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The 2008 Breeders’ Cup

Santa Anita Park

October 24 & 25, 2008

Attendance: 86,588
Handle: $155,740,328
Races: 14
Weather: 82°

Changes continued for the Breeders’ Cup as it celebrated its 25th year under the San Gabriel Mountains in California. For the first time, the main track races were conducted on a synthetic surface. The series, now worth $25.5 million in purses, was also expanded to 14 races with the addition of the Turf Sprint, the Juvenile Fillies Turf and the Marathon. The name of the Distaff was changed to the Ladies’ Classic. The new name was further christened with a new star, the 4-year-old filly Zenyatta, who came from last to first to win under jockey Mike Smith. The next day, another female force emerged when the 3-year-old Goldikova defeated male rivals in the Mile. Midnight Lute won the Sprint for the second straight year. Foreign horses dominated the day’s action as the Irish-bred Conduit won the Turf, and Raven’s Pass won the Classic. In all, overseas runners captured five races. Garrett Gomez rode a record four winners over the two days and earned the Bill Shoemaker Award as the Most Outstanding Jockey.

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  • The Paddock at Santa Anita before the 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic
  • 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic
  • 2009 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic
  • The Call to the Post at Santa Anita during the 2008 Breeders' Cup
  • The crowd at Santa Anita during the 2008 Breeders' Cup
  • Maroon 5 rocks the 2008 Breeders' Cup welcome party at the Palladium in Hollywood
  • The Purple Carpet entrance to the 2008 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park
  • The horses circle the Paddock prior to a race in the 2008 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park

2008 Breeders’ Cup Champions

Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
Classic 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic Raven's Pass L. Dettori J. Gosden H.R.H. Princess Haya of Jordan and Darley Stable Stonerside Stable
Dirt Mile 2008 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile Albertus Maximus G. Gomez V. Cerin Brandon L. and Marianne Chase Marianne I Chase
Filly & Mare Turf 2008 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Forever Together J. Leparoux J. Sheppard Augustin Stables (George Strawbridge Jr. ) White Fox Farm
Juvenile Fillies 2008 Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies Stardom Bound M. Smith C. Paasch Charles Cono LLC Fletcher Gray
Juvenile Turf 2008 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Donativum (GB) L. Dettori J. Gosden H.R.H. Princess Haya of Jordan and Darley Stable Stratford Place Stud
Mile 2008 Breeders' Cup Mile Goldikova (IRE) O. Peslier F. Head Wertheimer and Frere Wertheimer et Frere (IRE)
Xpressbet Sprint 2008 Breeders' Cup Sprint Midnight Lute G. Gomez B. Baffert Mike Pegram and Watson & Weitman Perfomance LLC Tom Evans, Macon Wilmil Eq. & Marjac Farm
Turf Sprint 2008 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint Desert Code R. Migliore D. Hofmans Tarabilla Farms, Inc Classic Star
DraftKings Filly & Mare Sprint 2008 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Ventura G. Gomez R. Frankel Juddmonte Farms (Khalid Abdullah) Juddmonte Farms
Sentient Jet Juvenile 2008 Grey Goose Juvenile Midshipman G. Gomez B. Baffert Darley Stable Stonerside Stable
Juvenile Fillies Turf 2008 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Maram J. Lezcano C. Brown Karen N. Woods and Saud bin Khaled Palides Investments
Distaff 2008 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic Zenyatta M. Smith J. Shirreffs Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S. Moss Maverick Production
Marathon 2008 Breeders' Cup Marathon Muhannak (IRE) P. Smullen R. Beckett Richard Pegum Mount Coote
Turf 2008 Breeders' Cup Turf Conduit (IRE) R. Moore S. Stoute Ballymacoll Farm Ballymacoll Stud Farm