10/27/2010 3:41PM

Multi-millionaires Galore in Breeders' Cup


There will be 15 multi-millionaires lining up in seven of the 14 Breeders' Cup races at Churchill Downs next week. The 15 have earned a total of $51,877,097, which is a lot of dosh whether it was earned in dollars, pounds, euros, yen or any combination of the same.

Five of the 15 go in the Classic. Of course they are led by Zenyatta, the champion filly or mare going 1 1/16 miles on synthetic surfaces in southern California. Three are in the Filly & Mare Turf. One of them is Forever Together, a mare who hasn't won a race since August 1, 2009. Two are also in the Dirt Mile, one of them being Mine That Bird, a horse who is in the race only becasue of a lack of numbers. The 2009 Kentucky Derby winner hasn't won since that glorious day in May and has been well out of the money in his last five starts.

But as Hollywood has recently reminded us, money never sleeps, so Mine That Bird is as much of a multi-millionaire today as he was a year ago when he went on the schneid. One of the nice things about racing is that a horse that is barely paying the bills can jump up and beat a couple of rich kids on any given day, even in the most important races.

Goldikova is one of two multi-millionaires in the Mile, while Workforce deserves special mention as the only such horse in the Turf. With just five races under his belt, he is averaging an astonishing $872,312 per start, a figure that must make even the purse-rich Japanese gasp.

Of course, one of the reasons some of these horses are multi-millionaires is their exploits in the Breeders' Cup. Zenyatta and Goldikova have both won two Cup races, while Forever Together and Midday have each won one.. Gio Ponto sports a second in the Classic, and Lookin at Lucky was a heartbreaking second in last year's Juvenile.

For the record, there are 19 mere millionaires in this year's Cup. Four of them, Blame, Haynesfield, Musket Man and Paddy O'Prado are in the Classic, meaning that nine of the horses in that race are millionaires or better. Three, Paco Boy, Proviso and The Usual Q.T. are in the Mile, with three in the Ladies Classic in Acoma, Life At Ten and Milwaukee Appeal. And Workforce will be joined by three millionaires in the Turf in Behkabad, Debussy and Winchester.

Big Drama and Kinsale King are millionaires in the Sprint, while California Flag and Chamberlain Bridge go in the Turf Sprint. Dakota Phone and Gayego are the million-dollar earners in the Dirt Mile.

All told, 34 millionaires will run in nine Cup races. Outside of the four juvenile races, only the Marathon is without a millionaire, unless Awesome Gem switches to that race from his first choice in the Dirt Mile.


1. Zenyatta - Classic- $6,404,580 - $337,683
2. Espoir City - Classic - 5,963,979 - 298,198
3. Goldikova - Mile - 5,074,157 - 253,707
4. Gio Ponti - Classic - 4,677,800 - 212,627
5. Workforce - Turf - 4,361,563 - 872,312
6. Red Desire - F&M Turf - 3,600,782 - 327,343
7. Lookin At Lucky - Classic - 3,007,278 - 250,606
8. Forever Together - F&M Turf - 2,957,639 - 118,305
9. Court Vision - Mile - 2,531,521 - 105,480
10. Midday - F&M Turf - 2,313,511 - 154,233
11. Awesome Gem - Dirt Mile - 2,279,682 - 59,991
12. Quality Road - Classic - 2,232,830 - 186,069
13. Mine That Bird - Dirt Mile - 2,228,637 - 131,096
14. Informed Decision - F&M Sprint - 2,214,426 - 105,448
15. Blind Luck - Ladies' Classic - 2,028,712 - 144,908