Breeders' Cup Results
Keeneland hosted the Breeders' Cup for the first time ever in 2015, and despite some fears that the venue would be too small, it proved both successful and popular with the fans.
Quite a few firsts actually took place in the 2015 Breeders' Cup, the most important being American Pharoah completing the first-ever Grand Slam of Racing when conquering the Breeders' Cup Classic.
The bay colt had already gained fame when becoming just the 12th Triple Crown by ending a 37-year drought with victories in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. American Pharaoh entered the Breeders' Cup Classic off his only loss on the year, which came in the Travers, and faced the winner of that event in Keen Ice. The champion easily schooled that rival and all others, leaving no doubt who was best with an effortless 6 1/2-length romp in the Breeders' Cup Classic to complete the Grand Slam sweep of Triple Crown races and Classic.
Another first in the 2015 Breeders' Cup came thanks to Mongolian Saturday, who lived up to his name in the TwinSpires.com Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. The five-year-old gelding just held off Lady Shipman to give his Mongolian owners and trainer a first win in the Breeders' Cup.
Also on Breeders' Cup Saturday, Found became the first three-year-old filly to win the Breeders' Cup Turf. She became just the third female to win the Turf following Pebbles (1985) and Miss Alleged (1991), who were both four-year-olds at the time of their wins. Found joined Tepin in beating the boys, as that latter runner romped in the Breeders' Cup Mile over an international cast.
Stephanie's Kitten proved best in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf after running second in the 2014 edition while Wavell Avenue provided a slight upset as the 10-1 victress of the TwinSpires.com Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
A number of championships were sewn up in the 2015 Breeders' Cup. Runhappy pretty much wrapped up champion sprinter honors when setting a new track record in the TwinSpires.com Breeders' Cup Sprint, while both Songbird and Nyquist completed perfect campaigns en route to probable Eclipse Awards in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
On Breeders' Cup Friday, Stopchargingmaria kept right on charging to victory in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, capping off a day that saw Catch a Glimpse give trainer Mark Casse his first Breeders' Cup win in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, Hit It a Bomb prevail in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf for Aiden O'Brien and Liam's Map close out his career with a nice win in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.
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