) wrote in Part 2 of their special series titled Spiraling To The Breeders' Cup that "Arazi turned in what many still consider to be the single-most spectacular performance in Breeders' Cup history."
Timber Country went on to become the first Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner to win one of the U.S. Triple Crown race for three-year-olds when he won the 1995 Preakness Stakes. The 2006 winner, Street Sense, became the first to capture the Kentucky Derby.
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 Juvenile division, the number of runners is limited to 14 with up to four 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:
- the Iroquois Stakes, a Grade 3 race run in September at Churchill Downs in Kentucky
- the FrontRunner Stakes, a Grade 1 race run in October at Santa Anita Park in California
- the Champagne Stakes, a Grade 1 race run in October at Belmont Park in New York
- the Breeders' Futurity, a Grade 1 race at Keeneland in Kentucky
Most wins by a jockey:
Most wins by a trainer:
- 5 - D. Wayne Lukas (1986, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1996)
Most wins by an owner:
Winners of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile
† - 1984, 1985, 1987 were run at 1 mile, current distance is 1 1⁄16 miles
- Breeders' Cup Juvenile "top three finishers" and starters
- Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships
- American Thoroughbred Racing top Attended Events
- Road to the Kentucky Derby
- "Breeders' Cup Challenge". Daily Racing Form. Retrieved 7 June 2016.