Breeders’ Stakes Facts (From 1959, the inception of the Triple Crown)

August 2, 2011

Record purses:

$500,000 (2000-2010)

$331,933 (1989)

$325,000 (1999)

$306,000 (1990)

$304,500 (1995)

Record time (run at 1 ½ miles of turf)

2:26 2/5 (Charlie’s Dewan, 1995)

2:27.15 (A Bit O’Gold, 2004)

2:27.86 (Jambalaya, 2005)

2:28-flat (Belle Geste, 1971)

2:28 2/5 (Free Vacation, 1999)

2:28.58 (Marlang, 2008)

2:28 3/5 (Chief Bearhart, 1996)

Longest-priced winners:

$132.10 (Miami Deco, 2010)

$95.30 (Perfect Shower, 2009)

$43.70 (Social Wizard, 1981)

$33.50 (Free Vacation, 1999)

$23.50 (Bounding Away, 1984)

$22.90 (Come in Dad, 1973)

$20.20 (Marlang, 2008)

$19.60 (John the Magician, 1997)

Shortest-priced winners:

$2.20 (Peteski, 1993)

$2.30 (Izvestia, 1990)

$2.50 (Bridle Path, 1979)

$2.60 (Dance Smartly, 1991)

Largest fields:

15 (1987)

13 (2010, 2009, 1999, 1995, 1989, 1962)

Smallest fields:

4 (1993)

5 (1994, 1959)

6 (2001, 1985, 1979, 1969)

Largest margin of victory:

14 lengths (Ben Fab, 1980)

11 lengths (No Parando, 1968)

9 ¾ lengths (Mary of Scotland, 1970)

9 ½ lengths (Chief Bearhart, 1996)

8 ½ lengths (Izvestia, 1990)

Smallest margin of victory:

nose (Charlie’s Dewan, 1995)

nose (Kingsbridge, 1983)

nose (Social Wizard, 1981)

nose (Titled Hero, 1966)

Closest three-horse finish:

1973 Come in Dad (head), Tara Road (nose), Good Port

1987 Hangin On a Star (head), Coryphee (head), Street Party

Photo for win (nose/head/neck):

13 times (2006, 2002, 1997, ‘95, ‘88, ‘87, ‘83, ‘81, ‘73, ‘69, ‘66, ‘62, ‘60)

Most wins by a jockey:

4 Sandy Hawley (1988, 1979, 1976, 1972)

4 Robin Platts (1983, 1982, 1978, 1974)

3 Richard Dos Ramos (2010, 2008, 1986)

3 Patrick Husbands (2007, 2006, 2003)

3 Don Seymour (1992, 1990, 1989)

3 Avelino Gomez (1967, 1966, 1959)

Most wins by a trainer:

8 Roger Attfield (2009, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1993, 1990, 1989, 1986)

3 Gord (Pete) McCann (1963, 1961, 1959)

3 Jim Day (1991, 1988, 1987)

3 Mark Frostad (2002, 1996, 1995)

Most wins by an owner:

5 Windfields Farm (1984, 1979, 1963, 1961, 1959)

5 Kinghaven Farms (1995, 1990, 1989, 1986, 1983)

5 Sam-Son Farm (2002, 1996, 1991, 1988, 1987)

Winning favourites:

24 of 52 (46.2%) overall;

Since the institution of the Sovereign Awards (from 1975), 12 Breeders’ Stakes winners have won Sovereign Awards as Canada’s top three-year-old colt/gelding or filly:

Colt/gelding

A Bit O’Gold 2004

Wando 2003

Peteski 1993

Izvestia 1990

With Approval 1989

Runaway Groom 1982

Ben Fab 1980

Overskate 1978

Dance in Time 1977

Filly

Dance Smartly 1991

Carotene 1986

Momigi 1975

Six Breeders’ Stakes winners have been named Horse of the Year:

Wando 2003

Peteski 1993

Dance Smartly 1991

Izvestia 1990

With Approval 1989

Overskate 1978

Four Breeders’ Stakes losers have been named Horse of the Year:


Benburb 1992

Imperial Choice 1985

Norcliffe 1976

L’Enjoleur 1975

Turf course conditions:

Firm 33 (last: 2009)

Good 5 (last: 1997)

Yielding 3 (1975, 1991, 2010)

Soft 11 (last: 1994)

Post positions of winners:

1 five times

2 five

3 ten

4 eight

5 three

6 eight

7 three

8 four

9 two

10 one

11 one

12 one

13 one

Horses denied a Triple Crown in the Breeders’ Stakes:

2000 – Scatter The Gold finished third to Lodge Hill

1986 – Golden Choice finished third to Carotene

1976 – Norcliffe finished fifth to Tiny Tinker

1975 – L’Enjoleur finished third to Momigi

1970 – Almoner finished second to Mary of Scotland

Breeders’ winners (since 1959) sired by Breeders’ winners:

Canebora (1963) and Titled Hero (1966) were both sired by 1956 Breeders’ Stakes winner Canadian Champ

Breeders’ winners (since 1959) sired by Kentucky Derby winners:

Peteski, 1993 (sired by 1978 Derby winner Affirmed)

Dance in Time, 1977 (sired by 1964 Derby winner Northern Dancer)

Nice Dancer, 1972 (sired by 1964 Derby winner Northern Dancer)

Hidden Treasure, 1960 (sired by 1953 Derby winner Dark Star)

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