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2021 Breeders’ Cup Turf

The 2021 Breeders’ Cup Turf will be held at Del Mar on Saturday, November 6th.

Information and winners of the “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series races for the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Turf:

12/19/20Gran Premio International Carlos PellegriniArgentinaCool Day (ARG)
6/16/21Prince of Wales's StakesUKLove (IRE)
6/27/21Takarazuka KinenJapanChrono Genesis (JPN)
7/24/21King George VI & Queen Elizabeth StakesUKAdayar
8/21/21Del Mar HandicapUSAAstronaut
8/28/21The Sword DancerUSAGufo
9/4/21Flower BowlUSAWar Like Goddess
9/11/21Kentucky Turf Cup StakesUSAImperador (ARG)
9/11/21Irish Champion StakesIRESt Mark's Basilica (FR)
9/18/21Jockey Club Derby Invitational USAYibir (GB)
10/3/21Qatar Prix de L'Arc de TriompheFranceTBD

2020 Breeders’ Cup Turf Results & Payouts

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

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 current purse for the Breeders’ Cup Turf is $4,000,000.

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.

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. While most are run in the US, a number of races are run in countries like the UK, Japan, France, Ireland and Argentina

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:

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.

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 four fillies to have won the Breeders’ Cup Turf. The others are Miss Allged, who did so as a four-year-old filly in 1991, along with Enable in 2018 and Tarnawa in 2020.

Frankie Dettori holds the title of most wins by jockey with five, capturing wins in 1999, 2001, 2006, 2010, and 2018.

2020Tarnawa (4)Colin Keane / Dermot Weld2:28.02 / Keeneland
2019Bricks and Mortar (5)Irad Ortiz Jr. / Chad C. Brown2:24.73 / Santa Anita Park
2018Enable (GB) (4)Frankie Dettori / John Gosden2:32.65 / Churchill Downs
2017Talismanic (4)Mickael Barzalona / André Fabre2:26.19 / Del Mar Racetrack
2016Highland Reel (IRE) (4)Seamie Heffernan / Aidan O'Brien2:23.00 / Santa Anita Park
2015Found (3)Ryan Moore / Aidan O'Brien2:32.06 / Keeneland
2014Main Sequence (5)John R. Velazquez / Graham Motion2:24.91 / Santa Anita Park
2013Magician (3)Ryan Moore / Aidan O'Brien2:23.23 / Santa Anita Park
2012Little Mike (5)Ramon Domínguez / Dale Romans2:22.83 / Santa Anita Park
2011St Nicholas Abbey (4)Joseph O'Brien / Aidan O'Brien2:29.25 / Churchill Downs
2010Dangerous Midge (4)Frankie Dettori / Brian J. Meehan2:29.40 / Churchill Downs
2009Conduit (4)Ryan Moore / Sir Michael Stoute2:23.75 / Santa Anita Park
2008Conduit (3)Ryan Moore / Sir Michael Stoute2:23.42 / Santa Anita Park
2007English Channel (5)John R. Velazquez / Todd A. Pletcher2:36.96 / Monmouth Park
2006Red Rocks (3)Frankie Dettori / Brian J. Meehan2:27.32 / Churchill Downs
2005Shirocco (4)Christophe Soumillon / André Fabre2:29.20 / Belmont Park
2004Better Talk Now (5)Ramon Domínguez / H. Graham Motion2:29.70 / Lone Star Park
2003High Chaparral (4)Michael Kinane / Aidan O'Brien2:24.24 / Santa Anita Park
Johar (4)Alex Solis / Richard Mandella2:24.24 / Santa Anita Park
2002High Chaparral (3)Michael Kinane / Aidan O'Brien2:30.14 / Arlington Park
2001Fantastic Light (5)Frankie Dettori / Saeed bin Suroor2:24.20 / Belmont Park
2000Kalanisi (4)Johnny Murtagh / Sir Michael Stoute2:26.96 / Churchill Downs
1999Daylami (5)Frankie Dettori / Saeed bin Suroor2:24.73 / Gulfstream Park
1998Buck's Boy (5)Shane Sellers / P. Noel Hickey2:28.74 / Churchill Downs
1997Chief Bearhart (4)José A. Santos / Mark Frostad2:23.92 / Hollywood Park
1996Pilsudski (4)Walter Swinburn / Michael Stoute2:30.20 / Woodbine
1995Northern Spur (4)Chris McCarron / Ron McAnally2:42.07 / Belmont Park
1994Tikkanen (3)Mike E. Smith / Jonathan Pease2:26.50 / Churchill Downs
1993Kotashaan (5)Kent Desormeaux / Richard Mandella2:25.16 / Santa Anita Park
1992Fraise (4)Pat Valenzuela / William I. Mott2:24.08 / Gulfstream Park
1991Miss Alleged (4)Éric Legrix / Pascal Bary2:30.95 / Churchill Downs
1990In the Wings (4)Gary Stevens / André Fabre2:29.60 / Belmont Park
1989Prized (3)Ed Delahoussaye / Neil Drysdale2:28.00 / Gulfstream Park
1988Great Communicator (5)Ray Sibille / Thad Ackel2:35.20 / Churchill Downs
1987Theatrical (5)Pat Day / William I. Mott2:24.40 / Hollywood Park
1986Manila (3)José A. Santos / LeRoy Jolley2:25.40 / Santa Anita Park
1985Pebbles (4)Pat Eddery / Clive Brittain2:27.00 / Aqueduct
1984Lashkari (3)Yves Saint-Martin / Alain de Royer-Dupré2:25.20 / Hollywood Park

Past Breeders’ Cup Turf Results, Contenders and Odds

2019 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