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The 2006 Breeders’ Cup

Churchill Downs

November 4, 2006

Attendance: 75,132
Handle: $140,332,198
Races: 8
Weather: 54°

Total purses leaped from $14 million to $20 million for the 23rd Breeders’ Cup. After a six year hiatus, the event returned to Kentucky and the 2-year-old Street Sense showed he loved Churchill Downs, winning the Juvenile by a widening 10 lengths under jockey Calvin Borel. Ouija Board won her second Filly and Mare Turf crown in three years with Frankie Dettori aboard. Dettori was back in the winner’s circle again following his score on the Irish-bred Red Rocks in the Turf. In the Classic, the Argentine-bred Invasor passed Preakness winner Bernardini in the stretch to win by one length under Fernando Jara, who, at 18, became the youngest jockey to ever win a Breeders’ Cup race. Invasor was later named Horse of the Year. In May of 2007, Street Sense became the first Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion to win the Kentucky Derby.

  • Thor's Echo races toward the finish line in the 2006 Breeders' Cup Sprint
  • Dreaming of Anna wins the 2006 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies under the Twin Spires
  • The jockeys line up during opening ceremonies of the 2006 Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs

2006 Breeders’ Cup Champions

Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
Classic 2006 Breeders' Cup Classic Invasor (ARG) F. Jara K. McLaughlin Shadwell Stable Haras Clausan
Sentient Jet Juvenile 2006 Grey Goose Juvenile Street Sense C. Borel C. Nafzger James B. Tafel James B. Tafel
Distaff 2006 Breeders' Cup Distaff Round Pond E. Prado M. Matz Fox Hill Farm John A. Toffan & Trudy McCaffery
Filly & Mare Turf 2006 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Ouija Board (GB) L. Dettori E. Dunlop Lord Derby Stanley Estate & Stud Co.
Juvenile Fillies 2006 Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies Dreaming of Anna R. Douglas W. Catalano Frank C. Calabrese Frank C. Calabrese
Mile 2006 Breeders' Cup Mile Miesque's Approval E. Castro M. Wolfson Live Oak Plantation Live Oak Stud
Xpressbet Sprint 2006 Breeders' Cup Sprint Thor's Echo C. Nakatani D. O'Neill
Turf 2006 Breeders' Cup Turf Red Rocks (IRE) L. Dettori B. Meehan J. Paul Reddam Ballylinch Stud