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Greatest Breeders' Cup Moments and Ultimate Classic on TV


Julie Krone and Richard Mandella

Richard Mandella with Julie Krone after the first of his 4 wins in 2003

Cindy Pierson Dulay
Updated September 18, 2004
A look back at the greatest moments in Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships history and a simulated race involving the 19 previous winners of the Breeders' Cup Classic will be featured in "20 to 1: The Breeders' Cup Legacy" to air September 26 on NBC from 4:30-6:00 p.m.(ET)

The greatest Breeders' Cup moments will cover the entire 20-year-history of the event and include present-day interviews with key connections as well as vintage footage and interviews from when the "moment" first took place. Among the moments are:

  • Wild Again's win in the inaugural Breeders' Cup Classic
  • Personal Ensign's dramatic win over Winning Colors in the 1988 Breeders' Cup Distaff
  • Sunday Silence's showdown with Easy Goer in the 1989 Classic
  • Lure's back-to-back Breeders' Cup Mile wins in 1992-93; and
  • Richard Mandella's four training victories in the 2003 Breeders' Cup

"The moments convey a broad spectrum of the breathtaking events on the racetrack, the dynamic personalities and the compelling human-interest stories that have all contributed to make the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships the extraordinary event that it is," said D.G. Van Clief, Jr., President of Breeders' Cup Limited and Acting Commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

Also a part of the program is the "Ultimate Breeders' Cup Classic", a hypothetical race between the 19 winners of the Breeders' Cup Classic. Although it has been run 20 times, Tiznow won both the 2000 and 2001 renewals. This segment will include a morning line set by Mike Battaglia (see entries below), a full video post parade, a race call by Tom Durkin and carefully edited film and video footage that will realistically simulate an actual mile-and-one-quarter race. The winner was selected via secret ballot by a panel of veteran horseracing writers and broadcasters.

Tied to the "Ultimate Breeders' Cup Classic is an online contest at www.ntra.com in which, starting Monday, September 20, fans may select who they think will win the mythical race. Those selecting the correct horse will be entered into a random drawing to win two tickets to the 2005 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., along with other prizes. Visit www.ntra.com for official rules.

NBC's Breeders' Cup broadcast team of Tom Hammond, Charlsie Cantey, Mike Battaglia, Bob Neumeier and Tom Durkin will all appear on "20 to 1: The Breeders' Cup Legacy", which also includes footage from Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, the site of this year's Breeders' Cup on October 30.

1CigarJerry Bailey3-1
2AlyshebaChris McCarron7-2
3Sunday SilenceChris McCarron4-1
4A.P. IndyEddie Delahoussaye5-1
5TiznowChris McCarron8-1
6Skip AwayMike Smith8-1
7FerdinandBill Shoemaker12-1
8UnbridledPat Day20-1
9Proud TruthJorge Velasquez30-1
10Black Tie AffairJerry Bailey30-1
11Alphabet SoupChris McCarron50-1
12ArcanguesJerry Bailey50-1
13Awesome AgainPat Day50-1
14Cat ThiefPat Day50-1
15ConcernJerry Bailey50-1
16Pleasantly PerfectAlex Solis50-1
17SkywalkerLaffit Pincay Jr.50-1
18VolponiJose Santos50-1
19Wild AgainPat Day50-1

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