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

  • Classic
    Arrogate
    13018053
  • Longines Distaff
    Beholder
    10018883
  • 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies
    Champagne Room
    14012136
  • Sentient Jet Juvenile
    Classic Empire
    14015798
  • TwinSpires Sprint
    Drefong
    13006631
  • Filly & Mare Sprint
    Finest City
    12007791
  • Longines Turf
    Highland Reel (IRE)
    F0043643
  • Juvenile Fillies Turf
    New Money Honey
    14016219
  • Turf Sprint
    Obviously (IRE)
    F0042092
  • Juvenile Turf
    Oscar Performance
    14010780
  • Filly & Mare Turf
    Queen's Trust (GB)
    F0044253
  • Las Vegas Dirt Mile
    Tamarkuz
    10004044
  • Mile
    Tourist
    11012080
  • Classic
    American Pharoah
    12006731
  • Juvenile Fillies Turf
    Catch a Glimpse
    13020511

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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