THE 1998 BREEDERS’ CUP

Churchill Downs

November 7 & 7, 1998

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 Results

Replay Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
Replay
Race
Classic
Winning Horse
Awesome Again
Jockey
P. Byrne
Trainer
P. Byrne
Owner
Stronach Stables (Frank Stronach)
Replay
Race
Sentient Jet Juvenile
Winning Horse
Answer Lively
Jockey
J. Bailey
Trainer
B. Barnett
Owner
John Franks
Replay
Race
Longines Distaff
Winning Horse
Escena
Jockey
G. Stevens
Trainer
W. Mott
Owner
Allen E. Paulson
Replay
Race
Longines Turf
Winning Horse
Buck's Boy
Jockey
S. Sellers
Trainer
P. Hickey
Owner
Quarter B Farm
Replay
Race
Mile
Winning Horse
Da Hoss
Jockey
J. Velazquez
Trainer
M. Dickinson
Owner
Prestonwood Farm & Wallstreet Stables
Replay
Race
14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies
Winning Horse
Silverbulletday
Jockey
G. Stevens
Trainer
B. Baffert
Owner
Michael E. Pegram
Replay
Race
TwinSpires Sprint
Winning Horse
Reraise
Jockey
C. Nakatani
Trainer
C. Dollase
Owner
Fey, Class Racing Stable, Opas, et al