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Kentucky Horse Park - January 2009

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Cigar
Cigar at the Kentucky Horse Park

Cigar at the Kentucky Horse Park in January 2009

© Vanessa Ng
Cigar was racing's all time leading money winner for more than a decade before finally being passed by Curlin in September 2008. He tied the modern record of 16 straight victories, starting with an allowance race at Aqueduct in 1994 and ending in the 1996 Arlington Citation Challenge. The streak, stopped by Dare and Go in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar, included wins in the NYRA Mile (since renamed in his honor), the Donn Handicap twice, the Breeders' Cup Classic, and the inaugural running of the Dubai World Cup. Finishing a close third in the 1996 Breeders' Cup Classic at Woodbine, he retired with 19 wins in 33 starts earning $9,999,815 for owner Allen Paulson. However, at stud Cigar was found to be infertile so his new owners, an Italian insurance company, loaned him to the Horse Park.

Cigar in 1998
Cigar making an appearance at Turfway Park in 2000

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