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The 1987 Breeders’ Cup

Hollywood Park

November 21, 1987

Attendance: 57,734
Handle: $36,014,720
Races: 7
Weather: 73°

The Breeders’ Cup returned to site of its inaugural running. There was high drama in the Breeders’ Cup Turf as Theatrical, trained by Bill Mott, defeated Arc de Triomphe winner Trempolino by a head. But the real drama took place in the Breeders’ Cup Classic where  winners of the past two Kentucky Derbies, Ferdinand and Alysheba, battled to the wire together  with Ferdinand, ridden by 56-year-old Hall of Famer Bill Shoemaker, prevailing by a nose and clinching the Horse of the Year title.

1987 Breeders’ Cup Champions

Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
Classic 1987 Breeders' Cup Classic Ferdinand W. Shoemaker C. Whittingham Mrs. Elizabeth A. Keck Howard B. Keck
Sentient Jet Juvenile 1987 Grey Goose Juvenile Success Express J. Santos D. Lukas Eugene V. Klein Tri Star Stable
Distaff 1987 Breeders' Cup Distaff Sacahuista R. Romero D. Lukas B. A. Beal & L. R. French Jr. G. Watts Humphrey Jr. & William S. Farish
Turf 1987 Breeders' Cup Turf Theatrical (IRE) P. Day W. Mott Allen E. Paulson Mr & Mrs B R Firestone
Mile 1987 Breeders' Cup Mile Miesque F. Head F. Boutin Flaxman Holdings Ltd. Live Oak Stud
Juvenile Fillies 1987 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Epitome P. Day P. Hauswald John A. Bell III H. Bennett Bell & Jessica B. Nicholson
Xpressbet Sprint 1987 Breeders' Cup Sprint Very Subtle P. Valenzuela M. Stute Ben Rochelle J. Howard King