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The 2002 Breeders’ Cup

Arlington Park

October 26, 2002

Attendance: 46,118
Handle: $116,059,574
Races: 8
Weather: 46°

For the first time, the Breeders’ Cup came to Chicago and picturesque Arlington Park. The 4-year-old filly Azeri began the day by dominating the Distaff with a five length victory. Foreign bred horses Domedriver (Mile), Starine (Filly & Mare Turf) and High Chaparral (Turf) all scored victories. The day closed with the biggest shock of the Breeders’ Cup. The lightly regarded 4-year-old Volponi went into the gate at nearly 44-1, but came home a winner by the largest margin in Classic history, a widening 6 ½ lengths under jockey Jose Santos. Phil Johnson, at 77, became the oldest trainer to win a Breeders’ Cup race. Distaff winner Azeri was later named Horse of the Year.

  • A packed Arlington Park hosts the Breeders' Cup in 2002

2002 Breeders’ Cup Champions

Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
Classic 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic Volponi J. Santos P. Johnson Amherst Stable & Spruce Pond Stable Amherst Stable
Sentient Jet Juvenile 2002 Grey Goose Juvenile Vindication M. Smith B. Baffert Padua Stables Payson Stud Inc.
Distaff 2002 Breeders' Cup Distaff Azeri M. Smith L. De Seroux Allen E. Paulson Living Trust Allen E. Paulson
Turf 2002 Breeders' Cup Turf High Chaparral (IRE) M. Kinane A. O'Brien Michael Tabor & Mrs. John Magnier Sean Coughlan
Filly & Mare Turf 2002 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Starine (FR) J. Velazquez R. Frankel Robert Frankel Catherine DuBois
Juvenile Fillies 2002 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Storm Flag Flying J. Velazquez C. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps Phipps Stable
Mile 2002 Breeders' Cup Mile Domedriver (IRE) T. Thulliez P. Bary Flaxman Holdings Ltd. Niarchos Family
Xpressbet Sprint 2002 Breeders' Cup Sprint Orientate J. Bailey D. Lukas Robert B. & Beverly J. Lewis Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd.