Meet the 25 trainers aiming for their first Breeders' Cup win

Meet the 25 trainers aiming for their first Breeders' Cup win
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire

The names of the trainers that sit atop the list of Breeders’ Cup winners is, simply put, a collection of racing legends: D. Wayne Lukas (20), Bob Baffert (14), Aidan O’Brien (12), Bill Mott (10), Chad Brown (10) and Todd Pletcher (9), to name a few.

These stars of racing make it look so easy to win at the Breeders’ Cup, but there are only 14 world championship races a year, after all. Thus, there are many big-name trainers who are seeking an elusive first victory at Churchill Downs this Friday and Saturday.


Kenny McPeek
, John Sadler, and Christophe Clement, for instance, have had no luck finding the winner’s circle at the championships. Combined, they have been shut out in 103 tries. It is just amazing that these three are winless at the Breeders’ Cup when you realize that Sadler has 2,428 career victories, Clement 1,894 and McPeek 1,472.

Below is a list of trainers looking for that first win this year, along with the horses they've entered in Breeders' Cup races.


Tom Albertrani
[13: 0-3-3] Sadler’s Joy (Turf)

Tom Amoss
[10: 0-0-3] Serengeti Empress (Juvenile Fillies), Lone Sailor (Classic)

Rusty Arnold
[9: 0-0-0] Concrete Rose (Juvenile Fillies Turf)

Jeff Bonde
[8: 0-1-2] King of Speed (Juvenile Turf)

Simon Callaghan
[9: 0-0-1] Bellafina (Juvenile Fillies)

Luis Carvajal
[1: 0-1-0] Imperial Hint (Sprint)

Christophe Clement
[34: 0-6-5] Disco Partner (Turf Sprint)

Ben Colebrook
[2: 0-0-0] Limousine Liberal (Sprint), Knicks Go (Juvenile)

Gary Contessa
[3: 0-0-0] Sippican Harbor (Juvenile Fillies)

Ignacio Correas
[1: 0-0-0] Blue Prize (Distaff)

Brad Cox
[3: 0-0-0] Golden Mischief (Filly & Mare Sprint), Will Call (Turf Sprint), Monomoy Girl (Distaff), Arklow (Turf)

Tim Glyshaw
[2: 0-0-0] Bucchero (Turf Sprint)

James Lawrence II
[1: 0-0-0] Glorious Empire (Turf)

Ron Moquett
[3: 0-0-1] Whitmore (Sprint)

Kathleen O’Connell
[2: 0-1-0] Well Defined (Juvenile)

Kenny McPeek
[29:0-5-9] Restless Rider (Juvenile Fillies), Signalman (Juvenile)

Larry Rivelli
[3: 0-0-0] Big Drink of Water (Juvenile Turf Sprint)

Greg Sacco
[2: 0-0-0] Mind Control (Juvenile)

Antonio Sano
[2: 0-0-0] Gunnevera (Classic)

John Sadler
[41: 0-3-7] Accelerate (Classic), Catalina Cruiser (Dirt Mile), Selcourt (Filly & Mare Sprint), Catapult (Mile)

Jason Servis
[4: 0-1-0] Uncle Benny (Juvenile Turf), Rainbow Heir (Turf Sprint), Vision Perfect (Turf Sprint), World of Trouble (Turf Sprint), Firenze Fire (Dirt Mile)

John Servis
[1: 0-0-0] Jaywalk (Juvenile Fillies)

Joe Sharp
[1: 0-0-0] Mom’s On Strike (Filly & Mare Turf)

Chad Summers
[1: 0-0-1] Mind Your Biscuits (Classic)

Jonathan Thomas
[1: 0-0-0] Catholic Boy (Classic)

Meet Matt Shifman



Matt Shifman has been on the Horse Racing Nation staff since 2011 and currently is a Senior Writer. Matt covers Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Monmouth Park, and Saratoga in his two HRN blogs, Racing at the Jersey Shore and New York State of Racing

Matt has been a co-host of the popular weekly video show HorseCenter for many years.

Since 2012, Matt has been a voter in the NTRA weekly polls for the Top Thoroughbred and Top Three-Year-Old.

Matt is also a partner in the New York Hot List handicapping service @NYHotList where he handicaps the races on the NYRA circuit everyday. The Hot List picks are available at several ADW sites around the country.



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