The 2016 Breeders’ Cup

Santa Anita Park

November 4 & 5, 2016

Attendance: 45,673
Handle: $50,935,934
Races: 4
Weather: 83°
Attendance: 72,811
Handle: $109,055,897
Races: 9
Weather: 83°

The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will long be remembered as an event that lived up to its giant expectations. For a record ninth time the Breeders’ Cup was held under the majestic San Gabriel Mountains of Santa Anita Park and before a Breeders’ Cup record two-day crowd of 118,484 spectators.

The first Breeders’ Cup race on Friday, the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, fittingly had a Hollywood theme, as the 2-year-old Oscar Performance scored a 1 ¼ length victory. Tamarkuz made a big impression winning the $1 million Las Vegas Dirt Mile with a three-length victory at odds of nearly 12-1. Trainer Chad Brown and jockey Javier Castellano teamed up to win the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf as New Money Honey surged in the stretch to win by a half-length. The Longines Distaff followed, and it proved to be a race for the ages as the 6-year-old Beholder, a two-time Breeders’ cup winner, squared off against the undefeated 3-year-old filly Songbird, who won the Juvenile Fillies the year before, ridden by Mike Smith. In an epic stretch battle, Beholder, under Gary Stevens prevailed over Songbird by a nose.

Saturday’s highlights began with day’s biggest upset as 31-1 Champagne Room held off the fast-closing Valadorna by three-quarters of a length to win the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. The Europeans won their first Breeders’ Cup race of 2016 in the $2 million Filly & Mare Turf when Queen’s Trust, from the United Kingdom, thundered from last at the three-quarter pole to first by a nose over 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Lady Eli. The 8-year-old gelding Obvioulsy won his first Breeders’ Cup race on his fifth try, taking the $1 million Turf Sprint over Om by a nose. The following race, the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, resulted in another close finish as Classic Empire held off Not This Time by a neck. Highland Reel from Ireland led the 1 ½ mile $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf from start to finish. Tourist gave trainer Bill Mott his 10th Breeders’ Cup win as the 12-1 shot beat 2015 Mile champion Tepin by a half-length.

Like the Distaff on Friday, the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic was a tremendous battle between the 3-year-old Travers winner Arrogate and the favored 5-year-old California Chrome, North America’s richest racehorse. California Chrome held the lead into the stretch when Arrogate made up sixth lengths and surpassed his rival at the wire. The victory gave Mike Smith his 25th Breeders’ Cup win.

The 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, just north of San Diego, on November 3-4.

2016 Breeders’ Cup Champions

Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
Classic 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic - Arrogate Arrogate Mike Smith Bob Baffert Juddmonte Farms, Inc. Clearsky Farms
Longines Distaff 2016 Longines Distaff - Beholder Beholder Gary Stevens Richard Mandella Spendthrift Farm LLC Clarkland Farm
Las Vegas Dirt Mile 2016 Las Vegas Dirt Mile - Tamarkuz Tamarkuz Mike Smith Kiaran P. McLaughlin Shadwell Stable John D. Gunther
Juvenile Fillies Turf 2016 Juvenile Fillies Turf - New Money Honey New Money Honey Javier Castellano Chad Brown e Five Racing Thoroughbreds WinStar Farm LLC
Mile 2016 Mile - Tourist Tourist Joel Rosario William I. Mott WinStar Farm LLC, Wachtel Stable and Barber, Gary WinStar Farm LLC
Sentient Jet Juvenile 2016 Sentient Jet Juvenile - Classic Empire Classic Empire Julien R. Leparoux Mark E. Casse John C. Oxley Steven Nicholson & Brandi Nicholson
Filly & Mare Turf 2016 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf - Queen's Trust Queen's Trust (GB) Lanfranco Dettori Sir Michael R Stoute Cheveley Park Stud LLC Cheveley Park Stud Ltd
14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies 2016 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies - Champagne Room Champagne Room Mario Gutierrez Peter Eurton Ciaglia, Exline-Border, Gulliver Racing, Christensen, R., Legan D., Alesia, S. Respite Farm
Longines Turf 2016 Longines Turf - Highland Reel Highland Reel (IRE) Seamus Heffernan Aidan P. O'Brien Tabor, Michael B., Magnier, Mrs. John, and Smith, Derrick Hveger Syndicate
Turf Sprint 2016 Turf Sprint - Obviously Obviously (IRE) Flavien Prat Philip D'Amato Fanticola, Anthony and Scardino, Joseph Miss Deidre Cogan
TwinSpires Sprint 2016 TwinSpires Sprint - Drefong Drefong Martin Garcia Bob Baffert Baoma Corporation Fredrick M Allor & Michael T Barnett & Anthony M Warrender
Filly & Mare Sprint 2016 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint - Finest City Finest City Mike Smith Ian Kruljac Seltzer Thoroughbreds HnR Nothhaft Horseracing LLC
Juvenile Turf 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf - Oscar Performance Oscar Performance Jose L. Ortiz Brian A. Lynch Amerman Racing LLC Mrs. Jerry Amerman

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