2019 Breeders’ Cup by the Numbers

Sistercharlie returns to defend her title in the Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf this year.
Sistercharlie returns to defend her title in the Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf this year. (Eclipse Sportswire)

The Breeders’ Cup is just around the corner, and a talented group of horses is set to compete Nov. 1-2. This year the event returns to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., for a record 10th time.

Get the scoop on the 2019 World Championships with the stats below.

1 - A Breeders’ Cup race has ended in a dead heat (tie) on just one occasion: when High Chaparral and Johar hit the wire together in the 2003 Turf.

2 - This year’s Breeders’ Cup is expected to feature two horses defending their 2017 titles: Sistercharlie, aiming for her second Maker’s Mark Filly and Mare Turf, and Stormy Liberal, who is going for a three-peat in the Turf Sprint.

5 furlongs - The distance of the shortest Breeders’ Cup races: the Turf Sprint and the Juvenile Turf Sprint. The longest race is the Longines Turf at 1 ½ miles.

- Of the 10 different equine Eclipse Awards of 2018 for flat racing, eight of the winners raced in last year’s Breeders’ Cup. Triple Crown winner Justify, named Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old, is the only one who didn’t.

Santa Anita Park, host of this year's Breeders' Cup
Santa Anita Park, host of this year's Breeders' Cup (Eclipse Sportswire)

10 - This year is the 10th time Santa Anita Park will host the event, more than any other track.

12 - The number of racetracks that have hosted the Breeders’ Cup at least once.

13 ½ lengths - Largest winning margin ever at the Breeders’ Cup, when Inside Information defeated Heavenly Prize and eight others in the 1995 Distaff.

14 - The Breeders’ Cup features 14 championship races over two days.

14 - The average field size of the Turf Sprint, a full field. The race has never been contested by a field smaller than 13 horses.

21 - The number of horses who have won at least two Breeders’ Cup races.

20 - Record number of Breeders’ Cup wins by Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

22 - The number of Breeders’ Cup races that have been decided by the slimmest of margins, a nose. The most recent nose victory came in the Filly and Mare Sprint in 2017.

$28.85 - Average $2 win payoff in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, the highest among all current Breeders’ Cup races.

31% - Success rate of the betting favorite in the Breeders’ Cup. Favorites have won 104 of 332 races.

36 - This year is the 36th annual Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

41 - The number of international-based starters in the 2018 races. Three of them won: Enable (Turf), Expert Eye (Mile), and Line of Duty (Juvenile Turf).

52 - The total number of Grade 1 winners that entered the 2018 Breeders’ Cup races.

63 - There have been 63 odds-on Breeders’ Cup favorites (0.90-1 or less), good for 19% of all betting favorites in the event’s history. Just 28 of them won.

$269.20 - Winning $2 payoff when Arcangues won the 1993 Breeders’ Cup Classic at odds of 133.60-1. He’s the only top-three finisher among 43 horses sent off at triple-digit odds.

1984 - The first year the Breeders’ Cup was run, two years after John Gaines started the groundwork for the event.

124,574 - The number of fans that attended the 2016 Breeders’ Cup, the last time Santa Anita Park hosted the event.

$2,687,611.20 - Pick 6 payoff for a $2 wager at the 2003 Breeders’ Cup, a record.

$6,000,000 - Purse of the Classic, with the winner taking home $3.3 million of that.

$30,000,000 - Total purses and awards given out for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup.

$35,924,605 - Total Breeders' Cup earnings of Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, more than any other rider. He also holds the record for Breeders' Cup wins with 26.

$166,077,486 - Record dollars bet on the 2017 Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar.

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