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THE 2012 BREEDERS’ CUP

Santa Anita Park

November 2 & 3, 2012

The 2012 Breeders' Cup lived up to its billing as Thoroughbred racing's most prestigious global event with an international cross section of runners and winners bred or raced in Canada, Europe, Asia, South America, as well as in the U.S.

Breeders’ Cup Friday began with Hightail wining in the Juvenile Sprint, and giving the most successful Breeders’ Cup trainer of all time, D. Wayne Lukas, his 18th race Breeders’ Cup triumph. Another record-breaker came in the next race when the 9-year-old Calidoscopio won the 1 ¾ mile Marathon and become the oldest horse, and the first one from Argentina, to win a Breeders’ Cup race. Jockey Mike Smith passed another milestone in the Ladies’ Classic. Not only did Smith pilot the 4-year-old filly Royal Delta to her second consecutive victory in the race, Smith’s score made him the leading Breeders’ Cup jockey of all time with 16 wins.

On Saturday, trainer Todd Pletcher saddled Shanghai Bobby to victory in the Juvenile and the 2-year-old championship, but it would be Kentucky horses and Kentucky horsemen who took center stage for most of this day. Louisville native Dale Romans sent out Little Mike in the 1 1/2 mile Turf to stay near the front, which jockey Ramon Dominguez followed perfectly as they prevailing by a half-length at 16-1. Buff Bradley trained Groupie Doll to victory in the Filly & Mare Sprint, and in one of the most dominant performances of the day, the gelding Wise Dan, trained by Charlie Lopresti, beat a top flight international field in the Breeders’ Cup Mile striding home 1 ½ lengths in front of 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. Wise Dan would later be voted Horse of the Year.

The $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic closed out the Breeders’ Cup 29 in primetime for most of the nation with high drama as Whitney Stakes winner Fort Larned and Woodward winner Mucho Macho Man battled to the wire of North America’s richest race. Fort Larned prevailed by a half-length under jockey Brian Hernandez, who celebrated his 27th birthday in style.

2012 Breeders’ Cup Results

Replay Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
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Race
Classic
Winning Horse
Fort Larned
Jockey
Brian Hernandez Jr
Trainer
Ian Wilkes
Owner
Janis R. Whitham
Replay
Race
Mile
Winning Horse
Wise Dan
Jockey
J. Velazquez
Trainer
Charles Lopresti
Owner
Morton Fink
Replay
Race
TwinSpires Sprint
Winning Horse
Trinniberg
Jockey
W. Martinez
Trainer
S. Parbhoo
Owner
Sherry Parbhoo
Replay
Race
Longines Turf
Winning Horse
Little Mike
Jockey
R. Dominguez
Trainer
D. Romans
Owner
Priscilla Vaccarezza
Replay
Race
Sentient Jet Juvenile
Winning Horse
Shanghai Bobby
Jockey
R. Napravnik
Trainer
T. Pletcher
Owner
Starlight Racing, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael B. Tabor and Derrick Smith
Replay
Race
Turf Sprint
Winning Horse
Mizdirection
Jockey
M. Smith
Trainer
M. Puype
Owner
Jungle Racing LLC, Strauss, W., Grohs, J., Beljak, B., KMN Racing LLC et al.
Replay
Race
Filly & Mare Sprint
Winning Horse
Groupie Doll
Jockey
R. Maragh
Trainer
W. Bradley
Owner
Fred F. Bradley, William B. Bradley, Carl Hurst and Brent Burns
Replay
Race
Longines Distaff
Winning Horse
Royal Delta
Jockey
M. Smith
Trainer
W. Mott
Owner
Besilu Stables
Replay
Race
Filly & Mare Turf
Winning Horse
Zagora (FR)
Jockey
J. Castellano
Trainer
C. Brown
Owner
Martin S. Schwartz
Replay
Race
14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies
Winning Horse
Beholder
Jockey
G. Gomez
Trainer
R. Mandella
Owner
Spendthrift Farm LLC
Replay
Race
Juvenile Fillies Turf
Winning Horse
Flotilla (FR)
Jockey
C. Lemaire
Trainer
M. Delzangles
Owner
Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani
Replay
Race
Marathon
Winning Horse
Calidoscopio (ARG)
Jockey
Aaron Gryder
Trainer
Guillermo Frankel
Owner
Stud Dona Pancha
Replay
Race
Winning Horse
Hightail
Jockey
R. Maragh
Trainer
D. Lukas
Owner
Bluegrass Hall LLC
Replay
Race
Juvenile Turf
Winning Horse
George Vancouver
Jockey
R. Moore
Trainer
A. O'Brien
Owner
Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
Replay
Race
Las Vegas Dirt Mile
Winning Horse
Tapizar
Jockey
Corey Nakatani
Trainer
Steven Asmussen
Owner
Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC