Breeders' Cup Juvenile

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Breeders' Cup Juvenile
Grade II race
LocationNorth America
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Race information
Distance1+116 miles (8.5 furlongs)
QualificationTwo-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 late October or early November at a different racetrack in the United States or Canada as part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships. The current purse is US$2,000,000 making it the most valuable race for two-year-olds in North America. It is normally run at a distance of 1+116 miles.

The Breeders' Cup Juvenile is typically the first time that the best colts from the various racing circuits across North America (in New York, Kentucky and California in particular) meet up with each other. The winner often earns the Eclipse Award for Champion Two-Year-Old Male Horse, and becomes one of the early favorites for the next year's Kentucky Derby.[1]

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 was the first Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner to win an American Triple Crown race when he went on to win the 1995 Preakness Stakes. The 2006 winner, Street Sense, became the first to capture the Kentucky Derby.[1] In 2016, Nyquist won the Kentucky Derby as well.

Automatic Berths[edit]

Beginning in 1444, 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 2019 "Win and You're In" races are:[2]

  1. the Iroquois Stakes, a Grade 3 race run in September at Churchill Downs in Kentucky
  2. the FrontRunner Stakes, a Grade 1 race run in October at Santa Anita Park in California
  3. the Champagne Stakes, a Grade 1 race run in October at Belmont Park in New York
  4. the Breeders' Futurity, a Grade 1 race at Keeneland in Kentucky


Midshipman in the 2008 Juvenile

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time Dist. Purse Grade
2020 Essential Quality Luis Saez Brad Cox Godolphin Stables 1:42.09 1+116 miles $2,000,000 I
2019 Storm the Court Flavien Prat Peter Eurton Exline-Border Racing LLC et al. 1:44.93 1+116 miles $2,000,000 I
2018 Game Winner Joel Rosario Bob Baffert Gary and Mary West 1:43.67 1+116 miles $2,000,000 I
2017 Good Magic José L. Ortiz Chad C. Brown e Five Racing / Stonestreet Stables 1:43.34 1+116 miles $2,000,000 I
2016 Classic Empire Julien Leparoux Mark Casse John C. Oxley 1:42.60 1+116 miles $2,000,000 I
2015 Nyquist Mario Gutierrez Doug O'Neill Reddam Racing 1:43.79 1+116 miles $2,000,000 I
2014 Texas Red Kent Desormeaux Keith Desormeaux Erich Brehm, Wayne Detmar et al. 1:41.91 1+116 miles $2,000,000 I
2013 New Year's Day Martin Garcia Bob Baffert Gary and Mary West 1:43.52 1+116 miles $2,000,000 I
2012 Shanghai Bobby Rosie Napravnik Todd Pletcher Starlight Racing/Magnier/Tabor/Smith 1:44.58 1+116 miles $2,000,000 I
2011 Hansen Ramon Domínguez Michael Maker Kendall Hansen, MD/Sky Chai Racing 1:44.44 1+116 miles $2,000,000 I
2010 Uncle Mo John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Repole Stable 1:42.60 1+116 miles $2,000,000 I
2009 Vale of York Ahmed Ajtebi Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:43.48 1+116 miles $2,000,000 I
2008 Midshipman Garrett Gomez Bob Baffert Darley Stable 1:40.94 1+116 miles $2,000,000 I
2007 War Pass Cornelio Velásquez Nick Zito Robert V. LaPenta 1:42.76 1+116 miles $2,000,000 I
2006 Street Sense Calvin Borel Carl Nafzger James B. Tafel 1:42.59 1+116 miles $2,000,000 I
2005 Stevie Wonderboy Garrett Gomez Doug O'Neill Merv Griffin Ranch Company 1:41.64 1+116 miles $1,500,000 I
2004 Wilko Frankie Dettori Jeremy Noseda J. Paul Reddam 1:42.09 1+116 miles $1,500,000 I
2003 Action This Day David R. Flores Richard Mandella B. Wayne Hughes 1:43.62 1+116 miles $1,500,000 I
2002 Vindication Mike E. Smith Bob Baffert Padua Stables 1:49.61 1+18 miles $1,000,000 I
2001 Johannesburg Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Michael Tabor & Susan Magnier 1:42.27 1+116 miles $1,000,000 I
2000 Macho Uno Jerry Bailey Joseph Orseno Stronach Stables 1:42.05 1+116 miles $1,000,000 I
1999 Anees Gary Stevens Alex Hassinger Jr. The Thoroughbred Corp. 1:42.29 1+116 miles $1,000,000 I
1998 Answer Lively Jerry Bailey Bobby C. Barnett John A. Franks 1:44.00 1+116 miles $1,000,000 I
1997 Favorite Trick Pat Day Patrick B. Byrne Joseph LaCombe Stable 1:41.47 1+116 miles $1,000,000 I
1996 Boston Harbor Jerry Bailey D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm 1:43.40 1+116 miles $1,000,000 I
1995 Unbridled's Song Mike E. Smith James T. Ryerson Paraneck Stable 1:41.60 1+116 miles $1,000,000 I
1994 Timber Country Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook/Gainsway/Lewis 1:44.55 1+116 miles $1,000,000 I
1993 Brocco Gary Stevens Randy Winick Albert R. Broccoli 1:42.99 1+116 miles $1,000,000 I
1992 Gilded Time Chris McCarron Darrell Vienna Milch, Silverman & Silverman 1:43.43 1+116 miles $1,000,000 I
1991 Arazi Pat Valenzuela François Boutin Allen E. Paulson 1:44.78 1+116 miles $1,000,000 I
1990 Fly So Free José A. Santos Scotty Schulhofer Tommy Valando 1:43.40 1+116 miles $1,000,000 I
1989 Rhythm Craig Perret C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps 1:43.60 1+116 miles $1,000,000 I
1988 Is It True Laffit Pincay Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 1:46.60 1+116 miles $1,000,000 I
1987 Success Express José A. Santos D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 1:35.20 1 mile $1,000,000 I
1986 Capote Laffit Pincay Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Beal, French Jr. & E. V. Klein 1:43.80 1+116 miles $1,000,000 I
1985 Tasso Laffit Pincay Jr. Neil Drysdale Gerald Robins 1:36.20 1 mile $1,000,000 I
1984 Chief's Crown Don MacBeth Roger Laurin Star Crown Stable 1:36.20 1 mile $1,000,000 I

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Breeders' Cup Juvenile". Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Breeders' Cup Announces Challenge Series Schedule". Retrieved 23 June 2019.

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