The Breeders' Cup statue behind the grandstand at Keeneland on Friday of the Breeders' Cup.
The 37th Breeders' Cup World Championships held on Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7, 2020, at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky are now in the record books. Due to coronavirus restrictions, paying fans were not in attendance so no attendance figures were taken, as only essential horsemen, racing officials, owners, and a very limited number of credentialed media were allowed on the grounds. Total handle for the two-day event was $160,472,894, the sixth-highest total since the Breeders' Cup expanded to a two-day event in 2007 but an 8% decrease from the record handle of $174,000,574 set at Santa Anita last year.
Breeders' Cup CEO Drew Fleming said, "We had an extraordinary two days of racing showcasing the best Thoroughbreds from around the world and we want to thank our hosts here at Keeneland, who did an amazing job, and the city of Lexington. Given the unique circumstances for this year's event with attendance limited here and at other tracks and simulcast facilities around the country, we are very pleased with the overall handle for the two days."
This year was the second time the Breeders' Cup has been held at Keeneland, after the first time in 2015. The Breeders' Cup will return to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in California in 2021, which last hosted in 2017, and then come back to Keeneland in 2022, hopefully with fans back in attendance.
Irad Ortiz Jr. celebrates after winning the Sprint. He had a total of 2 wins and 2 seconds.
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. won the Bill Shoemaker Award for the third year in a row, given to the most outstanding rider at the Championships. The Shoemaker Award goes to the jockey who won the most races in the 14 World Championship races this weekend with the tiebreaker being a 10-3-1 point system for second- through fourth-place finishes. Ortiz's victories came on Golden Pal (Juvenile Turf Sprint) and Whitmore (Sprint). He finished second on Improbable in the Classic and third on Sharp Samurai in the Dirt Mile.
Joel Rosario, Florent Geroux, John Velazquez and Pierre-Charles Boudot also rode two winners. Rosario won on Vequist (Juvenile Fillies) and Knicks Go (Dirt Mile), Geroux's two victories came on Aunt Pearl (Juvenile Fillies Turf) and Monomoy Girl (Distaff), while Boudot scored aboard Audarya (Filly & Mare Turf) and Order of Australia (Mile).
Brad Cox became the second trainer in the 37-year history of the Breeders' Cup World Championships to train four winners during a single Championships, matching the feat of Richard Mandella in 2003 at Santa Anita. Cox won the final two races on Future Stars Friday with Aunt Pearl in the Juvenile Fillies Turf and the Juvenile with Essential Quality. On Saturday, he sent out Knicks Go, who shattered the track record in the Dirt Mile and Monomoy Girl to her second victory in the Distaff. It is worth noting that there were only 8 Championship races (in one day) prior to 2007, in contrast with the current 14-race, 2-day event.
Pierre-Charles Boudot celebrates his first ever Breeders' Cup win aboard Audarya (Filly & Mare Turf)
Jockey Christophe Soumillon had been named to ride 3 horses on Saturday, however he tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced into quarantine. Unfortunately he would watch his scheduled mounts go on to victory: Tarnama (Turf) with Colin Keane aboard, Order of Australia (Mile) with Pierre-Charles Boudot, and Audarya (Filly and Mare Turf) also with Boudot. Curiously, Mile winner Order of Australia drew in off the also-eligibles when Boudot's original ride One Master was scratched. Glass Slippers finally broke the losing streak of European trainees in the Turf Sprint, with Tom Eaves aboard for trainer Kevin Ryan, the first Breeders' Cup wins for both men.
There were several jockeys and trainers who had their first wins in the Breeders' Cup this year:
Luis Saez finally won a Breeders' Cup race with Essential Quality in the Juvenile in his seventh World Championships, while Pierre-Charles Boudot broke his BC maiden with Audarya (Filly & Mare Turf) then soon followed that up with Order of Austrlia (Mile). Dermot Weld, whose first Breeders' Cup starters were at Aqueduct in 1985, finally found the winner's circle with his 17th starter, Tarnama (Turf).
Pierre-Charles Boudot aboard Audarya in the Filly & Mare Turf
Luis Saez aboard Essential Quality in the Juvenile
Tom Eaves aboard Glass Slippers in the Turf Sprint
Colin Keane aboard Tarnama in the Turf
Dermot Weld with Tarnawa in the Turf
Ron Moquett with Whitmore in the Sprint
Kevin Ryan with Glass Slippers in the Turf Sprint
James Fanshawe with Audarya in the Filly & Mare Turf
Two defending champions were back and one was successful. Monomoy Girl repeated as Distaff champion, while last year's Mile winner Uni checked in 5th this year. Seven-year-old Whitmore, who lost the Sprint 3 years in a row (8th in 2017, 2nd in 2018, 3rd in 2019) finally came out on top this year, also giving his trainer Ron Moquett his first Breeders' Cup win.
Gamine set the first track record of the day in the Filly and Mare Sprint.
Five of the 14 Breeders' Cup races were won by the betting favorite, with 3 more finishing second. The winning favorites were Golden Pal (Juvenile Turf Sprint), Aunt Pearl (Juvenile Fillies Turf), Gamine (Filly & Mare Sprint), Knicks Go (Dirt Mile) and Monomoy Girl (Distaff).
Authentic set a new track record in the Classic, toppling 2015 Classic and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's previous mark. Audarya set a new course record in the Filly and Mare Turf. Knicks Go set a new record in the Dirt Mile, however 1 mile is not a frequently run distance over the Keeneland dirt. Gamine beat the previous track record by over a full second in the Filly and Mare Sprint. There were almost 5 new records, as Monomoy Girl just missed by 9/100 of a second in the Distaff.
Breeders' Cup Two-Day Attendance and Handle history
The back of the grandstand at Keeneland
2020 Keeneland Race Course 0 $160,472,894
2019 Santa Anita Park 109,054 $174,000,574
2018 Churchill Downs 112,667 $157,445,842
2017 Del Mar 70,420 $166,077,486
2016 Santa Anita Park 118,484 $156,861,811
2015 Keeneland Race Course 94,652 $149,869,035
2014 Santa Anita Park 98,319 $151,158,813
2013 Santa Anita Park 94,628 $160,704,877
2012 Santa Anita Park 89,742 $144,272,332
2011 Churchill Downs 105,820 $161,512,867
2010 Churchill Downs 114,353 $173,857,697
2009 Santa Anita Park 96,496 $153,271,176
2008 Santa Anita Park 86,588 $155,740,328
2007 Monmouth Park 69,584 $129,197,262
Breeders' Cup World Championships Leading Jockeys
(by wins) (by earnings)
Jockey Wins Jockey Earnings
Mike Smith 26 Mike Smith $36,634,605
John Velazquez 18 John Velazquez $27,730,275
Jerry Bailey 15 Frankie Dettori $25,751,862
Frankie Dettori 14 Pat Day $23,033,360
Garrett Gomez 13 Joel Rosario $22,182,535
Pat Day 12 Jerry Bailey $22,006,440
Breeders' Cup World Championships Leading Trainers
(by wins) (by earnings)
Trainer Wins Trainer Earnings
D. Wayne Lukas 20 Bob Baffert $34,985,000
Bob Baffert 17 Aidan O'Brien $26,645,590
Chad Brown 15 D. Wayne Lukas $22,672,520
Aidan O'Brien 13 Todd Pletcher $21,508,030
Todd Pletcher 11 Chad Brown $20,000,690
Bill Mott 10 Bill Mott $19,262,180
Breeders' Cup quick links:
2020 Breeders' Cup Wrap Up - Records set, statistics, first-time winning jockeys and trainers, how previous winners finished, and more for the 37th running of the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland.
Saturday at the Breeders' Cup Part 1 - Saturday had 5 races on the dirt, headlined by the $6 million Longines Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) won by Authentic. Also on the card were the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) won by Monomoy Girl, the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) won by Whitmore, the Big Ass Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) won by Knicks Go, and the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) won by Gamine. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Saturday at the Breeders' Cup Part 2 - Saturday also had 4 races on the turf, headlined by the $4 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) won by Tarnawa. Also on the card were the FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) won by huge longshot Order of Australia, the Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) won by Audarya, and the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) won by Glass Slippers. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Future Stars Friday at the Breeders' Cup - Friday had 5 races for the Juveniles on both dirt and turf at Keeneland, headlined by the TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) won by Essential Quality. Also on the card, Fire At Will won the Juvenile Turf (G1), Vequist won the Juvenile Fillies (G1), Aunt Pearl won the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), and Golden Pal won the Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2). Get the results, charts, and photos here.
2020 Breeders' Cup Entries - Entries closed and posts were drawn for the 2020 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland today. A field of 10 was entered for the Classic, with Improbable the lukewarm favorite at 5-2 in post 8 over Belmont winner Tiz the Law at 3-1 in post 2. Get all the entries, post positions, free past performances, and odds for all the races here.
Breeders' Cup Santa Anita Workouts - Photos and comments for 15 of the California-based Breeders' Cup contenders before they ship to Keeneland, featuring Authentic, Maximum Security, United, and more.
The Breeders' Cup Championship Day - The official page for the Breeders' Cup championship races. Just about anything you need to know about it: results, video clips, and race calls for past years, and eventually nominations, entries, and results.
Free Prep Replays - for major prep races in the Breeders' Cup Challenge. The ones with camera logos have video available.
Breeders' Cup Supplemental Entries - The old official policy on supplemental entries plus all the supplemental entries and how they fared, mostly it was a losing proposition. There are no more supplements now, only late nominations making it impossible to track since the change.