2006 Breeders’ Cup Notes
* Street Sense’s 10-length victory in the Bessemer Trust Juvenile was the second-largest margin of victory in Breeders’ Cup history, exceeded only by the 13 ½-length score by Inside Information in the 1995 Distaff at Belmont Park.
* First-time winners dominated in the 23rd renewal of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships with four jockeys posting their initial victories and five trainers.
* First-time winning riders were Rene Douglas aboard Dreaming of Anna in the Juvenile Fillies, Calvin Borel aboard Street Sense in the Bessemer Trust Juvenile, Eddie Castro aboard Miesque’s Approval in the NetJets Mile and Fernando Jara astride Invasor in the Breeders’ Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge.
* Trainers who posted their first Championship victories were Wayne Catalano (Dreaming of Anna in the Juvenile Fillies), Marty Wolfson (Miesque’s Approval in the NetJets Mile), Michael Matz (Round Pond in the Emirates Airline Distaff), Brian Meehan (Red Rocks in the John Deere Turf) and Kiaran McLaughlin (Invasor in the Breeders’ Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge).
* Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Anna became the 10th horse to remain undefeated after winning a Breeders’ Cup race. The winner of the Juvenile Fillies joins Personal Ensign (1988), Meadow Star (1990), Gilded Time (1992), Flanders (1994), Favorite Trick (1997), Johannesburg (2001), Storm Flag Flying (2002), Vindication (2002) and Halfbridled (2003).
* Stonecrest Farm’s Perfect Drift competed in a record fifth consecutive Classic. Saturday’s eighth-place finish was his worst showing since finishing 12th in the 2002 Classic at Arlington Park. The 7yo gelding had finished sixth in 2003 at Santa Anita, fourth in 2004 at Lone Star Park and third in 2005 at Belmont Park. (Kona Gold, the 2000 Sprint winner at Churchill Downs, is the only other horse to start in a Breeders’ Cup race five times.)
* Fox Hill Farms’ Round Pond gave 1998 Classic champion Awesome Again his third Breeders’ Cup winner when Round Pond won the Emirates Airline Distaff.
Awesome Again’s other Breeders’ Cup winners are Ghostzapper (Classic) and Wilko (Juvenile) from the 2004 Championships at Lone Star Park.
Four other Classic winners have sired Breeders’ Cup winners. They are A.P. Indy (Tempera, 2001 Juvenile Fillies), Tiznow (Folklore, 2005 Juvenile Fillies), Wild Again (Elmhurst, 1997 Sprint) and Unbridled, who sired three Cup winners – Unbridled’s Song in the 1995 Juvenile, Anees in the 1999 Juvenile, and Halfbridled in the 2003 Juvenile Fillies.
* European-trained runners captured two races Saturday to boost the number of European winners to 28 in the history of the Championships; 13 in the Turf.
The victory by Red Rocks in the Turf marked the seventh time in the past eight years that a European-trained runner had taken that event.
The other European-trained winner Saturday was Ouija Board, who picked up her second victory in the Filly & Mare Turf.
* The 24th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held on Saturday, October 27th at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey.