Thoroughbred Horse Racing

Breeders' Cup Mile Stakes Profile

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The Breeders' Cup Mile is a 8 furlong race over the turf for 3-year-olds and up. It was first run 1984 as one of the original Breeders’ Cup races.

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Below is a look at data from a variety of angles to see what has produced winners in the Breeders' Cup Mile from 1991-2018.

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All data is via Equibase.

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Breeders' Cup Mile Winners Odds & Payouts 1991-2018


Odds are shown as listed in the results charts. Hover-over or touch each bar for $2 payout.

2011 winner Court Vision has been excluded from the chart below as an outlier at $1 odds of 64.8-1. Outliers are included in the averages and medians.


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Breeders' Cup Mile Bettors’ Choice and Field Size 1991-2018


Bettors’ Choice is the ranked order of the field by final odds: The favorite is the first choice, the second favorite is the second choice and so on. For example, 1991 winner Opening Verse was 12th choice in a 14 horse field.


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Breeders' Cup Mile Winning Running Styles 1991-2018


To read the charts below, 0 on the vertical axis is the lead, any distance behind the leader is below 0 and any distance above 0 is the amount the leader is ahead of the next horse. At the bottom are the points of call as they correspond to the charts. Each line is a horse, and you can hover over the point of call for each line to see more information about the horse.

For example, if you hover over the bottom-most line in the first chart, at the 1/2 mile mark you’ll see that 2009 winner Goldikova was 10 lengths behind the leader at this point in the race.

Position at the 1/2 mile mark

In the lead
Between .1 and 3 lengths off leader
Off the pace:
Between 3 and 6 lengths off the leader
Deep closer:
More than 6 lengths off the leader

The Breeders' Cup Mile has been predominately won by stalkers since 1991 (50%). In the last 10 years stalkers have won 30% but off-the-pace runners have had the edge, winning 70% of the time.

A closer look at winning running styles by decade.

Breeders' Cup Mile Winning Running Styles 1991-1999


Breeders' Cup Mile Winning Running Styles 2000-2009


Breeders' Cup Mile Winning Running Styles 2010-2018


Breeders' Cup Mile Winners Last Track & Days Since 1991-2018


The majority of Breeders' Cup Mile winners have come from Longchamp since 1991 with Keeneland not far behind. These two tracks have also dominated the last decade, each sending four winners. Winners have on average races in the last 33 days.

Days Since Last Race 1991-2018

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Breeders' Cup Mile Winners Placing in Prior Race 1991-2018


Breeders' Cup Mile winners have won their previous start 53.6% of the time and finished in the money (first, second or third) almost 90% of the time.

Breeders' Cup Mile Winners By Age 1991-2018


The majority of winners and starters since 1991 have been 4-year-olds have been the most frequent starters (33.8%) and winners (39.2%) of the Breeders’ Cup Mile since 1991. 25% of the winners have 3-year-olds while 21% have 5-year-olds, but 5-year-olds have started a bit more frequently than 3-year-olds. 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds make up 14% of all starters in the time frame.

Breeders' Cup Mile Odds by Age 1991-2018


Odds are listed as $1 odds (e.g., $9.30 is equal to 9-1 odds on the tote board).

AgeAverage Starter OddsAverage Winner Odds
3 year-olds$16.40$7.70
4 year-olds$19.30$8.30
5 year-olds$22.30$8.30
6 year-olds$21.00$25.70
7 year-olds$25.70$24.30
8 year-olds$10.700

Breeders' Cup Mile All Starters by Age 1991-2018


Breeders' Cup Mile Win % by Age 1991-2018


A/E Ratio by Age 1991-2018 Permalink

AgeAverage vs Expected Value Ratio (A/E)
3 year-olds.80
4 year-olds1.02
5 year-olds.65
6 year-olds2.95
7 year-olds2.56
7 year-olds0

Numbers over 1 outperform expected value and numbers less than 1 underperform expected value. Learn more about how A/E ratio is calculated and how it should be interpreted.

Looking at the performance of each age group, 6-year-olds had the highest win rate to relative starters at 9.6% but there isn't that much difference between the age groups given the larger overall number of starters as compared to non-Breeders' Cup stakes races. 6- and 7-year-olds have outperformed their expected odds.

Breeders' Cup Mile Multiple Winners & Run Backs 1991-2018


Since 1991 the Breeders’ Cup Mile has had three two-time winners (Lure 1992-1993, Da Hoss 1996 & 1998, Wise Dan 2012-2013) and one three-time winner (Goldikova 2008-2010).

A run back is defined as a starter who made a prior start in the race. For example three-time winner Goldikova first ran in the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 2008, finishing first. She ran back to win in 2009 and 2010, then again to finish 3rd in 2011.

A total of 55 individual starters have made more than one start in the Breeders’ Cup Mile since 1991 for a total of 45 run back starts.

Starters who have previously run in the Breeders’ Cup Mile have only won 9.09% of the time since 1991 and have finished in the money (first, second or third) 18.2% of the time.

Breeders' Cup Mile Fillies and Mares 1991-2018


Six fillies/mares have won the Breeders’ Cup Mile since 1991. In that time frame 48 fillies/mares have started for a 12.5% win rate relative to number of starts. Fillies and mares fared a bit better hitting the board, running in the money 13 times, or 27% of the time, relative to starts.

Thanks largely to thee-time winner Goldikova and Tepin, fillies and mares have fared much better in the last ten years with a win rate of 16.7% relative to starts.

The Breeders’ Cup Mile has generally been a formful race with an occasional great payout.

The average winning odds since 1991 are 10.6-1 with a median of 5.5-1 and an average $23.20 payout for a $2 win ticket. Since 2010 the averages have increased to winning odds of 13.8-1 and $29.60 to win while the median odds dropped to 4.9-1.

Favorites have performed close to the generally accepted average favorite win rate of 35% since 1991 and have won a notable 50% in the last ten years.

The winner on average has been the 4th choice (4.07) since 1991 and has remained relatively steady at 4.33 since 2010. The favorite has an average finish position of 5th (5.4) since 1991 but has improved dramatically to 3rd (3.82) since 2010.

Stalkers/Pressers have performed best since 1991 winning 50% of the time. Stalker/pressers have performed well in the last ten years, winning 30% of the time, but off-the-pace runners have had the edge winning 70% of the time.

Winners have predominately come from Keeneland and Longchamp since 1991, and that trend has continued over the last 10 years with each track sending 40% of the winners. Field size has been above the 2017 average of 7.7 starters with an average of 12.89 starters since 1991.

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