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Breeders' Cup Hits and Near Misses


Goldikova winning the 2009 Breeders' Cup Mile

Goldikova is the only 3-time Breeders' Cup winner, and finished third when trying for a fourth win in the Mile in 2011.

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Updated September 24, 2012

The list of horses who have won two Breeders' Cup races over the first 28 runnings isn't very long, although with the event expanded to 15 races since 2011 it may grow more quickly now than in the past. Here are those elite horses who have managed to win twice:

  • Bayakoa - two victories in the Distaff
  • Conduit - two victories in the Turf
  • Da Hoss - two victories in the Mile plus a 13th place finish in the Sprint
  • Goldikova - three victories in the Mile and a 3rd place finish when trying for four
  • High Chapparral - two victories in the Turf, although the second was a dead heat
  • Lure - two victories in the Mile as well as a 9th place finish in his last try there
  • Midnight Lute - two victories in the Sprint
  • Miesque - two victories in the Mile
  • Ouija Board - two victories and a 2nd in the Filly & Mare Turf
  • Tiznow - two victories in the Classic
  • Zenyatta - a win in the Ladies Classic and the Classic and was second when trying for her second Classic
The list of horses with one win and one or more near misses is much longer. In the list below I have only included those horses with a win and a 4th place or better finish to go with it. I didn't note the years these occurred in, but you can get that from the full list of Breeders' Cup starters here.

  • Alysheba - 3rd Juvenile, 1st and 2nd Classic
  • Ashado - 2nd Juvenile Fillies, 1st and 3rd Distaff
  • Banks Hill - 1st and 2nd Filly & Mare Turf
  • Better Talk Now - 1st, 7th, 2nd, and 4th Turf
  • Black Tie Affair - 8th and 3rd Sprint, 1st Classic
  • Buck's Boy - 4th, 1st, and 3rd Turf
  • Cardmania - 12th, 1st, and 3rd Sprint
  • Cat Thief - 3rd Juvenile, 1st and 7th Classic
  • Chief Bearhart - 11th, 1st, and 4th Turf
  • Chief's Crown - 1st Juvenile, 4th Classic
  • Cigar - 1st and 3rd Classic
  • Cozzene - 1st and 3rd Mile
  • Curlin - 1st and 4th Classic
  • Dance Smartly - 3rd Juvenile Fillies, 1st Distaff
  • English Channel - 5th, 3rd, and 1st Turf
  • Escena - 3rd and 1st Distaff
  • Fly So Free - 1st Juvenile, 4th Classic, 9th Sprint
  • Forever Together - 1st, 3rd, 6th Filly and Mare Turf
  • Fraise - 1st, 4th, and 11th Turf
  • Gilded Time - 1st Juvenile, 3rd Sprint
  • Indian Blessing - 1st Juvenile Fillies, 2nd Filly & Mare Sprint
  • Islington - 1st and 3rd Filly & Mare Turf
  • Kip Deville - 1st and 2nd Mile
  • Kona Gold - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 7th Sprint
  • Lady's Secret - 1st and 2nd Distaff
  • Lashkari - 1st and 4th Turf
  • Life's Magic - 1st and 2nd Distaff
  • Lit de Justice - 1st and 3nd Sprint
  • Macho Uno - 1st Juvenile, 4th and 5th Classic
  • Midday - 1st and 2nd Filly & Mare Turf
  • My Flag - 1st Juvenile Fillies, 4th Distaff
  • Open Mind - 1st Juvenile Fillies, 3rd Distaff
  • Outstandingly - 1st Juvenile Fillies, 3rd Distaff
  • Paseana - 1st and 2nd Distaff
  • Pleasantly Perfect - 1st and 3rd Classic
  • Precisionist - 7th Classic, 1st Sprint, 3rd Classic, 5th Sprint
  • Red Rocks - 1st and 3rd Turf
  • Sacahuista - 4th Juvenile Fillies, 1st Distaff
  • Safely Kept - 1st and 2nd Sprint
  • Sheikh Albadou - 1st and 4th Sprint
  • Six Perfections - 1st and 3rd Mile
  • Smile - 1st and 2nd Sprint
  • Spain - 4th Juvenile Fillies, 1st and 2nd Distaff
  • Spinning World - 1st and 2nd Mile
  • Steinlen - 1st, 2nd, and 4th Mile
  • Storm Flag Flying - 1st Juvenile Fillies, 2nd Distaff
  • Street Sense - 1st Juvenile, 4th Classic
  • Theatrical - 1st, 2nd, and 11th Turf
  • Thirty Slews - 1st and 4th Sprint
  • Unbridled - 1st and 3rd Classic
  • Ventura - 1st and 2nd Filly and Mare Sprint
  • Very Subtle - 1st and 4th Sprint

The list of Breeders' Cup winners who have gone on to have winning offspring includes only 13 stallions and 3 mares. There are two families that seem to have good luck with Breeders' Cup winners. Classic winner Unbridled has sired three winners, and his son Unbridled's Song, who won the Juvenile, has sired two winners. Distaff winner Personal Ensign's daughter My Flag, who won the Juvenile Fillies, also has a daughter who won the same race. Below is a list of the winners and their winning offspring. You can view the full list of sires of Breeders' Cup winners here.

  • AP Indy (Classic) - Tempera (Juvenile Fillies), Eldaafer (Marathon)
  • Awesome Again (Classic) - Wilko (Juvenile), Ghostzapper (Classic), Round Pond (Distaff), Ginger Punch (Distaff)
  • Capote (Juvenile) - Boston Harbor (Juvenile)
  • Cherokee Run (Sprint) - War Pass (Juvenile)
  • Chief's Crown (Juvenile) - Chief Bearhart (Turf)
  • Cozzene (Mile) - Alphabet Soup (Classic), Tikkanen (Turf)
  • Gulch (Sprint) - Court Vision (Mile)
  • High Chaparral (Turf) - Wrote (Juvenile Turf)
  • Hollywood Wildcat (Distaff) - War Chant (Mile)
  • My Flag (Juvenile Fillies) - Storm Flag Flying (Juvenile Fillies)
  • Personal Ensign (Distaff) - My Flag (Juvenile Fillies)
  • Pleasantly Perfect (Classic) - Shared Account (Filly and Mare Turf)
  • Royal Academy (Mile) - Val Royal (Mile)
  • Tiznow (Classic) - Folklore (Juvenile Fillies)
  • Unbridled (Classic) - Anees (Juvenile), Unbridled Song (Juvenile), Halfbridled (Juvenile Fillies)
  • Unbridled's Song (Juvenile) - Unbridled Elaine (Distaff), Midshipman (Juvenile)
  • War Chant (Mile) - Chamberlain Bridge (Turf Sprint)
  • Wild Again (Classic) - Elmhurst (Sprint)

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