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Horse racing-Breeders' Cup facts and figures

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Oct 29 (Reuters) - Factbox on the Breeders' Cup meeting, to be run at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California on Friday and Saturday.

* Billed as the world championships of thoroughbred racing, the annual Breeders' Cup meeting began in 1984 as a seven-race, one-day event with total prize money of $10 million.

* In 2007, the meeting was expanded to 15 races over two days. This year's total prize money is around $24 million. The feature race, the Breeders' Cup Classic, is worth $5 million, making it the richest horse race in North America.

* The inaugural meeting was held at Hollywood Park, California but 11 different tracks have taken turns hosting the event, with Churchill Downs hosting a record eight meetings.

* The only horse to win three Breeders' Cup races is the French mare Goldikova. The only horse to win the Breeders' Cup Classic twice was Tiznow, in 2000 and 2001.

* The most successful trainer is D. Wayne Lukas, with 19 winners.

* The most successful jockey is Mike Smith, with 17 winners.

* The U.S. has produced the most winners (200), followed by Ireland (23), Britain (13), France (7), Argentina (5), Canada (4) and Germany (1)

* The longest priced winner was Arcangues, which won the 1993 Classic at odds of 133-1. (Compiled by Julian Linden; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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