Breeders’ Cup 2016: Full lowdown

We have all you need to know from the 2016 Breeders' Cup including all the full results from Santa Anita.

The Breeders' Cup returned to Santa Anita for a record ninth time as the 'The Great Race Place' played host to the 32nd renewal of the two-day thoroughbred extravaganza.

Friday night's feature saw home-trained heroes Songbird, Stellar Wind and Beholder lock horns in the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff, while there were fascinating stories at every turn on Saturday's star-studded nine-race programme.

Aidan O'Brien unsurprisingly provided Europe with a strong representation throughout the whole meeting and he unleashed top-class females Seventh Heaven and Pretty Perfect in the Filly & Mare Turf, while Arc de Triomphe heroine Found finished third in the Turf behind stablemate Highland Reel.

An enthralling World Championships of racing drew to a close with the £2.2million Breeders' Cup Classic and a dirt battle between Art Sherman's reigning champ California Chrome and young buck Arrogate from the stable of legendary Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

Here, we have all you need to recap the Breeders' Cup, including all the results from Santa Anita, reports & video replays, the latest Sky Bet reaction, special features and more.

Breeders' Cup 2016: Schedule & Results

  • All times GMT (local time is -7hrs)
  • All races Grand One
  • Click here for 2015 results

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4

21.25: Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (2 year-olds, 1 mile)

1. Oscar Performance 7/1
2. Lancaster Bomber 9/1
3. Good Samaritan 5/2 fav
Result and report

22.05: Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (3+yo, 1m)

1. Tamarkuz 14/1
2. Gun Runner 5/1
3. Accelerate 40/1
Result and report

22.50: Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (2yo, 1m)

1. New Money Honey 9/1
2. Coasted 33/1
3. Cavale Doree 12/1
Result and report

23.35: Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (3+yo, 1m 1f)

1. Beholder 4/1
2. Songbird 11/10 fav
3. Forever Unbridled 25/1
Result and report

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5

  • All times GMT (local time is -7hrs)
  • All races Grand One
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19.05: Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (2yo, 1m 110y)

1. Champagne Room 28/1
2. Valadorna 15/2
3. American Gal 5/1 fav
Result and report

19.43: Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (3+yo, 1m 2f)

1. Queen's Trust 5/1
2. Lady Eli 5/2 fav
3. Avenge 20/1
Result and report

20.21: Twinspires Breeders' Cup Sprint (3+yo, 6f)

1. Drefong 7/2
2. Masochistic 9/4 jf
Result and report

21.05: Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (3+yo, 5 furlongs 110y)

1. Obviously 11/2
2. Om 12/1
3. Pure Sensation 14/1
Result and report

21.43: Sentient Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2yo, 1m 110y)

1. Classic Empire 11/2
2. Not This Time 7/2fav
3. Practical Joke 8/1
Result and report

22.22: Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (3+yo, 1m 4f)

1. Highland Reel 7/2
2. Flintshire 2/1 fav
3. Found 11/4
Result and report

23.01: Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (3yo, 7f)

1. Finest City 7/1
2. Wavell Avenue 10/1
3. Paulassilverlining 12/1
Result and report

23.40: Breeders' Cup Mile (3+yo, 1m)

1. Tourist 33/1
2. Tepin 7/2
3. Midnight Storm 25/1
Result and report

00.35: Breeders' Cup Classic (3+yo, 1m 2f)

1. Arrogate 7/4
2. California Chrome 5/6 fav
3. Keen Ice 50/1
Result and report

Santa Anita: Course Guide

The track

After a brief spell with a synthetic surface, in 2010 Santa Anita returned to a one-mile natural dirt main track which rings a turf course measuring 9/10 of a mile, or 7 furlongs and 132 feet.

In addition, it also has an unusual hillside turf course which crosses the dirt and is used mainly to run turf races at a distance of "about 6½ furlongs" – the trip and track for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. Due to the configuration of this track, outside stall posts tend to be at an advantage, in contrast to other races.

Racecourse history

A racecourse was originally built at Arcadia, outside the city of Los Angeles in 1904, but it closed a few years later, and it wasn't until 1933 that legalised parimutuel betting saw investors come back to the area in search of a new site for a track.

On Christmas Day in 1934, Santa Anita racecourse – adjacent to the former site – reopened, becoming the only track at the time in California. Some of the original Art Deco buildings constructed then remain in everyday use today.

Once reopened, it became a popular haunt for some of the big Hollywood stars, with the likes of Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, Betty Grable and Lana Turner all regular visitors.

Although racing was suspended for three years during the Second World War, during which time the course was used as temporary accommodation for Japanese Americans, the course continued to experience prosperity afterwards, regularly attracting huge crowds for races such as the Santa Anita Handicap and Santa Anita Derby.

The facilities at the course were improved again in the 1960s and in 1969 the fixture list was expanded by the addition of races acquired from Del Mar by the Oak Tree Racing Association, a not-for-profit organisation created by a group of horsemen including Clement Hirsch.

Spanning more than two months, the Oak Tree meeting remains in the calendar at Santa Anita and features a number of key Breeders' Cup trials.

Since 2000, the racecourse's future has seemingly come under threat more than once having been earmarked for redevelopment, but it remains one of the US's most iconic sporting venues and this year hosts the Breeders' Cup for the eighth time.

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