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The 1997 Breeders’ Cup

Hollywood Park

November 8, 1997

Attendance: 51,161
Handle: $74,626,413
Races: 7
Weather: 74°

The 14th Breeders’ Cup turned out to be extremely predictable as favorites won 5 of the 7 races, including two from trainer Patrick Byrne, who won the Juvenile Fillies with Countess Diana and the Juvenile with Favorite Trick. The team of trainer Jenine Sahadi and rider Corey Nakatani combined to again win the Sprint, this time with the 7-year-old gelding Elmhurst. Foreign horses won the turf races, beginning with Spinning World from France in the Mile and Chief Bearhart from Canada in the Turf. The Classic was all Skip Away, a 4-year-old colt trained by Sonny Hine and ridden by Mike Smith, who dominated the 1 ¼ race to win by six lengths, the largest Classic-winning margin to date. In a close vote, Favorite Trick was later named Horse of the Year.

1997 Breeders’ Cup Champions

Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
Classic 1997 Breeders' Cup Classic Skip Away M. Smith H. Hine Carolyn H. Hine Anna Marie Barnhart
Sentient Jet Juvenile 1997 Grey Goose Juvenile Favorite Trick P. Day P. Byrne Joseph LaCombe Mr. & Mrs. M. L. Wood
Longines Distaff 1997 Breeders' Cup Distaff Ajina M. Smith W. Mott Allen E. Paulson Allen E. Paulson
Longines Turf 1997 Breeders' Cup Turf Chief Bearhart J. Santos M. Frostad Sam-Son Farm Richard D. Maynard
Mile 1997 Breeders' Cup Mile Spinning World C. Asmussen J. Pease Flaxman Holdings Ltd. Flaxman Holdings Ltd.
14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies 1997 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Countess Diana S. Sellers P. Byrne Kaster, Kaster & Propson et al Richard S. Kaster
Xpressbet Sprint 1997 Breeders' Cup Sprint Elmhurst C. Nakatani J. Sahadi Evergreen Farm & Sahadi Calumet Farm
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