8 Things You Need to Know About the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is arguably the greatest turf race — heck, the greatest race, period — in the world. And this year’s edition shows why. There are entrants from England, Ireland, France, Japan, Germany and even the United States… well, kinda/sorta (Idaho last ran at Saratoga).

Below are some stats to ponder before you wager on Sunday’s big event:

1) Finish Line

  • 22 of the past 29 Arc winners also won their last race.
  • 3 of the past 29 Arc winners finished second in their last race.
  • 2 of the past 29 Arc winners finished third in their last race.

2) The Long Run

  • Over the past 29 years, every Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner’s final prep was contested at 1 ¼ miles or longer.

3) My Favorite Things

  • Favorites have won 9 of the past 26 editions of the Arc in which the final odds were available.

4) Against All Odds

  • Since 1988, 22 Arc winners went to post at odds of less than 3-1 in their final prep — 18 of them were favored. (Tony Bin in 1988 and Urban Sea in 1993 had no listed odds).

5) Only the Good Try Young

  • 59 of the 95 editions of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (62.1 percent) have been captured by three-year-olds.

6) Let’s Talk About Sex

  • 6 of the past 29 Arc winners, including 5 of the past 9, have been females.

7) Time Waits for No One

  • 17 of the last 29 winners of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last raced within the past three weeks. Only two horses — Lammtarra (in 1995) and Workforce (2010) — hadn’t raced at all in the past two months.

8) Please Mr. Postman

  • Since 1988, 24 Arc champions earned a Racing Post Rating of 115 or higher in their last start and had a median RPR of at least 115 in their last three starts.


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