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The 1996 Breeders’ Cup

Woodbine Racetrack

October 26, 1996

Attendance: 42,243
Handle: $70,519,423
Races: 7
Weather: 60°

For the first time, the Breeders’ Cup was held in Canada at historic Woodbine, just outside Toronto. Jenine Sahadi also made history by becoming the first female trainer to win a Breeders’ Cup race when Lit de Justice came from last to first to win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint under Corey Nakatani. It was back to back victories for Nakatani, who next rode the filly Jewel Princess to win the Distaff. In the Classic, Cigar, tried to become the first horse to win the race in consecutive years, but fell short by a half-length, finishing third in his farewell race, behind 20-1 shot Alphabet Soup under Chris McCarron, who bested Preakness Stakes winner Louis Quatorze by a nose.

1996 Breeders’ Cup Champions

Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
Classic 1996 Breeders' Cup Classic Alphabet Soup C. McCarron D. Hofmans Ridder Thoroughbred Stable Southeast Associates
Sentient Jet Juvenile 1996 Grey Goose Juvenile Boston Harbor J. Bailey D. Lukas Overbrook Farm (William T. Young) Overbrook Farm
Distaff 1996 Breeders' Cup Distaff Jewel Princess C. Nakatani W. Dollase The Thoroughbred Corp. & Mr. & Mrs. R. Stephen Farnsworth Farms
Turf 1996 Breeders' Cup Turf Pilsudski (IRE) W. Swinburn S. Stoute Lord A. Weinstock & Exors of late S. Weinstock Ballymacoll Stud Farm Ltd.
Mile 1996 Breeders' Cup Mile Da Hoss G. Stevens M. Dickinson Prestonwood Farm & Wallstreet Stables Fares Farms Inc.
Juvenile Fillies 1996 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Storm Song C. Perret N. Zito Dogwood Stable W. S. Farish & O. M. Phipps
Xpressbet Sprint 1996 Breeders' Cup Sprint Lit de Justice C. Nakatani J. Sahadi Evergreen Farm Swettenham Stud