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The 1998 Breeders’ Cup

Churchill Downs

November 7, 1998

Attendance: 80,452
Handle: $91,338,477
Races: 7
Weather: 54°

A Breeders’ Cup single day record crowd of 80,452 witnessed two memorable performances, starting with the 6-year-old gelding Da Hoss, who won the 1996 Mile at Woodbine but had not raced for nearly two years. He came into the 1998 Mile with one prep race just a month before, but proved more than equal to the task. Losing the lead to Hawksley Hill in deep stretch, Da Hoss, ridden by John Velazquez, fought back to overtake his rival by a head at the wire. Breeders’ Cup announcer Tom Durkin called Da Hoss’s feat “the greatest comeback since Lazarus.” The day’s second spectacular moment took place in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which featured one of the best fields ever assembled: the 1997 Derby winner Silver Charm, the last two Belmont Stakes winners Touch Gold and Victory Gallop and defending Classic winner Skip Away. Silver Charm led into deep stretch and European star Swain was in contention out in center of the racetrack. But down the middle came Awesome Again, under Pat Day, to win the race by three quarters of a length.

1998 Breeders’ Cup Champions

Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
Classic 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic Awesome Again P. Byrne P. Byrne Stronach Stables (Frank Stronach) Frank H. Stronach
Juvenile 1998 Grey Goose Juvenile Answer Lively J. Bailey B. Baffert John Franks John Franks
Distaff 1998 Breeders' Cup Distaff Escena G. Stevens W. Mott Allen E. Paulson Allen E. Paulson
Turf 1998 Breeders' Cup Turf Buck's Boy S. Sellers P. Hickey Quarter B Farm Irish Acres Farm
Mile 1998 Breeders' Cup Mile Da Hoss J. Velazquez M. Dickinson Prestonwood Farm & Wallstreet Stables Fares Farms Inc.
Juvenile Fillies 1998 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Silverbulletday G. Stevens B. Baffert Michael E. Pegram Highclere Inc. & Clear Creek
Xpressbet Sprint 1998 Breeders' Cup Sprint Reraise C. Nakatani C. Dollase Fey, Class Racing Stable, Opas, et al Willard Sergent