History & Tradition

Beginning with the dramatic three-way finish in the 1984 Classic, the Breeders’ Cup has charged to the front of the worldwide racing stage. Thirty-three years and 306 Champions later, the event has transcended the sport itself.

Hall of Champions

  • Filly & Mare Sprint
    Bar of Gold
    12001727
  • Las Vegas Dirt Mile
    Battle of Midway
    14017523
  • 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies
    Caledonia Road
    15006739
  • Longines Distaff
    Forever Unbridled
    12013748
  • Sentient Jet Juvenile
    Good Magic
    15002251
  • Classic
    Gun Runner
    13007732
  • Juvenile Turf
    Mendelssohn
    15014563
  • TwinSpires Sprint
    Roy H
    12022178
  • Juvenile Fillies Turf
    Rushing Fall
    15015622
  • Turf Sprint
    Stormy Liberal
    12009552
  • Longines Turf
    Talismanic (GB)
    F0042914
  • Mile
    World Approval
    12003239
  • Filly & Mare Turf
    Wuheida (GB)
    F0044704
  • Classic
    Arrogate
    13018053
  • Longines Distaff
    Beholder
    10018883

Event by Year

See everything from race replays to handle and weather from every Championship since 1984.
 

The Beginning

In 1982 a group of prominent thoroughbred breeders from central Kentucky, led by the visionary John Gaines, hatched a plan. Their idea was to create a year-end, culminating championship for their sport. An event where horses from across the world could meet to settle the age old question, who is the best. An event that celebrated the best of horse racing. Put it on a national platform and helped to build the market for racing and breeding. Their vision - The Breeders' Cup.

Trophy History

The story of the Breeders' Cup trophy dates back to the late 1580s. Read about its rich history here.
 

Flower Garland

Rare combinations of flowers grown exclusively for the Breeders' Cup since 1988 make this garland fit for a champion.
 

Breeding & Nominations

The breeding industry is the cornerstone of the Breeders’ Cup program, the very foundation of our Championships and Challenge series. All horses have to be nominated in order to compete in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and it all begins with the stallions.
 
  • Celebrities

    The Breeders’ Cup is truly horse racing’s most glamorous event, and it attracts the jet set from around the globe. Don’t miss your chance to see, and be seen.
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  • Fashion

    The Breeders' Cup is two full days and dressing fashionably each day is a must. Both men and women alike use this event to showcase their best style.
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