Arrogate took home the title in Santa Anita, winning the 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic.
The horse needed all of the track to defeat California Chrome, just passing the favorite in the home stretch.
The long-awaited battle between California Chrome and Arrogate did not disappoint, with Arrogate prevailing in the $6 million 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park.
With Victor Espinoza in the saddle, California Chrome got off to an early lead and stayed there nearly the entire race, only to be surpassed down the stretch from the outside by the upstart Arrogate, who won the 1¼-mile race by a half-length, in 2:00.11.
California Chrome, the favorite at 4-5 odds, suffered his first loss in seven races in 2016.
Arrogate, who won the Travers Stakes back in August, has won five straight races.
The dream season for American Pharoah concluded with a win in the prestigious 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky., winning his final race in dominant fashion.
Jockey Victor Espinoza rode the 3/5 favorite from the fourth gate to the horse's seventh win in eight races in 2015, winning by a whopping 6½ lengths over 32/1 shot Effniex and Honor Code. Honor Code had 9/2 odds to win, second only to American Pharoah.
American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, is the first horse ever to capture the unofficial grand slam of horse racing, winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and the Breeders' Cup Classic in the same season.
The 31st annual Breeders' Cup Classic was won by Bayern on Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Bayern won the 1¼-mile race at 6/1 odds, beating out favorites Shared Belief and California Chrome.
Jockey Martin Garcia rode Bayern to victory, his third career Breeders' Cup win, and the first Classic win for trainer Bob Baffert.
Mucho Macho Man, won the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic and survived a thrilling three-horse duel to the wire that captivated the crowd of 58,795 at Santa Anita. The finish was one of the most exciting in the history of America’s richest race.
Mucho Macho Man held on desperately to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic by a nose, as Will Take Charge, the Wayne Lukas trainee, and Declaration of War, the European invader, both came flying at the leader in the final yards.
Mucho Macho Man, owned by Reeves Thoroughbreds, has now won eight times in 23 starts. The $2,750,000 first prize money from the Classic was more than the $2,590,410 he had earned in his previous 22 starts combined.
Fort Larned led from gate to wire and held off a sustained stretch bid by Mucho Macho Man to win the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park, on Saturday, in Arcadia, Calif., on Nov. 3rd for the 29th Breeders Cup World Championship Classic.
Fort Larned, a four-year-old trained by Ian Wilkes and ridden by Brian Hernandez, emerged from an outstanding duel down the stretch to beat Mucho Macho Man win the Breeders' Cup Classic. Although it seemed like Mucho Macho Man was going to pass Fort Larned on the final stretch, the horse named after a fort in Kansas did what was necessary to earn the biggest win of the year.
The two horses had left the rest of the field well behind as they reached the top of the stretch but, while Much Macho Man edged closer to the winner all the way to the line, Fort Larned refused to yield and held on to secure a first win at the Cup for both his trainer and jockey, in the meeting's most cherished event.
The long shot, that went off at 14-to-1 Drosselmeyer, ridden by Mike Smith, crossed the finish line to win the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic during the 2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on November 5, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Smith's Classic-winning ride was a come-from-behind victory: Drosselmeyer was running ninth or 10th for most of the race, but made his move at the stretch.The win was a major victory for Bill Mott, the winningest trainer at Churchill Downs who had just won the Ladies Classic with Royal Delta on Friday.
In what will surely go down as one of the most thrilling Breeders' Cup Classic's in history, Blame nosed out unbeaten Zenyatta under the wire at Churchill Downs to win the richest race in North America.
Blame raced in mid-pack during the much of the early parts of the race, made a move in a long the rail as the field entered the far turn, made a strong move to the lead early in the stretch, and held off the Zenyatta in the final yards to win.
Blame was sent off at 5/1, third choice in the wagering, and paid $12.40 to win.
In a debate that is testament to one of the most memorable seasons in Thoroughbred racing history, Horse of the Year voters must decide which of two females was more remarkable in beating the boys.
Zenyatta had the last word as she emerged as the first of her gender to win the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday.
The 5-year-old mare handled one of the deepest international fields in the 26 runnings of the Classic when her breathtaking late run overtook Gio Ponti by one length before 58,845 jubilant fans.
Twice Over failed in his bid to add to Europe's record six winners in 14 Breeders' Cup races. He finished third. Zenyatta paid $7.60, $5.60 and $3.80 as the 5-2 favorite.
|2009 Breeder's Cup Results|
|Zenyatta Wins The 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic|
|Conduit Wins The 2009 Breeders’ Cup Turf|
|Dancing in Silks Wins The 2009 Breeders’ Cup Sprint|
|Vale of York Wins The 2009 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile|
|Pounced Wins The 2009 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf|
|Goldikova Wins The 2009 Breeders’ Cup Mile|
|Furthest Land Wins The 2009 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile|
European trainers had celebrated the Breeders’ Cup’s decision to conduct the 2008 World Championships at Santa Anita for the past week, contending that finally their horses would be competing on a level playing field.
The conventional dirt track here had been converted to a synthetic Pro-Ride racing surface, for which grass specialists have demonstrated a strong affinity.
Following the stunning upset victory by England-based Raven’s Pass in yesterday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, the European trainers surely might get an argument from many of their American counterparts.
Most notably Curlin trainer Steve Asmussen - that the playing field was hardly level when the horses took to the track for the finale of the weekend’s $25.5 million World Championships.
|2008 Breeder's Cup Results|
|Raven’s Pass Wins The 2008 Breeders’ Cup Classic|
|Conduit Wins The 2008 Breeders’ Cup Turf|
|Midnight Lute Wins The 2008 Breeders’ Cup Sprint|
|Donativum Wins The 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf|
|Midshipman Wins The 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile|
|Goldikova Wins The 2008 Breeders’ Cup Mile|
|Albertus Maximus Wins The 2008 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile|
This was the 24th Breeders' Cup. Champions were crowned, pretenders were exposed, handicappers made memorable scores or went home broke and everybody got wet. After two months of dry, unseasonably warm weather, clouds rolled in Wednesday and never left.
They dumped 2½ inches of rain that turned the main track into muck. Only on Breeders' Cup day would grass racing have been conducted in North America on such a saturated surface. After the 2 minutes of horse racing excitment, a mud-splattered Robby Albarado grinned as a blanket of purple and yellow flowers was draped over Classic hero Curlin.
Making a persuasive case for Horse of the Year, Curlin also won the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Preakness (both gr. I) this year. He has won six of his nine starts and has never finished out of the money. The Classic victory, worth $2.7 million, increased Curlin's lifetime earnings to $5,102,800 just this year, not bad for any horse, let alone one who sold for just $57,000 as a yearling.
Curlin paid $10.80, $5,20, and $4.20 while Hard Spun paid $7.60 and $5.80. Awesome Gem, a 28-1 shot, returned $9.40 for the show. The exacta paid $70.80, while the $1 trifecta paid $645.30.
The three leading candidates for Horse of the Year gathered at Churchill Downs on Saturday for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, and at the end of an emotionally draining day that captured the highs and the lows of the sport, Invasor proved that he is the best.
Invasor, who had not raced for three months, unleashed a powerful closing charge down the center of the track, caught favored Bernardini with a sixteenth of a mile to go, and pulled away for a one-length victory in 2:02.18 for 1 1/4 miles on the fast main track.
Bernardini finished second, 2 1/2 lengths in front of third-place Premium Tap. Giacomo rallied for fourth and was followed, in order, by Brother Derek, George Washington, Lava Man, Perfect Drift, Lawyer Ron, Sun King, Flower Alley, Suave, and David Junior, who was eased.
Invasor ($15.40) gave trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, jockey Fernando Jara, and owner Sheikh Hamdan al-Maktoum's Shadwell Stable their second high-profile victory of the year. They also won the Belmont Stakes with Jazil.
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