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Breeders’ Cup Turf

The 2020 Breeders’ Cup Turf will be held at Keeneland on Saturday, November 7th.

There are 11 automatic berths available in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint through the ‘Win and You’re In’ Challenge Series.

The Breeders’ Cup Turf allows for 14 entrants, which includes 11 automatic berths through the prep races that take place across the world. Some of the most notable Challenge Series races for the Breeders’ Cup Turf are the King George IV & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Arlington Million at Arlington Park, Juddmonte International at York Racecourse, Del Mar Handicap at Del Mar Racetrack and the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park.

  1. Gran Premio 25 de Mayo
  2. Grande Premio Brasil
  3. Prince of Wales’s S.
  4. Takarazuka Kinen
  5. King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO
  6. Arlington Million
  7. Del Mar H. Presented By The Japan Racing Association
  8. Juddmonte International S.
  9. Sword Dancer
  10. QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes
  11. Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

2020 Breeders’ Cup Turf Results & Payouts

Final results and payouts for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Turf:

POSTHORSEJOCKEYWIN / PLACE / SHOW
3Tarnawa (IRE)Christophe Soumillion$11.40 / $5.40 / $4.00
2Magical (IRE)Ryan Moore$4.00 / $2.80
9Channel MakerManuel Franco$5.60
6Lord North (IRE)Lanfranco Dettori
10Mogul (GB)Pierre-Charles Boudot
1ArklowFlorent Geroux
4Mehdaayih (GB)Joel Rosario
7UnitedFlavien Prat
8Red KingUmberto Rispoli
5Donjah (GER)Clement Lecoeuvre

Exotic Payouts:

  • $1.00 Exacta (3-2) Paid: $18.10
  • $0.50 Trifecta (3-2-9) Paid: $71.10
  • $0.10 Superfecta (3-2-9-6) Paid: $90.11

The BC Turf History

Inaugurated in 1984 as part of the initial Breeders’ Cup launch, the Breeders’ Cup Turf is a left-handed race on turf over 1 ¼ miles eligible for three-year-olds and up. Since this is a turf contest, the Breeders’ Cup Turf attracts talent from all over the world and is a primary destination for many European runners.

The Washington D.C. International Stakes laid the groundwork for an international turf race at the World Championships. Run from 1952 up until 1994, the Washington D.C. International was hosted by Laurel Park and won by 22 American runners and 21 foreign representatives. The most prestigious winner is Kelso, who scored victory in the 1964 renewal.

Aidan O’Brien owns the most wins by trainer in the Breeders’ Cup Turf with six total. He claimed wins with High Chaparral (2002, 2003), St. Nicholas Abbey (2011), Magician (2013), Found (2015) and Highland Reel (2016). The ownership group of Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith have shared in all six of O’Brien’s victories giving them the most wins by owner.

Found is also one of two fillies to have won the Breeders’ Cup Turf. The other is Miss Allged, who did so as a four-year-old filly in 1991.

Ryan Moore and Frankie Dettori share the title of most wins by jockey with four each. They are both still active riders.

The current purse for the Breeders’ Cup Turf is $3,000,000.

The Longest Race of the official Breeders’ Cup World Championships

The Breeders’ Cup Turf is the longest race of the World Championships at 1 ½ miles. The marathon turf test is open to three-year-olds and up. The race attracts the top grass talent from Europe and North American, and in 2016 it awarded a $4 million purse for the first time. 

Four of the last six winners including the most recent in 2015 and 2016 have been Irish-bred horses. Aiden O’Brien is a noted Irish trainer who has won the Breeders’ Cup Turf a record six times including in both 2015 with Found and 2016 with Highland Reel, who set the Breeders’ Cup Turf record with a time of 2:23.00.

The inaugural winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf in 1984 was also the longest shot to win the race, as Lashkari chased down the world champion filly All Along in the deep stretch to pull off the upset at near 25-1 odds at Hollywood Park. Lashkari paid $53.40 to win. 

Back-to-back winners of the Breeders’ Cup Turf include Conduit in 2008 and 2009, and High Chaparral in 2002 and 2003. The 2003 edition ended in a thrilling three-horse photo finish and a rare dead heat with Johar and High Chaparral trained by Aiden O’Brien crossing the line together as turf champions.

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series started in 2007, and there are 11 ‘Win and You’re In’ Challenge races that award the winner a fees-paid entry to the Breeders’ Cup Turf. Just four of those races are in the United States with the last being the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park a month before the Breeders’ Cup.

The 2016 BC Turf winner Highland Reel also qualified by winning a challenge series race in July, the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, a Group 1 race run at Ascot Racecourse in England. Highland Reel went on to run a record-time race in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, opening a 7 length lead at the mile marker and holding off the favorite Flintshire in the stretch to win by nearly 2 lengths.


Breeders’ Cup TURF Historical Records:

Year/TrackWinner/Jockey/Time/
Date/DistanceOwnerTrainerOdds
2019 – SA Bricks and Mortar I. Ortiz, Jr. 2:24.73
Nov 02 – 1 1/2M Klaravich Stables, Inc. and Lawrence, William H. C. Brown $1.00*
2018 – CDEnable (GB)L. Dettori2:32.65
Nov 03 – 1 1/2MJuddmonte Farms, Inc.J. Goshen$3.60
2017 – DMRTalismanic (GB) M. Barzalona02:26.2
Nov 04 – 1 1/2MGodolphin Racing LLCA. Fabre$14.10
2016 – SA Highland Reel (IRE) S. Heffernan02:23.0
Nov 05 – 1 1/2MMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Michael and Smith, DerrickA. O’Brien$3.80
2015 – KEEFound (IRE) R. Moore02:32.1
Oct 31 – 1 1/2MMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Michael and Smith, DerrickA. O’Brien$6.40
2014 – SA Main Sequence J. Velazquez02:24.9
Nov 01 – 1 1/2MFlaxman Holdings, Ltd.H. Motion$6.20
2013 – SA Magician (IRE) R. Moore02:23.2
Nov 02 – 1 1/2MTabor, Michael B., Smith, Derrick and Magnier, SusanA. O’Brien$12.50
2012 – SA Little Mike R. Dominguez02:22.8
Nov 03 – 1 1/2MPriscilla VaccarezzaD. Romans$17.30
2011 – CD St Nicholas Abbey (IRE) J. O’Brien02:28.9
Nov 05 – 1 1/2MMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Michael and Smith, DerrickA. O’Brien$6.80
2010 – CD Dangerous Midge L. Dettori02:29.4
Nov 06 – 1 1/2MIraj ParviziB. Meehan$8.50
2009 – OSAConduit (IRE) R. Moore02:23.8
Nov 07 – 1 1/2MBallymacoll FarmS. Stoute$0.90*
2008 – OSAConduit (IRE) R. Moore02:23.4
Oct 25 – 1 1/2MBallymacoll FarmS. Stoute$5.80
2007 – MTHEnglish Channel J. Velazquez02:37.0
Oct 27 – 1 1/2MJames T. ScatuorchioT. Pletcher$3.00
2006 – CD Red Rocks (IRE) L. Dettori02:27.3
Nov 04 – 1 1/2MJ. Paul ReddamB. Meehan$10.80
2005 – BELShirocco (GER) C. Soumillon02:29.3
Oct 29 – 1 1/2MBaron Georg Von UllmannA. Fabre$8.80
2004 – LS Better Talk Now R. Dominguez02:29.7
Oct 30 – 1 1/2MBushwood Stables LLCH. Motion$27.90
2003 – SA High Chaparral (IRE) M. Kinane02:24.2
Oct 25 – 1 1/2MTabor, Michael B. and Magnier, Mrs. JohnA. O’Brien$4.90
2003 – SA Johar A. Solis02:24.2
Oct 25 – 1 1/2MThe Thoroughbred CorporationR. Mandella$14.20
2002 – AP High Chaparral (IRE) M. Kinane02:30.1
Oct 26 – 1 1/2MTabor, Michael B. and Magnier, Mrs. JohnA. O’Brien$0.90*
2001 – BELFantastic Light L. Dettori02:24.4
Oct 27 – 1 1/2MGodolphin Racing LLCS. bin Suroor$1.40*
2000 – CD Kalanisi (IRE) J. Murtagh02:27.0
Nov 04 – 1 1/2MH. H. Aga KhanS. Stoute$4.60
1999 – GP Daylami (IRE) L. Dettori02:24.7
Nov 06 – 1 1/2MGodolphin Racing LLCS. bin Suroor$1.60*
1998 – CD Buck’s Boy S. Sellers02:28.7
Nov 07 – 1 1/2MQuarter B. FarmP. Hickey$3.60
1997 – HOLChief Bearhart J. Santos02:23.9
Nov 08 – 1 1/2MSam-Son FarmsM. Frostad$1.90*
1996 – WO Pilsudski (IRE) W. Swinburn02:30.2
Oct 26 – 1 1/2MWeinstock, Lord Arnold and Executors of Late Simon WeinstockS. Stoute$13.70
1995 – BELNorthern Spur (IRE) C. McCarron02:42.1
Oct 28 – 1 1/2MCharles J. CellaR. McAnally$3.95
1994 – CD Tikkanen M. Smith02:26.5
Nov 05 – 1 1/2MAugustin StableJ. Pease$16.60
1993 – SA Kotashaan (FR) K. Desormeaux02:25.2
Nov 06 – 1 1/2MLa Presle FarmR. Mandella$1.50*
1992 – GP Fraise P. Valenzuela02:24.1
Oct 31 – 1 1/2MMadeleine A. PaulsonW. Mott$14.00
1991 – CD Miss Alleged E. Legrix02:30.9
Nov 02 – 1 1/2MFares Farm, Inc.P. Bary$42.10
1990 – BELIn the Wings (GB) G. Stevens02:29.6
Oct 27 – 1 1/2MSheikh Mohammed Al MaktoumA. Fabre$1.90*
1989 – GP Prized E. Delahoussaye02:28.0
Nov 04 – 1 1/2MClover Racing Stable and Meadowbrook FarmsN. Drysdale$8.80
1988 – CD Great Communicator R. Sibille02:35.2
Nov 05 – 1 1/2MClass Act StableT. Ackel$12.40
1987 – HOLTheatrical (IRE) P. Day02:24.4
Nov 21 – 1 1/2MFirestone and PaulsonW. Mott$1.80*
1986 – SA Manila J. Santos02:25.4
Nov 01 – 1 1/2MB. M. ShannonL. Jolley$8.80
1985 – AQUPebbles (GB) P. Eddery02:27.0
Nov 02 – 1 1/2MSheikh Mohammed Al MaktoumC. Brittain$2.20*
1984 – HOLLashkari (GB) Y. Saint-Martin02:25.2
Nov 10 – 1 1/2MH. H. Aga KhanA. De Royer-Dupre$53.40

2019 Breeders’ Cup Turf Entries & Morning Line Odds

PPHorseTrainerMorning Line OddsJockey
1 Zulu AlphaMichael J. Maker20-1Jose Ortiz
2 AcclimatePhilip D’Amato20-1Martin Garcia
3 UnitedRichard E. Mandella20-1Flavien Prat
4 Mount Everest (IRE)Aidan P. O’Brien15-1Wayne Lordan
5 Anthony Van Dyck (IRE)Aidan P. O’Brien3-1Ryan Moore
6 Channel CatTodd A. Pletcher15-1Luis Saez
7 Alounak (FR)Waldemar Hickst20-1Clement Lecoeuvre
8 BanduaJack Sisterson20-1Tyler Gaffalione
9 Bricks and MortarChad C. Brown9-5Irad Ortiz, Jr.
10 Old Persian (GB)Charlie Appleby4-1William Buick
11 ArklowBrad Cox12-1Javier Castellano
12 Channel MakerWilliam I. Mott10-1John Velazquez