2016 Breeders’ Cup Results
To call the 2016 Breeders’ Cup results anything other than awe inspiring would be an undersell. The World Championships marked the end of an eventful season and were held on November 4th and 5th at Santa Anita Park in California.
The two-day attendance included 118,484 with common pool wagering hitting $159,991,803 over the two-day affair. It was an incredible weekend of racing marked by massive upsets, tight finishes and absolutely incredible action.
2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
The World Championships kicked off on Friday, November 4th with a showcase of two-year-old turf runners. Oscar Performance was the winner of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf as a 4/1 favorite, beating out Lancaster Bomber (6/1) and Good Samaratin (9/2) over the one-mile distance. Big Score would finish fourth at 8/1.
2016 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
This was one of the best fields of the entire weekend. The powerful and physically imposing Dortmund opened as the 6/5 favorite, and would compete with notable contenders like Runhappy at 3/1 and Gun Runner at 9/2. In fact, those three would enter the final turn in the lead until they were caught by an unexpected rival.
A slew of longshots had entered, but none were better than six-year-old Tamarkuz who posted the first of many upsets in 2016 Breeders’ Cup results as the winner of the Dirt Mile. He dragged along the outside of the three favorites in to the homestretch and unleashed a furious rally in the final lengths to take the victory.
Gun Runner would finish as the runner-up, posting his ninth top-three finish in a career that has spanned 11 races to date. Accelerate lived up to his name by crossing the finish line in third place as a 20/1 longshot. Dortmund would trail to fourth.
2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
An enormous gathering of contenders piled in to the gates for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. With 14 fillies crowding the track, this was a pure battle of youth as some unexpected entrants took the top-three spots.
Entering as favorites were La Coronal with 9/2 odds and Roly Poly at 4/1. Spain Burg was also 5/1, while Hydrangea and Intricately were both given 6/1 marks of their own as plausible winners. None really factored in the outcome.
Instead it was New Money Honey who took the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in a rousing showing. She was followed by fellow longshots Coasted, who claimed second at 20/1, along with Cavale Doree who was third despite 15/1 odds. Following the leaders was Lull at 15/1 and Rymska at 20/1.
The 2016 Breeders’ Cup results continued to provide surprises on an eventful Friday.
2016 Breeders’ Cup Distaff
The main event of the Friday program was undoubtedly the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. This race may have had a field of eight fillies and mares but this was a three-horse race from the onset. Songbird was the 6/5 favorite, with the legendary Beholder and late charging Stellar Wind inches behind her at 5/2 on the board.
What unfolded was one of the most historic finishes ever witnessed. Undefeated Songbird moved to the lead early and had the pack chasing her the entire way. Beholder, who had suffered three straight defeats over the summer, moved her way up beside in the final turn while Stellar Wind never seemed to fire.
Beholder and Songbird went step-for-step for the entire homestretch as the Santa Anita Crowd rose to its feet with excitement. The living legend and the rising star strode side by side in the final lengths, but it was Beholder who took the race by a nose at the wire. It was one of the most thrilling finishes in Breeders’ Cup history.
The Distaff proved to be Beholder’s final race as she retired having won this particular event twice. This was also the first defeat for Songbird in 12 races, but if she was going to lose to anyone, it was the future Hall of Famer herself. This was by no means an upset of epic proportions, but it served as a fitting passing of the torch from one champion to another.
2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
There was a year long battle to determine the top juvenile filly in the country that never really cemented anyone in particular. Noted and Quoted was the 9/2 favorite on the board, but she was contested by Valadorna at 5/1 and a trio of 6/1 third choices that included American Gal, Union Strike and Sweet Loretta. All of them were solid takes at the window.
But this race provided yet another stunner in 2016 Breeders’ Cup results as 20/1 longshot Champagne Room shocked the crowd to kick off the Saturday program. The Peter Eurton trainee stormed to the finish line followed by Valadorna and American Gal to assert herself as the filly to beat in the upcoming 2017 season.
2016 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf
Lady Eli was the best American turf runner in the country, and had battled injuries throughout the 2016 campaign to enter the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. She was the 5/2 favorite, but would be upset by Queen’s Trust, who had imported from Europe with 6/1 odds of her own. The upset was the first victory for Queen’s Trust in over a year. Avenge would steal third as a 15/1 longshot.
2016 Breeders’ Cup Sprint
The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Sprint ended up boasting a field of seven rivals that included 2/1 favorite Masochistic, 7/2 second choice Drefong and 4/1 third choice A.P. Indian. The opening pace of :21.49 over the first quarter-mile was blazing, and the finish would continue a string of pulse pounding endings.
Drefong and Masochistic dueled the entire way, but it was the former who fended off the latter down the stretch. With the victory, Drefong would extend his undefeated streak to five. Mind Your Biscuits would take third in the race as a 20/1 longshot, maintaining a running theme of outside chances staking claims in the top-three.
Over a month after the 2016 Breeders’ Cup results were posted, Masochistic would be disqualified from this race after it was discovered that evidence of stanozolol was in the six-year-old’s system. Mind Your Biscuits would be upgraded to runner-up, while A.P. Indian was elevated to third place.
2016 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
In a wide open race, it was eight-year-old Obviously who stood out the most. The Paul D’Amato trainee would cross enter the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint as a 6/1 second choice and lead down the homestretch as he barely held off 12/1 longshot Om by a nose at the wire. Pure Sensation was third after opening as the 5/1 favorite.
2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
The summer had anointed a wide array of two-year-old colts as the best up and comers, but the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is routinely the challenge that establishes the top threat heading in to the Triple Crown season. The board was packed with potential, and this was one race certainly held one of the most competitive fields at the World Championships. At least seven of the 11 horses entered held odds of 6/1 or better.
In the end, it was Classic Empire who performed the best while justifying his 4/1 odds. He would bury the competition as Not This Time rallied all too late to place second as the 7/2 favorite. Practical Joke, one of many 6/1 contenders in this race, would take third.
2016 Breeders’ Cup Turf
There was no question that the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Turf was going to be an Irish affair. Highland Reel and Found both stood as 3/1 favorites after importing from the European circuit to join Flintshire on this side of the pond.
Flintshire had spent the summer establishing himself as one of the best turf runners with three consecutive wins in graded stakes races, until losing to Ectot in the 2016 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic. That upset would help nudge Ectot’s number in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Turf to 8/1.
Highland Reel left little doubt by the halfway mark by opening up an impressive eight-length lead over the competition heading in to the final furlong. The co-favorite would hold on to win decisively. Flintshire devoured half the gap down the stretch but ultimately ran out of space to complete the comeback. Found would take third place.
It was an all-Ireland sweep at the top of the heap in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Turf.
2016 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
The upsets kept coming in 2016 Breeders’ Cup results with the Filly & Mare Sprint. Haveyougoneaway was the 3/1 favorite followed by Carina Mia at 7/2, but neither were anywhere to be found in the final stretch.
Instead it was Finest City, who stole the show as a 12/1 outside chance while Wavell Avenue continued her impressive consistency by taking second place at 6/1. Paulassilverlining was third at 10/1, with Paolo Queen coming fourth holding 20/1 odds of her own.
2016 Breeders’ Cup Mile
Defending champion Tepin was the 3/1 favorite to win it all, and was pressed by Limato at 7/2 and Alice Springs on the betting board. But this event would be sweet revenge for a horse that came 5th at the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Mile.
That horse was none other than Tourist, a 15/1 longshot who tore up the rail to surpass the front-running Midnight Storm and hold off Tepin charging through on the outside. Tourist would hang tough for the victory, with Tepin finishing a close second. Midnight Storm fended off the remaining rivals to take third overall.
While another upset was a notable addition to the array of shockers in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup results, Tepin’s impressive two-year run can’t be dismissed. The second place finish she earned brought her record to 11-4-0 in 15 starts.
2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic
For the entire year, California Chrome was the horse to beat. That was certainly the case in the marquee event of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup as well. The 2014 Horse of the Year had spent the majority of the 2015 season recovering from injury. During this season, however, California Chrome had six straight victories in as many tries while besting top flight talent like Dortmund, Hoppertunity and Beholder along the way.
Inserted as the even money favorite for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic, there was truly only one horse who had a chance of unseating California Chrome. That was Arrogate, a 5/2 second choice, who was coming off a convincing Travers Stakes win but no other graded stakes races to speak of. To put this in perspective, only Frosted was given respectable odds as an 8/1 longshot. Every other rival in the Classic was handed even longer marks by the oddsmakers.
The race unfolded as advertised with Arrogate and California Chrome separating themselves from the field as they barreled in to the home stretch. California Chrome had the early edge in the final furlong and looked to have the Classic in the bag, but Arrogate dug his heels in to find another gear and pass Chrome for the exhilarating victory.
After the win, there was no denying that Arrogate was something special and excitement for the next season began to brew immediately.
In a way, the 2016 Classic offered a perfect ending to an undeniably entertaining weekend. There was a cavalcade of upsets, coupled with heroic performances by legendary runners along with the insertion of new champions ready to take over in the 2017 season. Beyond that, the 2016 Breeders’ Cup results offered excitement that was both unexpected and embraced by those that love this wonderful sport.