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The 1984 Breeders’ Cup

Hollywood Park

November 10, 1984

Attendance: 64,254
Handle: $19,476,050
Races: 7
Weather: 70°

The dream becomes a reality as the inaugural Breeders’ Cup was held at Hollywood Park in Los Angeles: 7 spectacular races, featuring the world’s greatest horses, jockeys and trainers competing on one stage for $10 million in purses, topped off by an unprecedented live four hour national broadcast on NBC.  Chief’s Crown was the winner of the first ever Breeders’ Cup race – the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. The climax of Racing’s Greatest Day was the world’s richest race – The $3 million Breeders’ Cup Classic - and hype lived up its billing. The favorite, Slew o’Gold, Preakness winner Gate Dancer and 31-1 longshot Wild Again drove and banged together down Hollywood Park stretch to wire. Wild Again crossed the wire first by a head, but the crowd of 68,000 and the national television audience had to wait another 10 dramatic minutes following a steward’s inquiry to officially declare Wild Again the winner.

1984 Breeders’ Cup Champions

Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
Classic 1984 Breeders' Cup Classic Wild Again P. Day V. Timphony Black Chip Stable W. Paul Little
Sentient Jet Juvenile 1984 Grey Goose Juvenile Chief's Crown D. MacBeth R. Laurin Star Crown Stables Carl Rosen
Distaff 1984 Breeders' Cup Distaff Princess Rooney E. Delahoussaye N. Drysdale Paula Tucker Parrish Hill Farm
Turf 1984 Breeders' Cup Turf Lashkari (GB) Y. Saint-Martin A. De Royer-Dupre H.H. Aga Khan H.H. Aga Khan
Mile 1984 Breeders' Cup Mile Royal Heroine (IRE) F. Toro J. Gosden Robert E. Sangster B. Liam Ryan
Juvenile Fillies 1984 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Outstandingly W. Guerra F. Martin Sr. Harbor View Farm Harbor View Farm
Xpressbet Sprint 1984 Breeders' Cup Sprint Eillo C. Perret B. Lepman Crown Stable Ollie A. Cohen