THE 1988 BREEDERS’ CUP

Churchill Downs

November 5, 1988

The Breeders’ Cup came to Kentucky for the first time, and on a rain swept day at Churchill Downs, racing fans witnessed some of the greatest performers and performances in the sport’s history. Among the many standouts was the French filly Miesque, who became the first horse to win two Breeders’ Cup races, capturing the Mile for the second year in a row. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas becoming the first trainer to win three Breeders’ Cup races on a single card and Alysheba, who under dark skies won the Classic, (dubbed the “Midnight Classic”) to capture the Horse of the Year title.  But the day’s most dramatic moment came in the Distaff, where the undefeated Personal Ensign, appearing hopelessly beaten at the top of the stretch, somehow gathered herself and closed stoutly on Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors and prevailed by a head. For years, the 1988 Distaff would remain the signature moment of the Breeders’ Cup.

1988 Breeders’ Cup Results

Replay Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
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Race
Classic
Winning Horse
Alysheba
Jockey
C. McCarron
Trainer
J. Van Berg
Owner
Dorothy & Pamela Scharbauer
Replay
Race
Sentient Jet Juvenile
Winning Horse
Is It True
Jockey
L. Pincay Jr.
Trainer
D. Lukas
Owner
Eugene V. Klein
Replay
Race
Longines Distaff
Winning Horse
Personal Ensign
Jockey
R. Romero
Trainer
C. McGaughey III
Owner
Ogden Phipps
Replay
Race
Longines Turf
Winning Horse
Great Communicator
Jockey
R. Sibille
Trainer
T. Ackel
Owner
Class Act Stable
Replay
Race
Mile
Winning Horse
Miesque
Jockey
F. Head
Trainer
F. Boutin
Owner
Flaxman Holdings Ltd.
Replay
Race
14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies
Winning Horse
Open Mind
Jockey
A. Cordero Jr.
Trainer
D. Lukas
Owner
Eugene V. Klein
Replay
Race
TwinSpires Sprint
Winning Horse
Gulch
Jockey
A. Cordero Jr.
Trainer
D. Lukas
Owner
Peter M. Brant