Breeders' Cup Mile
|Grade I race|
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Website||Official Breeders' Cup website|
|Distance||One mile (8 furlongs)|
|Qualification||Three years old & up|
|Weight||Weight 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.
In 2012, Wise Dan set a course record with his time of 1:31.78.
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 2017 "Win and You're In" races are:
- the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate, a Group 1 race at run in January Kenilworth Race Course in South Africa
- the Doncaster Mile Handicap, a Group 1 race run in April at Randwick Racecourse in Australia
- the Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella, a Grade 1 race run in May at Club Hipico in Chile
- the Shoemaker Mile, a Grade 1 race run in June at Santa Anita Park in California
- the Yasuda Kinen, a Grade 1 race run in June at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan
- the Sussex Stakes, a Group 1 race run in July at Goodwood Racecourse in England
- the Prix Jacques Le Marois, a Group 1 race run in August at Deauville Racecourse in France
- the Woodbine Mile, a Grade 1 race run in September at Woodbine Racetrack in Canada
- the Shadwell Turf Mile, a Grade 1 race at Keeneland in Kentucky
- 3 - Goldikova (2008, 2009,2010)
Most wins by a jockey:
- 3 - Olivier Peslier (2008, 2009, 2010)
Most wins by a trainer:
- 3 - Freddy Head (2008, 2009, 2010)
Most wins by an owner:
- 6 - Flaxman Holdings / Niarchos family (1987, 1988, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2014)
- 3 - Wertheimer et Frère (2008, 2009, 2010)
Winners of the Breeders' Cup Mile since 1984
† Indicates filly/mare
- Breeders' Cup Mile "top three finishers" and starters
- Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships
- American Thoroughbred Racing top Attended Events
- "Del Mar to Host Five Breeders' Cup Challenge Races During Summer Meeting". www.dmtc.com. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
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