by Tim Quek
The 2015 Breeders’ Cup was hosted for the first time ever at historic Keeneland Racecourse in Kentucky. The meet was highlighted by a series of incredible finishes, but nothing more special than seeing Triple Crown winner American Pharoah complete the Grand Slam in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I). Below are winners from the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
2015 Breeders’ Cup Results Table
|Juvenile Turf||Hit It a Bomb||Joseph O’Brien||Aiden P O’Brien|
|Las Vegas Dirt Mile||Liam’s Map||Javier Castellano||Todd Pletcher|
|Juvenile Fillies Turf||Catch a Glimpse||Florent Geroux||Mark Casse|
|Longines Distaff||Stopchargingmaria||Javier Castellano||Todd Pletcher|
|14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies||Songbird||Mike Smith||Jerry Hollendorfer|
|TwinSpires Turf Sprint||Mongolian Saturday||Florent Geroux||Enebish Ganbat|
|TwinSpires Filly & Mare Sprint||Wavell Avenue||Joel Rosario||Chad Brown|
|TwinSpires Sprint||Runhappy||Edgar Prado||Maria Borell|
|Filly & Mare Turf||Stephanie’s Kitten||J. Velazquez||W. Catalano|
|Mile||Tepin||Julien Leparoux||Mark Casse|
|Sentient Jet Juvenile||Nyquist||Mario Gutierrez||Doug O’Neill|
|Longines Turf||Found (IRE)||Ryan Moore||Aidan O’Brien|
|Classic||American Pharoah||Victor Espinoza||Bob Baffert|
2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf — Hit It A Bomb
Hit It A Bomb won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in her third career start, besting Airoforce and Birchwood over the one mile distance. Â At three, the Aidan O’Brian trainee has finished 3rd in both the Desmond Stakes and Boomerang Stakes before running 9th in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes this year.
2015 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile — Liam’s Map
Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) proved to be the final chapter in an outstanding career for then three-year-old Liam’s Map. Entering as the even money favorite, Liam’s Map dusted Lea and Red Vine to improve his record to 6-2-0 in eight starts, with over $1.3 million in career earnings.
2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf — Catch A Glimpse
Breaking out early as a 5/1 third choice, Catch A Glimpse stunned the crowd at Keeneland to capture the 2015 Juvenile Fillies Turf. The win propelled her into a strong three-year-old season for 2016 achieving an eight-race win streak until the Lake Placid Stakes.
2015 Breeders’ Cup Distaff — Stopchargingmaria
Interestingly enough, the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Distaff was a coming out party for two of the most successful female horses of the past two years. Stopcharingmaria was a 5/1 outside shot and was able to capture her 9th victory in 18 starts. This brought her total career earnings to over $3 million. Stellar Wind started at odds of 12/1 in 2015, but heads to Santa Anita as a 5/2 preference alongside Beholder in 2016.
2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies — Songbird
The Breederse’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) was labeled early on as a battle between sheer talent and racing royalty. Songbird was the 7/5 favorite in the race, ahead of Rachel’s Valentina, a Bernardini filly out of Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. The contest turned out to be less of a battle and more of a declaration of Songbird’s incredible gifts. She would lead wire-to-wire and use the race as momentum to go undefeated through 11 starts. Songbird will compete in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Distaff and attempt to upset Stellar Wind and Beholder.
2015 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint — Mongolian Saturday
In a photo finish, Mongolian Saturday would hold off a surging Lady Shipman at the wire to claim the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint victory, Green Mask trailed third. Mongolian Saturday will attempt to defend his title in this exciting, minute-long race in 2016. He enters off a win in the Woodford Stakes. The top two finishers from 2015 re-entered in the 2016 renewal carrying long odds of 12/1.
2015 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint — Wavell Avenue
A surging Wavell Avenue would catch La Verdad and Taris down the home stretch to steal the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint in an explosive display of speed and power. Unsurprisingly, the five-year-old mare will attempt to defend her title in the 2016 renewal.
2015 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf — Stephanie’s Kitten
Stephanie’s Kitten punctuated a brilliant career by winning the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf in resounding fashion. She broke through a small gap between the two leaders at the top of the stretch leaving everyone behind. Retired following the race, Stephanie’s Kitten went 11-4-4 in 25 starts, earning nearly $4.3 million over the course of her career. This was her second win on turf at the World Championships. She was also the runner-up in this particular event in 2014.
2015 Breeders’ Cup Sprint — Runhappy
Dashing to his fifth consecutive victory, Runhappy claimed the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Sprint to declare himself the top contender in the sprint category. He would go on to win the Malibu Stakes later that year, before suffering a setback for the 2016 season. Still a fan favorite, Runhappy has stretched out in distance for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, where he will have to contend with the beastly Dortmund.
2015 Breeders’ Cup Mile — Tepin
Last year’s rendition of the Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. I) was won by the same horse who leads the fray this year. The living legend that is Tepin continued her ascension into the annals of greatness by crushing the Mile in 2015. She is expected to do the very same during the 2016 World Championships.
2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile — Nyquist
The 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile was won by Nyquist, who would go on to win the San Vicente Stakes, Florida Derby, and the Kentucky Derby before finishing 3rd at the Preakness Stakes. The three-year-old colt was highly touted throughout the year, but would ultimately retire following disappointing outings in the Haskell and Pennsylvania Derby. Nyquist earned over $5.1 million in 11 starts, going 8-0-1 overall.
2015 Breeders’ Cup Turf — Found
The Breeders’ Cup Turf marked the American debut of Irish-born Found, who would upset Golden Horn and Big Blue Kitten in an astounding result. At four, the filly will attempt a repeat her win as a 3/1 co-second choice, alongside Highland Reel and behind the favored Flintshire.
2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic — American Pharoah
Before a sellout crowd at Keeneland, three-year-old American Pharoah would end his racing career with a history making victory. He not only became the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978, American Pharoah stormed the record books by completing the Grand Slam in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The beloved legend has since retired after 11 starts, with a 9-1-0 record and over $8.6 million in career earnings. American Pharoah is enjoying a highly successful stud career.