Breeders' Cup

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

  • Lady Eli

    Lady Eli, Stellar Wind Out of November Sale

    As the barn areas at Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland were abuzz over the excitement on display Santa Anita during the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships, results of some races also impcated the upcoming November sales.

  • Beholder

    Beholder to be Bred to Uncle Mo

    The racing days of Beholder have finally drawn to a close, as Spendthrift Farm officially announced the 6-year-old’s retirement Nov. 6, two days after her thrilling victory over Songbird in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I).

  • Lefranco Dettori celebrates winning the Filly Mare Turf (gr. I) at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, 2016, in Arcadia, California.

    2016 Breeders' Cup Saturday

    It was nonstop action on Breeders' Cup Saturday, with 9 grade I races: 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies, Filly & Mare Turf, TwinSpires Sprint, Turf Sprint, Sentient Jet Juvenile, Longines Turf, Filly & Mare Sprint, Mile and Classic.

  •  Jockey Mike Smith celebrates on Arrogate after the victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park Nov. 5

    Mike Smith Wins Third Shoemaker Award

    Mike Smith, who won three races and finished second in three others, earned the 14th Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey of the 2016 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park.

  • Classic Empire holds off Not This Time to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile

    Classic Empire Reigns in BC Juvenile

    Trainer Mark Casse was openly confident regarding John Oxley's Classic Empire, and was proven right when the bay colt held off favored Not This Time to win the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

  • Drefong runs away with the Breeders' Cup Sprint

    Drefong Gives Baffert Fifth BC Sprint

    Baoma Corporation's Drefong came in off the bench, racing for the first time since his Aug. 27 Ketel One King's Bishop (gr. I) score, and turned back 8-5 choice Masochistic to land his second consecutive grade I by 1 1/4 lengths.

  • Queen's Trust nips Lady Eli at the wire to win the Filly & Mare Turf

    Queen's Trust Delivers in Filly & Mare Turf

    European invader Queen's Trust denied Lady Eli a rousing finish to her fairytale comeback from laminitis, getting her nose down just in time to take the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Mario Gutierrez celebrates after winning Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with Champagne Room Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.

    Champagne Room Takes Juvenile Fillies

    Champagne Room rewarded her backers handsomely, running back to her Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) form and winning the 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filles (gr. I) to kick off the Nov. 5 World Championships card at Santa Anita Park.

  • Richard Mandella greets Beholder after her Breeders' Cup Distaff victory

    Mandella: Beholder is Unlike Any Other

    The beat went on, as it always does, but Richard Mandella doesn't want to think about moving on from the bay mare who gave one final brilliant display Nov. 4 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Shaman Ghost at Santa Anita

    Shaman Ghost Out of BC Classic

    Stronach Stables' Shaman Ghost, the winner of the Sept. 3 Woodward Stakes (gr. I), will be scratched from the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park after spiking a fever in recent days, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Nov. 5.

  • Limato at Santa Anita Nov. 1

    Limato Aims for Breeders' Cup Mile

    In one of the most intriguing races of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, a stellar cast has assembled for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), topped by the queen of American turf, Tepin, whose best effort wins the race.

  • California Chrome prepares for the Breeders' Cup Classic Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.

    A Stronger 'Chrome' Returns to Classic

    California Chrome has a chance at redemption—the rarest of opportunities in today’s racing—when he starts in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, the same race and site where he finished a close third to Bayern in 2014.

  • Mike Smith Celebrates after winning the Las Vegas Dirt Mile atop Tamarkuzat Santa Anita on Nov. 4, 2016, in Arcadia, Calif.

    2016 Breeders' Cup Friday

    Images from an exciting Breeders' Cup Friday, including the Juvenile Turf, Las Vegas Dirt Mile, Juvenile Fillies Turf and Longines Distaff.

  • BC Pick Six Carryover: $511,261

    With no one correctly tabbing six winner's in Friday's Pick 6, there is a two-day carryover of $511,261 into Nov. 5 which is Breeders' Cup Classic Day at Santa Anita Park.

  • Mike Smith watches the replay after losing the Distaff by a nose on Songbird

    Songbird Loses Nothing in Defeat

    It took a photo finish decided by barely an inch, but previously unbeaten champion Songbird did suffer a loss for the first time, losing to now three-time Breeders' Cup winner Beholder in the $2 million Longines Distaff (gr. I) Nov. 4.

  • New Money Honey wins the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT)

    New Money Honey Cashes Juvenile Fillies Turf

    An already career year for trainer Chad Brown continued during the Nov. 4 card of the Breeders' Cup World Championships when New Money Honey collared pacesetter Lull in midstretch to take the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).

  • Tamarkuz and Mike Smith take the Dirt Mile

    Tamarkuz Upsets Dirt Mile

    Shadwell Stable's Tamarkuz, under all-time leading Breeders' Cup jockey Mike Smith, ranged up outside and rolled past Gun Runner to upset the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).

  • Beholder gallops at Santa Anita Nov. 2, 2016 in preparation for her appearance in the Breeders' Cup in Arcadia, California.

    Beholder Set to Bid Farewell

    Ten grade I wins, three Eclipse Awards, and two Breeders' Cup race victories into her career, Beholder is set to have one last chance to add to all of the above when she makes what is slated to be her final career start in the 1 1/8-miles Distaff.

  • Lady Shipman at Santa Anita Park Oct. 30

    McLaughlin Chooses Maddy for Lady Shipman

    A neck away from Breeders' Cup glory only a year ago, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has opted not to run Lady Shipman in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) a second time in favor of the Nov. 5 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Saturday Analysis: California Dreamin'

    The stars will be out in force Saturday, as California Chrome, Arrogate, Tepin, Lady Eli, Flintshire, Frosted and a host of Aidan O'Brien horses, headed by iron filly Found, will be on display in what promises to be a memorable day of racing.

  • Stronach Group senior vice president of West Coast operations Joe Morris outlines features in Santa Anita Park's state-of-the-art surveillance system.

    Santa Anita Park Cameras Focus on BC Horses

    As handicappers look for every possible angle in considering a horse's chances in the Breeders' Cup World Championships, Santa Anita Park security will be monitoring every Breeders' Cup horse from a state-of-the-art surveillance system.

  • Breeders' Cup News Update for November 3

    Claire Novak recaps the news of the day, including Lord Nelson's scratch from the Sprint, and the withdrawal of Suedois from the Turf Sprint, which allows Green Mask to run. Plus, more Europeans hit the track, including 2015 Turf winner Found.

  • Gloryzapper working at Santa Anita Park Oct. 18

    Heberts' Pride Gloryzapper in F&M Sprint

    Jeff and Kathleen Hebert fell in love with a Kentucky-bred daughter of Ghostzapper at the 2013 Keeneland yearling sale. She had some veterinary issues, which scared enough bidders away that the couple got her for just $15,000.