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The Fastest Horses (Winning Times) in Breeders’ Cup History

UPDATED LIST: Through 2013 Breeders’ Cup

Breeders’ Cup Classic (1984-present @ 1 1/4 mi.)    
HORSE YEAR TIME AGE JOCKEY TRAINER OWNER
Ghostzapper  2004 1:59.02 4 Javier Castellano  Robert J. Frankel  Stronach Stables 
Skip Away  1997 1:59.16 4 Mike E. Smith  Sonny Hine  Carolyn Hine 
Raven’s Pass  2008 1:59.27 3 Frankie Dettori  John Gosden  Princess HayaDarley Racing 
             
Breeders’ Cup Sprint (1984-present @ 3/4 mi.)    
HORSE YEAR TIME AGE JOCKEY TRAINER OWNER
Midnight Lute  2008  1:07.08  5 Garrett Gomez  Bob Baffert  PegramWatson & Weitman 
Kona Gold  2000  1:07.60  6 Alex Solis  Bruce Headley  HeadleyMolasky

High Tech 

Artax  1999  1:07.80  4 Jorge F. Chavez  Louis Albertrani  Paraneck Stable 
             
Breeders’ Cup Turf (1984-present @ 1 1/2 mi.)    
HORSE YEAR TIME AGE JOCKEY TRAINER OWNER
Little Mike  2012  2:22.83  5 Ramon Dominguez  Dale Romans  Priscilla Vaccarezza 
Magician  2013  2:23.23  3 Ryan Moore  Aidan O’Brien  TaborMagnier & Smith 
Conduit  2008  2:23.42  3 Ryan Moore  Sir Michael Stoute  Ballymacoll Farm 
             
Breeders’ Cup Mile (1984-present @ 1 mi.)      
HORSE YEAR TIME AGE JOCKEY TRAINER OWNER
Wise Dan  2012  1:31.78  5 John Velazquez  Charles Lopresti  Morton Fink 
Val Royal  2001  1:32.05  5 Jose Valdivia, Jr.  Julio C. Canani  David S. Milch 
Goldikova 2009  1:32.26  4 Olivier Peslier  Freddy Head  Wertheimer et Frere 
             
Breeders’ Cup Distaff (1984-1987 @ 1 1/4 mi. ; 1988-present @ 1 1/8 mi.)  
HORSE YEAR TIME AGE JOCKEY TRAINER OWNER
Inside Information  1995  1:46.15 4 Mike E. Smith  C. R. McGaughey III  Ogden Mills Phipps 
Zenyatta  2008  1:46.85 4 Mike E. Smith  John Shirreffs  Ann & Jerry Moss 
Ajina  1997  1:47.20 3 Mike E. Smith  William I. Mott  Allen E. Paulson 
             
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (1984, 1985, 1987 @ 1 mi. ; 2002 @ 1 1/8 mi. ; 1986, 1988-2001, 2003-present @ 1 1/16 mi.)
HORSE YEAR TIME AGE JOCKEY TRAINER OWNER
Success Express  1987  1:35.20 2 José Santos  D. Wayne Lukas  Eugene V. Klein 
Tasso  1985  1:36.20 2 Laffit Pincay, Jr.  Neil Drysdale  Gerald Robins 
Chief’s Crown  1984  1:36.20 2 Don MacBeth  Roger Laurin  Star Crown Stable 
             
Vindication  2002  1:49.61 2 Mike E. Smith  Bob Baffert  Padua Stables 
             
Midshipman  2008  1:40.94 2 Garrett Gomez  Bob Baffert  Darley Stable 
Favorite Trick  1997  1:41.47 2 Pat Day  Patrick B. Byrne  Joseph LaCombe Stable 
Unbridled’s Song  1995  1:41.60 2 Mike E. Smith  James T. Ryerson  Paraneck Stable 
             
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (1984, 1985, 1987 @ 1 mi. ; 2002 @ 1 1/8 mi. ; 1986, 1988-2001, 2003-present @ 1 1/16 mi.)
HORSE YEAR TIME AGE JOCKEY TRAINER OWNER
Twilight Ridge  1985  1:35.80 2 Jorge Velasquez  D. Wayne Lukas  Eugene V. Klein 
Epitome  1987  1:36.40 2 Pat Day  Phil Hauswald  John A. Bell III 
Outstandingly  1984  1:37.80 2 Walter Guerra  Pancho Martin  Harbor View Farm 
             
Storm Flag Flying  2002  1:49.60 2 John Velazquez  C. R. McGaughey III  Ogden Mills Phipps 
             
Stardom Bound  2008  1:40.99  2 Mike E. Smith  Christopher Paasch  Charles Cono LLC 
Tempera  2001  1:41.49  2 David Flores  Eoin G. Harty  Godolphin Racing 
Sweet Catomine  2004  1:41.65  2 Corey Nakatani  Julio C. Canani  M/M Martin J. Wygod 
             
Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (1999-present @ 1 1/4 mi. or 1 3/8 mi.)  
HORSE YEAR TIME AGE JOCKEY TRAINER OWNER
Dank  2013  1:58.73  4 Ryan Moore  Michael Stoute  James Wigan 
Islington  2003  1:59.13 4 Kieren Fallon  Sir Michael Stoute  Ballymacoll Stud 
Midday  2009  1:59.14 3 Tom Queally  Henry Cecil  Juddmonte Farms 
             
Perfect Sting  2000  2:13.07  4 Jerry Bailey  Joe Orseno  Stronach Stables 
Soaring Softly  1999  2:13.89  4 Jerry Bailey  James J. Toner  Phillips Racing Partnership 
Ouija Board  2006  2:14.55  5 Frankie Dettori  Ed Dunlop  Lord Derby 
             
Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (2007-present @ 1 mi.)    
HORSE YEAR TIME AGE JOCKEY TRAINER OWNER
Albertus Maximus  2008  1:33.41 4 Garrett Gomez  Vladimir Cerin  Brandon & Marianne Chase 
Caleb’s Posse  2011  1:34.59 3 Rajiv Maragh  Donnie K. Von Hemel  McNeil StablesCheyenne Stables 
Goldencents  2013  1:35.12  3 Rafael Bejarano  Doug O’Neill  W. C. Racing Kenney, Dave and RAP Racing 
             
Lady’s Secret  1986  2:01.20 4 Pat Day  D. Wayne Lukas  Eugene V. Klein 
Life’s Magic  1985  2:02.00 4 Angel Cordero, Jr.  D. Wayne Lukas  Mel HatleyGene Klein 
Princess Rooney  1984  2:02.40 4 Ed Delahoussaye  Neil Drysdale  Paula J. Tucker 
             
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (2007-present @ 1 mi.)    
HORSE YEAR TIME AGE JOCKEY TRAINER OWNER
Outstrip  2013  1:33.20  2 Mike Smith  Charlie Appleby  Godolphin Racing 
George Vancouver  2012  1:33.78  2 Ryan Moore  Aidan O’Brien  John MagnierMichael Tabor

Derrick Smith 

Donativum  2008  1:34.68  2 Frankie Dettori  John Gosden  Jordan Princess HayaDarley 
             
Breeders’ Cup Marathon (2008 @ 1 1/2 mi. ; 2009-present @ 1 3/4 mi.)  
HORSE YEAR TIME AGE JOCKEY TRAINER OWNER
Muhannak  2008  2:28.24 4 Pat Smullen  Ralph Beckett  Richard Pegum 
             
Man of Iron  2009  2:54.11  3 Johnny Murtagh  Aidan O’Brien  Derrick SmithSusan Magnier

Michael Tabor 

Calidoscopio 2012  2:57.25  9 Aaron Gryder  Guillermo Frenkel Santillán  Stud Dona Pancha 
London Bridge  2013  2:58.32  3 Mike Smith  Jo Hughes  Eastwind Racing & Martha Trussell 
             
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (2008-present @ 5 furlongs or 6.5 furlongs)  
HORSE YEAR TIME AGE JOCKEY TRAINER OWNER
Regally Ready  2011  0:56.48 4 Corey Nakatani  Steve Asmussen  Vinery Stable 
Chamberlain Bridge  2010  0:56.53 6 Jamie Theriot  Bret Calhoun  Carl Moore Management 
             
California Flag  2009  1:11.28 5 Joe Talamo  Brian Koriner  Hi Card Ranch 
Mizdirection 2012  1:11.39 4 Mike Smith  Mike Puype  Jungle RacingKMN Racing et al 
Desert Code  2008  1:11.60 4 Richard Migliore  David Hofmans  Tarabilla Farms 
             
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (2008-present @ 1 mi.)    
HORSE YEAR TIME AGE JOCKEY TRAINER OWNER
Chriselliam 2013  1:33.72 2 Richard Hughes  Charles Hills  W Carson, E Appleby & C Wright 
Tapitsfly  2009  1:34.25  2 Robby Albarado  Dale L. Romans  Frank L. Jones, Jr. 
Flotilla  2012  1:34.64†  2 Christophe Lemaire  Mikel Delzangles  Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani 
             
Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (2007-2012 @ 7 furlongs*)    
HORSE YEAR TIME AGE JOCKEY TRAINER OWNER
Ventura  2008  1:19.90  4 Garrett Gomez  Robert J. Frankel  Juddmonte Farms 
Groupie Doll  2012  1:20.72  4 Rajiv Maragh  William Bradley  Bradley F & W HurstBrent 
Groupie Doll  2013  1:20.75  5 Rajiv Maragh  William Bradley  Bradley F & W HurstBrent 
             
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint (2011-2012 @ 6 furlongs)    
HORSE YEAR TIME AGE JOCKEY TRAINER OWNER
Hightail  2012  1:09.75  2 Rajiv Maragh  D. Wayne Lukas  Bluegrass Hall 
Secret Circle  2011  1:10.52 2 Rafael Bejarano  Bob Baffert  Mike Pegram Karl Watson

Paul Weitman

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Fillies That Have Won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes or Belmont Stakes

Rachel Alexandra, 2009 Preakness Stakes Winner and Mother (Dam)

Rachel Alexandra, 2009 Preakness Stakes Winner and Mother (Dam)

Most horses that run (and win) in the triple-crown races – Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes – are colts. Colts are male horses under the age of four. Past four, male (adult) horses are called “stallions” or just plain old “horses.” All 11 triple-crown winners have been colts.

Fillies are female horses usually under the age of four, but for the sake of horse racing, that limit is pushed up a year to five. Adult female horses are called “mares.”

Compared to the number of colts, very few fillies have raced in the Derby or the two Stakes, and even fewer have won. The number of filly entrants for each are noted below along with the winners.

Rachel Alexandra was the last filly to win any of the three races – she won the Preakness in 2009. In 2007, Rags to Riches won the Belmont.

The last filly to win the Kentucky Derby was almost 30 years ago – Winning Colors in 1988. She may be the last one ever to win the Run for the Roses, thanks to the current qualification rules. This seems unfair and doesn’t make much sense, either. If fillies have qualified and won in the past, it is proven that they can compete with the colts and so should be allowed to continue to compete.

So, why? “Why do fillies appear so rarely in the U.S. Triple Crown races?” asked Andrew Beyer of the Washington Post. Two reasons: the difference in the rate of biological development between the sexes and, as is often the case with just about everything in pro sports, money. Beyer breaks down everything you need to know in “Where Are the Fillies?

Horse racing fan? For more, check out Sports List of the Day’s Horse Racing Page.

KENTUCKY DERBY (39 Fillies Have Raced, 3 Winners)

  HORSE YEAR TRAINER JOCKEY TIME
1. Winning Colors 1988 D. Wayne Lukas Gary Stevens 2:02.20
2. Genuine Risk 1980 LeRoy Jolley Jacinto Vasquez 2:02.00
3. Regret 1915 James G. Rowe, Sr. Joe Notter 2:05.40

PREAKNESS STAKES (53 Fillies Have Raced, 5 Winners)

  HORSE YEAR TRAINER JOCKEY TIME
1. Rachel Alexandra 2009 Steve Asmussen Calvin Borel 1:55.08
2. Nellie Morse 1924 Albert B. Gordon John Merimee 1:57.20
3. Rhine Maiden 1915 Frank Devers Douglas Hoffman 1:58.00
4. Whimsical 1906 Tim J. Gaynor Walter Miller 1:45.00
5. Flocarline 1903 H.C. Riddle William Gannon 1:44.80

BELMONT STAKES (22 Fillies Have Raced, 3 Winners)

  HORSE YEAR TRAINER JOCKEY TIME
1. Rags to Riches 2007 Todd Pletcher John Velazquez 2:28.74
2. Tanya 1905 John W. Rogers Gene Hildebrand 2:08.00
3. Ruthless 1867 A. Jack Minor Gilbert Patrick 3:05.00

Sources: horse-races.net / horse-races.net / horse-races.net / about.com

Photos: nydailynews.com / fallen-leaves.net

Horse Racing: Horses that Won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, but Lost the Belmont

I'll Have Another Arrives at Belmont Park

I’ll Have Another Arrives at Belmont Park

The “Triple Crown” wasn’t officially recognized as such until 1930, off the fingers of “Daily Racing Form writer Charles Hatton.”

But we can still go back through the archives and see which horses won all three races – Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes – as far back as 1875, when all three were first in simultaneous existence, though not really connected.

Only 1 horse, Sir Barton, won pre-1930 what would later be know as the Triple Crown. Sir Barton won in 1919 and is one of 11 triple crown winning horses.

Almost twice as many times – 20 – a thoroughbred has won the first two legs of the Crown – only to drop the Belmont.

So, every few years or so (or even three years in a row 1997-1999), the general public, horse-racing aficionados and blue bloods get all up in a lather waiting to see if THIS is the year we’ll have another triple crown winner.

Which group will I’ll Have Another join?

We’ll find out on Saturday, June 9th, at the Belmont Stakes.

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2008 Big Brown
2003 Funny Cide
2002 War Emblem
1999 Charismatic
1998 Real Quiet
1997 Silver Charm
1989 Sunday Silence
1987 Alysheba
1981 Pleasant Colony
1979 Spectacular Bid
1971 Canonero II
1969 Majestic Prince
1968 Forward Pass
1966 Kauai King
1964 Northern Dancer
1961 Carry Back
1958 Tim Tam
1944 Pensive
1936 Bold Venture
1932 Burgoo King

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