Keeneland Select Presents Breeders’ Cup Moments

Keeneland Select Presents Breeders’ Cup Milestones: ‘This Is Un-Be-Lievable’

Late into the final turn at Santa Anita, it looked as though the Zenyatta Zealots were about to see their hero suffer her first career defeat. Off on the wrong lead in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic, her first race against the males, she was not only well off the leaders but shuffled back with […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Breeders’ Cup Longshots: The ‘Old Man’ At 64-1

Only at the Breeders’ Cup could you have a four-time Grade 1 winner go off at odds of 64.80 to one. It’s what makes the World Championships such an enticing betting affair most years. In fairness to the betting public, Court Vision did come into the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Mile having failed to hit the […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Breeders’ Cup Milestones: ‘Queen’ Goldikova

Goldikova was perhaps not the most likely-looking of Breeders’ Cup legends–a diminutive mare with a plain head and often sour expression—but she remains the only horse to win three Breeders’ Cup races. The daughter of Anabaa has a well-earned place in history after taking home the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Besides […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Breeders’ Cup Photo Finishes: Mucho Redemption

For a year after the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic, Mucho Macho Man trainer Kathy Ritvo couldn’t watch the last few seconds of the race replay. “I watch it up until the quarter pole and then I have to start the race over again,” Ritvo admitted. That’s because the big bay missed a win in the […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Breeders’ Cup Heartbreak: The Last Dance

The silence by ESPN broadcasters prior to the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic spoke volumes about the moment and the mare. No one said a word for four minutes and nine seconds as defending champion Zenyatta did her signature “dance,” parading in front of an admiring Churchill Downs crowd of 72,739. The millions who tuned in […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Breeders’ Cup Milestones: Money Mike

He’s the prototype “money rider,” so it’s no coincidence that when horse racing’s biggest purses are on the line, Hall of Famer Mike Smith is at his best. Smith, who turned 50 years old on Aug. 10, became the all-time leading Breeders’ Cup jockey in races and money won in 2012. Smith’s victory aboard Royal […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Breeders’ Cup Longshots: An Emotional Home Win

In retrospect, it’s hard to see why bettors ignored Caressing at the windows ahead of the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies—she broke her maiden in her second attempt for trainer David Vance and owner Carl Pollard and went on to win the Bassinet Stakes by seven lengths and finish second in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Breeders’ Cup Oddities: Dayjur Jumps A Shadow

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott once said, “There are a thousand ways to lose a race.” In the 1990 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Dayjur found the 1,001st way. A proven sprinter from Europe owned by Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, the 3-year-old son of Danzig was sent off as the co-favorite in the seventh running of […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Breeders’ Cup Photo Finishes: The Great Cigar Denied

Heading into the 1996 Breeders’ Cup Classic, defending champion Cigar was not the “incomparable, invincible, unbeatable” horse announcer Tom Durkin had described a year earlier. And David Hofmans, the trainer of Alphabet Soup, knew it. “This is the time to take Cigar on,” Hofmans told LA Times reporter Bill Christine the week before the ’96 […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Breeders’ Cup Milestones: The Coach Wins 20

When Willis Horton’s front-running Take Charge Brandi captured the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at odds of 61-1, the 2-year-old Giant’s Causeway filly gave Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas his 20th winner overall in the year-end championship event launched 30 years earlier at Hollywood Park in California. That’s nine more winners than his […]

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