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The 2004 Breeders’ Cup

Lone Star Park

October 30, 2004

Attendance: 53,717
Handle: $120,897,141
Races: 8
Weather: 79°

The Breeders’ Cup came to Texas for the first time at Lone Star Park in suburban Dallas. The trainer and jockey combination of Todd Pletcher and John Velazquez won two races, first with Ashado in the Distaff and then Speightstown in the Sprint. Ouija Board in the Filly and Mare Turf and Wilko in Juvenile provided Europe with Breeders’ Cup wins. The 5-year-old gelding Better Talk Now was an upset winner of the Turf at 27-1. The 4-year-old Ghostzapper capped off the day with a brilliant performance in the Classic, winning it wire-to -wire for jockey Javier Castellano and trainer Bobby Frankel. The victory earned Ghostzapper the Horse of the Year crown.

  • Speightstown and jockey John Velazquez hit the wire in the 2004 Breeders' Cup Sprint
  • Wilko wins the 2004 Grey Goose Juvenile at Lone Star Park
  • Ghostzapper with Javier Castellano aboard hits the wire in the 2004 Breeders' Cup Classic at Lone Star Park
  • Lone Star Park played host to the 2004 Breeders' Cup

2004 Breeders’ Cup Champions

Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
Classic 2004 Breeders' Cup Classic Ghostzapper J. Castellano R. Frankel Stronach Stables (Frank Stronach) Frank H. Stronach
Sentient Jet Juvenile 2004 Grey Goose Juvenile Wilko L. Dettori J. Noseda J. Paul Reddam & Mrs. Susan Roy Ro Parra
Distaff 2004 Breeders' Cup Distaff Ashado J. Velazquez T. Pletcher Starlight Stables, P. Saylor & J. Martin Aaron U. & Marie Jones
Turf 2004 Breeders' Cup Turf Better Talk Now R. Dominguez H. Motion Bushwood Racing Partners LLC Wimborne Farm
Filly & Mare Turf 2004 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Ouija Board (GB) K. Fallon E. Dunlop Lord Derby Stanley Estate & Stud Co.
Juvenile Fillies 2004 Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies Sweet Catomine C. Nakatani J. Canani Mr. & Mrs. Martin Wygod Mr. & Mrs. Martin Wygod
Mile 2004 Breeders' Cup Mile Singletary D. Flores D. Chatlos Jr. Little Red Feather Racing Disler Farms Ltd.
Xpressbet Sprint 2004 Breeders' Cup Sprint Speightstown J. Velasquez T. Pletcher Melnyk Racing Stables (Eugene & Laura Melnyk) Aaron U. & Marie Jones