The 2015 Breeders’ Cup ran over two days from October 30th through October 31st. It was hosted for the first time at Keeneland, and the excitement surrounding American Pharaoh could be felt throughout the grandstands. Below are the 2015 Breeders’ Cup results.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30TH, 2015
Juvenile Turf – Hit It A Bomb (2yr Gelding, $1 Million)
Dirt Mile – Liam’s Map (3yrs+, $1 Million)
Juvenile Fillies Turf – Catch A Glimpse (2yr Fillies, $1 Million)
Distaff – Stopchargingmaria (3yrs+ Fillies and Mares, $1 Million)
Liam’s Map was the highlight of the first day, earning a victory at the esteemed Dirt Mile. This should come as no surprise for the Todd Fletcher product.
Following his first racing win in Gr. I stakes racing at the Woodward Stakes, it was a great way for Liam’s Map to cap a succesful, two-year racing career. He has already landed in Lane’s End where once can assume he is enjoying retirement.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31ST, 2015
Juvenile Fillies – Song Bird (2yr Fillies, $2 Million)
Turf Sprint – Mongolian Saturday (3yr+, $1 Million)
Filly and Mare Spring – Wavell Avenue (3yr+ Fillies and Mares, $1 Million)
Filly and Mare Turf – Stephanie’s Kitten (Fillies and Mares, $1 Million)
Spring – Runhappy (3yrs+, $1.5 Million)
Mile – Tepin (3yrs+, $2 Million)
Juvenile – Nyquist (2yr Colts and Geldings, $2 Million)
Turf – Found (3yrs+, $3 Million)
The Saturday Breeders’ Cup 2015 results began with Songbird capping a 4-0-0 season with Mike Smith winning his 22nd Breeders’ Cup race, which establishes a record for the jockey.
Stephanie’s Kitten was also a big winner amongst mares. The six-year old won the Filly and Mare Turf as the third-favourite with odds of nearly 8/1, beating Legatissimo who was pegged to win by the oddsmakers. It was her 11th victory in 26 races (11-4-4), and the elder mare retired after the 2015 Breeders’ Cup results were settled, selling for $2.8 million to a Japan’s Northern Farm.
The day for fillies, however, belonged to the four-year old Tepin, who entered the race as a 25/1 longshot. She beat out Make Believe, the 2.7/1 favourite and proved that she is the best filly or mare in the country. With a staggering 7-3-1 record over 15 races, she has now collected $2,475,973 in winnings.
2015 BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC RESULTS
The main event for Saturday was undoubtedly the Breeders’ Cup Classic, where all eyes were on American Pharaoh to accomplish what no other horse had done before: the Grand Slam. Of course, everyone knows about the Triple Crown, but with the Breeders’ Cup Classic debuting in 1984, the elusive Holy Grail of horse racing had never been really considered.
American Pharaoh not only restored renewed hopes for something new in the sport, he did not disappoint the crowd.
In a time of 2:00:07, American Pharaoh thundered across the finish line with the 7th fastest time ever at the Classic and the fastest ever time posted at Keeneland. It wasn’t even close as challengers like Tonalist and Honour Code were left behind. Keen Ice, who had defeated American Pharaoh at Travers earlier in the year, also stood no chance. The shock of the race was Effinix claiming second, running as a 33/1 longshot, finishing 6 1/2 lengths behind the champion of champions.
There’s no doubt that 2015 will go down as one of the best year’s of American thoroughbred horse racing ever. The excitement that bristled at the prestigious grounds of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes boiled over at the Breeders’ Cup Classic where American Pharaoh went from being a living legend to something much more.
For horse racing fans, it doesn’t get better than 2015, with American Pharaoh fulfilling our wildest dreams for the sport.