The richest purse in American horse racing — the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic — capped an incredible 13-race, two-day season-ending championship on Saturday at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club just north of San Diego, California.
The Breeders’ Cup championships are an annual series of Grade I Thoroughbred horse races that began in 1984. For all but one year, the series of races were hosted by United States racetracks. In 2007, the event was turned into a two-day fixture.
Legendary horse trainer Bob Baffert was seeking his fourth consecutive Breeders’ Cup Classic win Saturday in the 1 1/4-mile race on dirt after Bayern, American Pharoah, and Arrogate won the previous three years. But it was 9-to-5 favorite Gun Runner, ridden by Florent Geroux and trained by Steve Asmussen, that captured the win over Collected and West Coast.
2017 Breeders’ Cup race winners
$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf: Mendelssohn (jockey Ryan Moore)
$1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile: Battle Of Midway (Flavien Prat)
$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf: Rushing Fall (Javier Castellano)
$1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint: Bar of Gold (Irad Ortiz Jr.)
$1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint: Stormy Liberal (Joel Rosario)
$1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint: Roy H (Kent Desormeaux)
$2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile: World Approval (John Velazquez)
$2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff: Forever Unbridled (John Velazquez)
$2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies: Caledonia Road (Mike Smith)
$2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf: Wuheida (William Buick)
$2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: Good Magic (Jose L. Ortiz)
$4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf: Talismanic (Mickael Barzalona)
$6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic: Gun Runner (Florent Geroux).
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