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The 1999 Breeders’ Cup

Gulfstream Park

November 6, 1999

Attendance: 45,124
Handle: $100,336,230
Races: 8
Weather: 77°

The 16th Breeders’ Cup was expanded to 8 races and total purses of $13 million. The newest addition was the Filly & Mare Turf, run at 1 3/8 miles for females, 3-years-old and older. The first edition drew a full field of 14 horses, and it was won by the favorite, the 4-year-old filly Soaring Softly, ridden by Jerry Bailey. The European star Daylami was a grey streak under the Florida sun, winning the 1 ½ mile Turf. His jockey, Frankie Dettori delighted the crowd by in the winner’s circle by adding a flying dismount off Daylami in celebration of the victory. D. Wayne Lukas, the most successful trainer in Breeders’ Cup history, got his first Classic win when nearly 20-1 Cat Thief, under Pat Day, took the lead coming into the stretch and won by 1 ¼ lengths.

1999 Breeders’ Cup Champions

Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
Classic 1999 Breeders' Cup Classic Cat Thief P. Day D. Lukas Overbrook Farm (William T. Young) Overbrook Farm
Sentient Jet Juvenile 1999 Grey Goose Juvenile Anees G. Stevens A. Hassinger Jr. The Thoroughbred Corporation (Ahmed bin Salman) Farfellow Farms Ltd.
Distaff 1999 Breeders' Cup Distaff Beautiful Pleasure J. Chavez J. Ward Jr. John C. Oxley Farnsworth Farms
Turf 1999 Breeders' Cup Turf Daylami (IRE) L. Dettori S. bin Suroor Godolphin Racing Inc. H.H. Aga Khan
Mile 1999 Breeders' Cup Mile Silic (FR) C. Nakatani J. Canani J. T. Lanni, B. Schiappa, K. Poslosky et al M. Armenio Simoes de Almeida
Filly & Mare Turf 1999 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Soaring Softly J. Bailey J. Toner Phillips Racing Partnership Galbreath/Phillips Racing Partnership
Juvenile Fillies 1999 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Cash Run J. Bailey D. Lukas Padua Stables Robert S. Evans
Xpressbet Sprint 1999 Breeders' Cup Sprint Artax J. Chavez L. Albertrani Paraneck Stable Vinery & Carondelet Farm