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Pilsudski (IRE)

The globetrotting Pilsudski only made one Breeders’ Cup appearance, and like he did in many countries, he left his mark. The late-maturing Irish-bred managed to win only two races in his first two seasons, but had a breakout year in 1996. In his fourth start, he was teamed up with jockey Walter Swinburn who survived an early season accident in Hong Kong where he was nearly killed. They joined forces to win a Group 3 in Ireland, a Group 1 in Germany and, at 22 to 1, finished 2nd in the prestigious Prix de l’ Arc de Triomphe in France prior to their Breeders’ Cup start.


In a star-studded field, Pilsudski went off at odds of 14 to 1. Swinburn tucked him in behind horses and waited patiently for an opening and when he saw daylight they swept through and held quality runners Singspiel and Swain at bay to the wire.

Lifetime Stats

Earnings
$
Breeders’ Cup Winner
1996 Turf

Previous Races

DateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 23, 1997Japan CupTOKYO11
October 18, 1997Dubai Champion S.NEWMARKET11
October 05, 1997Prix de l'Arc de TriompheLONGCHAMP12
September 13, 1997Irish Champion S.LEOPARDSTOWN11
July 26, 1997King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond S.ASCOT12
July 05, 1997Coral-Eclipse S.SANDOWN PARK11
June 20, 1997Hardwicke S.ASCOT22
April 27, 1997Prix GanayLONGCHAMP13
DateRaceTrackGradeFinish
October 26, 1996Breeders' Cup TurfWOODBINE11
October 06, 1996Forte Meridien Prix de l'Arc de TriompheLONGCHAMP12
September 01, 1996124 Mercedes-Benz-Grosser Preis von BadenBADEN BADEN11
August 17, 1996Royal Whip S.CURRAGH31
June 18, 1996Prince of Wales's S.ASCOT28
May 28, 1996Spillers Brigadier Gerard S.SANDOWN PARK31
April 27, 1996TGI Friday's Gordon Richards S.SANDOWN PARK32
DateRaceTrackGradeFinish
September 24, 1995Tote Sunday HcapASCOT 3
July 26, 1995Tote Gold Trophy HcpGOODWOOD 1
July 12, 1995Duke of Cambridge H.NEWMARKET 1
June 22, 1995King George V HcapASCOT 17
May 21, 1995Sunday Racing MdnRIPON 2
DateRaceTrackGradeFinish
October 11, 1994Soar Mdn StksLEICESTER 8
September 27, 1994Multiyork Mdn StksNEWMARKET 6