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The 2009 Breeders’ Cup

Santa Anita Park

November 6 & 7, 2009

Attendance: 96,496
Handle: $153,271,776
Races: 14
Weather: 71°

For the first time, the Breeders’ Cup returned to the same racetrack in consecutive years as Santa Anita once again played host to racing’s most prestigious global event. There was great anticipation for the 2009 races because the undefeated Zenyatta was entered into the Classic by trainer John Shirreffs, and would face the world’s best male horses. On Friday, Shirreffs won the Ladies’ Classic again, this time with the 4-year-old filly Life is Sweet. The Europeans continued their love for California by winning the Marathon with Man of Iron and the Filly & Mare Turf with Midday. On Saturday, Goldikova repeated in the Mile and Conduit also completed back-to-back scores in the Turf. In the Classic, Zenyatta turned for home with a wall of horses in front of her. Mike Smith moved her off the rail and down the center of the racetrack, and before the deafening roar of the grandstand crowd, she shifted into another gear, sweeping to victory by a length over Gio Ponti. Zenyatta‘s victory, the first ever by a female in the Classic, is considered by many to be the greatest moment in the history of the Breeders’ Cup.

  • Elizabeth Banks presents a trophy at the 2009 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park
  • Kevin Connolly and Jerry Ferrara in the crowd at the 2009 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita
  • Mike Smith celebrates aboard Zenyatta in the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic
  • Boyz II Men perform God Bless America during the 2009 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park
  • Carter's Chord sings the National Anthem during the 2009 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park
  • Chelsea Handler walks the purple carpet at the 2009 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park
  • 2009 Breeders' Cup Los Angeles welcome party
  • Fans enjoying a trackside view of the 2009 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita
  • Bo Derek, Vivica Fox and a friend enjoy the 2009 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park

2009 Breeders’ Cup Champions

Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
Classic 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic Zenyatta M. Smith J. Shirreffs Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S. Moss Maverick Production
Dirt Mile 2009 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile Furthest Land J. Leparoux M. Maker Kenneth L. and Sarah K Ramsey Catherine Wills
Filly & Mare Turf 2009 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Midday (GB) T. Queally H. Cecil Juddmonte Farms (Khalid Abdullah) Juddmonte Farms
Juvenile Fillies 2009 Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies She Be Wild J. Leparoux W. Catalano Nancy Mazzoni M. Mazzoni
Mile 2009 Breeders' Cup Mile Goldikova (IRE) O. Peslier F. Head Wertheimer and Frere Wertheimer et Frere (IRE)
Juvenile Turf 2009 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Pounced L. Dettori J. Gosden Lady Serena Rothschild Carwell Equities
Xpressbet Sprint 2009 Breeders' Cup Sprint Dancing in Silks J. Rosario C. Gaines Ken Kinakin Ronald E. Jex
Turf Sprint 2009 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint California Flag J. Talamo B. Koriner Hi Card Ranch Hi Card Ranch
DraftKings Filly & Mare Sprint 2009 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Informed Decision J. Leparoux J. Sheppard Augustin Stables (George Strawbridge Jr. ) C. Kidder & N. Cole
Sentient Jet Juvenile 2009 Grey Goose Juvenile Vale of York (IRE) A. Ajtebi S. bin Suroor Godolphin Racing, LLC Stock Vale Ltd.
Juvenile Fillies Turf 2009 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Tapitsfly R. Albarado D. Romans Frank L. Jones, Jr. Frank Jones
Distaff 2009 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic Life Is Sweet G. Gomez J. Shirreffs Mr. & Mrs. Martin J. Wygod Mr. & Mrs. Martin J. Wygod
Marathon 2009 Breeders' Cup Marathon Man of Iron J. Murtagh A. O'Brien Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor Shell Bloodstock
Turf 2009 Breeders' Cup Turf Conduit (IRE) R. Moore S. Stoute Ballymacoll Farm Ballymacoll Stud Farm