The headline race of the Breeders Cup meeting is the Breeders Cup Classic raced on the dirt surface over a distance of 1m2f and is worth over $5 million in prize-money. The contest is renowned for closing out America’s horse racing season and routinely produces the winner of the Racehorse Of The Year award.
In 2015, a horse named American Pharoah ended a phenomenal three-year-old campaign by winning the Grade One highlight. The horse, trained by Bob Baffert, had already cemented his place in history by winning the American ‘Triple Crown’ (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes) in the space of a few weeks. He went one step further at the Breeders Cup, however, becoming the first horse in American racing history to win the ‘Grand Slam’, a collection of the Triple Crown and the Breeders Cup Classic.
The success of American Pharoah is a fine example of the special attraction that the Breeders Cup brings to the world of sport. During the 2015 meeting, millions of people from around the globe tuned into the Classic in hope of witnessing history. It was a story that transcending the sport and made American Pharoah an American household name. Leading figures from the world’s of sport, showbusiness and fashion were in attendance on October 31st 2015 as horse racing hit mainstream headlines in almost every country.