What’s Next for Breeders’ Cup Stars

Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate, winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic, is scheduled to remain in training next year. (BENOIT photo)

After two great days of racing and several days to reflect, the dust from the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships has settled, leaving us with 13 worthy championship race winners. For many, the Breeders’ Cup marked the end of the racing season; for some, the end of a career. Others will race again yet this fall. Read on for the roundup of where this year’s Breeders’ Cup stars are headed next.


Classic winner Arrogate ran down favorite California Chrome in his second consecutive outstanding performance. Arrogate’s connections, owner Juddmonte Farms and trainer Bob Baffert, report that he is slated to stay in training for 2017 and could be pointed toward a rematch in the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup if his connections obtain a spot in the race.

California Chrome ran an honorable race in defeat to bring his 2016 record to six wins and a runner-up finish from seven starts. The 2014 Kentucky Derby winner is scheduled to make what will probably be his final career start in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park before entering stud at Taylor Made Farm near Lexington, Ky., for a fee of $40,000.

Tepin (Eclipse Sportswire)

Tourist, the upset winner of the Mile, has shipped to his co-owner’s WinStar Farm in Kentucky and he will most likely be retired to stud duty there, though there is a chance he could race in 2017.

Runner-up Tepin is scheduled to remain in training for 2017, with Tampa Bay Downs’ Endeavour Stakes penciled in as her first start and an early-season goal of the Dubai Turf on the Dubai World Cup card in March.

Filly and Mare Sprint

Finest City won the Filly and Mare Sprint off of two grass races and after going over six months without a win. Her trainer Ian Kruljac reports that she will stay in training and target a repeat Breeders’ Cup performance in 2017, when the races will be held at Del Mar, not far from her owners’ home.

Longines Turf

Irish-bred Turf winner Highland Reel will remain in training for this year, with a potential start in the Japan Cup on Nov. 27 and/or a race at the Hong Kong International festival on Dec. 11, according to trainer Aidan O’Brien.

Runner-up Flintshire, who won a trio of graded stakes races on turf in the U.S. this year for trainer Chad Brown, has been retired to stud duty at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Kentucky where his 2017 fee will be $20,000.

Last year’s Turf winner Found finished third in this year’s race for the same owner and trainer as Highland Reel. Found has been retired and will begin her career as a broodmare in 2017.

Classic Empire (Eclipse Sportswire)
Sentient Jet Juvenile

Juvenile winner Classic Empire is the current points leader on the 2017 Road to the Kentucky Derby, and his trainer, Mark Casse, plans on aiming for that race after a winter in Florida.

Turf Sprint

Obviously defeated Om by a nose in his fifth Breeders’ Cup try and is scheduled to remain in training with a potential run in the Seabiscuit Handicap on Nov. 26 at Del Mar.

TwinSpires Sprint

Drefong continued his undefeated 2016 season with a win in the Sprint and, according to trainer Bob Baffert, could next be headed for the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes on Santa Anita Park’s Dec. 26 opening day.

Filly and Mare Turf

Queen’s Trust shipped from England to win the Filly and Mare Turf for trainer Sir Michael Stoute, who is one of the most successful international trainers at the Breeders’ Cup. The 3-year-old’s future plans have not yet been announced.

Runner-up and race favorite Lady Eli was withdrawn from the Keeneland November sale and will return to the races in 2017 as a 5-year-old, according to trainer Chad Brown.

14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies

Trainer Peter Eurton reports that 33-1 winner Champagne Room will get a vacation before aiming for the 2017 Kentucky Oaks. The Feb. 5 Las Virgenes at Santa Anita could be her first race on the road to the Oaks.

Beholder and Songbird (Eclipse Sportswire)
Longines Distaff

Beholder outdueled Songbird to win the Distaff by a nose, and it was a fitting end to her championship career. The 6-year-old mare has three Eclipse Awards and is probably in line for a fourth this year. She has been retired and will ship from her California base to her owner’s Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky, where she will be bred to Uncle Mo.

Songbird has shipped to WinStar Farm in Kentucky, where she will get a winter vacation before going back into training with Jerry Hollendorfer for her 4-year-old season next year.

Third choice Stellar Wind, who finished fourth, was scheduled to be sold at the Keeneland November auction but was withdrawn and will stay in training with John Sadler, with a return scheduled for spring 2017.

Juvenile Fillies Turf

New Money Honey won her second race in three starts in taking the Juvenile Fillies Turf. Trainer Chad Brown thinks highly enough of the filly that he and owner e Five Racing Thoroughbreds may try her in a major stakes on dirt next year before a possible run in the Kentucky Oaks over Churchill Downs’ main track.

Las Vegas Dirt Mile

Tamarkuz won the Dirt Mile impressively in a breakthrough U.S. performance. His connections have retired the 6-year-old to stud duty at his owner’s Shadwell Farm near Lexington, Ky.

Race favorite Dortmund disappointed when finishing fourth. Trainer Bob Baffert and owner Kaleem Shah haven’t announced whether the 4-year-old will remain in training or retire for stud duty.

Last year’s champion sprinter Runhappy tired to finish eighth in the Dirt Mile and has been retired to stud at Claiborne Farm, where he moved into the stall that housed Secretariat and will stand for a fee of $25,000.

Juvenile Turf

Juvenile Turf winner Oscar Performance will get a freshening and return to training in 2017. The turf star’s trainer Brian Lynch said there are no plans for him to try dirt, ruling out a potential run on the Triple Crown trail, but Oscar Performance could be headed for a start next summer at the Royal Ascot meet in England.

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