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The Triple Crown
[This page is dedicated to Grace Manning]
Kentucky Derby
[1.25 miles for 3-year-olds
at Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY]
Run the first Saturday in May since 1932, the Derby was founded in 1875 byat the Louisville Jockey Club Course (Churchill Downs)
Preakness
[1.1875 miles for 3-year-olds
at Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, MD]
Inaugurated in 1873 at the Pimlico Race Course, named after the first great horse to race there, moved to New York in 1890 and back to Pimlico in 1909.
Belmont Stakes
[1.5 miles for 3-year-olds
at Belmont Park, Elmont, NY]
The oldest of the Triple Crown races, first run in 1867, it is also the longest, and a supreme test of endurance that has dashed many Triple Crown dreams.
1980
Genuine Risk
13 Starters
Money-$339,300
Time-2:02
Winner:
Genuine Risk
$26.80 W; $10.60 P; $4.80 S
Sire-Exclusive Native
Owner-Mrs. Bertram Firestone, Jr.
Trainer-LeRoy Jolley
Jockey-Jacinto Vasquez
2nd
Rumbo
3rd
Jaklin Klugman
8 Starters
Money-$180, 600
Time-1:54:1/5
Winner:
Codex
Sire-Arts and Letters
Owner-Tartan Stable
Trainer-D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey-Angel Cordero
2nd
Genuine Risk
3rd
Colonel Moran
10 Starters
Money-$176,220
Time-2:29:4/5
Winner:
Temperence Hill
Sire-Stop the Music
Owner-Loblolly Stable
Trainer-Joseph B. Cantey
Jockey-Eddie Maple
2nd
Genuine Risk
3rd
Rockhill Native
1981
21 Starters
Money-$413,415
Time-2:02
Winner:
Pleasant Colony
$9.00 W; $5.60 P; $4.40 S
Sire-His Majesty
Owner-Buckland Farm
Trainer-John Campo
Jockey-Jorge Velasquez
2nd
Woodchopper
3rd
Partez
13 Starters
Money-$200,800
Time-1:54:3/5
Winner:
 Pleasant Colony
Sire-His Majesty
Owner-Buckland Farm
Trainer-John Campo
Jockey-Jorge Velasquez
2nd
Bold Ego
3rd
Paristo
11 Starters
Money-$170,580
Time-2:29
Winner:
Summing
Sire-Verbatim
Owner-Charles T. Wilson
Trainer-Luis Barrera
Jockey-George Martens
2nd
Highland Blade
3rd
Pleasant Colony
1982
19 Starters
Money-$550,100
Time-2:02:2/5
Winner:
Gato Del Sol
$44.40 W; $19.00 P; $9.40 S
Sire-Cougar II
Owner-Hancock & Peters
Trainer-Edwin J. Gregson
Jockey-Eddie Delahoussaye
2nd
Laser Light
3rd
Reinvested
7 Starters
Money-$209,900
Time-1:55:2/5
Winner:
Aloma's Ruler
Sire-Iron Ruler
Owner-Nathan Scherr
Trainer-John L. Lenzini, Jr.
Jockey-J.A. Kaenel
2nd
Linkage
3rd
Cut Away
11 Starters
Money-$159,720
Time-2:28:1/5
Winner:
Conquistador Cielo
Sire-Mr. Prospector
Owner-Henryk de Kwiatkowski
Trainer-W.C. Stephens
Jockey-Laffit Pincay, Jr.
2nd
Gato Del Sol
3rd
Illuminate
1983
20 Starters
Money-$531,000
Time-2:02:1/5
Winner:
Sunny's Halo
$7.00 W; $4.80 P; $4.00 S
Sire-Halo
Owner-D.J. Foster Stable
Trainer-David C. Cross, Jr.
Jockey-Eddie Delahoussaye
2nd
Desert Wine
3rd
Caveat
12 Starters
Money-$251,200
Time-1:55:2/5
Winner:
Deputed Testamony
Sire-Traffic Cop
Owner-Francis P. Sears
Trainer-J. William Boniface
Jockey-D.A. Miller, Jr.
2nd
Desert Wine
3rd
High Honors
15 Starters
Money-$215,100
Time-2:27:4/5
Winner:
Caveat
Sire-Cannonade
Owner-August Belmont IV
Trainer-W.C. Stephens
Jockey-Laffit Pincay, Jr.
2nd
Slew o' Gold
3rd
Barberstown
1984
20 Starters
Money-$712,400
Time-2:02:2/5
Winner:
Swale
$.8.80 W; $4.80 P; $3.40 S
Sire-Seattle Slew
Owner-Claiborne Farm
Trainer-W.C. Stephens
Jockey-Laffit Pincay, Jr.
2nd
Coax Me Chad
3rd
At the Threshold
10 Starters
Money-$243,600
Time-1:53:3/5
Winner:
Gate Dancer
Sire-Sovereign Dancer
Owner-Kenneth Opstein
Trainer-Jack Van Berg
Jockey-Angel Cordero, Jr.
2nd
Play On
3rd
Fight Over
11 Starters
Money-$310,020
Time-2.27:1/5
Winner:
Swale
Sire-Seattle Slew
Owner-Claiborne Farm
Trainer-W.C. Stephens
Jockey-Laffit Pincay, Jr.
2nd
Pine Circle
3rd
Morning Bob
1985
Spend A Buck
13 Starters
Money-$581,800
Time-2:00:1/5
Winner:
Spend a Buck
$10.20 W; $5.40 P; $3.40 S
Sire-Buckaroo
Owner-Hunter Farm
Trainer-Cam Gambolati
Jockey-Angel Cordero, Jr.
2nd
Stephan's Odyssey
3rd
Chief's Crown
11 Starters
Money-$432,200
Time-1:53:2/5
Winner:
Tank's Prospect
Sire-Mr. Prospector
Owner-Mr. & Mrs. Eugene V. Klein
Trainer-D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey-Pat Day
2nd
Chief's Crown
3rd
Eternal Prince

11 Starters
Money-$307,740
Time-2:27
Winner:
Creme Faiche*
Sire-Rich Cream
Owner-Brushwood Stable
Trainer W.C. Stephens
Jockey-Eddie Maple
2nd
Stephan's Odyssey
3rd
Chief's Crown
1986
16 Starters
Money-$784,400
Time-2:02:4/5
Winner:
Ferdinand
$37.50 W; $16.20 P; $8.60 S
Sire-Nijinsky II
Owner-Mrs. Elizabeth A. Keck
Trainer-Charles E. Whittingham
Jockey-Willie Shoemaker
2nd
Bold Arrangement
3rd
Broad Brush
7 Starters
Money-$411,900
Time-1:54:4/5
Winner:
Snow Chief
Sire-Reflected Glory
Owner-C. Grinstead & B. Rochelle
Trainer-Melvin F. Stute
Jockey-A. Solis
2nd
Ferdinand
3rd
Broad Brush
10 Starters
Money-$338,640
Time-2:29:4/5
Winner:
Danzig Connection
Sire-Danzig
Owner-Henryk de Kwiatkowski
Trainer-W.C. Stephens
Jockey-Chris McCarron
2nd
Johns Treasure
3rd
Ferdinand
1987
Alysheba, winner of the 1987 Kentucky Derby and Preakness
17 Starters
Money-$793,600
Time-2:03:2/5
Winner:
Alysheba
$18.80 W; $8.00 P; $6.20 S
Sire-Alydar
Owner-Dorothy & Pamela Scharbauer
Trainer-Jack C. Van Berg
Jockey-Chris McCarron
2nd
Bet Twice
3rd
Avies Copy
9 Starters
Money-$329,160
Time-1:55:4/5
Winner:
Alysheba
Sire-Alydar
Owner-Dorothy & Pamela Scharbauer
Trainer-Jack C. Van Berg
Jockey-Chris McCarron
2nd
Bet Twice
3rd
Cryptoclearance
9 Starters
Money-$421,100
Time-2:28:1/5
Winner:
Bet Twice
Sire-Sportin' Life
Owner-Cisley Stable & Levy
Trainer-Warren A. Croll, Jr.
Jockey-Craig Perret
2nd
Cryptoclearance
3rd
Gulch
1988
17 Starters
Money-$786,200
Time-2:02:1/5
Winner:
Winning Colors
$8.80 W; $5.20 P; $4.60 S
Sire-Caro
Owner-Eugene V. Klein
Trainer-D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey-Gary Stevens
2nd
Forty Niner
3rd
Risen Star
9 Starters
Money-$413,700
Time-1:56:1/5
Winner:
Risen Star
Sire-Secretariat
Owner-L. Roussel III (&)
Trainer-L.J. Roussel III
Jockey-Eddie Delahoussaye
2nd
Brian's Time
3rd
Winning Colors
6 Starters
$202,720
Time-2:26:2/5
Winner:
Risen Star
Sire-Secretariat
Owner-L. Roussel III (&)
Trainer-L.J. Roussel III
Jockey-E. Delahoussaye
2nd
Kingpost
3rd
Brian's Time
1989
Sunday Silence in the Winner's Circle, 1989 Kentucky Derby
15 Starters
Money-$749,200
Time-2:05
Winner:
Sunday Silence
$8.20 W; $3.00 P; $3.60 S
Sire-Halo
Owner-Hancock, et al.
Trainer-Charles E. Whittingham
Jockey-Patrick Valenzuela
2nd
Easy Goer
3rd
Awe Inspiring
8 Starters
Money-$438,230
Time-1:53:4/5
Winner:
Sunday Silence
Sire- Halo
Owner-Hancock, et al.
Trainer-Charles E. Whittingham
Jockey-Patrick Valenzuela
2nd
Easy Goer
3rd
Rock Point
10 Starters
Money-$413,520
Time-2:26
Winner:
Easy Goer
Sire-Alydar
Owner-Ogden Phipps
Trainer-Claude McGaughey III
Jockey-Pat Day
2nd
Sunday Silence
3rd
Le Voyageur
Sunday Silence and Easy Goer at the 1989 Belmont Stakes
* Creme Fraiche was the first gelding to win the Belmont Stakes

The following thoroughbreds won 2 out of 3 Triple Crown races in the 1980s...
1981: Pleasant Colony--1st, Kentucky Derby, 1st Preakness, 3rd Belmont Stakes
1984: Swale--1st Kentucky Derby, 7th Preakness, 1st Belmont Stakes
1987: Alysheba--1st Kentucky Derby, 1st Preakness, 4th Belmont Stakes
1988: Risen Star--3rd Kentucky Derby, 1st Preakness, 1st Belmont Stakes
1989: Sunday Silence--1st Kentucky Derby, 1st Preakness, 2nd Belmont Stakes

The Kentucky Derby in the '80s
"[T]he Derby celebrated its 100th running in 1974, with a record 163,628 on hand; added the Skye Terrace's sixth floor in 1977 for $1.8 million; computerized the pari-mutuel system in 1982; and began development of a $7 million Kentucky Derby Museum.
As president, Lynn Stone headed the efforts that ended two separate takeover attempts by Brownell Combs II of Spendthrift Farm and Irwin L. Jacobs, respectively in 1984. In August 1984, Stone resigned, following huge financial losses that resulted from two years of failed summer racing. Stone was replaced by acting President Thomas H. Meeker, a former general counsel to Churchill Downs while with the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs. In September 1984, Meeker was named permanently to the position.
"....Meeker immediately began a five-year, $25 million renovation renaissance: $2.5 core renovations (1984) $3.2 Matt Winn Turf Course (1985) $2.5 paddock construction (1986) $5 clubhouse improvements (1987) $3.7 Skye Terrace updating (1988) $1.2 barn area improvements (1989).
"These renovations led to a resurgence of the track and helped attract the Breeders' Cup Championship."
-- Horseracing Directories


The Breeders' Cup Is Inaugurated 
"It’s the All Star Game of Thoroughbred racing - only better. Eight times better. It’s the Breeders’ Cup Championship, a multi-million dollar extravaganza that brings together the world’s best horses to compete in eight sensational races....
"That’s just what its founders envisioned when the concept of the Breeders’ Cup took root in 1982. Racing’s leaders wanted a vehicle to promote the sport, a showcase for its finest elements, and a grand finale to the racing season. The Championship races became the cornerstone of a year-round program, which has allocated more than $380 million to owners and breeders since the inaugural 1984 event. The first Breeders’ Cup Championship, at glitzy Hollywood Park, was an instant hit.
Since then, the Breeders’ Cup Championship has redefined the racing calendar - becoming the season-ending goal for the best horses - and given the sport a championship event much like the World Series or the Super Bowl. Most divisional champions crowned since 1984 have participated in a Breeders’ Cup race. In addition to the Classic, the other races are the Juvenile and the Juvenile Fillies, the Distaff and the Filly & Mare Turf for females ages three and up; the Sprint, the Mile, and the Turf. The latter three are open to horses of both sexes, as is the Classic.
"The buildup to the Breeders’ Cup begins well in advance of the Championship day. NTRA’s 'Racing to the Breeders’ Cup' on ESPN gets the momentum started in early summer and continues through mid-October. The nationally televised series consists of dozens of stakes races at major tracks across the country and serves as racing’s version of the playoffs.
"In addition to television, simulcasting - the transmission by satellite of actual races - has helped further the recognition of the Breeders’ Cup. At the same time, the quality of the races on Championship day has made simulcast outlets eager to carry the program. The number of outlets showing the telecast is growing by leaps and bounds. In 1984, the seven races were beamed to 19 North American outlets, where patrons wagered $8 million. Today, over 1000 outlets handle in excess of $108 million."
-- Horseracing Directories
1984
The Classic
3-year-olds & up; 1.25 miles
The Turf
3-year-olds & up; 1.5 miles
The Mile
3-year-olds & up; 1 mile
Wild Again
Sire: Icecapade
Owner-Black Cip Stable
Trainer-T. Vincent
Jockey-Pat Day
Time-2:03.2
Odds-$31.30
2nd-Gate Dancer
3rd-Slew O' Gold (favorite)
Lashkari
Sire-Mill Reef
Owner-Aga Khan
Trainer-A. De Royer Dupre
Jockey-Y. Saint-Martin
Time-2:25.1
Odds-$53.40
2nd-All Along
3rd-Raami
Royal Heroine (favorite)
Sire-Lypheor
Owner-R.E. Sangster
Trainer-John Gosden
Jockey-F. Toro
Time-1:32.3 (new US record)
Odds-$1.70
2nd-Star Choice
3rd-Cozzene
1985
Proud Truth
Sire-Graustark
Owner-Darby Dan Farm
Trainer-John Veitch
Jockey-J. Velasquez
Time-2:00.4
Odds-$7.40
2nd-Gate Dancer
3rd-Turkoman
Pebbles (favorite)
Sire-Sharpen Up
Owner-Clive Brittain
Trainer-Mohammed al Maktoum
Jockey-P. Eddery
Time-2:27
Odds-$2.20
2nd-Strawberry Road
3rd-Mourjane
Cozzene (favorite)
Sire-Caro
Owner-J.A. Nerud
Trainer-J.H. Nerud
Jockey-W.A. Guerra
Time-1:35
Odds-$3.60
2nd-Palace Music
3rd-Al Mamoon
1986
Skywalker
Sire-Relaunch
Owner-Oak Cliff Stable
Trainer-Michael Whittingham
Jockey-Laffit Pincay, Jr.
Time-2:00.2
Odds-$10.10
2nd-Turkoman (favorite)
3rd-Precisionist
Manila
Sire-Lyphard
Owner-B.M. Shannon
Trainer-LeRoy Jolley
Jockey-J. Santos
Time-2:25.2
Odds-$8.80
2nd-Theatrical
3rd-Estrapade
Last Tycoon
Sire-Try My Best
Owner-R.C. Strauss
Trainer-Robert Collet
Jockey-Y. Saint-Martin
Time-1:35.1
Odds-$35.90
2nd-Palace Music
3rd-Fred Astaire
1987
Ferdinand (favorite)
Sire-Nijinsky II
Owner-Mrs. H.B. Keck
Trainer-Charles Whittingham
Jockey-Willie Shoemaker
Time-2:01.2
Odds-$1.00
2nd-Alysheba
3rd-Judge Angelucci
Theatrical (favorite)
Sire-Nureyev
Owner-A. Paulson
Trainer-W. Mott
Jockey-Pat Day
Time-2:24.2
Odds-$1.80
2nd-Trempolino
3rd-Village Star II
Miesque
Sire-Nureyev
Owner-S. Niarchos
Trainer-F. Boutin
Jockey-F. Head
Time-1:32.4
Odds-$3.60
2nd-Show Dancer
3rd-Sonic Lady (favorite)
1988
Alysheba (favorite)
Sire-Alydar
Owner-D. & P. Scharbauer
Trainer-J. Van Berg
Jockey-Chris McCarron
Time-2:04.4
Odds-$1.50
2nd-Seeking the Gold
3rd-Waquoit
Great Communicator
Sire-Key to the Kingdom
Owner-Class Act Farm
Trainer-Thad Acker
Jockey-R. Sibille
Time-2:35.1
Odds-$12.40
2nd-Sunshine Forever
3rd-Indian Skimmer (favorite)
Miesque
Sire-Nureyev
Owner-S. Niarchos
Trainer-F. Boutin
Jockey-F. Head
Time-1:38.3
Odds-$2.00
2nd-Steinlen
3rd-Simply Majestic
1989
Sunday Silence
Sire-Halo
Owner-Hancock, et. al.
Trainer-Charles Whittingham
Jockey-Chris McCarron
Time-2:00.1
Odds-$2.00
2nd-Easy Goer (favorite)
3rd-Blushing John
Prized
Sire-Turbulent Miss
Owner-Clover Racing Stable & Meadowbrook Farm
Trainer-N. Drysdale
Jockey-Eddie Delahoussaye
Time-2:28
Odds-$8.80
2nd-Sierra Roberta
3rd-Star Lift
Steinlen
Sire-Habitat
Owner-Wildenstein Stable
Trainer-D.W. Lukas
Jockey-J. Santos
Time-1:37.1
Odds-$1.80
2nd-Sabona
3rd-Most Welcome