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The 1990 Breeders’ Cup

Belmont Park

October 27, 1990

Attendance: 51,236
Handle: $56,778,660
Races: 7
Weather: 43°

The first Breeders’ Cup ever at Belmont Park in New York was a day marked by tragedy and triumph.  In the Distaff, the champion filly Go for Wand fell in the stretch against defending Distaff winner Bayakoa, and could not be saved. Just one race later, legendary English jockey Lester Piggott rode Royal Academy to victory in the Mile.  In the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled broke from the outside post in a 14 horse field and passed all of his rivals to win the Classic by a length. It was the third career Classic win for jockey Pat Day.

1990 Breeders’ Cup Champions

Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
Classic 1990 Breeders' Cup Classic Unbridled P. Day C. Nafzger Frances A. Genter Tartan Farms Corp.
Sentient Jet Juvenile 1990 Grey Goose Juvenile Fly So Free J. Santos F. Schulhofer Thomas F. Valando Bruce Hundley
Distaff 1990 Breeders' Cup Distaff Bayakoa (ARG) L. Pincay Jr. R. McAnally Mr. & Mrs. Frank E. Whitham Haras Principal
Turf 1990 Breeders' Cup Turf In the Wings (GB) G. Stevens A. Fabre Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum
Mile 1990 Breeders' Cup Mile Royal Academy L. Piggott M. O'Brien Classic Thoroughbreds PLC Tom Gentry
Juvenile Fillies 1990 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Meadow Star J. Santos L. Jolley Carl Icahn Jaime S. Carrion
Xpressbet Sprint 1990 Breeders' Cup Sprint Safely Kept C. Perret A. Goldberg Barry Weisbord & Jayeff 'B' Stables Mr. & Mrs. David Hayden