HALL OF CHAMPIONS

Princess Rooney

  • Jockey
    E. Delahoussaye
  • Trainer
    N. Drysdale
  • Owner
    Paula Tucker
  • Breeder
    Parrish Hill Farm
  • Sire
    Verbatim
  • Dam
    Parrish Princess

Paula Tucker’s Princess Rooney saved her best performance from a career of 21 starts for last as she romped home a seven-length winner of the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Distaff (Ladies’ Classic) at Hollywood Park in 1984, run at the 1 1/4 miles distance of the Breeders’ Cup Classic later that historic afternoon, and posting a time four-fifths of a second faster than Wild Again. Princess Rooney was acclaimed Eclipse champion filly or mare after having been a leading contender in her division at ages two and three. A Kentucky-bred gray filly by Verbatim, Princess Rooney raced undefeated as in six starts as a 2-year-old in 1982 and extended her perfect record the next spring with major scores in the Ashland and Kentucky Oaks for trainer Frank Gomez. Sent to future Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale in California for her 4-year-old campaign, she won the Vanity Handicap and Spinster Stakes among victories before the Breeders’ Cup. Princess Rooney became the first Breeders’ Cup winner voted into the Saratoga Hall of Fame in 1991.

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 10, 1984Breeders' Cup DistaffHOLLYWOOD PARK11
October 27, 1984Spinster S.KEENELAND11
October 09, 1984 KEENELAND 1
August 26, 1984Chula Vista H.DEL MAR31
July 15, 1984Vanity H.HOLLYWOOD PARK11
June 16, 1984Milady H.HOLLYWOOD PARK22
May 13, 1984Hawthorne H.HOLLYWOOD PARK23
March 30, 1984Susan's Girl S.SANTA ANITA PARK 1
January 14, 1984Bal Harbour S.HIALEAH PARK 4
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
December 19, 1983 MEADOWLANDS 1
May 28, 1983Acorn S.BELMONT PARK12
May 06, 1983Kentucky OaksCHURCHILL DOWNS11
April 23, 1983Ashland S.KEENELAND21
April 13, 1983 KEENELAND 1
March 05, 1983 GULFSTREAM PARK 1
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
October 23, 1982Gardenia S.MEADOWLANDS21
October 10, 1982Frizette S.BELMONT PARK11
September 11, 1982Melaleuca S.CALDER RACE COURSE 1
September 01, 1982 CALDER RACE COURSE 1
June 07, 1982 CALDER RACE COURSE 1
May 22, 1982 CALDER RACE COURSE 1