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Princess Rooney

Princess Rooney

Breeders’ Cup Champion
Jockey: 
E. Delahoussaye
Trainer: 
N. Drysdale
Owner: 
Paula Tucker
Breeder: 
Parrish Hill Farm

Paula Tucker’s Princess Rooney saved her best performance from a career of 21 starts for last as she romped home a seven-length winner of the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Distaff (Ladies’ Classic) at Hollywood Park in 1984, run at the 1 1/4 miles distance of the Breeders’ Cup Classic later that historic afternoon, and posting a time four-fifths of a second faster than Wild Again. Princess Rooney was acclaimed Eclipse champion filly or mare after having been a leading contender in her division at ages two and three.

A Kentucky-bred gray filly by Verbatim, Princess Rooney raced undefeated as in six starts as a 2-year-old in 1982 and extended her perfect record the next spring with major scores in the Ashland and Kentucky Oaks for trainer Frank Gomez. Sent to future Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale in California for her 4-year-old campaign, she won the Vanity Handicap and Spinster Stakes among victories before the Breeders’ Cup. Princess Rooney became the first Breeders’ Cup winner voted into the Saratoga Hall of Fame in 1991.

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  • 1984 Longines Distaff

Breeders’ Cup Record

Breeders’ Cup Races Won

1984 Distaff

Lifetime Stats

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Previous Races

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Pedigree

Princess Rooney
Verbatim
Speak John
Prince John
Nuit de Folies
Well Kept
Never Say Die
Bed o' Roses (IRE)
Parrish Princess
Drone
Sir Gaylord
Cap and Bells
Puzzesca
Law and Order
Refurbish

Career Highlights

May 22, 1982
Won career debut at Calder Race Course by three lengths.
May 6, 1983
Won Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs to remain undefeated in 10 career starts.
October 27, 1984
Won Spinster Stakes at Keeneland by six lengths in final tune-up for Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
1982
1983
1984
1985
May 22, 1982
Won career debut at Calder Race Course by three lengths.

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