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The 1986 Breeders’ Cup

Santa Anita Park

November 1, 1986

Attendance: 69,155
Handle: $34,884,790
Races: 7
Weather: 73°

The third Breeders’ Cup was held for the first time under the majestic San Gabriel Mountains at Santa Anita. A record Breeders’ Cup crowd of 69,155 were on hand to witness the 4-year-old Lady’s Secret go wire to wire to win the Distaff and become the first Breeders’ Cup champion to be named Horse of the Year. Skywalker, ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., led the Breeders’ Cup Classic from start to finish.  A record total of $34,884,790 was wagered across North America on the race day program.

1986 Breeders’ Cup Champions

Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
Classic 1986 Breeders' Cup Classic Skywalker L. Pincay Jr. M. Whittingham Oak Cliff Stable Oak Cliff Thoroughbreds Ltd.
Sentient Jet Juvenile 1986 Grey Goose Juvenile Capote L. Pincay Jr. D. Lukas B. A. Beal, L. R. French Jr. & E. V. Klein Audley Farm Inc.
Longines Distaff 1986 Breeders' Cup Distaff Lady's Secret P. Day D. Lukas Mr. & Mrs. Eugene V. Klein Robert H. Spreen
Longines Turf 1986 Breeders' Cup Turf Manila J. Santos L. Jolley Bradley M. Shannon E M JR
Mile 1986 Breeders' Cup Mile Last Tycoon (IRE) Y. Saint-Martin R. Collet Richard C. Strauss Kilfrush Stud Ltd.
14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies 1986 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Brave Raj P. Valenzuela M. Stute Dolly Green Dr. Wallace S. Karutz
TwinSpires Sprint 1986 Breeders' Cup Sprint Smile J. Vasquez F. Schulhofer Frances A. Genter Stable, Inc Frances A. Genter Stable, Inc