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Breeders' Cup
World Championships Wrap Up

Date: 11/08/2021

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The walking ring behind the grandstand at Del Mar on Tuesday morning.
The 38th Breeders' Cup World Championships held on Friday and Saturday, November 5 and 6, 2021, at Del Mar in San Diego County, California are now in the record books. Due to coronavirus restrictions, attendance was limited, with an official tally of 47,089 through the turnstiles over the two days, but unlike last year at Keeneland, any fan could purchase a ticket. Total handle for the two-day event was a new record of $182,908,409, a 4.7% increase over the previous record handle of $174,628,986 set at Santa Anita in 2019 and a whopping 14% jump from last year at Keeneland ($160,472,893) where attendance was restricted to essential horsemen, owners, and officials, with limited media granted credentials.

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 partners here at Del Mar, who did an amazing job, and the greater San Diego community, our gracious hosts this week. The Breeders’ Cup is a truly global event with winners this weekend bred, raised and raced on three different continents.”

Del Mar president and CEO Josh Rubinstein added, “Our team at Del Mar was thrilled to host this year’s renewal of the Breeders’ Cup. We want to extend our congratulations to all of this weekend’s participants. They put on an amazing display of world-class competition.”

This year was the second time the Breeders' Cup has been held at Del Mar, after the first time in 2017. The Breeders' Cup returns to Keeneland in 2022.


Jockey Yuga Kawada and trainer Yoshito Yahagi celebrate their first Breeders' Cup win (and first from Japan) with Loves Only You in the Filly and Mare Turf. Kawada and the connections are all performing the Heart Hands emoji as part of their celebration.
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. won the Bill Shoemaker Award for the fourth 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 Twilight Gleaming (Juvenile Turf Sprint), Golden Pal (Turf Sprint) and Life Is Good (Dirt Mile). He finished second on Broome (Turf).

William Buick also won 3 races but had no other top-4 finishes. He won on  Modern Games (Juvenile Turf), Space Blues (Mile) and Yibir (Turf). Joel Rosario and Jose Ortiz each had two wins; Rosario on Knicks Go (Classic) and Echo Zulu (Juvenile Fillies), Ortiz on Pizza Bianco (Juvenile Fillies Turf) and Aloha West (Sprint). Mike Smith's winning ride on Corniche (Juvenile) extends his record to 27 career wins in the Breeders' Cup. Bill Shoemaker remains the oldest Cup winner when he was 56 years 3 months 2 days old riding Ferdinand to victory in the 1987 Classic. It is worth noting Smith is a week younger than Shoemaker was when he rode Ferdinand at Hollywood Park in 1987, so that record may fall as early as next year at Keeneland.

Godolphin became the first owner and breeder to win three races at one championship, with Modern Games (Juvenile Turf), Space Blues (Mile), and Yibir (Turf). Also worth noting, all three Godolphin winners were sired by Dubawi, trained by Charlie Appleby, and ridden by William Buick.


Oisin Murphy celebrates his first ever Breeders' Cup win aboard Marche Lorraine (Distaff)
The Breeders' Cup lived up to its "World Championships" billing as 4 winners were based in Kentucky (Twilight Gleaming in the Juvenile Turf Sprint, Golden Pal in the Turf Sprint, Aloha West in the Sprint. and Knicks Go in the Classic), 3 from New York (Echo Zulu in the Juvenile Fillies, Pizza Bianca in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, and Life Is Good in the Dirt Mile), 2 from California (Corniche in the Juvenile and Ce Ce in the Filly and Mare Sprint), 3 from Europe (Modern Games in the Juvenile Turf, Space Blues in the Mile, and Yibir in the Turf). and Japan finally broke its losing streak, taking 2 events, Loves Only You in the Filly and Mare Turf and the huge upset by Marche Lorraine in the Distaff.

There were several jockeys and trainers who had their first wins in the Breeders' Cup this year: Japan's Yuga Kawada scored with his second ever Cup mount, Loves Only You (Filly and Mare Turf), while it took Irishman Oisin Murphy eleven tries before getting a win, aboard Japanese filly Marche Lorraine in the Distaff. Similarly, Japan's Yoshito Yahagi won with his first two starters, Loves Only You (Filly and Mare Turf) and Marche Lorraine (Distaff). However, New York-based Frenchman Christophe Clement had to wait 24 years for his first win, with Pizza Bianca (Juvenile Fillies Turf)

Two more horses add to the previous four who have won two different Championship races. 2020 Dirt Mile winner Knicks Go came back to win the Classic this year, and 2020 Juvenile Turf Sprint winner Golden Pal came back to win the Turf Sprint. The others were Zenyatta (2008 Distaff and 2009 Classic), Beholder (2012 Juvenile Fillies, 2013 and 2016 Classic), Stephanie's Kitten (2011 Juvenile Fillies Turf and 2015 Filly and Mare Turf), and Secret Circle (2011 Juvenile Sprint and 2013 Sprint)

Yibir sets the only new track record of the Championships in the Turf.

Five of the 14 Breeders' Cup races were won by the betting favorite. The winning favorites were Echo Zulu (Juvenile Fillies), Corniche (Juvenile), Golden Pal (Turf Sprint), Life Is Good (Dirt Mile) and Space Blues (Mile). Echo Zulu and Life Is Good were odds-on choices

Only one time record was set this Championships, as Yibir set a new course record in the Turf. Wesley Ward has won there Juvenile Turf Sprints in a row, with Twilight Gleaming joining Four Wheel Drive (2019) and Golden Pal (2020). Three other trainers have also attained the feat of three-peating a BC race, D. Wayne Lukas (twice, with the 1985-1987 Distaffs and 1986-1988 Juveniles), Chad Brown (2016-2018 Juvenile Fillies Turf), and Bob Baffert (2014-2016 Classic). Two horses made their 5th appearance at the Championshps: Channel Maker (Juvenile Turf and 4 Turf appearances) and Firenze Fire (Sprint this year after the Juvenile and Dirt Mile). Gun Runner is the 10th Classic winner to sire a Breeders' Cup winner, when Echo Zulu won the Juvenile Fillies; it is worth noting both father and daughter won at Del Mar. Breeders' Cup Two-Day Attendance and Handle history


The Torrie Horse statue, the permanent Breeders' Cup trophy near the Del Mar fountain behind the grandstand
2021 Del Mar 47,089 $182,908,409 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 Del Mar 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            27         Mike Smith           $37,794,605
John Velazquez        18         John Velazquez       $34,230,275
Jerry Bailey          15         Joel Rosario         $26,762,535
Joel Rosario          15         Frankie Dettori      $25,851,862
Frankie Dettori       14         Pat Day              $23,033,360
Irad Ortiz Jr.        14         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          $38,275,000
Bob Baffert           18         Aidan O'Brien        $27,725,590
Chad Brown            15         D. Wayne Lukas       $22,672,520
Aidan O'Brien         13         Todd Pletcher        $22,508,030
Todd Pletcher         12         Chad Brown           $21,020,690
Bill Mott             10         Bill Mott            $20,396,900
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