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Breeders' Cup Marathon History

The Breeders' Cup Marathon is a Grade II race run over one-and-three-quarter miles and makes up part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.

A recent addition to the Breeders' Cup schedule the Marathon had it inaugural running in 2008 which was won by the Ralph Beckett-trained Muhannak ridden by Irish jockey Pat Smullen.

Having been run over one-and-a-half miles in 2008 the race was extended by two furlongs in 2009 and now is run over its current distance of 14 furlongs.

Throughout the season there are qualifiers for the event that takes place at different North American locations every year and the winners of the qualifying events get an automatic invitation to the Breeders' Cup Marathon at the end of the season.

The four races that currently earn the winner a direct pass into the field are the Greenwood Cup Handicap from Philadelphia Park, the Turfway Park Fall Championship Stakes from Turfway Park, the Cougar II Handicap from Del Mar and interestingly the Diamond Stakes from Dundalk in Ireland.

Incidentally, the aforementioned Muhannak was successful in the Dundalk trial before lifting the crown at Santa Anita later in the season.

The Irish have a good record in the race and Aidan O'Brien bagged consecutive wins for the Emerald Isle in 2009 by saddling Man Of Iron to success.

Recent Winners of Breeders' Cup Marathon

  • 2008 - Muhannak
  • 2009 - Man Of Iron
  • 2010 - Eldaafer
  • 2011 - Afleet Again
  • 2012 - Calidoscopio