Breeders’ Cup Classic

  • 2020 Location: Keeneland Race Track
  • Inaugural Race: 1984
  • Distance: 1 1/4 mile
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Turf
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds and up
  • 2020 Purse: $6.0 million
  • 2020 Race Date: Saturday, November 7th

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2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic - Results

Below are the results of the 2019 Breeders' Cup Classic:

POSTHORSEJOCKEYTRAINERWINPLACESHOW
10
Vino Rosso
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Todd A. Pletcher
$11.20
$5.80
$4.00
8
McKinzie
Joel Rosario
Bob Baffert
$4.80
$3.60
7
Higher Power
Flavien Prat
John W. Sadler
$6.00
6
Elate
Jose L. Ortiz
William I. Mott
1
Math Wizard
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.
2
Seeking the Soul
Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.
Dallas Stewart
11
Code of Honor
John R. Velazquez
Claude R. McGaughey III
5
Yoshida (JPN)
Mike E. Smith
William I. Mott
4
War of Will
Tyler Gaffalione
Mark E. Casse
3
Owendale
Javier Castellano
Brad H. Cox
9
Mongolian Groom
Abel Cedillo
Enebish Ganbat
Exotic Payouts: 
  • Exacta (10-8) Paid: $24
  • Trifecta (10-8-7) Paid: $99
  • Superfecta (10-8-7-6) Paid: $121

Breeders’ Cup Classic History

While the Kentucky Derby is the more well-known race, the Breeders’ Cup Classic is considered to be the premier U.S. Thoroughbred horse race. The Breeders’ Cup Classic is part of a larger Breeders’ Cup World Championships event and has been run every year since its 1984 inception.

Since the Classic has high-quality competition, the race winner typically becomes the frontrunner for Horse of the Year honors. This trend is exactly what happened for a four-year stretch from 2004 to 2007, as Champions hoses like Ghostzapper, Saint Liam, Invasor, and Curlin won the Breeders' Cup Classic and were then honored as Horse of the Year.

Most horse racing enthusiasts know that the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes make up the U.S. Triple Crown, which has been achieved 12 times, but the Classic is now considered the fourth leg of the series and makes up the U.S. horse racing Grand Slam. American Pharoah became the first Grand Slam winner in 2015.

The first ever running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 1984 was won by Wild Again. Find more details of his win and every other Classic race below.


Breeders’ Cup Classic - Race Records

Reference the boxes below to view the historical records for the Breeders’ Cup Classic:

Speed record

1:59.02
Ghostzapper (2004 @ Lone Star Park)

Most Wins by a Jockey

5
2-way tie: Chris McCarron (1988, 1989, 1996, 2000, 2001) and Jerry Bailey (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2005)

Most Wins by a Thoroughbred

2
Tiznow (2000, 2001)

Most Wins by a Trainer

3
Bob Baffert (2014, 2015, 2016)

Most Wins by an Owner

2
Stronach Stables (1998, 2004)

Historical Results for Breeders’ Cup Classic

In the table below, view a historical record of the winning trainers, thoroughbreds, jockeys, and times for every Breeders’ Cup Classic race.
YEARHORSEAGEJOCKEYTRAINEROWNERWINNING TIMETRACK
2019
Vino Rosso
4
Irad Ortiz Jr.
Todd Pletcher
Mike Repole
2:02.80
Santa Anita
2018
Accelerate
5
Joel Rosario
John W. Sadler
Hronis Racing LLC
2:02.93
Churchill Downs
2017
Gun Runner
4
Florent Geroux
Steve Asmussen
Winchell Thoroughbreds & Three Chimneys Farm
2:01.29
Del Mar
2016
Arrogate
3
Mike E. Smith
Bob Baffert
Juddmonte Farms
2:00.11
Santa Anita
2015
American Pharoah
3
Victor Espinoza
Bob Baffert
Zayat Stables
2:00.07
Keeneland
2014
Bayern
3
Martin Garcia
Bob Baffert
Kaleem Shah, Inc.
1:59.88
Santa Anita
2013
Mucho Macho Man
5
Gary Stevens
Katherine Ritvo
Reeves Thoroughbred Racing
2:00.72
Santa Anita
2012
Fort Larned
4
Brian Hernandez Jr
Ian Wilkes
Janis R. Whitham
2:00.11
Santa Anita
2011
Drosselmeyer
4
M. Smith
W. Mott
WinStar Farm LLC
2:04.27
Churchill Downs
2010
Blame
4
G. Gomez
A. Stall
Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider
2:02.28
Churchill Downs

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