Breeders Cup History

Breeders Cup History

The Breeders Cup was formed in 1982 by John R. Gaines and consists of fourteen top class horse races raced annually at different racecourses each year. When the Breeders Cup was orginally set up it was a single day event but due to popularity new races were introduced and since 2007 the Breeders Cup races have been run over two days.

The event is an end of year championship which attracts plenty of interest from European runners as well as the obvious interest in the US itself. With the addition of the two days the event now awards over $25 million in prize money.

Breeders Cup jockey Jerry Bailey has ridden the most ever winners with fifteen, alongside Mike E Smith, and D. Wayne Lukas is the top Breeders Cup trainer with eighteen wins at the Breeders Cup. The leading owner in terms of prize money won is Allen Paulson who has earned an astonishing $8,730,000 from his horses' performances.

In 2002 their was a betting scandal where three friends conspired to manipulate bets enabling a $3 million payout. The conspirators were found out however after a 43/1 outsider exposed them as the only winner of the jackpot and suspicions arose.

Previous Breeders Cup Venues

History was made in 2009 as Santa Anita Park hosted the Cup for the second successive year, which is a first. The venue will play host once more during 2012 and 2013, taking over from Churchill Downs, which was the venue for the 2010 and 2011 events.

  • 2016 - Santa Anita Park
  • 2015 - Keeneland
  • 2014 - Santa Anita Park
  • 2012 - Santa Anita Park
  • 2011 - Churchill Downs
  • 2010 - Churchill Downs
  • 2009 - Santa Anita Park
  • 2008 - Santa Anita Park
  • 2007 - Monmouth Park
  • 2006 - Churchill Downs
  • 2005 - Belmont Park
  • 2004 - Lone Star Park
  • 2003 - Santa Anita Park
  • 2002 - Arlington Park
  • 2001 - Belmont Park
  • 2000 - Churchill Downs
  • 1999 - Gulfstream Park
  • 1998 - Churchill Downs
  • 1997 - Hollywood Park
  • 1996 - Woodbine Racetrack
  • 1995 - Belmont Park
  • 1994 - Churchill Downs
  • 1993 - Santa Anita Park
  • 1992 - Gulfstream Park
  • 1991 - Churchill Downs
  • 1990 - Belmont Park
  • 1989 - Gulfstream Park
  • 1988 - Churchill Downs
  • 1987 - Hollywood Park
  • 1986 - Santa Anita Park
  • 1985 - Aqueduct Racetrack
  • 1984 - Hollywood Park

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