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Breeders' Cup
World Championships Wrap Up

Date: 11/08/2022

Saturday Results Summary (dirt)   Saturday Results Summary (turf)   F&M Sprint -  Turf Sprint -  Dirt Mile -  F&M Turf -  Sprint -  Mile -  Distaff -  Turf -  Classic
Friday Results Summary -  Juvenile Turf Sprint -  Juvenile Fillies Turf -  Juvenile Fillies -  Juvenile Turf -  Juvenile  
Entries   -   Wrap Up   -   Monday Works   -   Tuesday Works   -   Wednesday Works   -   Thursday Works


Aidan O'Brien's charges on the track together Tuesday morning. They would win 3 Breeders' Cup races this year.
The 39th Breeders' Cup World Championships held on Friday and Saturday, November 5 and 6, 2022, at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky are now in the record books. Attendance on Championship Saturday was 45,973 and the two-day on-track attendance was 85,824. On-track handle for the 2 days was $28,326,478. Total all-sources, global common-pool handle for the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course was $189,060,373, a record for the two-day event. The total represents a 3.4% increase over the prior record of $182,908,409 set when the event was held at Del Mar in 2021 and an 18% increase from the total handle of $160,472,893 at the 2020 event held at Keeneland (which had attendance very limited due to COVID restrictions that year). Total common-pool handle on Saturday's 12-race Breeders' Cup card was a record $122,918,607. All sources common-pool handle on Breeders’ Cup’s 10-race Future Stars Friday card was $66,141,766, also a new record for a Breeders’ Cup Friday. This is the fifth consecutive year that Breeders’ Cup grouped all its juvenile races together on Friday.

Breeders' Cup CEO Drew Fleming said, “We witnessed a spectacular two days of racing capped by Flightline’s absolute brilliance in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic, once again showcasing the best Thoroughbreds from around the world and we want to thank our partners here at Keeneland, who did a phenomenal job, and the greater Lexington community. The Breeders’ Cup is truly an international championship event and the very best our sport has to offer.”

This year was the third time the Breeders' Cup has been held at Keeneland, after 2015 and 2020. The 40th Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held Friday-Saturday, Nov. 3 & 4, 2023 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.


Junior Alvarado celebrates his first Breeders' Cup win aboard Cody's Wish (Dirt Mile)
Jockey Ryan Moore 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.  Moore's victories came on Tuesday (Filly and Mare Turf), Victoria Road (Juvenile Turf) and Meditate (Juvenile Fillies Turf). He finished second on Stone Age (Turf), Emaraaty Ana (Turf Sprint) and Dramatised (Juvenile Turf Sprint).

Irad Ortiz Jr., winner of the past four Shoemaker Awards, also rode three winners: Forte (Juvenile), Goodnight Olive (Filly & Mare Sprint), and Elite Power (Sprint) but only had one runner-up finish - Pleasant Passage (Juvenile Fillies Turf) to Moore’s three.

The Europeans took all three grass races on Future Stars Friday and three of the four on the turf Saturday with only the Turf Sprint eluding their grasp. Trainers Charlie Appleby and Aidan O’Brien won three races each and for Appleby it marked the second consecutive year he had done that.


Tyler Gaffalione celebrates his first ever Breeders' Cup win aboard Wonder Wheel (Juvenile Fillies)
Appleby struck with the first winner of the weekend with Mischief Magic (Juvenile Turf Sprint) and then came back Saturday to score with Modern Games (Mile) and Rebel’s Romance (Turf). O’Brien was a double winner Friday with Meditate (Juvenile Fillies Turf) and Victoria Road (Juvenile Turf). He completed the hat trick Saturday with the victory by Tuesday (Filly & Mare Turf). New York-based winners were Forte (Juvenile), Goodnight Olive (Filly & Mare Sprint), Cody’s Wish (Dirt Mile), Elite Power (Sprint) and Malathaat (Distaff). Kentucky-based runners to win Breeders’ Cup races were Wonder Wheel (Juvenile Fillies) and Caravel (Turf Sprint). The lone California-based winner was Flightline (Classic).

There were two jockeys who had their first wins in the Breeders' Cup this year: Tyler Gaffalione and Junior Alvarado each posted their initial Breeders’ Cup victories over the weekend. Gaffalione won the Juvenile Fillies on Wonder Wheel on Friday and then came back Saturday to win the Turf Sprint on Caravel. Alvarado won the Dirt Mile on Cody’s Wish.

Jockeys

One more horse added to the previous six who have won two different Championship races. 2021 Juvenile Turf winner Modern Games came back to win the 2022 Mile. The others were Zenyatta (2008 Distaff, 2009 Classic), Beholder (2012 Juvenile Fillies, 2013 and 2016 Classic), Stephanie's Kitten (2011 Juvenile Fillies Turf, 2015 Filly and Mare Turf), Secret Circle (2011 Juvenile Sprint, 2013 Sprint), Knicks Go (2020 Dirt Mile, 2021 Classic), and Golden Pal (2020 Juvenile Turf Sprint, 2021 Turf Sprint). Channel Maker became the first horse to start six times in the World Championships. Trained by Bill Mott, Channel Maker finished seventh in the Turf, a race in which he has competed in five times. He also raced in the 2016 Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita.

Previous winners who tried but failed this weekend were:


Rebel's Romance sets a 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 Flightline (Classic), Modern Games (Mile), Cody’s Wish (Dirt Mile), Goodnight Olive (Filly & Mare Sprint) and Meditate (Juvenile Fillies Turf). The highest price winner of the weekend was Caravel (Turf Sprint) with an $87.78 payoff for a $2 win bet.

Two time records were set this year, both over the turf on Saturday: Tuesday in the Filly and Mare Turf, and Rebel's Romance in the Turf. It is worth noting that Keeneland is the only Breeders' Cup host track to run the Filly and Mare Turf over 1 3/16 miles.


The Torrie Horse statue, the permanent Breeders' Cup trophy, behind the Keeneland grandstand Friday morning.
Breeders' Cup Two-Day Attendance and Handle history

2022   Keeneland Race Course   85,824    $189,060,373
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   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            27         Mike Smith           $38,344,605
John Velazquez        19         John Velazquez       $35,610,275
Irad Ortiz Jr.        17         Joel Rosario         $28,062,535
Joel Rosario          15         Frankie Dettori      $25,801,862
Jerry Bailey          15         Pat Day              $23,033,360
Frankie Dettori       14         Irad Ortiz Jr.       $22,140,345

Breeders' Cup World Championships Leading Trainers

(by wins)                       (by earnings)
Trainer              Wins        Trainer              Earnings
D. Wayne Lukas        20         Bob Baffert          $39,345,000
Bob Baffert           18         Aidan O'Brien        $30,625,590
Chad Brown            16         Todd Pletcher        $24,978,030
Aidan O'Brien         16         Bill Mott            $23,416,900
Todd Pletcher         14         D. Wayne Lukas       $22,750,520
Bill Mott             12         Chad Brown           $22,380,690
Saturday Results Summary (dirt)   Saturday Results Summary (turf)   F&M Sprint -  Turf Sprint -  Dirt Mile -  F&M Turf -  Sprint -  Mile -  Distaff -  Turf -  Classic
Friday Results Summary -  Juvenile Turf Sprint -  Juvenile Fillies Turf -  Juvenile Fillies -  Juvenile Turf -  Juvenile  
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