Monmouth Park was the host site of the 24th Breeders' Cup World Championships. A small crowd of just 41,781 came out to the Jersey Shore oval for 8 Grade 1 races with year-end Eclipse Award championships on the line. Unfortunately, rains all week resulted in a very sloppy main track and a soft turf course, but spectators were given a break when the rains stopped after the Juvenile and the skies cleared for the Turf and Classic.
The highlight event is the richest race in North America, the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic Powered by Dodge (G1), a race which usually determines the 3-year-old champion and Horse of the Year. Hard Spun was loose on the lead through fractions of 23.11, 45.85, and 1:10.67 while about 2 lengths ahead of Lawyer Ron. Entering the stretch, Lawyer Ron tired but the fast pace set the race up for Curlin, who had raced in sixth early. Favorite Street Sense tried to go with him but also tired, as Curlin easily gained the lead in mid-stretch and drew off to a convincing 4 1/2 length win over Hard Spun in 2:00.59 over the sloppy, sealed track. Awesome Gem was third and Street Sense finished fourth.