Three Great Moments

Curated selections of potentially overlooked great performances from some of the biggest races (replays permitting!).

Considering a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner has not gone on to win Horse of the Year since Curlin in 2007, it may be hard to remember that the race has served as a de facto championship for the gold statuette in many of its editions.

The name shifting race knows as the Distaff has provided some of contemporary racing’s most thrilling moments.

With a slim margin for error and a flood of European talent, the Breeders’ Cup Mile has provided plenty of down to the wire thrills.

While winners of the Breeders’ Cup Turf have come from Europe at a 70% clip, we acknowledge our bias and showcase a few home-grown winners.

Until 2007, the best sprinting fillies & mares competed on equal footing with their male counterparts in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Needless to say, that has resulted in some memorable finishes that have, unfortunately, faded a bit from our minds.

So many Juvenile performances are memorable, but there are a few that stand out. Here, we reflect on a trio of memorable Juveniles: the legendary late runner, the gutsy gray and the Florida-bred by Fappiano.

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies is sometimes a bit overlooked in the shadow of the Juvenile (and the impending Derby fever it kicks off), but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t produced some notable performances, and careers!