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The 2012 Breeders’ Cup

Santa Anita Park

November 2 & 3, 2012

Attendance: 89,742
Handle: $148,046,997
Races: 15
Weather: 77°

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.

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2012 Breeders’ Cup Champions

Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
Classic Fort Larned with Brian Hernandez, Jr. aboard wins the $5 Million Breeders' Cup Classic on November 3, 2012 Fort Larned Brian Hernandez Jr Ian Wilkes Janis R. Whitham Janis R. Whitham
Mile Wise Dan with John Velazquez aboard wins the $2 Million Breeders' Cup Mile on November 3, 2012 Wise Dan J. Velazquez Charles Lopresti Morton Fink Morton Fink
Xpressbet Sprint Trinniberg with Willie Martinez aboard wins the $1.5 Million Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint on November 3, 2012 Trinniberg W. Martinez S. Parbhoo Sherry Parbhoo J M Stables Inc.
Longines Turf Little Mike with Ramon Dominguez aboard wins the $3 Million Breeders' Cup Turf on Saturday, November 3, 2012 Little Mike R. Dominguez D. Romans Priscilla Vaccarezza Carlo E. Vaccarezza
Sentient Jet Juvenile Shanghai Bobby with Rosie Napravnik aboard wins the $2 Million Breeders' Cup Grey Goose Juvenile on Saturday, November 3, 2012 Shanghai Bobby R. Napravnik T. Pletcher Starlight Racing, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael B. Tabor and Derrick Smith Stonehaven Steadings
Turf Sprint Mizdirection with Mike Smith aboard wins the $1 Million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint on November 3, 2012 Mizdirection M. Smith M. Puype Jungle Racing LLC, Strauss, W., Grohs, J., Beljak, B., KMN Racing LLC et al. Joseph J. Perrotta
DraftKings Filly & Mare Sprint Groupie Doll with Rajiv Maragh aboard wins the $1 Million Breeders' Cup Filly Mare Sprint on November 3, 2012 Groupie Doll R. Maragh W. Bradley Fred F. Bradley, William B. Bradley, Carl Hurst and Brent Burns Fred Bradley & William Bradley
Longines Distaff Royal Delta with Mike Smith aboard wins the $2 Million Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic on November 2, 2012 Royal Delta M. Smith W. Mott Besilu Stables Palides Investments N.V. Inc.
Filly & Mare Turf Zagora (FR) with Javier Castellano aboard wins the $2 Million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf on November 2, 2012 Zagora (FR) J. Castellano C. Brown Martin S. Schwartz E. Puerari & Oceanic Bloodstock
14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies Beholder with Garrett Gomez aboard wins the $2 Million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 2, 2012 Beholder G. Gomez R. Mandella Spendthrift Farm LLC Clarkland Farm
Juvenile Fillies Turf Flotilla (FR) with Christophe Lemaire aboard wins the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on November 2, 2012 Flotilla (FR) C. Lemaire M. Delzangles Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani Eric Puerari Oceanic Bloodstock and Ariane Gravereaux
Calidoscopio with Aaron Gryder aboard wins the $500,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon on November 2, 2012 Calidoscopio (ARG) Aaron Gryder Guillermo Frankel Stud Dona Pancha Haras La Quebrada
Juvenile Sprint Hightail with Rajiv Maragh aboard wins the $500,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint on November 2, 2012 Hightail R. Maragh D. Lukas Bluegrass Hall LLC Green Hills Farm Inc.
Juvenile Turf George Vancouver with Ryan Moore aboard wins the $1 Million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf on November 3, 2012 George Vancouver R. Moore A. O'Brien Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith Capital Bloodstock
Dirt Mile Tapizar with Corey Nakatani aboard wins the $1 Million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on November 3, 2012 Tapizar Corey Nakatani Steven Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC