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-four runnings and 318 Champions later, the event has transcended the sport itself.

Hall of Champions

  • Classic
  • Juvenile Turf Sprint
  • Dirt Mile
    City of Light
  • Longines Turf
    Enable (GB)
  • Mile
    Expert Eye (GB)
  • Sentient Jet Juvenile
    Game Winner
  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka Juvenile Fillies
  • Juvenile Turf
    Line of Duty (IRE)
  • Longines Distaff
    Monomoy Girl
  • Juvenile Fillies Turf
    Newspaperofrecord (IRE)
  • TwinSpires Sprint
    Roy H
  • Filly & Mare Sprint
    Shamrock Rose
  • Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf
    Sistercharlie (IRE)
  • Turf Sprint
    Stormy Liberal
  • Filly & Mare Sprint
    Bar of Gold

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. 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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