Breeders’ Cup Turf 2016 – By the Numbers

Breeders’ Cup Turf 2016 – By the Numbers
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Interested in the history of 2016 Breeders’ Cup Turf? Here is a look at facts and figures about the jockeys, trainers, horses, and betting arranged by the numbers.

1 – There has been one Canadian based winner of the Turf, Chief Bearhart trained by Mark Frostad in 1997 at Hollywood Park. Frostad was the outstanding (Sovereign Award) trainer in Canada in 1997, 1999, and 2000.

2 – There are two double winners of the Turf with High Chaparral in 2002, 2003 and Conduit in 2008, 2009.

3 – Three fillies have won the Turf: Pebbles in 1985, Miss Alleged in 1991, and Found in 2015.

4 – The leading jockeys in the Turf, Ryan Moore and Frankie Dettori, have won the race four times.

5 – Aidan O’Brien leads all trainers with five wins in the Turf, spanning from 2002 to 2015. O’Brien ranks third in all-time money won by a trainer at the World Championships behind D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert.

5Better Talk Now, who won the Turf in 2004 giving trainer Graham Motion his first Breeders’ Cup victory, competed in this race five consecutive times. After his win in 2004, Better Talk Now finished seventh, second, fourth, and eighth for earnings of $1,793,000.

7 – The Turf is one of the original seven Breeders’ Cup races, along with the Classic, the Distaff, the Sprint, the Mile, the Juvenile, and the Juvenile Fillies.

7 – In 2007 at the very wet and rainy Monmouth Park, English Channel won the Turf by seven lengths, which is the largest margin of victory for that race. That is also the fourth largest in the history of the World Championships.

9 – This year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf will mark the ninth time that race will have been run at Santa Anita.

9 – Only nine times has the betting favorite won the Turf, most recently Conduit was the victor at odds of .90-1 in 2009.

9 – John’s Call is one of four nine-year-olds who are the oldest horses to run in the Breeders’ Cup. He participated in the 2000 Turf.

11 - There are eleven Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” qualifying races for the Turf. Only four of them happen in the USA: the Arlington Million, the Del Mar Handicap, the Sword Dancer, and the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic.

12 – Horses bred in Ireland have accounted for twelve winners of the Turf.

13 – The Eclipse Award for Outstanding Male Turf Horse has gone to the Breeders’ Cup Turf winner thirteen times.

14– Fourteen American based horses have won the Turf. Since the year 2000, there have been five with Main Sequence most recently in 2014.

18 – European based horses have won the Turf eighteen times, including twelve since 2000. Found was the most recent Euro winner last year.

18 – Joseph O’Brien, who won the 2011 Turf on St. Nicholas Abbey for his father trainer Aidan O’ Brien, is the youngest jockey to win a Breeders’ Cup race. He was eighteen-years-old at the time.

28Kotashaan is the oldest living winner of the Turf (1988) at 28-years of age. He is listed as still being at stud in Ireland at Ballycuragh Stud after spending time in Japan until 2000.

53 – The biggest longshot in BC Turf history came in the inaugural running when Lashkari scored at odds of 53-1 and paid $108.80 to win.

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.



You may also know Matt by his Twitter, Facebook, and HRN screen nameAndyScoggin.

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