Learn more about the Breeders’ Cup Mile with this compilation of fun facts from the first 30 years of the race, delivered A to Z style ...
A – Artie Schiller gave trainer Jimmy Jerkens his first Breeders’ Cup win with a 2005 Mile victory at Belmont Park.
B – Barathea ended the Breeders’ Cup Mile streak of Lure when he easily won the 1994 edition, while the two-time winner came home ninth.
C – Court Vision holds the record for highest odds of any BC Mile winner, when he scored over 12 others at 64-1 in 2011.
D – In 1998, Da Hoss made “the greatest comeback since Lazarus”, while edging out Hawksley Hill to win the Mile. He also won in 1996.
E – The Eclipse Award for Champion Turf Female was given to the BC Mile winner five times; Miesque and Goldikova twice each, and Royal Heroine in 1984.
F – Freddy Head has won the Breeders’ Cup Mile five times; twice as a rider on Miesque, and three more times as the trainer of Goldikova.
G – The Queen of the Mile is undoubtedly Goldikova, who won the prestigious event three times in a row from 2008 through 2010.
H – Homebreds have won six of the last eight editions of the Mile; Goldikova (3), Wise Dan (2), and Miesque’s Approval.
I – The partnership made famous by Big Brown, IEAH, came home first in the Mile with Kip Deville over the soft turf at Monmouth Park.
J – Julio C. Canani trained the Mile winner twice over a three-year period with Silic in 1999 and Val Royal in 2001.
K – In 2007, Kip Deville became only the second gray horse to win the Mile, joining the 1985 winner, Cozzene.
L – Lure is one of four horses to win the Mile in back-to-back to editions, having scored powerful front running victories in 1992 & 1993
M – Becoming the first horse to win twice at the Breeders’ Cup, Miesque powered home by four lengths in 1988 to go along with her 3 ½-length score the year before.
N – War Chant became the sixth and most recent Breeders’ Cup victory for trainer Neil Drysdale, with his win in the 2000 Mile.
O – Oliver Peslier is the only rider to win three times in the Mile, having been aboard Goldikova in each of her trio of victories.
P – Jockey Pat Valenzuela has won six different Breeders’ Cup races at least once. His Mile victory came aboard the long shot winner of 1991, Opening Verse.
Q – The Usual Q.T. ran big in 2010 to finish third at 22-1, behind only the pair of multi-year champions, Goldikova and Gio Ponti.
R – Royal Heroine became the first of five females to score in the Mile, winning the inaugural edition in 1984.
S – Seven-years-old is the age of the oldest Breeders’ Cup Mile winner, Miesque’s Approval in 2006.
T – Thierry Thulliez earned his only Breeders’ Cup victory in the 1995 Mile aboard Domedriver.
U – Horses based in the USA have won 18 editions of the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
V – Jockey John Velazquez holds the record for longest gap in between wins of 14 years, with victories aboard Da Hoss in 1998 and Wise Dan in 2012.
W – Wise Dan ran the fastest BC Mile in history when he hit the wire in 1:31.78 for the first of his consecutive victories in 2012.
X – John Oxx is best known as the conditioner of Sea The Stars, but he earned his only Breeders’ Cup victory in the 1995 Mile with Ridgewood Pearl.
Y – Yves Saint-Martin became the first European jockey to win the Mile, when he booted home Last Tycoon to win at 35-1 in 1986.
Z – Zilzal was bet down to even money in the 1989 edition, but could only manage a sixth place finish behind the second choice winner, Steinlen.