These 11 have sired the most Breeders' Cup race winners

These 11 have sired the most Breeders' Cup race winners
Photo: Courtesy Fasig-Tipton

For the second time in five years, Del Mar will host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. This year’s running is the 38th edition and will be conducted Nov. 5 and 6.

The Breeders’ Cup, first run in 1984 as a single-day affair offering up seven races, has now evolved into a two-day premier spectacle featuring 14 races. Although thoroughbred racing is conducted year-round in the United States, the Breeders’ Cup generally is regarded as the conclusion of the North American racing season and factors heavily into determining year-end champions in several of the Eclipse Award categories.

Over the 37-year history of the Breeders’ Cup, there have been 361 races that have produced a total of 362 winners. (There was a dead-heat in the 2003 Turf between High Chaparral and Johar). A total of 223 sires are responsible for having produced the 362 Breeders’ Cup winners.

Before we get into the full breakdown, here is a fascinating statistic. Two former top European racehorses, now both deceased, Sadler’s Wells, and his son, Galileo, have each sired four winners in the same event (Breeders’ Cup Turf). The latter sire could make it five with a quartet of runners in this year’s edition.

Of those 223 sires, 144 have produced a single Breeders’ Cup winner. Forty-four sires claim a pair of winners, while 18 proud fathers boast a trio to their credit. Six sires have managed four winners.

We are now left with the elite of the Breeders’ Cup sires. There are seven sires that have won with five of their progenies, while three sires have produced six winners, but only one horse stands alone at the top with a record seven Breeders’ Cup wins by his offspring.

Who are they?

5 Breeders’ Cup winners

City Zip

Work All Week – 2014 Sprint

Dayatthespa – 2014 Filly & Mare Turf

Catch a Glimpse – 2015 Juvenile Fillies Turf

Finest City – 2016 Filly & Mare Sprint

Bulletin – 2018 Juvenile Turf Sprint

Danzig

Chief’s Crown – 1984 Juvenile

Dance Smartly – 1991 Distaff

Lure – 1992, 1993 Mile

War Chant – 2000 Mile

Galileo

Red Rocks – 2006 Turf

Magician – 2013 Turf

Found – 2015 Turf

Highland Reel – 2016 Turf

Line of Duty – 2018 Juvenile Turf

Into Mischief

Goldencents – 2013, 2014 Dirt Mile

Covfefe – 2019 Filly & Mare Sprint

Gamine – 2020 Filly & Mare Sprint

Authentic – 2020 Classic

Kris S.

Prized – 1989 Turf

Hollywood Wildcat – 1993 Distaff

Brocco – 1993 Juvenile

Soaring Softly – 1999 Filly & Mare Turf

Action This Day – 2003 Juvenile

Smart Strike

Curlin – 2007 Classic

English Channel – 2007 Turf

Furthest Land – 2009 Dirt Mile

My Miss Aurelia – 2011 Juvenile Fillies

Battle of Midway – 2017 Dirt Mile

Storm Cat

Desert Stormer – 1995 Sprint

Cat Thief – 1999 Classic

Storm Flag Flying – 2002 Juvenile Fillies

Sweet Catomine – 2004 Juvenile Fillies

Life Is Sweet – 2009 Distaff

6 Breeders’ Cup winners

Sadler’s Wells

In The Wings – 1990 Turf

Barathea – 1994 Mile

Northern Spur – 1995 Turf

High Chaparral – 2002, 2003 Turf

Islington – 2003 Filly & Mare Turf

Tapit

Stardom Bound – 2008 Juvenile Fillies

Tapitsfly – 2009 Juvenile Fillies Turf

Hansen – 2011 Juvenile

Tapizar – 2012 Dirt Mile

Untapable – 2014 Distaff

Essential Quality – 2020 Juvenile

Unbridled’s Song (Winner - 1996 Juvenile)

Unbridled Elaine – 2001 Distaff

Midshipman – 2008 Juvenile

Unrivaled Belle – 2010 Distaff

Liam’s Map – 2015 Dirt Mile

Arrogate – 2016 Classic

Forever Unbridled – 2017 Distaff

7 Breeders’ Cup winners

The lone sire to have seven winners in Breeders’ Cup races is More Than Ready. A winner of his first five starts as a juvenile in 1999, the son of Southern Halo then went on to win the 2000 Kings Bishop Stakes (G1) as a 3-year-old and finished fifth in that year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint before being retired after his sophomore season. More Than Ready finished in the top three in 12 of his 17 lifetime starts, including seven wins. Obviously, he has had a prolific career in the breeding shed.

More Than Real - 2010 Juvenile Fillies Turf

Pluck - 2010 Juvenile Turf

Regally Ready - 2011 Turf Sprint

Rushing Fall - 2017 Juvenile Fillies Turf

Roy H – 2017, 2018 Sprint

Uni - 2019 Mile

With sons Hit the Road and Slipstream, as well as daughters, Bubble Rock, Consumer Spending and Koala Princess entered in this year’s Breeders’ Cup, More Than Ready has more than a fair chance to add to his total.

Meet Nick Costa


Nick became instantly hooked on horse racing when his father first took him to the racetrack when he was 5-years old. As a racing fan, he's attended several Kentucky Derbys, Belmont Stakes and Breeders' Cups, and has visited several racetracks throughout the United States and Canada.


Back in the year 2000, Nick became a licensed owner and is currently still involved with the sport in that honored capacity. In 2010, Nick added another dimension when trying his hand at writing about horse racing for Horse Racing Nation, and thanks its readers for their support.

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