2023 Breeders' Cup Classic: Entries, Odds, Results & Payouts

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Last updated: November 4, 2023 at 4:37 p.m. EDT

2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic

The 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic will be held at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, November 4th.

2023 Official Entries & Morning Line Odds

Race 9, Post Time 6:40 pm (ET)

The LONGINES BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC (GI) is a 1 1/4-mile race for 3-year-olds and up. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $6 million, including travel awards. Official entries and morning line odds will be available here once announced.

Breeders' Cup Classic 2023

PP
Odds
Horse
Jockey / Trainer
1
12-1
*Zandon
Frankie Dettori / Chad C. Brown
2
4-1
**White Abarrio
Irad Ortiz, Jr. / Richard E. Dutrow Jr.
3
30-1
Missed the Cut
Luis Saez / John W. Sadler
4
20-1
Derma Sotogake (JPN)
Christophe Lemaire / Hidetaka Otonashi
5
12-1
Saudi Crown
Florent Geroux / Brad Cox
6
20-1
Clapton
Tyler Gaffalione / Chad Summers
7
4-1
Ushba Tesoro (JPN)
Yuga Kawada / Noboru Takagi
8
30-1
Senor Buscador
Geovanni Franco / Todd W. Fincher
9
30-1
Dreamlike
Jose Ortiz / Todd A. Pletcher
10
10-1
**Bright Future
John Velazquez / Todd A. Pletcher
11
3-1
**Arabian Knight
Flavien Prat / Bob Baffert
12
12-1
Proxy
Joel Rosario / Michael Stidham

**denotes Breeders' Cup Challenge Winner

*denotes qualification based on points

Information and winners of the “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series races for the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic:

DATERACECOUNTRYWINNER
2/19/2023
February Stakes
Japan
Lemon Pop
7/1/2023
USA
West Will Power
7/22/2023
USA
Geaux Rocket Ride
8/5/2023
USA
White Abarrio
8/23/2023
UK
Mostahdaf
9/2/2023
USA
Arabian Knight
9/2/2023
USA
Bright Future
9/30/2023
USA
Slow Down Andy

Latest Breeders' Cup Classic News

THE 2023 BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC TIPSHEET

A top-notch field of 13 will travel 1 1/4 miles on the Santa Anita main oval in Saturday’s lucrative, $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic S. (G1). The feature of the sensational two-day extravaganza attracted top sophomores and elders, as well as a pair of international contenders, in what will undoubtedly be a thrilling event.

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SCULLY: BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC FAIR ODDS

The 40th running of the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) will be offered at Santa Anita on Nov. 4, and a large, competitive field appears to be shaping up for the 1 1/4-mile race.

I’ve put together a fair odds line for Classic probables, and the final field will be drawn on Monday, Oct. 31.

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BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC PREVIEW; RANKING CONTENDERS BY CATEGORY

The $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic serves as the centerpiece of the two-day, 14-race Breeders’ Cup World Championship, and a large field is shaping up for the 1 1/4-mile race at Santa Anita on Nov. 4.

Let’s rank the contenders into four categories.

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2023 Breeders' Cup Classic Results & Payouts

Final results and payouts for the 2023 Breeders' Cup Classic:

POST
HORSE
JOCKEY / TRAINER
WIN / PLACE / SHOW
3
White Abarrio
Irad Ortiz, Jr. / Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.
$7.20 / $5.20 / $3.80
5
Derma Sotogake (JPN)
Christophe Lemaire / Hidetaka Otonashi
$18.80 / $13.00
13
Proxy
Joel Rosario / Michael Stidham
$7.80
12
Arabian Knight
Flavien Prat / Bob Baffert
8
Ushba Tesoro (JPN)
Yuga Kawada / Noboru Takagi
11
Bright Future
John R. Velazquez / Todd A. Pletcher
9
Senor Buscador
Geovanni Franco / Todd W. Fincher
10
Dreamlike
Jose L. Ortiz / Todd A. Pletcher
2
Zandon
Lanfranco Dettori / Chad C. Brown
6
Saudi Crown
Florent Geroux / Brad H. Cox

Exotic Payouts:

  • $1.00 Exacta (3-5) Paid: $89.70
  • $0.50 Trifecta (3-5-13) Paid: $450.90
  • $0.10 Superfecta (3-5-13-12) Paid: $1,060.14

Watch the 2023 Breeders' Cup Classic


The BC Classic History

Though the Breeders’ Cup Classic does not have the history of its counterparts in the Triple Crown, it is well renowned as one of the biggest horse races of the year. With a debut in 1984, the Classic is the marquee main event of the Breeders’ Cup World Championship program and typically takes place the first weekend in November.

The venue for the Breeders’ Cup changes about every year as a goal to highlight various racing markets around the USA. Santa Anita and Churchill Downs have been two of the most frequent hosts.

To further acknowledge the prestige of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the race was lumped in with the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes to form the coveted Grand Slam. This holy grail of American racing was thought to be unattainable, largely because a 38-year drought existed since Affirmed won the last Triple Crown in 1978 before the Breeders’ Cup even existed.

American Pharoah shattered that line of thinking in 2015 with one of the most impressive, single-year campaigns of any horse in the history of the sport. By winning the Triple Crown that season and the Breeders’ Cup Classic later in the year, American Pharoah became the first and only Grand Slam Champion in history.

The only other horse who came close was Sunday Silence who won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 1989. Sunday Silence would come up short as the runner-up in that year’s Belmont Stakes, but was recognized for his achievement with a “Small Slam” which is attained by winning three of the four major races.

Beginning in 1984, the purse for the Breeders’ Cup Classic was $3,000,000. This was raised to $4,000,000 in 1996 and again to $5,000,000 in 2005. As of 2016, the purse was raised to $6,000,000 making it the second largest purse in American Thoroughbred racing behind the new Pegasus World Cup which will boast a $12 million purse.


Breeders' Cup Classic Historical Records

The Breeders’ Cup is open to any horse aged three years or more and is run over a distance of 1 ¼ miles, which is the same distance as the Kentucky Derby. Despite the uncapped age limit, the horse is typically won by horses aged three-years-old to five-years old.

Three horses have set track records in the Classic. Ghostzapper clocked in at 1:59.02 at Lone Star Park and recorded the fastest ever time at both the track and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Authentic’s winning time of 1:59.60 in 2020 set a race record at Keeneland as well. Finally, Alphabet Soup’s time of 2:01.00 set a record at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada.

Tiznow is the only horse to have won the race twice, doing is in 2000 and 2001.

Zenyatta became the only female champion of the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2009.

Only one ownership has won the race multiple times. That honor belongs to the Stronach Group who run Awesome Again in 1998 and Ghostzapper in 2004.

Chris McCarron and Jerry Bailey are the most successful riders at the Breeders’ Cup Classic with 5 wins each.

Bob Baffert is the reigning king of the Breeders’ Cup Classic having won four renewals with Authentic (2020) Arrogate (2016), American Pharoah (2015) and Bayern (2014) all capturing victory as three-year-olds.

American Pharoah also owns the largest margin of victory, beating Effinex by 6 ½ lengths at Santa Anita in 2015.

Click on a year to read a historical recap of the Breeders' Cup Classic race!

YEARHORSEAGEJOCKEYTRAINERTIMEVENUE
2023White Abarrio4 Irad Ortiz, Jr.Richard Dutrow2:02.87Santa Anita
2022Flightline4Flavien PratJohn W. Sadler2:00.05Keeneland
2021Knicks Go5Joel RosarioBrad H. Cox1:59.57Del Mar
2020Authentic3John R. VelazquezBob Baffert1:59.60Keeneland
2019Vino Rosso 4 Irad Ortiz, Jr.Todd Pletcher 2:02.80Santa Anita
2018Accelerate5Joel RosarioJohn Sadler2:02.93Churchill Downs
2017Gun Runner4Florent GerouxSteve Asmussen2:01:29Del Mar
2016Arrogate3Mike E. SmithBob Baffert2:00.11Santa Anita
2015American Pharoah3Victor EspinozaBob Baffert2:00.07Keeneland
2014Bayern3Martin GarciaBob Baffert1:59.88Santa Anita
2013Mucho Macho Man5Gary StevensKatherine Ritvo2:00.72Santa Anita
2012Fort Larned4Brian HernandezIan Wilkes2:00.11Santa Anita
2011Drosselmeyer4Mike E. SmithWilliam I. Mott2:04.27Churchill Downs
2010Blame4Garrett GomezAlbert M. Stall, Jr.2:02.28Churchill Downs
2009Zenyatta5Mike E. SmithJohn Shirreffs2:00.32Santa Anita
2008Raven's Pass3Frankie DettoriJohn Gosden1:59.27Santa Anita
2007Curlin3Robby AlbaradoSteve Asmussen2:00.59Monmouth Park
2006Invasor (ARG)4Fernando JaraKiaran McLaughlin2:02.18Churchill Downs
2005Saint Liam5Jerry BaileyRichard Dutrow2:01.49Belmont Park
2004Ghostzapper4Javier CastellanoRobert J. Frankel1:59.02Lone Star Park
2003Pleasantly Perfect5Alex SolisRichard Mandella1:59.88Santa Anita
2002Volponi4Jose SantosPhillip G. Johnson2:01.39Arlington Park
2001Tiznow4Chris McCarronJay M. Robbins2:00.62Belmont Park
2000Tiznow3Chris McCarronJay M. Robbins2:00.75Churchill Downs
1999Cat Thief3Pat DayD. Wayne Lukas1:59.52Gulfstream Park
1998Awesome Again4Pat DayPatrick B. Byrne2:02.16Churchill Downs
1997Skip Away4Mike E. SmithSonny Hine1:59.16Hollywood Park
1996Alphabet Soup5Chris McCarronDavid Hofmans2:01.00Woodbine
1995Cigar5Jerry BaileyWilliam I. Mott1:59.58Belmont Park
1994Concern3Jerry BaileyRichard W. Small2:02.41Churchill Downs
1993Arcangues (FR)5Jerry BaileyAndre Fabre2:00.83Santa Anita
1992A.P. Indy3Ed DelahoussayeNeil Drysdale2:00.20Gulfstream Park
1991Black Tie Affair5Jerry BaileyErnie T. Poulos2:02.95Churchill Downs
1990Unbridled3Pat DayCarl Nafzger2:02.20Belmont Park
1989Sunday Silence3Chris McCarronCharlie Whittingham2:00.20Gulfstream Park
1988Alysheba4Chris McCarronJack Van Berg2:04.80Churchill Downs
1987Ferdinand4Bill ShoemakerCharlie Whittingham2:01.40Hollywood Park
1986Skywalker4Laffit Pincay, Jr.Michael Whittingham2:00.40Santa Anita
1985Proud Truth3Jorge VelasquezJohn M. Veitch2:00.80Aqueduct
1984Wild Again4Pat DayVincent Timphony2:03.40Hollywood Park