The 2015 Breeders’ Cup


October 30 & 31, 2015

Attendance: 44,947
Handle: $44,949,165
Races: 4
Weather: 52°
Attendance: 50,155
Handle: $105,625,491
Races: 9
Weather: 55°

The 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships was a homecoming for the ages. For the first time, the Breeders' Cup returned to the city where it was born, and a record crowd filled Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., on October 30 and 31 to welcome it, and to witness Triple Crown winner American Pharoah become the first ever Grand Slam champion with a 6 1/2 length victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Earlier on Breeders' Cup Saturday, the 3-year-old filly Found (IRE) turned the tables on Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Golden Horn (GB), taking the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf by half a length. Nyquist, who would go on to win the 2016 Kentucky Derby, earned his Eclipse champion title with a half-length score over Swipe in the Sentient Jet Juvenile. In the Mile, Tepin announced herself as a formidable world class talent, defeating a deep international field that included 2014 Mile winner Karakontie. Stephanie's Kitten, the 2011 Juvenile Turf Fillies winner, became a two-time Breeders' Cup champion with a win in the Filly & Mare Turf. Mongolian Saturday started the day with a double-digit return to bettors, paying $33.80 to win the TwinSpires Turf Sprint.

Breeders' Cup Friday was no less thrilling. In one of the most anticipated performances of the two-day World Championships, Songbird extended her unbeaten streak to four with a 5 3/4 length victory in the 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies. Another undefeated filly, Catch a Glimpse, gave trainer Mark Casse his first Breeders' Cup win when she took the Juvenile Fillies Turf, and owner Kiki Courtelis, racing as Town and Country Farms, won her first race with her first Breeders' Cup starter when Stopchargingmaria dramatically dueled down the stretch to victory in the Longines Distaff.

Driven by the popularity of American Pharoah, ratings for the Breeders' Cup Classic on NBC were the highest in 20 years. Beyond American Pharoah's Classic win, the 2015 Breeders' Cup was one of the most competitive renewals of the World Championships. The 161 starters in the 13 races included 25 horses from overseas, 39 winners of Breeders' Cup Challenge races, and had 120 Grade/Group 1 wins among them.

The Breeders' Cup heads to Santa Anita Park for the ninth time in 2016.

2015 Breeders’ Cup Champions

Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
Juvenile Turf 2015 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf - Hit It a Bomb Hit It a Bomb Joseph O'Brien Aiden P O'Brien Mrs E. M. Stockwell Mrs. E. Stockwell
Las Vegas Dirt Mile 2015 Breeders' Cup Las Vegas Dirt Mile - Liam's Map Liam's Map Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Teresa Viola Racing Stables Albaugh Family Stable
Juvenile Fillies Turf 2015 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf - Catch a Glimpse Catch a Glimpse Florent Geroux Mark Casse Gary Barber, Michael James Ambler and Windways Farm Branch Equine
Longines Distaff 2015 Breeders' Cup Longines Distaff - Stopchargingmaria Stopchargingmaria Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Town and Country Farms Harvey Clarke & Brookdale Farm
14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies 2015 Breeders' Cup 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies - Songbird Songbird Mike Smith Jerry Hollendorfer Fox Hill Farm John Antonelli
TwinSpires Turf Sprint 2015 Breeders' Cup TwinSpires Turf Sprint - Mongolian Saturday Mongolian Saturday Florent Geroux Enebish Ganbat Mongolian Stable Normandy Farm
TwinSpires Filly & Mare Sprint 2015 Breeders' Cup TwinSpires Filly & Mare Sprint - Wavell Avenue Wavell Avenue Joel Rosario Chad Brown Michael Dubb, David Simon and Bethlehem Stables LLC Eugene Melynk
TwinSpires Sprint 2015 Breeders' Cup TwinSpires Sprint - Runhappy Runhappy Edgar Prado Maria Borell James McIngvale Wayne Lyster Gray Lyster & Bryan Lyster
Filly & Mare Turf 2015 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf - Stephanie's Kitten Stephanie's Kitten J. Velazquez W. Catalano Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey
Mile 2015 Breeders' Cup Mile - Tepin Tepin Julien Leparoux Mark Casse Robert Masterson Machmer Hall
Sentient Jet Juvenile 2015 Breeders' Cup Sentient Jet Juvenile - Nyquist Nyquist Mario Gutierrez Doug O'Neill Reddam Racing Summerhill Farm
Longines Turf 2015 Breeders' Cup Longines Turf - Found (IRE) Found (IRE) Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Mr M. Tabor D. Smith & Mrs John Magnier Roncon Wynatt & Chelston
Classic 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic - American Pharoah American Pharoah Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert Zayat Stables Zayat Stables

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