Breeders’ Cup Buzz Presented By Del Mar Ship & Win: Greatest Closing Kicks?

Some of the most exciting finishes in Breeders’ Cup history have come from horses that found the wire with a deep closing trip.

In the Breeders’ Cup Buzz, we’re asking some notable Thoroughbred industry names about their experiences with the event and a few hypothetical questions tied to the races.

This time around, we poll members of the bloodstock arena about the most amazing closing kicks they’ve seen in a Breeders’ Cup race. Not all of them were successful, but they were all memorable.

Catherine Parke – Valkyre Stud

“I’ll never forget Personal Ensign’s Breeders’ Cup (the 1988 Distaff at Churchill Downs). It was pure heart.”




Tommy Eastham – Legacy Bloodstock

“I’m going to say Mitole (in the Sprint) at last year’s Breeders’ Cup. Shancelot was rolling, and he got there.”





Chad Schumer – Chad Schumer Bloodstock

“Arazi in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (1991 at Churchill Downs). He was pretty far behind on the backstretch, and when he made his move…they use this phrase a lot, ‘he sprouted wings.’ It was like he sprouted wings. I’ve never seen a horse run past horses as fast as he did. He literally ran past them like they were standing still.”



Conrad Bandoroff – Denali Stud

“When Animal Kingdom was second to Wise Dan in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. He had no room, the hole finally opened up, and if he had two more strides, he was a Breeders’ Cup winner. That was an explosive turn of foot.”




Katelyn Jackson – Elite Sales

“Uni in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile. How her and Got Stormy just kicked away from the boys at the top of the lane, went neck and neck, and really dug in was just something really special to watch.”




Jared Burdine – Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms

“Midnight Lute’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint (2007 at Monmouth Park). He came from out of the clouds. It was a sloppy track, the horse was on the lead, and when they straightened out, he just turned it on, and he was out in front in the blink of an eye.”




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