Jockey Club Gold Cup by the Numbers
By Christina Moore, courtesy America's Best Racing
The Jockey Club Gold Cup is the final major prep for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic and an annual highlight on the racing calendar. This year’s race is on Saturday at Belmont Park, and as part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, the winner will automatically qualify for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 4 at Del Mar.
Learn more about the race and its history with the figures below.
1 ¼ miles - The distance of the race since 1990.
1:58.89 - The fastest time the race has been completed in, when Skip Away won the 1997 edition. He also won in 1996, albeit nearly two seconds slower.
2 miles - The distance of the race from 1921 through 1975. It was contested at 1 ½ miles in 1919-1920 and 1976-89.
$2.30 - The lowest payout on a $2 win bet in the last 25 years, when Bernardini won at odds of .15-1 in 2006.
3 - The number of wins in the race by trainer Bill Mott. He could make it four if Good Samaritan is victorious on Saturday.
4 - The number of 3-year-olds who have won the race since 2001. Eight 4-year-olds, two 5-year-olds and two 6-year-olds have also been victorious.
5 - Legendary gelding Kelso won the Jockey Club Gold Cup a record five times.
7 - Seven of the last 13 editions of the race were won by a Triple Crown race winner, including Tonalist, Summer Bird, Curlin, Bernardini, and Funny Cide.
10 - Between 1935 and 1961, jockey Eddie Arcaro won a record 10 editions of the race.
$10.61 - The average winning payout for the race in the last 10 years. The payouts range from $2.80 when Curlin won in 2008 to $44 when Ron the Greek captured the 2013 edition.
11 - The number of horses that have won the race more than once, including Tonalist, Flat Out, and Curlin in recent years.
15 - The Jockey Club Gold Cup was run at Aqueduct Racetrack on 15 occasions: from 1958-61, 1963-67, and 1969-74.
34-1 - The odds when Wagon Limit won the 1998 edition of the race, paying $70 for a $2 win wager. It is the biggest win payout of the last 25 years.
99th - This year is the 99th running of the race. It was inaugurated 1919.
1920 - The 1920 edition featured just two horses in the race. Damask was the only horse whose connections dared face Man o’ War. Man o’ War won by 15 lengths.
1999 - The last time a horse bred outside the U.S. won the race, when Irish-bred River Keen was victorious.
$750,000 - The purse of this year’s race, with 60 percent of that ($450,000) awarded to the winner.
$12,732,350 - Total amount bet on Jockey Club Gold Cup day in 2016.