Black Tie Affair capped a seven race win streak, leading from gate to wire to capture the 1991 Classic over a deep field that included defending Classic champ Unbridled, and Kentucky Derby winner Strike the Gold. Unbridled’s jockey, Jerry Bailey, rode a near perfect race, saving ground along the rail, and saving his horse for the stretch run.
It was the third Breeders' Cup victory for Bailey, who would eventually notch 15 wins in the event.
The third time was the charm for Black Tie Affair who won the Classic after unsuccessful bids in the Breeders' Cup Sprint in 1989 and 1990. Black Tie Affair earned nearly $3.4 million from 19 wins in 45 starts, and his Classic triumph, the final race of his career, vaulted him to Horse of the Year honors in 1991.