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Last updated Oct. 18th, 2021

Who’s Contending for the 2021 Breeders’ Cup?

Breeders’ Cup Contenders & Entries

The latest contenders for the 2021 Breeders’ Cup can be found below. Final entries are drawn the Tuesday of Breeders’ Cup Week.


2021 Breeders’ Cup Contenders for Future Stars Friday

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Contenders

The BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE TURF SPRINT (GI) is a 5 furlong race for 2-year-olds. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $1 million, including travel awards.

Perfect Power (IRE)

  • Trainer:  R A Fahey
  • Jockey (most recent race): P Hanagan
  • Owner: Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Norfolk Stakes & Darley Prix Morny

One Timer

  • Trainer:  Larry Rivelli
  • Jockey (most recent race): E. T. Baird
  • Owner: Patricia’s Hope and Richard Ravin
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Speakeasy Stakes

Averly Jane

  • Trainer:  Wesley A. Ward
  • Jockey (most recent race): Tyler Gaffalione
  • Owner: Hat Creek Racing 
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Indian Summer Stakes

Slipstream

  • Trainer: Christophe Clement
  • Jockey (most recent race): Joel Rosario
  • Owner: Jump Sucker Stable 
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Futurity Stakes

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Contenders

The BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE TURF (GI) is a one mile race for 2-year-old colts and geldings to be run on the turf. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $1 million, including travel awards.

Atomic Jones (FR)

  • Trainer: Ger Lyons
  • Jockey (most recent race): Colin Keane
  • Owner: Sean Jones & David Spratt & Mrs Lynne Lyons
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Champions Juvenile Stakes

Albahr (GB)

  • Trainer: Charles Appleby
  • Jockey (most recent race): Frankie Dettori
  • Owner: Godolphin
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Summer Stakes

Royal Patronage (FR)

  • Trainer: Mark Johnston
  • Jockey (most recent race): Jason Hart
  • Owner: Highclere T’Bred Racing – Woodland Walk
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes

Angel Bleu

  • Trainer: Ralph Beckett
  • Jockey (most recent race): Frankie Dettori
  • Owner: Marc Chan
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere

Tiz the Bomb

  • Trainer: Kenneth G. McPeek
  • Jockey (most recent race): Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.
  • Owner: Phoenix Thoroughbred, Ltd
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Bourbon Stakes

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Contenders

The BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES (GI) is a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-old fillies. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $2 million, including travel awards.

Hidden Connection

  • Trainer: W. Bret Calhoun
  • Jockey (most recent race): Reylu Gutierrez
  • Owner: Hidden Brook Farm and Black Type Thoroughbreds
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Pocahontas Stakes

Ain’t Easy

  • Trainer: Philip D’Amato
  • Jockey (most recent race): Joel Rosario
  • Owner: Old Bones Racing Stable, Michael Lombardi and Joey Platts
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Chandelier Stakes

Echo Zulu

  • Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
  • Jockey (most recent race): Ricardo Santana, Jr.
  • Owner: L and N Racing and Winchell Thoroughbreds
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Frizette Stakes

Juju’s Map

  • Trainer: Brad H. Cox
  • Jockey (most recent race): Florent Geroux
  • Owner: Albaugh Family Stables LLC 
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Darley Alcibiades Stakes

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Contenders

The BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES TURF (GI) is a one mile race for 2-year-old fillies to be run on the turf. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $1 million, including travel awards.

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Discoveries (IRE)

  • Trainer: Jessica Harrington
  • Jockey (most recent race): Shane Foley
  • Owner: Niarchos Family
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Moyglare Stud Stakes

Wild Beauty (GB)

  • Trainer: Charles Appleby
  • Jockey (most recent race): Frankie Dettori
  • Owner: Godolphin
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Natalma Stakes

Hello You (IRE)

  • Trainer: David Loughnane
  • Jockey (most recent race): Rossa Ryan
  • Owner: Amo Racing Ltd.
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Shadwell Rockfel Stakes

Zellie

  • Trainer: André Fabre
  • Jockey (most recent race): Oisin Murphy
  • Owner: Al Wasmiyah Farm
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac

California Angel

  • Trainer: George Leonard III
  • Jockey (most recent race): Rafael Bejarano
  • Owner: Chris Walsh
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Jessamine Stakes

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Contenders

The BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE (GI) is a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-old colts and geldings. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $2 million, including travel awards.

Major General

  • Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher
  • Jockey (most recent race): Javier Castellano
  • Owner: WinStar Farm LLC and Siena Farm LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Iroquois Stakes

Corniche

  • Trainer: Bob Baffert
  • Jockey (most recent race): Mike E. Smith
  • Owner: Speedway Stables
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: American Pharoah Stakes

Jack Christopher

  • Trainer: Chad C. Brown
  • Jockey (most recent race): Jose L. Ortiz
  • Owner: Jim Bakke, Gerald Isbister, Coolmore Stud and Peter M. Brant
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Champagne Stakes

Rattle N Roll

  • Trainer: Kenneth G. McPeek
  • Jockey (most recent race): Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. 
  • Owner: Lucky Seven Stable (Mackin) 
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Breeders’ Futurity Stakes

Breeders’ Cup Entries for Championship Saturday

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Contenders

The BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE SPRINT (GI) is a seven furlong race for 3-year-olds and up, fillies & mares. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $1 million, including travel awards.

Ce Ce

  • Trainer: Michael W. McCarthy
  • Jockey (most recent race): Victor Espinoza
  • Owner: Bo Hirsch
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Princess Rooney Stakes
Gamine wins the Ballerina Stakes and qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Fill & Mare Sprint

Gamine

  • Trainer: Bob Baffert
  • Jockey (most recent race): John R. Velazquez
  • Owner: Michael Lund Petersen
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Ballerina Stakes

Bell’s the One


Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Contenders

The BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT (GI) is a five furlong race for 3-year-olds and up to be run on the turf. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $1 million, including travel awards.

Casa Creed

  • Trainer: Bill Mott
  • Jockey (most recent race): Junior Alvarado
  • Owner: LRE Racing LLC and JEH Racing Stable LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: The Jackpocket Jaipur Stakes
Dream of Dreams wins the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

Dream of Dreams (IRE)

  • Trainer: Michael Stoute
  • Jockey (most recent race): Ryan Moore
  • Owner: Saeed Suhail
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Diamond Jubilee Stakes
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Winter Power (IRE)

  • Trainer: Tim Easterby
  • Jockey (most recent race): Silvestre de Sousa
  • Owner: King Power Racing Co Ltd
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Nunthorpe Stakes

Gear Jockey

  • Trainer: George R. Arnold, II
  • Jockey (most recent race): Jose Lezcano
  • Owner: Calumet Farm
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Turf Sprint Stakes

Romantic Proposal (IRE)

  • Trainer: Edward Lynam
  • Jockey (most recent race): Chris Hayes
  • Owner: Clipper Logistics Group
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Flying Five Stakes

A Case of You (IRE)

  • Trainer: Adrian McGuinness
  • Jockey (most recent race): Ronan Whelan
  • Owner: Gary Devlin
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Prix de L’Abbaye de Longchamp Longines

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Contenders

The BREEDERS’ CUP DIRT MILE (GI) is a one mile race for 3-year-olds and up. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $1 million, including travel awards.

Silver State

  • Trainer: Steven Asmussen
  • Jockey (most recent race): Ricardo Santana, Jr.
  • Owner: Willis Horton Racing LLC and Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Metropolitan Handicap
Ginobili wins the Pat O'Brien Stakes and qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile

Ginobili

  • Trainer: Richard Baltas
  • Jockey (most recent race): Drayden Van Dyke
  • Owner: Slam Dunk Racing et al.
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Pat O’Brien Stakes

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Contenders

The BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE TURF (GI) is a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, to be run on the turf. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $2 million, including travel awards.

Queen Supreme (IRE)

  • Trainer: Michael de Kock
  • Jockey (most recent race): Keagan De Melo
  • Owner: Mauritzfontein (pty) Ltd (nom: Mrs J B Jell) & Mes
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Cartier Paddock Stakes

Gran Alegria (JPN)

  • Trainer: Kazuo Fujisawa
  • Jockey (most recent race): Kenichi Ikezoe
  • Owner: Sunday Racing Co. Ltd.
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Victoria Mile
snowfall horse

Snowfall (JPN)

  • Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
  • Jockey (most recent race): Ryan Moore
  • Owner: Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Darley Yorkshire Oaks

No Speak Alexander (IRE)

  • Trainer: Jessica Harrington
  • Jockey (most recent race): Shane Foley
  • Owner: Charles O’Callaghan & Noel O’Callaghan & Paul O’Callaghan
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Justify Matron Stakes

Going To Vegas

  • Trainer: Richard Baltas 
  • Jockey (most recent race): Umberto Rispoli 
  • Owner: Abbondanza Racing, Medallion Racing and MyRacehorse
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Rodeo Drive Stakes

Rougir

  • Trainer: Cedric Rossi
  • Jockey (most recent race): Maxime Guyon
  • Owner: Le Haras De La Gousserie
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Prix de L’Opera Longines

Blowout (GB)

  • Trainer: Chad C. Brown
  • Jockey (most recent race): Flavien Prat
  • Owner: Peter M. Brant
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: First Lady Stakes

Breeders’ Cup Sprint Contenders

The BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT (GI) is a six furlong race for 3-year-olds and up. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $1.5 million, including travel awards.

Mind Control

  • Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher
  • Jockey (most recent race): John R. Velazquez
  • Owner: Red Oak Stable (Brunetti) and Madaket Stables, LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: John A. Nerud Stakes
Dr. Schivel

Dr. Schivel

  • Trainer: Mark Glatt
  • Jockey (most recent race): Flavien Prat
  • Owner: Red Baron’s Barn LLC, Rancho Temescal LLC, Branch, William A. and Reeves, William Dean
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Bing Crosby Stakes & Santa Anita Sprint Championship

Special Reserve

  • Trainer: Michael J. Maker
  • Jockey (most recent race): Joel Rosario
  • Owner: Paradise Farms and David Staudacher
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Phoenix Stakes

Following Sea

  • Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher
  • Jockey (most recent race): Joel Rosario
  • Owner: Spendthrift Farm
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Vosburgh Stakes

Breeders’ Cup Mile Contenders

The BREEDERS’ CUP MILE (GI) is a one mile race for 3-year-olds and up, to be run on the turf. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $2 million, including travel awards.

Jet Dark (SAF)

  • Trainer: Justin Snaith
  • Jockey (most recent race): Richard Fourie
  • Owner: Messrs C T Crowe & N Jonsson
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: L’Ormarins Queens Plate

Succeso (CHI)

  • Trainer: Patricio Baeza
  • Jockey (most recent race): Jaime Medina
  • Owner: Don Mario
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella

Smooth Like Strait

  • Trainer: Michael W. McCarthy
  • Jockey (most recent race): Umberto Rispoli
  • Owner: Cannon Thoroughbreds LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Shoemaker Mile

Danon Kingly (JPN)

  • Trainer: Kiyoshi Hagiwara
  • Jockey (most recent race): Yuga Kawada
  • Owner: Danox Co. Ltd.
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Yasuda Kinen

Palace Pier (GB)

  • Trainer: John H.M. Gosden
  • Jockey (most recent race): Frankie Dettori
  • Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Queen Anne Stakes & Prix Jacques Le Marois
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Alcohol Free (IRE)

  • Trainer: Andrew Balding
  • Jockey (most recent race): Oisin Murphy
  • Owner: J C Smith
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Qatar Sussex Stakes
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Got Stormy

  • Trainer: Mark Casse
  • Jockey (most recent race): Tyler Gaffalione
  • Owner: My Racehorse Stable and Spendthrift Farm LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: The Fourstardave

Town Cruise

  • Trainer: Brandon Evan Greer
  • Jockey (most recent race): Daisuke Fukumoto
  • Owner: Brandon Evan Greer
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Woodbine Mile

In Love (BRZ)

  • Trainer: Paulo H. Lobo
  • Jockey (most recent race): Alex Achard
  • Owner: Bonne Chance Farm and Stud R D I
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Keeneland Turf Mile

Breeders’ Cup Distaff Contenders

The BREEDERS’ CUP DISTAFF (GI) is a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $2 million, including travel awards.

Blue Stripe (ARG)

  • Trainer: Nicolas Martin Ferro
  • Jockey (most recent race): Edouardo Pavon
  • Owner: Haras Pozo De Luna S.A.
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Gran Premio Criadores

Letruska

Shedaresthedevil

Shedaresthedevil

  • Trainer: Brad Cox
  • Jockey (most recent race): Florent Geroux
  • Owner: Flurry Racing Stables LLC, Qatar Racing Limited and Big Aut Farms
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

Private Mission

  • Trainer:  Bob Baffert
  • Jockey (most recent race): Flavien Prat
  • Owner: Baoma Corporation
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Zenyatta Stakes

Breeders’ Cup Turf Contenders

The BREEDERS’ CUP TURF (GI) is a 1 1/2-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, to be run on the turf. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $4 million, including travel awards.

Cool Day (ARG)

Love (IRE)

  • Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
  • Jockey (most recent race): Ryan Moore
  • Owner: Michael B. Tabor, Mrs. John ‘Susan’ Magnier & Derrick Smith
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Prince of Wales’s Stakes

Chrono Genesis (JPN)

  • Trainer: Takashi Saito
  • Jockey (most recent race): Yuichi Kitamura
  • Owner: Sunday Racing, Carcone Holdings
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Takarazuka Kinen
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Adayar (IRE)

Astronaut

  • Trainer: John Shirreffs
  • Jockey (most recent race): Victor Espinoza
  • Owner: John M. B. O’Connor
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Del Mar Handicap 
Gufo wins the Sword Dancer Stakes and qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Turf

Gufo

  • Trainer: Christophe Clement
  • Jockey (most recent race): Joel Rosario
  • Owner: Otter Bend Stables, LLC 
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Sword Dancer Stakes
War Like Goddess wins the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes and qualifies for the Breeders Cup' Turf

War Like Goddess

  • Trainer: William I. Mott
  • Jockey (most recent race): Julien R. Leparoux
  • Owner: George Krikorian
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Flower Bowl Stakes

Imperador (ARG)

  • Trainer: Paulo H. Lobo
  • Jockey (most recent race): Joseph Talamo
  • Owner: Bonne Chance Farm, LLC and Stud R D I, LLC.
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes
St Mark’s Basilica

St Mark’s Basilica (FR)

  • Trainer: Aidan P. O’Brien
  • Jockey (most recent race): Ryan L. Moore
  • Owner: Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Irish Champion Stakes

Yibir (GB)

  • Trainer: Charles Appleby
  • Jockey (most recent race): Jamie P. Spencer
  • Owner: Godolphin, LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Jockey Club Derby Invitational

Torquator Tasso

  • Trainer: Marcel Weiss
  • Jockey (most recent race): Rene Piechulek
  • Owner: Gestüt Auenquelle
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe

Breeders’ Cup Classic Contenders

The 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.

Cafe Pharoah

  • Trainer: Noriyuki Hori
  • Jockey (most recent race): Mirco Demuro
  • Owner: Koichi Nishikawa
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: February Stakes

Maxfield

  • Trainer: Brendan Walsh
  • Jockey (most recent race): Jose L. Ortiz
  • Owner: Godolphin, LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Stephen Foster Stakes

Max Player

Mandaloun

Knicks Go racehorse racing at the Breeders Futurity

Knicks Go

  • Trainer: Brad Cox
  • Jockey (most recent race): Joel Rosario
  • Owner: Korea Racing Authority
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: The Whitney

Mishriff (IRE)

  • Trainer: John & Thady Gosden
  • Jockey (most recent race): David Egan
  • Owner: Prince A. A. Faisal
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Juddmonte International Stakes
tripoli horse

Tripoli

  • Trainer: John Sadler
  • Jockey (most recent race): Tiago Josue Pereira
  • Owner: Hronis Racing LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Pacific Classic

Medina Spirit

  • Trainer: Bob Baffert
  • Jockey (most recent race): John R. Velazquez
  • Owner: Zedan Racing Stables
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Awesome Again Stakes