Florida-Bred Leaderboard Presented By FTBOA: Sunshine State Stood Out At Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup just passed, so it’s worth noting the strong influence Florida-breds and Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. have had on the event throughout its history.

Florida-bred champion Unbridled, the winner of the 1990 Breeders’ Cup Classic and second in 1991, has left an indelible mark on the event, with his blood running through the pedigrees of many winners and top contenders to this day.

Classic Empire and American Pharoah’s wins in recent years gave Unbridled the honor of four generations of Breeders’ Cup winners. Last year, the American Pharoah colt Four Wheel Drive’s victory in the Juvenile Turf Sprint extended that to five generations.

The Florida industry supported Breeders’ Cup from the start with John Nerud and Fred W. Hooper at the helm ensuring Florida breeders understood the importance of world championships to showcase their best.

Since then, Florida-breds have won 29 races out of the 377 total Breeders’ Cup races they have been entered in through 2019 – about eight percent. Eleven Florida-breds and 27 OBS grads were entered in 2020 Breeders’ Cup races.

The Florida-bred contingent was led this year by Golden Pal, a son of Uncle Mo who won the Juvenile Turf Sprint as a homebred for Randall E. Lowe’s Ranlo Investments.

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