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5 Great Longshot Breeders' Cup Winners

The Breeders' Cup is like the super bowl of horse racing. The most talented racehorses in the world convene at one track to try to prove themselves to be better than the rest. Horse racing is an unpredictable sport. Sometimes a horse who no one thought would win crosses the wire first. Get excited for this year's races with this list of five incredible longshot Breeders' Cup winners!

1. Arcangues: 133-1 winner of the 1993 Breeders’ Cup Classic Arcangues was, understandably, overlooked by bettors in the 1993 Breeders’ Cup Classic. The French racehorse had only run on the turf. The Breeders’ Cup Classic is a tough race to try dirt in for the very first time. Nevertheless, the colt ran through horses to win the race by a length.

2. One Dreamer: 41-1 winner of the 1994 Breeders’ Cup Distaff One Dreamer entered the starting gates for the Breeders Cup Distaff at odds of 41-1. Few expected a horse coming off of a third place finish in a turf race to beat the likes of Heavenly Prize, Hollywood Wildcat, and Sky Beauty. One Dreamer stood out from the field. The bright, grey horse led from wire to wire to hold off a fast closing Heavenly Prize to win by a neck.

3. Spain: 55-1 winner of the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Distaff Spain was a nice filly, but was overlooked in a field that included horses like Surfside and Riboletta. At the top of the stretch, Spain squeezed through on the inside to fight off Riboletta by about a length.

4. Action This Day: 26-1 winner of the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Action This Day was a maiden when he entered the gates for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Few people expected this colt to come flying down the stretch to win a Breeders’ Cup race against some of the best two-year old colts in the country, but that’s exactly what he did. Action This Day’s victory made him the first maiden to ever win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

5. Cajun Beat: 23-1 winner of the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Sprint Cajun Beat wasn’t expected to win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. He had won his first graded stakes race, the Gr.2 Kentucky Cup Sprint, for the first time just a month before the big show. However, Cajun Beat cruised home to a 2 ¼ length victory to put his name in the spotlight.


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Arcangues is the most shocking. His odds are over 100-1 because at least with the other 4, you could make even a small case for winning. Not with Arcangues.

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