The 2013 Breeders’ Cup: Recap of the Event
The Breeders’ Cup World Championships is a two-day event that brings together some of the best racehorses in action today. At the time of its inauguration in 1984, the Breeders’ Cup was a single-day meet with just seven races (Juvenile, Juvenile Fillies, Sprint, Mile, Distaff, Turf and Classic); today, it is a 14-race celebration split over two days with $25M in purse money.
European horses did extremely well at the 2013 Breeders’ Cup: Outstrip won the Juvenile Turf and Chriselliam won the Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday, while Dank won the Filly & Mare Turf and Magician won the Turf on Saturday. Returning champions Groupie Doll, Mizdirection and Wise Dan successfully defended their titles in the Filly & Mare Sprint, Turf Sprint and Mile respectively. Three-year-olds won against older horses in the Dirt Mile (Goldencents), Marathon (London Bridge) and Distaff (Beholder). Some controversy was had in the Juvenile Fillies, in which a steward’s inquiry awarded the victory to Ria Antonia. And there were a few surprises. The Sprint was won by Secret Circle, who hadn’t raced against graded-stakes competition since April. Favorite Havana was beaten by New Year’s Day in the Juvenile. And in the Classic, favorite Game On Dude was beaten by Mucho Macho Man.