Do you know the Elite Breeders’ Cup stallions, who are they?


Some of the Elite Breeders’ Cup sires might surprise you.

When you talk about sires, you immediately think of the immensely successful Into Mischief or maybe Tapit and so many other top sires. Yes, they are top sires for a reason and you will find them among the Elite Breeders’ Cup sires. One or two of the others might surprise you.

After a four-year absence, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Returning to Kentucky this fall. Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington will host the two-day event. The historic course hosted the Breeders’ Cup for the first time in 2015. The last Breeders’ Cup held in the Commonwealth state was held at Churchill Downs in 2018. This year’s race marks the 39th edition and will be held on November 4th and 5th.

First held in 1984 as a one-day, seven-race event, the Breeders’ Cup has now evolved into a two-day, 14-race premier extravaganza. Although Thoroughbred racing is conducted year-round in the United States, the Breeders’ Cup is generally considered to mark the conclusion of the North American racing season and plays a large role in determining the winners of the year in several of the Eclipse Award categories.

In the 38 year history of the Breeders’ Cup there have been 375 races producing a total of 376 winners (there was one dead heat in 2003 Lawn between High Chaparral and Johar). A total of 228 sires are responsible for producing the 376 winners.

Of the 228 sires, 151 have produced a single Breeders’ Cup winner. 43 sires claim a winning duo, while 15 proud sires can show a trio. Eight sires made it to four winners.

That leaves us with the elite of the Breeders’ Cup sires. There are six sires who have won five of their offspring, while four sires have produced six winners, but only one horse stands alone at the top with a record seven Breeders’ Cup wins by his offspring.

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5 Breeders’ Cup winners

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Work all week – Sprint 2014

Dayatthespa – 2014 filly/mare Turf

Catch a glimpse – 2015 Juvenile Fillies Turf

Finest City – 2016 filly/mare Sprint

Bulletin – Juvenile Turf Sprint 2018


Chief’s Crown – 1984 youth

Dance Smartly – 1991 Distaff

Bait – 1992 & 1993 Mile

War Song – 2000 miles


Red Rocks (IRE) – 2006 Turf

Mage (IRE) – 2013 Turf

Found (IRE) – 2015 Lawn

Highland Reel (IRE) – Lawn 2016

Operational Area (IRE) – Juvenile Turf 2018

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Award Winning – 1989 Turf

Hollywood Wildcat – 1993 distaff

Brocco – 1993 youth

Gently rising – 1999 filly/mare Turf

Action on this day – 2003 youth

Smart Strike

Curlin – classic from 2007

English Channel – 2007 Lawn

Farthest Land – 2009 Dirt Mile

My Miss Aurelia – 2011 filly

Battle of Midway – Dirt Mile 2017

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Desert Striker – 1995 Sprint

Cat thief – classic from 1999

Storm flag flying – 2002 young mares

Sweet Catamine – 2004 young mares

Life is sweet – 2009 distaff

6 Breeders’ Cup winners

To disaster

Golden cents – 2013 & 2014 Dirt Mile

Covfefe – 2019 filly/mare Sprint

Gamine – 2020 filly/mare Sprint

Authentic – classic 2020

Life is Good – 2021 Dirt Mile

Sadler’s Wells

In the Wings (GB) – 1990 Lawn

Barathea (IRE) – 1994 mile

Northern Spur (IRE) – 1995 lawn

High Chaparral (IRE) – 2002 and 2003 grass

Islington (IRE) – 2003 filly/mare Turf

Tip It

Stardom Bound – 2008 Juvenile Fillies

Tapitsfly – 2009 Juvenile Fillies Turf

Hansen – 2011 youth

Tapizar – Dirt Mile 2012

Untapable – 2014 distaff

Essential quality – 2020 youth

Unbridled’s Song (Winner – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile 1995)

Unbridled Elaine – 2001 Distaff

Midshipman – 2008 junior

Unmatched Beauty – 2010 Distaff

Liam’s card – 2015 Dirt Mile

Arrogate – Classic 2016

Forever Unbridled – 2017 Distaff

7 Breeders’ Cup winners

The only sire with seven wins in Breeders’ Cup races is More than ready. A winner of his first five starts as a junior in 1999, the Southern Halo son then won the 2000 G1 Kings Bishop Stakes as a three-year-old and finished fifth in that year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint before retiring after his second season. More Than Ready finished in the top three in 12 of his 17 lifetime starts, including seven wins. Apparently he has had a successful career in the breeding stable.

More Than Real – 2010 Juvenile Fillies Turf

Pluck – 2010 Juvenile Turf

Royally ready – lawn sprint 2011

Rushing Fall – 2017 Juvenile Fillies Turf

Roy H—Sprints 2017 and 2018

7 university mile 2019

Photo: Breeders’ Cup logo, Breeders’ Cup


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