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Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup

Breeders’ Cup Champion
Jockey: 
C. McCarron
Trainer: 
D. Hofmans
Owner: 
Ridder Thoroughbred Stable
Breeder: 
Southeast Associates

The almost-white Alphabet Soup had his greatest season in 1996. All four of his victories came in stakes races, but it was his performance in the Breeders’ Cup Classic that shocked the racing world. Bred in Pennsylvania, he was twice rejected in the sales ring. Slow to mature, he didn’t win his first stakes race until he was a 4-year-old recording two graded-stakes wins.


In 1996 all seven of his starts were in graded stakes races and only once did he not finish first or second. Those performances were diminished in the Classic as he would face the reigning Horse of the Year Cigar and the fast Preakness winner Louis Quatorze. As they fought valiantly into the stretch, Chris McCarron worked hard aboard Alphabet Soup. He stuck his head in front of Louis Quatorze in the final sixteenth as Cigar ranged up on the outside. Only a nose and a head separated those three at the wire. It took a track record for Alphabet Soup to hold off Louise Quatorze and Cigar.

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  • 1996 Classic

Breeders’ Cup Record

Breeders’ Cup Races Won

1996 Classic

Lifetime Stats

StartsWinsPlaceShowEarnings

Previous Races

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Pedigree

Alphabet Soup
Cozzene
Caro (IRE)
Fortino II
Chambord
Ride the Trails
Prince John
Wildwook
Illiterate
Arts and Letters
Ribot
All Beautiful
Laurel Mae
Crafty Admiral
Magic Melody

Career Highlights

September 10, 1995
Wins his first graded stakes tally in the Grade 2 Del Mar Budweiser Breeders’ Cup.
October 5, 1996
Wins Grade 2 Goodwood Breeders’ Cup Handicap, but was disqualified and placed 3rd for interference.
October 26, 1996
Wins Breeders’ Cup Classic and establishes the new track record of 2:01 for 1 1/4 miles at Woodbine.
1995
1996
1997
September 10, 1995
Wins his first graded stakes tally in the Grade 2 Del Mar Budweiser Breeders’ Cup.

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