Breeders' Cup

Previews, interviews, features, video and results for the Breeders' Cup World Championships

  • Mo Tom wins Ohio Derby in June

    Cupid, Mo Tom in Full WV Derby Field

    Indiana Derby (gr. II) winner Cupid and Ohio Derby victor Mo Tom are among a field of 12, with another on the also-eligible list, entered for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) for 3-year-olds Aug. 6 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort.

  • Exaggerator, with Kent Desormeaux, wins the 49th Running of The Haskell Invitational (GI) at Monmouth Park on July 31, 2016.

    Exaggerator Rebounds With Haskell Victory

    Big Chief Racing, Head of Plains Partners, and Rocker O Ranch's Exaggerator continued to show his affinity for off tracks with a sweeping off-the-pace victory in the $1 million Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) July 31 at Monmouth Park.

  • Laoban wins July 30 Jim Dandy Stakes

    Laoban Targets Travers; Mohaymen Possible

    McCormick Racing and Southern Equine Stable's Laoban, who earned his first career victory with a 27-1 upset in the July 30 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), will be pointed to the Aug. 27 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Stellar Wind (outside) edges Beholder in the Clement L. Hirsch

    Stellar Wind Upsets Beholder in Hirsch

    The two champions were head-and-head from the five-sixteenths pole July 30 in the Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I) at Del Mar, but Stellar Wind outdueled her rival to the wire to win by a half-length, ending an eight-race win streak for Beholder.

  • Highland Reel comes home strong to win the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

    Highland Reel Leads Every Step in King George

    The six rivals facing Highland Reel in the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) July 23 at Ascot had no answer for his early speed, and the 4-year-old son of Galileo led every step to score a clear victory.

  • Catch a Glimpse wins the 2016 Belmont Oaks Invitational.

    Catch a Glimpse Something to See in Oaks

    Canada's Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse added another spectacular victory to her resume July 9 at Belmont Park, holding off all challengers to win the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes (gr. IT).

  • 2016 Breeders' Cup Logo at Santa Anita Park

    Breeders' Cup Late-Nomination Deadline Nears

    Owners of horses of racing age currently not nominated to the Breeders' Cup program can nominate their runners at discounted rates on or before July 15 for competition in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita.

  • Birdatthewire Makes Gulfstream Return

    Birdatthewire returns to Gulfstream Park for the Princess Rooney Stakes (gr. II) on the Summit of Speed card. The switch of the race from six to seven furlongs should play to her favor.

  • Breeders' Cup returns to California this year

    Rood & Riddle to Sponsor Breeders' Cup Draw

    Rood & Riddle, one of the world's leading equine veterinary practices, will begin its second year as the Official Equine Hospital of the Breeders' Cup World Championships and Title Sponsor of the 2016 Breeders' Cup post-position draw.

  • Mid-Year Look at the BC Classic

    No one is expecting all the big names in racing to make the Breeders' Cup Classic, but one can always hope, especially when you have a year like this with such a wide variety of talent gearing up for a run at America’s richest horse race.

  • Melatonin

    Melatonin, Hoppertunity Face Off in Gold Cup

    If the 1 1/4 miles truly is his sweet spot, Melatonin should be primed for another big run in the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (gr. I) June 25, a "Win and You're In" event for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

  • Breeders' Cup Increases Entry Fees for 2016

    Increased entry fees await participating owners in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships but Breeders' Cup officials note that many owner benefits have been added to the event in recent years and more will be unveiled in 2016.

  • Effinex wins the 2015 Clark Handicap.

    Effinex Draws Post 3 in Stephen Foster

    Effinex, who last year won the Clark Handicap presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, will look to add to his legacy there June 18 when he takes on six rivals in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I).

  • Runhappy

    Runhappy On the Shelf for 60 Days

    James McIngvale's Runhappy, sprint champion male of 2015, has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his right front cannon bone and will be given 60 days off according to trainer Laura Wohlers.

  • Breeders' Cup Launches VIP Sweepstakes

    The experiences all include airfare and a hotel stay for the Breeders' Cup, and experiences crafted by celebrity ambassadors' areas of expertise, spanning culinary events, celebrity, racing, and fashion.

  • Firing Line, Masochistic Aim for Del Mar

    Two of Southern California's standout horses of 2015 took early steps toward their season debuts May 10 at Santa Anita Park, and both figure to return to racing sometime over the summer at Del Mar.

  • Kentucky State Capitol

    Potential Breeders' Cup Tax Break Debated

    Breeders' Cup intends to legislatively pursue a pari-mutuel tax break for its 2018 World Championships at Churchill Downs, but the form it takes could hinge on input from members of the Kentucky General Assembly.

  • Champion Beholder wins the Adoration Stakes with jockey Gary Stevens.

    Beholder Dominant in 2016 Debut

    In her 6-year-old debut in the $100,000 Adoration Stakes (gr. III) May 8 at Santa Anita Park, Spendthrift Farm's three-time champion Beholder breezed to her seventh straight victory and 16th overall.

  • Lucy Bassett

    Breeder Lucy Bassett Dies at 87

    Lucy Gay Bassett, wife of James E. "Ted" Bassett, died May 1 at 87. She owned Lanark Farm in Woodford Co., Kentucky, and bred Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Adoration.

  • Corona del Inca Wins Gran Premio Criadores

    Corona del Inca wins Gran Premio Criadores (Arg-I) at Palermo Race Course the evening of May 1, earning an automatic berth into the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) through the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" series.

  • Beholder wins 2015 TVG Pacific Classic

    $1M Bonus Announced for Top CA Races

    Del Mar and The Stronach Group this year will offer a $1 million bonus to a horse that sweeps three grade I races: the TVG Pacific Classic, Xpressbet.com Awesome Again Stakes, and Breeders' Cup Classic.

  • Breeders' Cup to Churchill Downs in 2018

    The Breeders’ Cup announced April 25 that Churchill Downs will host the World Championships in 2018, with the two-day event taking place Nov. 2-3 and televised live by NBC Sports Group.

  • Registration Open for Owner Conference

    The conference will coincide with Breeders' Cup week and will have panels about racehorse ownership. It will also feature a variety of social events and provide reserved seating for both Breeders' Cup days.

  • Effinex.

    Effinex Breezes for Oaklawn Handicap

    The Clark Handicap (gr. I) winner will contest the April 16 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) before returning to New York, where he was recently named New York-bred Horse of the Year. He breezed five furlongs April 7.

  • Keen Ice in Dubai

    Keen Ice Transferred to Pletcher

    Donegal Racing's Keen Ice, the Curlin colt who beat Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) last year, has been moved from the barn of trainer Dale Romans to Todd Pletcher.