Wagering on this year's Breeders' Cup was about even with last year, and officials said Keeneland measured up well as a first-time host site given its investment in the infrastructure needed to accommodate the event.
Tom LaMarra recaps American Pharoah's victory in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic. Watch Video
Images from the two days of excitement that was Breeders' Cup 2015. View Slideshow
The 3-year-old filly Found, second to Golden Horn in the Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I), turned the tables on the 3-year-old colt to take the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
Nyquist cemented his status as the early favorite for next year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) when the undefeated colt kicked clear leaving the second turn to win the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Tepin delivered her second straight monster performance in a grade I turf race at Keeneland, this time beating males in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 31.
Runhappy lived up to the hype and galloped home strong in the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), running down veteran grade I winner Private Zone in the final furlong Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
Four years after claiming her first Breeders' Cup victory, Stephanie's Kitten returned to a Breeders' Cup winner's circle again Oct. 31 after a courageous rally to win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).
Wavell Avenue, with a strong late kick, rolled past front runner La Verdad to take the $1 million TwinSpires Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I) at seven furlongs in 1:22.39.
Mongolian Saturday proved a colorful winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, as native Mongolian garb filled the winner's circle and showed the event off as a truly international event.
Claire Novak sets the scene for Breeders' Cup Saturday on Oct. 31, 2015, at Keeneland. Watch Video
Songbird delivered a beautiful performance Oct. 31 in the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), controlling the pace throughout and winning by 5 3/4 lengths over Rachel's Valentina.
Speedway Stable's Hard Not to Like and Sheikh Ahmed al Maktoum and Darley Stud Management's Talmada have been scratched from the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), Breeders' Cup officials said the morning of Oct. 31.
Keeneland's Rice Road training center was very quiet early the morning of Oct. 31 as only a few of the horses participating in the second day of the Breeders' Cup World Championships later were sent to that track.
Multiple group I winner Golden Horn has nothing to prove, but he's training well and this year will be his only shot at the Breeders' Cup. In addition, his connections want to showcase him in front of U.S. breeders.
The Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) field was reduced to eight horses after the scratch of Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) winner Smooth Roller the morning of Oct. 31.
American Pharoah will have one last chance to add to his racing legacy when he starts in $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Saturday at Keeneland.
Looking back at the horses, people, sights, and scenes from the weeks leading up to the 2015 Breeders' Cup. View Slideshow
Comments from Stopchargingmaria's trainer, Todd Pletcher, and her jockey, Javier Castellano, after her victory in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Watch Video
Breeders' Cup reported a record Friday crowd for the first day of its World Championships Oct. 30 at Keeneland and a slight drop in total pari-mutuel handle compared with 2014.
Claire Novak recaps Breeders' Cup Friday, including Stopchargingmaria's win in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.
Stopchargingmaria held off Stellar Wind and withstood a review by the stewards to score a close victory in the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) Friday at Keeneland.
Catch a Glimpse had been touting herself in the mornings, and came through Oct. 30, giving trainer Mark Casse his first Breeders' Cup win when taking the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).
A Florida senator has filed a resolution honoring J.B. and Kevin McKathan, who played a major role in the early development of Triple Crown winner and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) favorite American Pharoah.
Liam's Map, who typically races on the lead, rallied to win Friday's $1 million Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) at Keeneland.
Evelyn Stockwell's Hit It a Bomb, last of 14 at the midpoint of the race, found room in the lane and surged late to win the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 30 at Keeneland.
The Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) is one of the few big U.S. races to elude Racing Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, who will send out Honor Code in the race on Saturday.
McIngvale has the big horse he's always wanted, and the master of promotion through his Gallery Furniture stores in Houston wants to make him the most popular horse in racing.
Chad Brown's success has been synonymous with the Breeders' Cup since he handled saddling Ginger Punch to victory in the 2007 Distaff as an assistant trainer. That success has continued unabated.
Claire Novak updates viewers on the latest Breeders' Cup news on Oct. 30, 2015, at Keeneland. Watch Video
The large crowds that had lined the Keeneland apron hoping to get a glimpse of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah the previous two days were nowhere around when the colt went to the main track Oct. 30.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Breeders' Cup Classic featuring American Pharoah, Keen Ice, Frosted, Tonalist, Effinex, and Honor Code. Watch Video
Songbird, the unbeaten daughter of Medaglia d'Oro, is the morning-line favorite for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) for a reason.
Bawina has been scratched from the Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) and Tale of S'avall from the Juvenile (gr. I). The defections allow Talmada and Siding Spring to draw into the respective fields.
Ahmed Zayat reflects on the career of American Pharoah as he prepares to make his final start in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Watch Video
Wedding Toast has gotten good at the right time, and her family history suggests she has the pedigree power to win the Distaff. That family has been nurtured by Elmendorf, Stonerside, and now Darley.
Rejuvenated from a six-month winter/spring Florida vacation, The Pizza Man has come back remarkably strong this season and is now on-track to face Europe's best runner in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's couplet in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) could determine whether heavily favored Golden Horn runs away the winner's share of $3 million as is expected.
Is breeding a Breeders' Cup horse as easy as throwing a dart at a dartboard? It is if you're breeders Bob Austin and John Witte.
Jerry and Jan Hawthorne have attended the Breeders' Cup World Championships many times, but this year's renewal marks their debut as participants with TwinSpires Turf Sprint (gr. IT) hopeful No Silent.
Woodbine said Oct. 29 it will raise the pari-mutuel takeout rates on many Breeders' Cup wagers because of a new standardized revenue model, action that sparked a rebuke from the Horseplayers' Association of North America
English trainer talks about Golden Horn in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf, Lasix, and the Breeders' Cup. Watch Video
John Magnier's Coolmore operation will try to secure its first Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) win this year with English and Irish classic winner Gleneagles.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Breeders' Cup, Mid-Atlantic Region, Kentucky
Rene and Lauren Woolcott didn't necessarily plan to be the breeders of Tonalist, but they've loved every moment of their association with the classic winner.
Following the scratch of Beholder from the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has lowered Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's morning-line odds from 6-5 to 4-5.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Breeders' Cup Distaff featuring Got Lucky, Frivolous, Wedding Toast, Sheer Drama, and I'm a Chatterbox. Watch Video
Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) favorite Golden Horn on his way to the Keeneland turf track on October 29, followed by Cymric, Time Test, and Mondialiste. Watch Video
Phillips Racing Partnerships' two Breeders' Cup pre-entries, Recepta and Time and Motion, both were also-eligibles but drew into the Mile and Juvenile Fillies Turf, respectively.
Trainer Richard Mandella said Beholder will not run in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) after being scoped the morning of Oct. 29 and discovering the mare had bled.
When it's all said and done, American Pharoah will be known as a Triple Crown winner -- those three words say it all -- but make no mistake, a victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) would add to that legacy.
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