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Royal Academy

Royal Academy

Breeders’ Cup Champion
Jockey: 
L. Piggott
Trainer: 
M. O'Brien
Owner: 
Classic Thoroughbreds PLC
Breeder: 
Tom Gentry

British rider Lester Piggott came out of retirement at age 54 to ride Royal Academy in the 1990 Breeders' Cup Mile, and the legendary jockey used every bit of his experience to guide the colt to victory. Piggott got Royal Academy clear in the middle of the Belmont Park turf course, and wore down a strong field to win.

Royal Academy was trained by another legend, Irishman Vincent O'Brien. Though O’Brien won every major stakes race in Europe, including the Epson Derby six times, Royal Academy was his one and only Breeders' Cup winner. The 3-year-old colt came into the Mile off an impressive victory in the Grade 1 July Cup at Newmarket, in England, carrying 129 pounds. Royal Academy was named champion three year old in Ireland, and champion three year old miler in Europe in 1990.

Replay

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  • 1990 Mile

Breeders’ Cup Record

Breeders’ Cup Races Won

1990 Mile

Lifetime Stats

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Previous Races

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Pedigree

Royal Academy
Nijinsky II
Northern Dancer
Nearctic
Natalma
Flaming Page
Bull Page
Flaring Top
Crimson Saint
Crimson Satan
Spy Song
Papila
Bolero Rose
Bolero
First Rose

Career Highlights

February 21, 1987
Born in Kentucky.
July 12, 1990
Won the July Cup at Newmarket.
October 27, 1990
Won Breeders' Cup Mile at Belmont Park.
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February 21, 1987
Born in Kentucky.