Breeders' Cup Leading Sires

The leading sires of Breeders' Cup winners.

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Awesome Again
Bay, 1994
(Deputy Minister - Primal Force, by Blushing Groom (FR))
Stands at Adena Springs, in Paris Kentucky.

Breeders' Cup Winners
Wilko - 2004
Ghostzapper - 2004
Round Pond - 2006
Ginger Punch - 2007

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Awesome Again earned $4,374,590 in his career, culminating with a victory in the 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

Awesome Again's first Breeders' Cup winner came in 2004, when Wilko scored an upset win in the Juvenile.

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Photo: Wally Skalij

Later that day, Ghostzapper emulated his sire by capturing the Breeders' Cup Classic.

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Photo: Alexander Barkoff

Round Pond won the 2006 Breeders' Cup Distaff under Edgar Prado to become the third Breeders' Cup winner for Awesome Again.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

Ginger Punch became the second Breeders' Cup Distaff winner for Awesome Again with a victory at Monmouth Park on 2007.

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Photo: Rick Samuels

Smart Strike
Bay, 1992
(Mr. Prospector - Classy 'n Smart, by Smarten)
Stands at Lane's End in Versailles, Kentucky.

Breeders' Cup Winners
English Channel - 2007
Curlin - 2007
Furthest Land - 2009
My Miss Aurelia - 2011

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Smart Strike's wins included the Grade I Iselin Handicap and the Grade III Salvator Mile (shown). Overall, he earned $337,376.

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Smart Strike's first Breeders' Cup winner came on the grass, when English Channel won the 2007 Breeders' Cup Turf at Monmouth Park.

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Photo: Jeffrey Snyder

However, he also got a dirt winner that day when Curlin took the Classic, a win that cemented 2007 Horse of the Year honors for Curlin.

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Photo: Eliot J. Schechter

Furthest Land took the Dirt Mile in 2009 to add to Smart Strike's total.

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

My Miss Aurelia was favored in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, and didn't disappoint, becoming the 4th Breeders' Cup winner sired by Smart Strike.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Tapit
Gray/Roan, 2001
(Pulpit - Tap Your Heels, by Unbridled)
Stands at Gainesway Farm.

Breeders' Cup Winners
Stardom Bound - 2008
Tapitsfly - 2009
Hansen - 2011
Tapizar - 2012

Photo: Courtesy Gainesway Farm

Grade I winner Tapit earned $557,300, including victory in the 2004 Wood Memorial.

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Photo: Coglianese Photos

In 2008, Stardom Bound took the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies to become the first Breeders' Cup winner for Tapit.

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Photo: Eliot J. Schechter

Tapit had another Juvenile Filly winner in 2009, but this time on the turf with Tapitsfly.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Hansen held off all comers to take the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in 2011.

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Photo: Crawford Ifland

Tapizar took the 2012 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile to add to Tapit's Breeders' Cup success.

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Photo: Chad Harmon

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