The Kentucky Cup Day of Champions has been canceled for 2012

Kentucky Cup

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The 17th Running of the Kentucky Cup Day of Champions: September 24, 2011

Future Prospect
Future Prospect
WinStar Kentucky Cup (G2)
La Gran Bailadora
La Gran Bailadora
Distorted Humor Ky Cup Distaff (G3)
Speightstown Ky Cup Sprint (G3)

Bluegrass Cat Ky Cup Juvenile
Charming Vixen
Charming Vixen
Tiznow Ky Cup Juvenile Fillies

Photos: Pat Lang Photography. Click photo to enlarge.

The Return of a Racing Classic: The WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions
The Kentucky Cup Day of Champions returned to the Turfway schedule in 2011 after a two-year break for the two juvenile races and a one-year hiatus for the three graded stakes. Thanks to WinStar Farm's sponsorship, all five races were brought back and the coveted grades retained.

Established in 1994 as a lead-in to the Breeders' Cup World Championships and year-end honors, the Kentucky Cup Day of Champions has prepped eight Breeders' Cup winners, six Eclipse Award champions, and three Canadian champions. The most recent of that illustrious company is Hansen, winner of the 2011 Bluegrass Cat Kentucky Cup Juvenile and Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Originally six races, the Kentucky Cup series was refined to five when the Kentucky Cup Starter Stakes was dropped after 2000. See more Kentucky Cup history.

Kentucky Cup Stars
Notable Kentucky Cup runners and their subsequent top achievements:
  • Hansen, 1st in 2011 Bluegrass Cat Kentucky Cup Juvneile: 1st in 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile

  • Furthest Land, 1st in 2009 Kentucky Cup Classic: 1st in 2009 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile

  • Fatal Bullet, 1st in 2008 Sprint in track-record time: 2nd in 2008 Breeders' Cup Sprint; Canadian Horse of the Year

  • Hard Spun, 1st in 2007 Classic: 2nd in 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic

  • Premium Tap, 5th in 2006 Classic after clipping heels: 3rd in 2006 Breeders' Cup Classic; 1st in 2006 Clark Handicap; 1st in 2007 King's Cup; 2nd in 2007 Dubai World Cup

  • Roses in May, 1st in 2004 Classic: 2nd in 2004 Breeders' Cup Classic, 1st in 2005 Dubai World Cup

  • Perfect Drift, 1st in 2003 Classic and 2nd in 2006 Classic: 3rd in 2005 Breeders' Cup Classic (fourth consecutive BC Classic)

  • Congaree, 2nd in 2003 Classic: 1st in 2003 Cigar Mile

  • Cajun Beat, 1st in 2003 Sprint: 1st in 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint

  • Vindication, 1st in 2002 Juvenile: 1st in 2002 Breeders' Cup Juvenile; 2002 Eclipse Award, champion two-year-old male

  • Repent, 1st in 2001 Juvenile: 2nd in 2001 Breeders' Cup Juvenile

  • Spain, 1st in 2000 Turfway Breeders' Cup: 1st in 2000 Breeders' Cup Distaff; retired in 2002 as then all-time leading female with earnings of $3,540,542

  • Caller One, 1st in 2000 Sprint: 1st in 2001 Dubai Golden Shaheen, 1st in 2002 Dubai Golden Shaheen

  • Point Given, 1st in 2000 Juvenile: 2nd in 2000 Breeders' Cup; 1st in 2001 Santa Anita Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, and Travers Stakes; 2001 Eclipse awards as champion 3-year-old male and Horse of the Year

  • Captain Steve, 1st in 2000 Classic: 3rd in 2000 Breeders' Cup Classic; 1st in 2001 Dubai World Cup

  • Cat Thief, 3rd in 1999 Classic: 1st in 1999 Breeders' Cup Classic

  • Silver Charm, 1st in 1998 Classic (dead heat with Wild Rush): 2nd in Breeders' Cup Classic

  • Reraise, 1st in 1998 Sprint: 1st in 1998 Breeders' Cup Sprint; 1998 Eclipse Award, champion sprinter

  • Boston Harbor, 1st in 1996 Juvenile: 1st in 1996 Breeders' Cup Juvenile; 1996 Eclipse Award, champion 2-year-old male

  • Atticus, 1st in 1996 Classic: 1st in 1997 Oaklawn Handicap

  • Thunder Gulch, 1st in 1995 Classic: 1995 Eclipse Award, champion 3-year-old

  • Editor's Note, 1st in 1995 Juvenile: 3rd in 1995 Breeders' Cup Juvenile; 1st in 1996 Belmont Stakes

  • Serena's Song, 2nd in 1995 Turfway Breeders' Cup: 1st in 1995 Beldame; 1995 Eclipse Award, champion 3-year-old female; 1st in 1996 Santa Monica Handicap, Santa Maria Handicap, and Ogden Phipps Handicap