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The 2003 Breeders’ Cup

Santa Anita Park

October 25, 2003

Attendance: 51,648
Handle: $120,631,437
Races: 8
Weather: 99°

Ten years earlier at Santa Anita, trainer Richard Mandella won two races at the Breeders’ Cup, but on this day he would experience the greatest success of his racing life. Julie Krone became the first female rider to win a Breeders’ Cup race aboard the Mandella -trained Halfbridled in the Juvenile Fillies. Action This Day garnered the Juvenile for Mandella’s second win. Mandella’s third win of the day was another Breeders’ Cup first. After 1 ½ miles in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Mandella’s Johar and defending champion High Chaparral hit the wire together. It took 12 minutes for the stewards to declare the race a dead heat, the first tie in Breeders’ Cup history. As if destined, Mandella’s 14-1 shot, Pleasantly Perfect, won the Classic by 1 ½ lengths. Mandella broke D. Wayne Lukas’s record of three Breeders’ Cup wins set in 1988 with his fourth triumph of the day.

  • Dead Heat: High Chaparral (IRE) and Johar hit the wire at the same time in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Turf
  • The Breeders' Cup Classic flower blanket draped over the Seabiscuit statue at Santa Anita Park
  • Pleasantly Perfect wins the 2003 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park

2003 Breeders’ Cup Champions

Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
Classic 2003 Breeders' Cup Classic Pleasantly Perfect A. Solis R. Mandella Diamond A Racing Corp. Clovelly Farms
Sentient Jet Juvenile 2003 Grey Goose Juvenile Action This Day D. Flores R. Mandella B. Wayne Hughes Jaime S. Carrion
Longines Distaff 2003 Breeders' Cup Distaff Adoration P. Valenzuela D. Hofmans Amerman Racing (John & Jerry Amerman) Lucy G. Bassett
Dead Heat
Longines Turf 2003 Breeders' Cup Turf High Chaparral (IRE) M. Kinane A. O'Brien Michael Tabor & Mrs. John Magnier Sean Coughlan
Dead Heat
Longines Turf 2003 Breeders' Cup Turf Johar A. Solis R. Mandella The Thoroughbred Corporation (Ahmed bin Salman) The Thoroughbred Corporation
Filly & Mare Turf 2003 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Islington (IRE) S. Stoute Exors of Lord Weinstock Ballymacoll Stud Farm Ltd.
14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies 2003 Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies Halfbridled J. Krone R. Mandella Wertheimer Farm Wertheimer et Frere
Mile 2003 Breeders' Cup Mile Six Perfections (FR) J. Bailey P. Bary Flaxman Holdings Ltd. Niarchos Family
Xpressbet Sprint 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint Cajun Beat C. Velasquez S. Margolis Padua Stable, John Iracane & Joseph Iracane John T. L. Jones Jr. & H. Smoot Fahlgren
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