Who Are Some Past Breeders' Cup Winners?


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Notable winners of the Breeders' Cup Classic include American Pharaoh, Zenyatta and Curlin. Other notable horses to win the Breeders' Cup Classic are Ghostzapper, Volponi, Tiznow and Cigar.

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American Pharaoh, the winner of the 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic, is most famous for winning the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes in the same year. He became the first horse to achieve the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. American Pharaoh won the Breeders' Cup Classic by 6.5 lengths, which is a tie for the largest winning margin in the race's history, as of 2015.

Zenyatta, winner of the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic, is the only female horse to have ever won the race. Curlin, the highest-earning American thoroughbred of all time, won the 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic in addition to his Preakness Stakes victory in the same year. Ghostzapper won the 2004 Breeders' Cup Classic in 1:59.02, the fastest time by any horse in the race's history.

Volponi won the 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic by 6.5 lengths, tying him with American Pharaoh for the race's largest winning margin. Tiznow is the only horse to win the Breeders' Cup Classic twice, in 2000 and 2001. Cigar, winner of the 1995 Breeders' Cup Classic, was the first horse to finish the race in under two minutes.

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