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Great Communicator

Great Communicator

Breeders’ Cup Champion
Jockey: 
R. Sibille
Trainer: 
T. Ackel
Owner: 
Class Act Stable
Breeder: 
James B. Watriss

Class Act Stable’s 5-year-old gelding Great Communicator was a steady long-distance performer based in California for the 1987-88 seasons, but saved his best day ever for the Breeders’ Cup Turf at 12-to-1, controlling a moderate pace on the lead over ‘good’ ground under regular rider Ray Sibille, holding off Darby Dan Farm’s second choice Sunshine Forever for a half-length victory.

A Kentucky-bred by Key to the Kingdom, Great Communicator was trained and co-owned by Louisiana horseman Thad Ackel and brought solid credentials into the race, although he never had faced such a deep and talented international field that included top European filly Indian Skimmer, who rallied to late to finish third. Sunshine Forever would win the Eclipse vote while Great Communicator would race on two more seasons with mixed success, retiring after winning 14 of 56 starts and over $2.9 million.

Replay

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  • 1988 Longines Turf

Breeders’ Cup Record

Breeders’ Cup Races Won

1988 Turf

Lifetime Stats

StartsWinsPlaceShowEarnings

Previous Races

DateRaceGRFinish
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Pedigree

Great Communicator
Key to the Kingdom
Bold Ruler
Nasrullah
Miss Disco
Key Bridge
Princequillo
Blue Banner
Blaheen
Beekeeper
Hillary
Saigon
Irish Rule
Court Splendour
Fern O'Doon

Career Highlights

December 14, 1985
Finished non-threatening 10th in career debut sprinting on dirt at Fair Grounds.
October 9, 1988
Finished second in mile-and-a-half Oak Tree.
November 5, 1988
Won Breeders’ Cup Turf.
October 1, 1990
Won Henry P. Russell Handicap at Santa Anita in next-to-last career start.
1985
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1988
1989
1990
1991
December 14, 1985
Finished non-threatening 10th in career debut sprinting on dirt at Fair Grounds.

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