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Who’s Contending for the 2022 Breeders’ Cup?

Breeders’ Cup Contenders & Entries

The latest contenders for the 2022 Breeders’ Cup can be found below. Final entries are drawn the Tuesday of Breeders’ Cup Week.


2022 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.

The Ridler

  • Trainer:  Richard Fahey
  • Jockey (most recent race): Paul Hanagan
  • Owner: Steve Bradley
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Norfolk Stakes

Blackbeard

  • Trainer:  A. P. O’Brien
  • Jockey (most recent race): Ryan Moore
  • Owner: Michael B. Tabor, Mrs. John ‘Susan’ Magnier, Derrick Smith, Westerberg
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Prix Morny

Speed Boat Beach

  • Trainer: Bob Baffert
  • Jockey (most recent race): Juan J. Hernandez
  • Owner: Michael E. Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Speakeasy Stakes

Private Creed

  • Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
  • Jockey (most recent race): Joel Rosario
  • Owner: Mike McCarty
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Indian Summer Stakes

Nagirroc

  • Trainer: H. Graham Motion
  • Jockey (most recent race): Manuel Franco
  • Owner: Madaket Stables LLC, Little Red Feather Racing and William Strauss
  • 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.

Auguste Rodin

  • Trainer:  A. P. O’Brien
  • Jockey (most recent race): Ryan Moore
  • Owner: Michael B. Tabor, Mrs. John ‘Susan’ Magnier, Derrick Smith, Westerberg
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Champions Juvenile Stakes

Mysterious Night (IRE)

  • Trainer:  Charles Appleby
  • Jockey (most recent race): William T. Buick
  • Owner: Godolphin
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Summer Stakes

The Foxes

  • Trainer:  Andrew Balding
  • Jockey (most recent race): David Probert
  • Owner: King Power Racing Co Ltd
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Royal Lodge Stakes

Belbek

  • Trainer: André Fabre
  • Jockey (most recent race): Mickael Barzalona
  • Owner: Nurlan Bizakov
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère

Major Dude

  • Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher
  • Jockey (most recent race): Irad Ortiz, Jr.
  • Owner: Spendthrift Farm LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Pilgrim Stakes

Andthewinneris

  • Trainer: Wayne M. Catalano
  • Jockey (most recent race): Flavien Prat
  • Owner: Susan Moulton
  • 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.

Chocolate Gelato

  • Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher
  • Jockey (most recent race): Irad Ortiz, Jr.
  • Owner: Repole Stable
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Frizette Stakes

Wonder Wheel

  • Trainer: Mark E. Casse
  • Jockey (most recent race): Tyler Gaffalione
  • Owner: D. J. Stable LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Darley Alcibiades Stakes

And Tell Me Nolies

  • Trainer: Peter Miller
  • Jockey (most recent race): Ramon A. Vazquez
  • Owner: Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd.
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Chandelier 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.

Tahiyra

  • Trainer:  D. K. Weld
  • Jockey (most recent race): Chris Hayes
  • Owner: H H Aga Khan
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Moyglare Stud Stakes

Last Call

  • Trainer:  Kevin Attard
  • Jockey (most recent race): Rafael Manuel Hernandez
  • Owner: X-Men Racing 2 LLC and SF Racing LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Natalma Stakes

Commissioning

  • Trainer:  John & Thandy Gosden
  • Jockey (most recent race): Robert Havlin
  • Owner: Isa Salman & Abdulla Al Khalifa
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Rockfel Stakes

Pleasant Passage

  • Trainer:  Claude R. McGaughey
  • Jockey (most recent race): Irad Ortiz Jr.
  • Owner: Emory A. Hamilton
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Miss Grillo Stakes

Blue Rose Cen

  • Trainer:  Christopher Head
  • Jockey (most recent race): Aurelien Lemaitre
  • Owner: Yeguada Centurion Slu
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Prix Marcel Boussac

Delight

  • Trainer:  Jonathan Thomas
  • Jockey (most recent race): Luis Saez
  • Owner: Augustin Stable
  • 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.

Blazing Sevens

  • Trainer:  Chad C. Brown
  • Jockey (most recent race): Flavien Prat
  • Owner: Rodeo Creek Racing, LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Champagne Stakes

Cave Rock

  • Trainer:  Bob Baffert
  • Jockey (most recent race): Juan J. Hernandez
  • Owner: Michael E. Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: American Pharoah Stakes

Forte

  • Trainer:  Todd A. Pletcher
  • Jockey (most recent race): Irad Ortiz, Jr.
  • Owner: Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Breeders’ Futurity

2022 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, LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Princess Rooney

Goodnight Olive

  • Trainer:  Chad C. Brown
  • Jockey (most recent race): Irad Ortiz, Jr.
  • Owner: First Row Partners and Team Hanley
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Ballerina Stakes

Slammed

  • Trainer:  Todd W. Fincher
  • Jockey (most recent race): Florent Geroux
  • Owner: Brad King, Suzanne Kirby, and Barbara M. Coleman
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes

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): Luis Saez
  • Owner: LRE Racing LLC and JEH Racing Stable LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: The Jackpocket Jaipur Stakes

Nature Strip (AUS)

  • Trainer: Chris Waller
  • Jockey (most recent race): James McDonald
  • Owner: R A E Lyons, P D Harrison et al
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: King’s Stand Stakes

Highfield Princess

Lieutenant Dan

  • Trainer: Steven Miyadi
  • Jockey (most recent race): Juan J. Hernandez
  • Owner: Trainers House Nicholas B. Alexander
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Green Flash Handicap

Bran (FR)

  • Trainer: John W. Sadler
  • Jockey (most recent race): Vincent Cheminaud
  • Owner: Hronis Racing Llc
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Turf Sprint Stakes

The Platinum Queen

  • Trainer: Richard Fahey
  • Jockey (most recent race): Hollie Doyle
  • Owner: Middleham Park Racing XV
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp

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.

Flightline

  • Trainer: John W. Sadler
  • Jockey (most recent race): Flavien Prat
  • Owner: Hronis Racing et al.
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Metropolitan Handicap

Laurel River

  • Trainer: Bob Baffert
  • Jockey (most recent race): Juan J. Hernandez
  • Owner: Juddmonte
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Pat O’Brien Stakes

Senor Buscador

  • Trainer: Todd W. Fincher
  • Jockey (most recent race): Francisco Arrieta
  • Owner: Joe R. Peacock, Jr.
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Ack Ack 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.

Captain’s Ransom (SAF)

  • Trainer: Justin Snaith
  • Jockey (most recent race): Richard Fourie
  • Owner: Mrs S Viljoen
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Cartier Paddock Stakes

Sodashi (JPN)

  • Trainer: Naosuke Sugai
  • Jockey (most recent race): Hayato Yoshida
  • Owner: Kaneko Makoto Holdings
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Victoria Mile

Ola Perfecta

  • Trainer: Carlos Trujillo
  • Jockey (most recent race): Alfredo Chamy
  • Owner: Stud Patriots
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Gran Premio Pamplona

Dalika (GER)

  • Trainer: Albert Stall Jr.
  • Jockey (most recent race): Brian Hernandez Jr.
  • Owner: Bal Mar Equine, LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Beverly D. Stakes

Alpinista

  • Trainer: Sir Mark Prescott
  • Jockey (most recent race): Luke Morris
  • Owner: Miss Kirsten Rausing 
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Yorkshire Oaks

Virginia Joy (GER)

  • Trainer: Chad C. Brown
  • Jockey (most recent race): Irad Ortiz, Jr.
  • Owner: Peter M. Brant
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Flower Bowl Stakes

Pearls Galore

  • Trainer: P. Twomey
  • Jockey (most recent race): W. J. Lee
  • Owner: Scea Haras De Saint Pair
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Matron Stakes

Place Du Carrousel

  • Trainer: André Fabre
  • Jockey (most recent race): Mickael Barzalona
  • Owner: Al Shaqab Racing & Ballylinch Stud
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Prix de l’Opéra

Going to Vegas

  • Trainer: Philip D’Amato
  • Jockey (most recent race): Umberto Rispoli 
  • Owner: Abbondanza Racing, LLC, Medallion Racing and MyRacehorse
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Rodeo Drive 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.

American Theorem

  • Trainer: George Papaprodromou
  • Jockey (most recent race): Joe Bravo 
  • Owner: Kretz Racing LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Bing Crosby Stakes

Manny Wah

  • Trainer: Wayne M. Catalano
  • Jockey (most recent race): Corey J. Lanerie
  • Owner: Susan Moulton
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Phoenix Stakes

Elite Power

  • Trainer: William I. Mott
  • Jockey (most recent race): Jose Lezcano
  • Owner: Juddmonte
  • 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): S’manga Khumalo
  • Owner: Messrs C T Crowe & N Jonsson
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: L’Ormarins Queens Plate

Viejos Tiempos (CHI)

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

Count Again

  • Trainer: Philip D’Amato
  • Jockey (most recent race): Irad Ortiz, Jr.
  • Owner: Agave Racing Stable and Sam-Son Farm
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Shoemaker Mile

Songline (JPN)

  • Trainer: Toru Hayashi
  • Jockey (most recent race): Kenichi Ikezoe
  • Owner: Sunday Racing Co Ltd
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Yasuda Kinen

Baaeed (GB)

Casa Creed

  • Trainer: William I. Mott
  • Jockey (most recent race): Luis Saez
  • Owner: LRE Racing LLC and JEH Racing Stable LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Fourstardave Handicap

Inspiral

  • Trainer:  John & Thady Gosden
  • Jockey (most recent race): Frankie Dettori
  • Owner: Cheveley Park Stud
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Prix Jacques Le Marois

Modern Games (IRE)

  • Trainer:  Charles Appleby
  • Jockey (most recent race): William T. Buick
  • Owner: Godolphin
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Woodbine Mile

Annapolis

  • Trainer:  Todd A. Pletcher
  • Jockey (most recent race): Irad Ortiz, Jr.
  • Owner: Bass Racing, LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Coolmore Turf Mile Stakes

Bayside Boy

  • Trainer:  Sir Michael Stoute
  • Jockey (most recent race): Richard Kingscote 
  • Owner: Teme Valley & Ballylinch Stud
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

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.

La Validada (ARG)

  • Trainer: Javier Fren
  • Jockey (most recent race): Gustavo Calvente
  • Owner: Buenos Muchachos
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win: Gran Premio Criadores

Clairiere

  • Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
  • Jockey (most recent race): Joel Rosario
  • Owner: Stonestreet Stables LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Ogden Phipps Handicap

Blue Stripe (ARG)

  • Trainer: Marcelo Polanco
  • Jockey (most recent race): Hector Isaac Berrios
  • Owner: Pozo de Luna, Inc.
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

Malathaat

  • Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher
  • Jockey (most recent race): John R. Velazquez
  • Owner: Shadwell Stable
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Spinster 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.

Village King (ARG)

State of Rest (IRE)

  • Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien
  • Jockey (most recent race): S. M. Crosse
  • Owner: State Of Rest Partnership
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Prince of Wales’s Stakes

Titleholder

  • Trainer: Toru Kurita
  • Jockey (most recent race): Kazuo Yokoyama
  • Owner: Hiroshi Yamada
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Takarazuka Kinen

Nautilus

  • Trainer: Nilson Lima
  • Jockey (most recent race): Rudinick Viana
  • Owner: Stud Valentin & Jarussi
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Grande Premio Brasil

Pyledriver

  • Trainer: William Muir & Chris Grassick
  • Jockey (most recent race): P.J. McDonald
  • Owner: Knox & Wells Ltd & Roger Devlin
  • La Pyle Partnership
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Gufo

  • Trainer: Christophe Clement
  • Jockey (most recent race): Joel Rosario
  • Owner: Otter Bend Stables, LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Sword Dancer Stakes

Gold Phoenix (IRE)

  • Trainer: Philip D’Amato
  • Jockey (most recent race): Flavien Prat
  • Owner: Little Red Feather Racing, Sterling Stables, LLC and Marsha Naify
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Del Mar Handicap

Red Knight

  • Trainer: Michael J. Maker
  • Jockey (most recent race): Gerardo Corrales
  • Owner: Trinity Farm
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Kentucky Turf Cup

Luxembourg

  • Trainer: A P O’Brien
  • Jockey (most recent race): Ryan Moore
  • Owner: Michael B. Tabor, Mrs. John ‘Susan’ Magnier, Derrick Smith, Westerberg
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Irish Champion Stakes

Alpinista

  • Trainer: Sir Mark Prescott
  • Jockey (most recent race): Luke Morris
  • Owner: Miss K Rausing
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Bay Bridge

  • Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute
  • Jockey (most recent race): Richard Kingscote
  • Owner: James Wigan & Ballylinch Stud
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Champion Stakes

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): Yuichi Fukunaga
  • Owner: Koichi Nishikawa
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: February Stakes

Olympiad

  • Trainer: William I. Mott
  • Jockey (most recent race): Junior Alvarado
  • Owner: Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stables, LLC and LNJ Foxwoods
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Stephen Foster Stakes

Cyberknife

  • Trainer: Brad H. Cox
  • Jockey (most recent race): Florent Geroux
  • Owner: Gold Square LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Haskell Stakes

Life Is Good

  • Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher
  • Jockey (most recent race): Irad Ortiz, Jr.
  • Owner: CHC Inc. and WinStar Farm LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Whitney Stakes

Baaeed

  • Trainer: William Haggas
  • Jockey (most recent race): Jim Crowley
  • Owner: Shadwell Estate Company Ltd
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: International Stakes

Flightline

  • Trainer: John W. Sadler
  • Jockey (most recent race): Flavien Prat
  • Owner: Shadwell Hronis Racing LLC, Siena Farm LLC, Summer Wind Equine LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds and Woodford Racing, LLC
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Pacific Classic Stakes

Olympiad

  • Trainer: William I. Mott
  • Jockey (most recent race): Junior Alvarado
  • Owner: Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stable, LLC and LNJ Foxwoods
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Jockey Club Gold Cup

Defunded

  • Trainer: Bob Baffert
  • Jockey (most recent race): Edwin A. Maldonado
  • Owner: Michael E. Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman
  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Wins: Awesome Again Stakes