Breeders' Cup Classic 2023

Saturday, Nov 4, 2023 Santa Anita

$6 million; 1 1/4 miles; 3-year-olds and up

Breeders' Cup Classic Field

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Post Horse Trainer/ Jockey Odds and comments by Brad Free
2. Zandon Chad Brown Frankie Dettori 6-1
Trainer: Chad Brown Jockey: Frankie Dettori
BF: Gem of consistency entire career, blitzed modest G2 last, crushed by White Abarrio two back, is he good enough?
3. White Abarrio Richard Dutrow, Jr. Irad Ortiz, Jr. 7-2
Trainer: Richard Dutrow, Jr. Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
BF: Crushed G1 Whitney over next-out graded winners Cody's Wish, Zandon, 110 Beyer tops field, super SA work
4. Missed The Cut John Sadler Luis Saez 50-1
Trainer: John Sadler Jockey: Luis Saez
BF: Dusted three rivals in G3 dirt marathon last out over SA surface, BC Classic seems a bit ambitious
5. Derma Sotogake Hidetaka Otonashi Christophe Lemaire 30-1
Trainer: Hidetaka Otonashi Jockey: Christophe Lemaire
BF: UAE Derby smasher in March among the season's top dirt performances by 3yo; BC Classic first start since May
6. Saudi Crown Brad Cox Florent Geroux 12-1
Trainer: Brad Cox Jockey: Florent Geroux
BF: Wired G1 3yos on speed-friendly "sloppy" PRX surface, front-runner faces same-style Arabian Knight, pace battle?
7. Clapton Chad Summers Tyler Gaffalione 30-1
Trainer: Chad Summers Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
BF: Late-running colt has no issue staying 1 1/4-mile distance, question is how good is he? G2 upset last out
8. Ushba Tesoro Noburo Takagi Yuga Kawada 4-1
Trainer: Noburo Takagi Jockey: Yuga Kawada
BF: Dubai World Cup winner 7 of 8 since to dirt, strong comeback, training well, but gate-schooling issues this week
9. Senor Buscador Todd Fincher Geovanni Franco 20-1
Trainer: Todd Fincher Jockey: Geovanni Franco
BF: Deep-closing longshot contender off better-than-looked efforts in recent speed-dominated G1s; needs meltdown
10. Dreamlike Todd Pletcher Jose Ortiz 20-1
Trainer: Todd Pletcher Jockey: Jose Ortiz
BF: Earned career-best figure last time out rallying from far back to finish second behind the pacesetting winner
11. Bright Future Todd Pletcher John Velazquez 8-1
Trainer: Todd Pletcher Jockey: John Velazquez
BF: Similarities to Vino Rosso, 2019 BC Classic winner at Santa Anita: Pletcher, Curlin, G1 Jockey Club first to the wire
12. Arabian Knight Bob Baffert Flavien Prat 3-1
Trainer: Bob Baffert Jockey: Flavien Prat
BF: Lightly raced 3yo won G1 10F vs. older, wire-wire threat if he avoids Saudi Crown duel, inherits favoritism
13. Proxy Michael Stidham Joel Rosario 10-1
Trainer: Michael Stidham Jockey: Joel Rosario
BF: Under-the-radar Midwest contender proven at Santa Anita via second in Big Cap in spring, close to Bright Future last

Breeders' Cup Classic Challenge Series schedule

Date Race / Track Winner / Beyer    
Sunday, Feb 19, 2023
February Stakes Tokyo Racecourse
Winner: Lemon Pop
Lemon Pop Race Recap
Lemon Pop
Saturday, Jul 1, 2023
Stephen Foster Stakes Churchill Downs
Winner: West Will Power
Beyer: 102
West Will Power 102 Race Recap View Chart
West Will Power 102
Saturday, Jul 22, 2023
Haskell Invitational Monmouth Park
Winner: Geaux Rocket Ride
Beyer: 100
Geaux Rocket Ride 100 Race Recap View Chart
Geaux Rocket Ride 100
Saturday, Aug 5, 2023
Whitney Saratoga
Winner: White Abarrio
Beyer: 110
White Abarrio 110 Race Recap View Chart
White Abarrio 110
Wednesday, Aug 23, 2023
International Stakes York
Winner: Mostahdaf
Mostahdaf Race Recap
Mostahdaf
Saturday, Sep 2, 2023
Jockey Club Gold Cup Saratoga
Winner: Bright Future
Beyer: 103
Bright Future 103 Race Recap View Chart
Bright Future 103
Saturday, Sep 2, 2023
Pacific Classic Del Mar
Winner: Arabian Knight
Beyer: 101
Arabian Knight 101 Race Recap View Chart
Arabian Knight 101
Saturday, Sep 30, 2023
Awesome Again Stakes Santa Anita
Winner: Slow Down Andy
Beyer: 101
Slow Down Andy 101 Race Recap View Chart
Slow Down Andy 101

Breeders' Cup Classic News

Breeders' Cup Classic: White Abarrio targets four top races for 2024

David Grening Nov 05,2023
ARCADIA, Calif. - White Abarrio, winner of Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita, will race in 2024, with four of the richest and most prestigious races in the world on the wi

Breeders' Cup Classic: White Abarrio brings Dutrow full circle

David Grening Nov 04,2023
ARCADIA, Calif. - Richard Dutrow Jr., sunglasses on, sport jacket flung over his shoulder, walked from the paddock at Santa Anita through the tunnel to the winner’s circle. It was like walking th

Breeders' Cup Clocker: Arabian Knight full of energy in gallop

Mike Welsch Nov 02,2023
ARCADIA, Calif. – Let the games begin. That’s probably the prevailing thought among most, if not all, horsemen as the countdown to this year’s Breeders’ Cup moved into its final stages when

Breeders' Cup Classic: After 10 years in exile, Dutrow back playing at highest level

David Grening Nov 01,2023
ARCADIA, Calif. – Richard Dutrow Jr. believed he’d have a big horse in the barn again. He just didn’t know it would be this soon. The man who trained Big Brown to win two-thirds of the Triple

Geaux Rocket Ride euthanized after failing to recover from surgery

Steve Andersen Nov 01,2023
ARCADIA, Calif. – Geaux Rocket Ride, the two-time stakes winner who underwent surgery to repair a displaced condylar fracture on Sunday, was euthanized Wednesday after failing to recover sufficientl

Breeders' Cup Classic: Despite three-month layoff, White Abarrio's stock continues to rise

David Grening Nov 01,2023
ARCADIA, Calif. – It was only a few months ago that the connections of White Abarrio were focusing on races contested around one turn. Due to a confluence of circumstances, White Abarrio is here

Arcangelo scratches from Breeders' Cup Classic, retired from racing

David Grening Oct 31,2023
ARCADIA, Calif. – Arcangelo, the Belmont Stakes and Travers winner, will scratch from Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic due to an issue with his left hind foot, trainer Jena Antonucci

Breeders’ Cup draw: Arabian Knight made morning-line favorite for Classic

David Grening Oct 30,2023
PASADENA, Calif. – Arabian Knight drew post 12 in a field of 13 and was installed as the morning-line favorite by both track linemaker Jon White and Daily Racing Form’s Brad Free for Saturday’s

Breeders' Cup Classic: Arcangelo misses second day of training with warm foot

David Grening Oct 30,2023
ARCADIA, Calif. – Arcangelo, the Belmont Stakes and Travers winner and presumptive favorite for Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita, did not train for two days after devel

Breeders' Cup Clocker: Ushba Tesoro impresses; sprinters tune up

Mike Welsch Oct 29,2023
Santa Anita Sunday, Oct. 29 Weather: Clear Temperature: 53° Track: Fast Turf: Firm ARCADIA, Calif. – Dubai World Cup winner Ushba Tesoro announced his presence here with authority Sunday wh

Kentucky Derby winner Mage will not run in Breeders' Cup Classic, trainer says

David Grening Oct 29,2023
ARCADIA, Calif. - Mage, the Kentucky Derby winner, was withdrawn from consideration for next Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by his connections on Sunday, according to a posting on tra

Breeders' Cup clocker: Clapton works for Classic, shows solid form

Mike Welsch Oct 28,2023
Santa Anita Weather: Cloudy Temperature: 56 Track: Fast ARCADIA, Calif. - A very busy morning on the Breeders’ Cup front at Santa Anita ended on a sad note after GEAUX ROCKET RIDE suffe

Breeders' Cup Classic: Clapton preparing to join field

David Grening Oct 28,2023
ARCADIA, Calif. — Before the significant injury suffered by Geaux Rocket Ride in a workout at Santa Anita late Saturday morning, five other potential Classic starters put in workouts at four di

Geaux Rocket Ride suffers foreleg injury in work for BC Classic, will need surgery

David Grening Oct 28,2023
ARCADIA, Calif. - Geaux Rocket Ride, one of the leading contenders for the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic here on Nov. 4, suffered a displaced condylar fracture to his right foreleg during a workout

Breeders' Cup Clocker: White Abarrio pours it on in delayed work

Mike Welsch Oct 27,2023
Santa Anita Friday, Oct. 27 Weather: Cloudy Temperature: 55° Track: Fast ARCADIA, Calif. – Any worries handicappers may have had regarding White Abarrio after he had a scheduled work postpon

Breeders' Cup Classic: White Abarrio removes any doubt with energetic workout

David Grening Oct 27,2023
ARCADIA, Calif. – All good, babe. That was the vibe emanating from trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. after he watched Breeders’ Cup Classic contender White Abarrio work a strong five furlongs in 59.68

Breeders' Cup Classic: Senor Buscador could be a live longshot

David Grening Oct 26,2023
ARCADIA, Calif. – Senor Buscador will be a longshot in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, but if he gets some pace in front of him, he could very well be a live longshot. On Thursday, Senor

Breeders' Cup Classic: Pre-entries match last year at 205; O'Brien leads all trainers with 13

David Grening Oct 25,2023
Led by four winners from a year ago and a large international contingent, 205 horses were pre-entered for this year’s Breeders’ Cup, a two-day event consisting of 14 races to be held Nov. 3-4 at S

2023 Breeders' Cup Clocker Report: Arabian Knight impresses, White Abarrio work postponed

Mike Welsch Oct 23,2023
Santa Anita Monday, Oct. 23 Weather: Cloudy Temperature: 62 degrees Track: Fast ARCADIA, Calif. – Breeders’ Cup Classic contenders Arabian Knight and White Abarrio were the big news at Sant

Dettori back in Classic, booked to ride Zandon

David Grening Oct 20,2023
Frankie Dettori, who recently announced that he will be riding in the U.S. in 2024, will ride Zandon in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 4, trainer Chad Brown said Friday

Breeders' Cup Classic: Geaux Rocket Ride back on work tab after spiking fever

Steve Andersen Oct 20,2023
Geaux Rocket Ride, one of the nation’s leading 3-year-olds and a contender for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, worked six furlongs in 1:13.80 on Friday at Santa Anita, his first major exercise in more

Breeders' Cup Classic: Mage has gone from Derby hero to the forgotten horse

David Grening Oct 18,2023
As under the radar as Mage was coming into the Kentucky Derby, it will be even more so when he runs in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 4 at Santa Anita. Coming out of a last-place fi

Arabian Knight leads Baffert workers ahead of Breeders' Cup

Steve Andersen Oct 16,2023
Led by Arabian Knight, the winner of the Grade 1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Sept. 2, trainer Bob Baffert gave several prominent horses workouts at Santa Anita on Monday, less than three weeks befor

Clapton being pointed to Breeders' Cup Classic

David Grening Oct 16,2023
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Clapton, winner of the Grade 2 Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs on Sept. 30, is being trained toward a start in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 4 at Santa Anita.

Arcangelo to stand at Lane's End after racing career

Nicole Russo Oct 16,2023
Arcangelo, who seized control of the 3-year-old division by following up his Belmont Stakes victory with a Travers Stakes score, will stand at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky upon his eventual retirement

Arcangelo, Tamara each work five furlongs for Breeders' Cup races

Steve Andersen Oct 15,2023
ARCADIA, Calif. - The 3-year-old Arcangelo and 2-year-old filly Tamara, both rated as expected favorites for Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita next month, had five-furlong workouts slightly more th

Zandon works half-mile for Breeders' Cup Classic

David Grening Oct 14,2023
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Zandon, convincing winner of the Grade 2 Woodward at Aqueduct on Oct. 1, returned to the work tab Saturday at Belmont Park as he prepares for a start in the $6 million Breeders’ C

Breeders' Cup Classic: Mandella has been the man at Santa Anita Breeders' Cups

David Grening Oct 11,2023
When it comes to Breeders’ Cup victories, trainer Richard Mandella ranks seventh, his nine wins placing him in a four-way tie with the likes of Charlie Appleby, Brad Cox, and Shug McGaughey. When

Slow Down Andy will miss Breeders' Cup due to ankle filling

Brad Free Oct 05,2023
ARCADIA, Calif. – Slow Down Andy, emphatic winner of the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes last weekend at Santa Anita, will have to wait until next year for another shot at the Breeders’ Cup, trainer

Breeders' Cup Classic: Arcangelo has first California workout

Steve Andersen Oct 05,2023
A little more than a week after his arrival from New York, the star 3-year-old Arcangelo worked five furlongs in 1:02.20 at Santa Anita on Thursday, the start of his local preparation for the Breeders

The Breeders' Cup turns 40 with large Classic field in the making

David Grening Oct 04,2023
The Breeders’ Cup, the brainchild of longtime breeder John Gaines to develop a championship event for Thoroughbred racing, turns 40 this year. Inaugurated as a one-day event with seven races desi

Mage returns to work tab, pointing for Breeders' Cup Classic

David Grening Oct 03,2023
Mage, the Kentucky Derby winner, worked five furlongs in 1:03 on Sunday at the Thoroughbred Training Center in Lexington, Ky., the first step toward what his connections hope is a start in the $6 mill

Slow Down Andy punches ticket for BC Classic with Awesome Again victory

Brad Free Sep 30,2023
ARCADIA, Calif. – A quick start on a speed-favoring surface benefited Slow Down Andy on Saturday at Santa Anita, where he wired the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes to earn a fees-paid berth in the Grad

Arabian Knight leads all the way in Pacific Classic, gets BC Classic spot

Brad Free Sep 02,2023
DEL MAR, Calif. – There was no Plan B for Arabian Knight on Saturday at Del Mar. The lightly raced 3-year-old would either win the Grade 1 Pacific Classic in gate-to-wire fashion, or come up shor

Bright Future shines in Jockey Club Gold Cup

David Grening Sep 02,2023
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The jumbled older male dirt division welcomed another member to the club Saturday at Saratoga when Bright Future held off Proxy by a nose to win the Grade 1, $1 million

Mostahdaf takes down Paddington in International at York

Marcus Hersh Aug 23,2023
Mostadahf denied ace 3-year-old Paddington his fifth straight Group 1 while winning at the top level for the second straight time himself, as Frankie Dettori passed Lester Piggott to become the m

Dutrow roars back as White Abarrio gallops away with Whitney Stakes

David Grening Aug 05,2023
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Dispiritedness and disappointment were the dominant emotions of the day Saturday at Saratoga. Rick Dutrow knew those feelings all too well for 10 years. On Saturday - his 6

Geaux Rocket Ride ($27.40) cruises to Haskell Stakes victory

Marcus Hersh Jul 22,2023
OCEANPORT, New Jersey – At the Fasig-Tipton summer yearling sale of 2021, Jim Bernhard bought his wife, Dana Bernhard, a $350,000 birthday present, a bay colt by Candy Ride out of Beyond Grace,

West Will Power delivers as favorite in Stephen Foster

Marcus Hersh Jul 01,2023
By the time Thoroughbred racehorses reach true maturity, between ages 5 and 7, the best of them nearly all have been retired for breeding. Rare is the racehorse whose full flowering coincides with com

Japan: Lemon Pop comes up big in February Stakes

Steve Andersen Feb 19,2023
From a maiden race in late 2020 to his Grade 1 debut in Sunday’s $1.73 million February Stakes, Lemon Pop has been nearly unstoppable on the dirt track at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan. Lemon Pop

Pletcher says there's still time to get Forte ready for Breeders' Cup Classic

David Grening Oct 01,2023
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Forte, who has not had a workout since finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Travers on Aug. 26, has been battling a quarter crack, but his connections still believe there is ample time t

Forte still pointing to Breeders' Cup Classic despite absence from work tab

David Grening Sep 22,2023
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Though he has yet to work back since his fourth-place finish in the Travers Stakes on Aug. 26, Forte, last year’s 2-year-old champion, is still being pointed to the Breeders

Arcangelo has final work before shipping to California for Breeders' Cup Classic

David Grening Sep 22,2023
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- In the pantheon of horses he has ridden in his Hall of Fame career, jockey Javier Castellano ranks Ghostzapper, the 2004 Horse of the Year, as the best. In Arcangelo, this ye

Senor Buscador training up to Breeders' Cup Classic

Steve Andersen Sep 21,2023
Senor Buscador, winner of the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar in July, will have his next start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 4 at Santa Anita, joining a growing list of leading runners

Arabian Knight will train up to Breeders' Cup Classic

Steve Andersen Sep 20,2023
Arabian Knight, the game winner of the Grade 1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Sept. 2, will make his next start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 4, trainer Bob Baffert said on Wedn

Bright Future, Proxy both likely to train up to Breeders' Cup Classic

David Grening Sep 03,2023
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Bright Future and Proxy, separated by a nose when finishing one-two in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Saratoga, will both likely train up to the $6 m

Breeders' Cup Classic booted from anchor spot on card by college football

Matt Hegarty Jul 19,2023
For the first time in its 40-year history, the Breeders’ Cup Classic will not be the final race of the prestigious event. Instead, the Classic this year will be run as the third-to-last Breeders
About the Breeders' Cup

The Breeders' Cup World Championships attract the best Thoroughbred horses worldwide to compete in Grade 1 races for both males and females at a variety of distances on both turf and dirt. The 2023 Breeders' Cup will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. The two-day event will be held Nov. 3 and 4.

Breeders' Cup World Championship races   

Future Stars Friday (Santa Anita First Post: 11:30 a.m. PT)   

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
Breeders' Cup Juvenile
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf 
 

Championship Saturday (Santa Anita First Post: 10:10 a.m. PT)   

Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile
Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf
Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint
Breeders' Cup Mile
Breeders' Cup Distaff
Breeders’ Cup Turf
Breeders' Cup Classic
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint
Breeders' Cup Sprint    

The horses that compete in these championship races can claim their berths in multiple ways. The first is by winning a Breeders' Cup Challenge race. The second is through a system that allows horses to earn points based on their performance in major races throughout the year. The third way to be selected is to be chosen by a panel of experts. There are a maximum of 14 horses in each Breeders' Cup race, except the Dirt Mile and Juvenile Turf Sprint, which are limited to 12 starters.   

Recent Breeders' Cup Classic Winners

Year Horse/Trainer Horse Trainer Beyer
2023
Richard Dutrow
White Abarrio Richard Dutrow 106
2022
John Sadler
Flightline John Sadler 121
2021
Brad Cox
Knicks Go Brad Cox 112
2020
Bob Baffert
Authentic Bob Baffert 111
2019
Todd Pletcher
Vino Rosso Todd Pletcher 111
2018
John Sadler
Accelerate John Sadler 105
2017
Steve Asmussen
Gun Runner Steve Asmussen 117
2016
Bob Baffert
Arrogate Bob Baffert 120
2015
Bob Baffert
American Pharoah Bob Baffert 120
2014
Bob Baffert
Bayern Bob Baffert 113
2013
Katherine Ritvo
Mucho Macho Man Katherine Ritvo 112
About the Breeders' Cup
Brreeders' CUP FAQs
Q: Where is the 2023 Breeders' Cup?

The 2023 Breeders' Cup will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA.

 

Q: When is the 2023 Breeders' Cup?

The 2023 Breeders' Cup will be held Nov. 3 and 4 .

 

Q: Can I get 2023 Breeders' Cup picks?

Daily Racing Form is offering expert Betting Strategies for the Breeders' Cup. You can get them here
https://shop.drf.com/breeders-cup  

 

Q: Can I get 2023 Breeders’ Cup past performances?

Daily Racing Form's past performances for the Breeders' Cup will be available on Oct. 30. You can access them, also purchase them as part of a Breeders’ Cup package available here
https://shop.drf.com/breeders-cup