Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)

Race 9 at Oak Tree At Santa Anita on October 25, 2008

  • Grade I
  • One And One Fourth Miles
  • All Weather Track
  • $5,000,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 8:00 PM
  • 1:59.27
  Raven's Pass $29.00 $15.80 $8.00
  Henrythenavigator $22.00 $11.20
  Tiago $7.00
$2 Exacta (8-5) $319.00
$2 Trifecta (8-5-3) $4790.00
$2 Superfecta (8-5-3-9) $20,472.00
Order of Finish

Raven's Pass

Elusive Quality  – Ascutney


  • J:Lanfranco Dettori
  • T:John H. M. Gosden
  • B:Stonerside Stable
  • O:H.R.H. Princess Haya of Jordan (Lessee) Darley Stable (Lessor)


Kingmambo  – Sequoyah (IRE)


  • J:John R. Velazquez
  • T:Aidan P. O'Brien
  • B:Western Bloodstock
  • O:Mrs. John Magnier
  • Margin:¾
  • Sire: Kingmambo , Bay, 1990. Lifetime: 339 yearlings sold, median $240,000.
  • Broodmare Sire: Sadler's Wells , Bay, 1981.


Pleasant Tap  – Set Them Free


  • J:Mike E. Smith
  • T:John A. Shirreffs
  • B:Mr. & Mrs. J. S. Moss
  • O:Mr. & Mrs. Jerome S. Moss
  • Margin:neck
  • Sire: Pleasant Tap , Bay, 1987. Lifetime: 362 yearlings sold, median $15,000.
  • Broodmare Sire: Stop the Music , Bay, 1970.


Smart Strike  – Sherriff's Deputy


  • J:Robby Albarado
  • T:Steven M. Asmussen
  • B:Fares Farm Inc
  • O:Stonestreet Stables, LLC & M. Garretson, Receiver, dba Midnight Cry

Go Between

Point Given  – Mediation (IRE)


  • J:Garrett K. Gomez
  • T:William I. Mott
  • B:Vegso Racing Stable
  • O:Peter Vegso

Colonel John

Tiznow  – Sweet Damsel


  • J:Edgar S. Prado
  • T:Eoin G. Harty
  • B:WinStar Farm, LLC
  • O:WinStar Farms, LLC

Smooth Air

Smooth Jazz  – Air France


  • J:Manoel R. Cruz
  • T:Bennie F. Stutts, Jr.
  • B:Mount Joy Stables
  • O:Mount Joy Stables, Inc.

Champs Elysees (GB)

Danehill  – Hasili (IRE)


  • J:Alan Garcia
  • T:Robert J. Frankel
  • B:Juddmonte Farms Inc
  • O:Juddmonte Farms

Duke of Marmalade (IRE)

Danehill  – Love Me True


  • J:John Patrick Murtagh
  • T:Aidan P. O'Brien
  • B:Southern Bloodstock
  • O:Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor


Giant's Causeway  – Alaska Queen


  • J:Richard Migliore
  • T:Todd A. Pletcher
  • B:Kidder, Griggs, Mamakos
  • O:Team Valor International

Student Council

Kingmambo  – Class Kris


  • J:Shaun Bridgmohan
  • T:Steven M. Asmussen
  • B:W. S. Farish
  • O:Millennium Farms

Casino Drive

Mineshaft  – Better Than Honour


  • J:Victor Espinoza
  • T:Kazuo Fujisawa
  • B:Shell Bloodstock
  • O:Hidetoshi Yamamoto
Keeneland Sales Graduate denotes Keeneland Sales Graduate
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  • Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Day 1 Recap

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  • Hip 34 sold for $750,000

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  • Belmont Stakes winner Tapwrit sells as Hip 34 at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale

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  • Gun Runner wins the Stephen Foster Handicap by seven lengths

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  • Smart Strike

    Solid Strike

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