October 30, 2005
This year's attendance on track for the Breeders' Cup was 56,289, a record for the event at Belmont Park. The on track handle was also a new record for Belmont at $14,742,520 which tops the old mark of $14,461,402 set June 5,2004 when a record 120,139 saw Birdstone deny Smarty Jones the Triple Crown.
Total wagering on the 2005 Breeders Cup World Thoroughbred Championships established a record of $122,106,154 from common and separate pools from Saturdays 10-race card at Belmont Park. With figures from Italy, Sweden, Norway and the Caribbean nations not yet reported, this mark still breaks last years all-sources total of $120,897,141. Total wagering on the eight Breeders Cup races only was also a record with $112,865,068 wagered.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas sent out Bob and Beverly Lewis' 2-year-old filly Folklore to capture the Alberto VO5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, running his record total to 18 winners over the 22-year history of the event. Lukas also was represented by Circle C Group Stable's Ex Caelis, who finished fourth in the Juvenile Fillies. His record totals stand at 145 starters with 20 seconds and 15 third-place performances.
Lukas holds virtually every money-earned record in the sport, including the Breeders' Cup. After Saturday's races, Lukas-trained runners have earned $19,645,520, and the stable has been represented by runners in every year, beginning with the inaugural at Hollywood Park in 1984.
It was also a day for firsts as four jockeys and three trainers each won their first Breeders' Cup race. Jockeys Edgar Prado (Folklore & Silver Train), Garrett Gomez (Stevie Wonderboy & Artie Schiller), Rafael Bejarano (Intercontinental) and Christophe Soumillon (Shirocco) each won their first Breeders' Cup race. Trainers Rick Dutrow (Silver Train & Saint Liam), Doug O'Neill (Stevie Wonderboy) and Jimmy Jerkens each won their first Breeders' Cup races Saturday. Dutrow became the seventh trainer to win more than one on a single card, following Wayne Lukas (five times), Shug McGaughey (twice), Richard Mandella (twice), Patrick Byrne, Joe Orseno and Todd Pletcher.
Prado's and Gomez's two-win performances marked the 11th and 12 time that a jockey won two or more races on a single Breeders' Cup program. No rider has won more than two Breeders' Cup races on one card. Gomez was voted the Shoemaker Award for his Breeders' Cup Day performance.
Trainers Rick Dutrow (Silver Train & Saint Liam), Doug O'Neill (Stevie Wonderboy) and Jimmy Jerkens each won their first Breeders' Cup races Saturday. Dutrow became the seventh trainer to win more than one on a single card, following Wayne Lukas (five times), Shug McGaughey (twice), Richard Mandella (twice), Patrick Byrne, Joe Orseno and Todd Pletcher.
Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey's victory atop Saint Liam in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge ran his record total to 15 career wins and his fifth in the Classic. Retired Hall of Famer Pat Day remains second in wins with 12 tallies. Bailey's mounts Saturday earned $2,937,100, running his all-time Breeders' Cup total to $22,006,440, leaving him to Day's record total of $23,033,360. Bailey also ranks second in Breeders' Cup mounts with 102 behind Day's 117. Bailey remains uncommitted as to whether he will be retiring after this year or not.
Baron Georg Von Ullmann's 4-year-old Shirocco became the first German-bred runner to win a Breeders' Cup race as the Andre Fabre-trained son of Monsun captured the John Deere Turf to lead a one-two-three-four European-trained finish in the race Saturday. Shirocco was the seventh German-bred to contest a Breeders' Cup race with the best previous finishes by Borgia (second in the 1997 Turf) and Catella third in the 2000 Filly & Mare Turf.
Shirocco became the 27th horse bred in Europe to win a Breeders' Cup race with Ireland leading that category with 13. Intercontinental (GB)'s victory in the Filly & Mare Turf represented the ninth Great Britain. Leading the all-time list of Breeders' Cup states and countries of foaling is Kentucky with 99 after six Blue Grass state products scored Saturday, highlighted by Saint Liam's dramatic score in the Classic.