Breeders’ Cup Classic - American Pharoah - Retired to Stud
The soon to be two-time Champion, Horse of the Year, and Hall of Famer has already arrived at his new home at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky. The list of high class mares lining up to breed to the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, and the first-ever Grand Slam Champion, is already growing long, even though his stud for 2016 has not yet been announced.
Breeders’ Cup Distaff - Stopchargingmaria - To race in 2016
The winner of 9-of-16 lifetime, it would seem the Todd Pletcher trained Stopchargingmaria is due more respect than she has yet been afforded. A major winner at 2, 3, and 4, all indications so far point to her coming back for her five-year-old season, after finishing her third season on the track in game, tenacious, and winning style.
Breeders’ Cup Sprint - Runhappy - To race in 2016
The feel good story of 2015 turned sour quickly after his exciting Breeders’ Cup Sprint victory. Team ‘Mattress Mack’ unceremoniously dumped trainer Maria Borell the very next day, and the back and forth fireworks have not slowed down yet. As for the extremely talented colt, Runhappy will be pointed for the Grade 1 Malibu at Santa Anita at the end of the year, with designs on seeing if his speed can be stretched to longer distances in 2016.
Breeders’ Cup Mile - Tepin - To race in 2016
One of the breakout stars of 2015, the four-year-old daughter of Bernstein took things to a whole new level in her final two races of the year, in the Grade 1 First Lady and the Breeders’ Cup Mile. The likely Eclipse Award winner will now head to Ocala, Florida for a little break, before coming back next year for her five-year-old season, a season that has designs on some important spring turf races in Kentucky, with a possible beginning in Florida.
Breeders’ Cup Turf - Found - To race in 2016
She’s been nothing but top notch since the beginning in Europe, but it was in a trip to America that the star three-year-old filly earned her most important career victory. Beating the world’s top turf horse, Golden Horn, for the first time in three attempts was a big deal, and happily, early plans have the daughter of Galileo returning for her four-year-old season. Considering her connections, it would seem reasonable to expect her to attempt a repeat in the Breeders’ Cup Turf next autumn.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile - Nyquist - To race in 2016
Think I’ll Have Another -- This year’s undefeated winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and three other graded stakes, will try to follow a very similar path in his three-year-old season that led to a Kentucky Derby and Preakness victory for the 2012 3yo Male Champion; and why not? Nyquist shares I’ll Have Another’s owner, trainer, and jockey, so look for only two prep races next year before arriving to Louisville for the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies - Songbird - To race in 2016
Oh yes, she will be back next year, but to Kentucky Derby or not to Kentucky Derby, that will be the question for this magnificent daughter of Medaglia d'Oro. In four races as a two-year-old, she ran roughshod over the best of her juvenile filly peers. Songbird also ran clearly faster than the soon to be boy’s champ, Nyquist in both of their respective last two races. As it stands now, she is the best juvenile of either gender in the United States.
Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile - Liam’s Map - Retired to Stud
Despite a career that only spanned eight races, Liam’s Map proved to be one of America’s best horses. The son of Unbridled’s Song retires with six wins, two seconds, and an enormous amount of respect after overcoming every disadvantage in the world, before romping home a glorious winner in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Liam’s Map has already arrived at his new home, Lane’s End Farm, where he will join his old Whitney rival, Honor Code, as high profile, first-year sires. No stud fee has yet been announced.
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf - Stephanie’s Kitten - Broodmare in Japan
What a Breeders’ Cup career it was for the Ken & Sarah Ramsey owned and bred daughter of Kitten’s Joy, with a win in the Juvenile Fillies Turf back in 2011, before a 2nd and a 1st the last two years in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. Clearly, it was a retirement from racing well earned. Sold to Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm of Japan for $2.8 million, Stephanie’s Kitten will begin her broodmare career in 2016.
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint - Wavell Avenue - To race in 2016
The Canadian-bred daughter of Harlington came a long way in 2015. Running against maiden claimers last October, the four-year-old filly kept getting better this year, and picked the most opportune time to earn her first career stakes victory. Her powerful rally to win the Filly & Mare Sprint may have been overshadowed on the huge day, but it was a terrific performance. Looks like she will have an opportunity for more big wins, as she is back at Belmont, and remaining in training.
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint - Mongolian Saturday - To race in 2016
The world shall be his oyster -- After being a super hard-hitter since debuting in maiden claiming at Arlington Park 2 ½ years ago, the Any Given Saturday gelding finally hit big time paydirt with a gritty win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Now recognizable to a national audience, his Mongolian Stable connections are not only looking to continue his racing, but Hong Kong, Japan, Dubai, and Royal Ascot are among the places where he may show up in the next seven months.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf - Hit It a Bomb - To race in 2016
The son of War Front exploded down the stretch to win the opening Breeders’ Cup race of 2015 in thrilling style. We will have to wait to see him back in the United States for at least awhile, as trainer Aidan O'Brien reports that the classy miler will be pointed for classics in Europe next spring like the English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf - Catch a Glimpse - To race in 2016
The daughter of City Zip, an impressive winner of all three of her turf races, in the U.S. and Canada, and including the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf, will enjoy some rest and relaxation in Ocala, Florida, before resuming her sophomore season in Florida for trainer Mark Casse.