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129 Reasons to Watch the Breeder's Cup

 

The 34th running of the Breeder's Cup will not be one to miss. This international field of unparalleled depth cultivates two of the most exciting days of thoroughbred racing beginning tomorrow, November 3. The world's top horses will go nose to nose in 13 different races and this year we are up to our withers in greatness with 129 Horse Country connections (possibly even more!) We won't overload you by listing every single one but you can follow our members on social media and celebrate each victory with us!

Lane's End has 17 connections
Pin Oak Stud has 2 connections
Runnymede has 2 connections
Spendthrift has 10 connections
Stonestreet has 8 connections
Taylor Made Farm has 6 connections
Three Chimneys has 5 connections
WinStar Farm has 10 connections
Winter Quarter has 1 connection

Adena Spring has 7 connections
Airdrie Stud has 5 connections
Brookdale has 1 connection
Claiborne has 15 connections
Coolmore at Ashford Stud has 14 connections
Darby Dan has 2 connections
Diamond A has 1 connection
Gainesway has 7 connections
Godolphin at Jonabell has 16 connections
 

What is a connection exactly? Let's break it down using the Breeder's Cup Classic as an example.

Breeder's Cup Classic:

1. Arrogate
Taylor Made Farm was the home of Unbridled's Song who is Arrogate's sire

2. War Decree
Claiborne Farm is home to War Front who is the sire of War Decree

3. Win The Space
Win The Space was bred by Spendthrift. This is also the home of his dam, Teamgeist. She also once lived at Three Chimneys. His sire, Pulpit, stands at Claiborne Farm.

4. War Story
Northern Afleet, War Story's sire, stands at Taylor Made. Belle Waiting, his dam, lives at Brookdale

5. Gun Runner
Gun Runner is owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Three Chimney's. His sire, Candy Ride, stands at Lane's End

6. Mubtaanij
Mubtaanij is owned by Godolphin

7. Churchill

8. West Coast
West Coast's sire, Flatter, stands at Claiborne. His dam, Caressing, lives at Airdrie Stud

9. Gunnevera
Was sired by Dialed In who stands at Darby Dan

10. Pavel
Pavel was bred by WinStar Farm and was sired by Creative Cause who stands at Airdrie Stud. These two Horse Country members are co-owners of Pavel's dam, Mons Venus.

11. Collected
Collected was bred by Runnymede Farm which is also the home of his dam, Pavel. His sire, City Zip, stood at Lane's End.

 

10 of the last 20 Classic winners have all been connected to Horse Country members. Will we have another to add to the roster? Tune in this Friday and Saturday to NBC Sports to watch the excitement unfold!

2016 Breeder's Cup Classic