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Volponi

Volponi

Breeders’ Cup Champion
Jockey: 
J. Santos
Trainer: 
P. Johnson
Owner: 
Amherst Stable & Spruce Pond Stable
Breeder: 
Amherst Stable

Named for writer Paul Volponi, whose surname means ‘sly old fox’ in Italian, the Thoroughbred Volponi authored one of the greatest stories in racing history with his shocking upset of the 2002 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

At Arlington Park near Chicago, where late Hall of Fame trainer P.G. Johnson had begun his career with horses six decades earlier, Volponi was the least regarded of a dozen horses in the Classic, sent off at odds of 43-to-1. Taking command at the top of the stretch, Volponi sprinted clear to a 6 ½-length victory, still the largest in Classic history, making Johnson, at 77, the oldest trainer of a Breeders’ Cup winner.

A stakes winner at ages 2, 3, and 4, and stakes placed on four other occasions, Volponi won seven of 31 career starts, finishing second or third in six consecutive graded stakes following his greatest victory, including the Grade 1 Suburban and Whitney handicaps.

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  • 2002 Classic

Breeders’ Cup Record

Breeders’ Cup Races Won

2002 Classic

Lifetime Stats

StartsWinsPlaceShowEarnings

Previous Races

DateRaceGRFinish
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Pedigree

Volponi
Cryptoclearance
Fappiano
Mr. Prospector
Killaloe
Naval Orange
Hoist the Flag
Mock Orange
Prom Knight
Sir Harry Lewis
Alleged
Sue Babe
Dancing Party
Danzig
Irish Party

Career Highlights

April 13, 1998
Foaled in Kentucky
October 22, 2000
Posts first career win in Grade 3 Pilgrim at Belmont Park
October 26, 2002
Earns lone Grade 1 win in Breeders’ Cup Classic at Arlington Park
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
April 13, 1998
Foaled in Kentucky

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