Breeders' Cup Classic

Breeders' Cup Classic: 1984 - 2012.

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Wild Again (right), who was supplemented to the Breeders' Cup for a fee of $360,000, upset Slew o' Gold and Gate Dancer in a roughly run first edition of the Breeders' Cup Classic. Gate Dancer (outside) was disqualified from 2nd and placed third for interferring with Slew o' Gold (center).

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Proud Truth wore down Gate Dancer to take the 1985 Breeders' Cup Classic at Aqueduct.

Photo: Dan Johnson

Skywalker upset champions Precisionist and Turkoman to win the third running of the Breeders' Cup Classic in 1986.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

The 1987 Breeders' Cup was a battle of Kentucky Derby winners, with 1986 Derby winner Ferdinand prevailing by a nose over 1987 winner Alysheba.

Photo: E. Martin Jessee

Alysheba returned in 1988 to cap off his Horse of the Year triumph with a dramatic win in the Breeders' Cup Classic, as darkness fell on Churchill Downs.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Sunday Silence held off a hard charging Easy Goer to win the 1989 Breeders' Cup Classic and take Horse of the Year Honors.

Photo: Tony Leonard

Unbridled was the 4th Kentucky Derby winner in a row to take the Breeders' Cup Classic, with a beautiful ride by Pat Day in 1990.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

Black Tie Affair led at every call to win the 1991 Classic, on route to being named Horse of the Year.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

Eddie Delahoussaye never even had to cock his stick to get A. P. Indy home in front in the 1992 Breeders' Cup Classic. A. P. Indy was named Horse of the Year for 1992, and has become one of the best sires of his generation.

Photo: Terry Jones

Arcangues stunned the racing world in 1993, winning the Breeders' Cup Classic at odds of 133-1.

Photo: Dan Johnson

Concern's off-the-pace style produced a dramatic finish in the 1994 Classic, as he passed everyone for the win.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

Cigar was a perfect 10 for 10 in 1995, including victory in the Classic, as he won his first Horse of the Year title. It was the third straight Classic win for jockey Jerry Bailey.

Photo: Trent Hermann

Cigar was back in 1996, but it was Alphabet Soup who stole the headlines, taking the Classic by a nose over Preakness winner Louis Quatorze. Cigar was another head back in third.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

Skip Away dominated the 1997 Classic, winning by 6 lengths in 1:59.16, setting a new stakes record.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

Awesome Again took the 1998 Classic, a race remembered for Swain ending up on the outside rail.

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Cat Thief was ignored by the bettors, but was involved from the start, fighting off several challenges to take the big prize.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

Tiznow held off Europe's 'Iron Horse,' Giant's Causeway, to win the 2000 Breeders' Cup Classic by a neck. Tiznow was named Horse of the Year.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Tiznow held off Europe's 'Iron Horse,' Giant's Causeway, to win the 2000 Breeders' Cup Classic by a neck. Tiznow was named Horse of the Year.

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Photo: Trevor Jones

Tiznow was back for an encore in 2001, holding off Sakhee by a nose to become the first horse to win the Classic twice.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

Volponi was 50-1 on the morning line and 43-1 when the gates opened, but luckily he couldn't read and romped by better than 6 lengths.

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Pleasantly Perfect was winner number 4 on the day for Richard Mandella. Pleasantly Perfect came from off the pace and wore down favorite Medaglia d'Oro, who finished second for the second straight year.

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Photo: Dave Harmon

Ghostzapper flaunted his speed in the 2004 Classic, winning gate-to-wire in 1:59.02.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

Saint Liam gave Jerry Bailey his 5th win in the Breeders' Cup Classic, and Saint Liam was named Horse of the Year.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Invasor overtook favorite Bernardini to score a convincing victory, and pick up Horse of the Year honors for 2006.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

Curlin splashed to victory in 2007 at Monmouth and took Horse of the Year.

Photo: Jeffrey Snyder

Raven's Pass and Frankie Dettori upset the 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Zenyatta stayed perfect, and beat the boys, in the 2009 Classic.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Blame held off the closing Zenyatta to win the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Drosselmeyer and Mike Smith wore down pacesetter Game On Dude to take the 2011 Breeders' Cup Classic.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Fort Larned led all the way to take the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic under Brian Hernandez Jr..

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

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