Irish-bred Royal Heroine captured the inaugural Mile as part of the favored entry from the outside No. 10 post. Her other stakes efforts that year included a triumph in the Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) and a second in the Budweiser Million (gr. I). The millionaire mare was voted an Eclipse Award as top turf female.
Larry Ryan, breeder of 1984 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Royal Heroine and a former chairman of the Irish National Stud, has died, according to an article by Michael Clower that appeared in the Racing Post.