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The 2000 Breeders’ Cup

Churchill Downs

November 4, 2000

Attendance: 76,043
Handle: $108,603,040
Races: 8
Weather: 55°

The first Breeders’ Cup of the 21st Century started off with two huge upsets. Spain won the Distaff at odds of 56-1 and was followed in the next race by Caressing, who captured the Juvenile Fillies at 47-1. Things settled down in the next two races as favorites were victorious, first War Chant won the Mile and the 6-year-old Kona Gold won the Sprint. Defending champion Cat Thief returned for the Classic, but the race wound up being a pitched battle between powerful European star in Giant’s Causeway, trained by a rising talent in Europe named Aidan O’Brien, and a 3-year-old who missed the Triple Crown season in Tiznow. Racing near the front most of the way, Tiznow battled Gaint’s Causeway down the Churchill Downs stretch and prevailed at the wire by a nose. Tiznow’s gutsy performance earned him the title of Horse of the Year.

2000 Breeders’ Cup Champions

Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
Classic 2000 Breeders' Cup Classic Tiznow C. McCarron J. Robbins Michael Cooper & Cecilia Straub-Rubens Cecilia Straub-Rubens
Sentient Jet Juvenile 2000 Grey Goose Juvenile Macho Uno J. Bailey J. Orseno Stronach Stables (Frank Stronach) Frank H. Stronach
Longines Distaff 2000 Breeders' Cup Distaff Spain V. Espinoza D. Lukas The Thoroughbred Corporation (Ahmed bin Salman) The Thoroughbred Corporation
Longines Turf 2000 Breeders' Cup Turf Kalanisi (IRE) J. Murtagh S. Stoute H.H. Aga Khan H.H. Aga Khan
Mile 2000 Breeders' Cup Mile War Chant G. Stevens N. Drysdale Marjorie & Irving Cowan Marjorie & Irving Cowan
Filly & Mare Turf 2000 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Perfect Sting J. Bailey J. Orseno Stronach Stables (Frank Stronach) Frank H. Stronach
Xpressbet Sprint 2000 Breeders' Cup Sprint Kona Gold A. Solis B. Headley Bruce Headley, Irwin Molasky & Andrew Molasky Carlos Perez
14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies 2000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Caressing J. Velazquez D. Vance Carl Pollard Brereton C. Jones