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The 2010 Breeders’ Cup

Churchill Downs

November 5 & 6, 2010

Attendance: 114,353
Handle: $173,857,697
Races: 14
Weather: 43°

The 2010 Breeders’ Cup was known as The Quest for Perfection. The undefeated Zenyatta was attempting to close out her brilliant career a perfect 20 for 20 with a second victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. This would also be the first Breeders’ Cup to finish under the lights. Breeders’ Cup Friday was jolted by Shared Account, at 46-1, denying Midday a repeat in the Filly and Mare Turf. Trainer Bill Mott won the Ladies’ Classic for the third time as Unrivaled Belle defeated top 3-year-old Blind Luck. On Saturday, Uncle Mo dominated the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and the 5-year-old mare Goldikova won an unprecedented third consecutive Breeders’ Cup Mile. All the anticipation of the day, though, led to the Classic. This time Zenyatta did not start well, racing last of 12 horses during the first mile. But just like the previous year, she gathered herself under Mike Smith for one final drive to victory, reaching the 4-year-old Blame on even terms as the two horses lunged for the wire. Blame prevailed by a head in one of the most dramatic horse races of all time. While disappointment was felt through much the crowd and by the racing world, Zenyatta‘s gallant effort transcended her defeat, and it still lifted her to the Horse of the Year title of 2010.

  • A packed Churchill Downs looks on during the 2010 Grey Goose Juvenile
  • Pluck wins the 2010 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf
  • Blames edges out Zenyatta by a nose in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic
  • Zenyatta makes her way to the track for the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic
  • Maroon 5 plays in concert
  • Jockey Olivier Peslier proudly holds the French flag after winning the 2010 Breeders' Cup Mile aboard Goldikova
  • The 2011 Winner's Circle party presented by Grey Goose Vodka

2010 Breeders’ Cup Champions

Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies 2010 Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Awesome Feather J. Sanchez S. Gold Jacks or Better Farm Inc. Jacks or Better Farm Inc.
Classic 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic Blame G. Gomez A. Stall Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider
Las Vegas Dirt Mile 2010 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile Dakota Phone J. Rosario J. Hollendorfer John Carver, Halo Farms, George Todaro and Jerry Hollendorfer Cashmark Farms Inc
Filly & Mare Turf 2010 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Shared Account E. Prado H. Motion Sagamore Farm William A Carl
Juvenile Turf 2010 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Pluck G. Gomez T. Pletcher Team Valor International Team Valor International
Mile 2010 Breeders' Cup Mile Goldikova (IRE) O. Peslier F. Head Wertheimer and Frere Wertheimer et Frere (IRE)
TwinSpires Sprint 2010 Breeders' Cup Sprint Big Drama E. Coa D. Fawkes Harold L. Queen Harold L. Queen
Turf Sprint 2010 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint Chamberlain Bridge J. Theriot W. Calhoun Carl R. Moore Management LLC Eugene Melnyk
Filly & Mare Sprint 2010 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Dubai Majesty J. Theriot W. Calhoun Martin Racing Stable LLC and Dan Morgan Harold J. Plumley
Sentient Jet Juvenile 2010 Grey Goose Juvenile Uncle Mo J. Velazquez T. Pletcher Repole Stable D. Michael Cavey
Juvenile Fillies Turf 2010 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf More Than Real G. Gomez T. Pletcher Bobby Flay Santucket Stables
Longines Distaff 2010 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic Unrivaled Belle K. Desormeaux W. Mott Gary Seidler and Peter Vegso Gary Seidler and Peter Vegso
2010 Breeders' Cup Marathon Eldaafer J. Velazquez D. Alvarado IEAH Stables and Mansour Albaroudy Shadwell Farm
Longines Turf 2010 Breeders' Cup Turf Dangerous Midge L. Dettori B. Meehan Iraj Parvizi Tony Holmes & Dr. Walter Zent