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Northern Spur (IRE)

Bred in Ireland and raced for two seasons in France, Northern Spur was an amazingly consistent turf performer that raced exclusively on grass. After two seasons in Europe he was turned over to the care of Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally. Northern Spur ran third in his U.S. debut and then had a rough ride in the Grade 1 Arlington Million and lost all chance. He redeemed himself with a driving victory on the Grade 1 Oak Tree Stakes in his next outing prior to the Breeders’ Cup.

Always showing a preference for a soft grass course, the rain-soaked Breeders’ Cup Turf played into his hand. Jockey Chris McCarron stalked Turkpasser and took the lead into the stretch and was soon engaged in a hard-fought challenge with Freedom Cry in what track announcer Tom Durkin would describe as, “A test of stamina to the wire!”

Lifetime Stats

Breeders’ Cup Winner
1995 Turf

Previous Races

June 22, 1996Caesars International H.ATLANTIC CITY13
May 27, 1996Hollywood Turf H.HOLLYWOOD PARK12
May 01, 1996 HOLLYWOOD PARK 1
February 19, 1996San Luis Obispo H.SANTA ANITA PARK24
October 28, 1995Breeders' Cup TurfBELMONT PARK11
October 08, 1995Oak Tree Invitational S.SANTA ANITA PARK11
August 27, 1995Arlington Million S.ARLINGTON110
August 06, 1995Eddie Read H.DEL MAR13
October 01, 1994Prix de LuteceLONGCHAMP32
September 11, 1994Prix NielLONGCHAMP22
June 26, 1994Prix Hubert de ChaudenayLONGCHAMP21
May 30, 1994Prix du LysSAINT CLOUD31
May 12, 1994Prix de l'AvreLONGCHAMP 3
November 16, 1993Prix SaracaSAINT CLOUD 2
October 17, 1993Prix du TrembleCOMPIEGNE 1