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Great Communicator

Class Act Stable’s 5-year-old gelding Great Communicator was a steady long-distance performer based in California for the 1987-88 seasons, but saved his best day ever for the Breeders’ Cup Turf at 12-to-1, controlling a moderate pace on the lead over ‘good’ ground under regular rider Ray Sibille, holding off Darby Dan Farm’s second choice Sunshine Forever for a half-length victory.

A Kentucky-bred by Key to the Kingdom, Great Communicator was trained and co-owned by Louisiana horseman Thad Ackel and brought solid credentials into the race, although he never had faced such a deep and talented international field that included top European filly Indian Skimmer, who rallied to late to finish third. Sunshine Forever would win the Eclipse vote while Great Communicator would race on two more seasons with mixed success, retiring after winning 14 of 56 starts and over $2.9 million.

Lifetime Stats

Earnings
$
Breeders’ Cup Winner
1988 Turf

Previous Races

DateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 05, 1990Carleton F. Burke H.SANTA ANITA PARK299
October 17, 1990Henry P. Russell H.SANTA ANITA PARK 1
September 22, 1990Louisiana Downs H.LOUISIANA DOWNS36
September 03, 1990Del Mar Invitational H.DEL MAR212
August 11, 1990Escondido H.DEL MAR 5
July 21, 1990 HOLLYWOOD PARK 5
DateRaceTrackGradeFinish
October 14, 1989Oak Tree Invitational H.SANTA ANITA PARK18
September 03, 1989Arlington MillionARLINGTON18
August 12, 1989Arlington H.ARLINGTON14
June 17, 1989Golden Gate H.GOLDEN GATE FIELDS27
May 29, 1989Hollywood Turf H.HOLLYWOOD PARK11
April 23, 1989San Juan Capistrano Invitational H.SANTA ANITA PARK16
March 25, 1989San Luis Rey S.SANTA ANITA PARK12
February 20, 1989San Luis Obispo H.SANTA ANITA PARK21
DateRaceTrackGradeFinish
December 24, 1988Hollywood Turf Cup H.HOLLYWOOD PARK11
November 05, 1988Breeders' Cup TurfCHURCHILL DOWNS11
October 09, 1988Oak Tree Invitational H.SANTA ANITA PARK12
September 05, 1988Del Mar H.DEL MAR22
August 20, 1988Arlington MillionWOODBINE17
June 18, 1988Golden Gate H.GOLDEN GATE FIELDS21
May 30, 1988Hollywood Invitational H.HOLLYWOOD PARK13
April 24, 1988San Juan Capistrano H.SANTA ANITA PARK11
March 27, 1988San Luis Rey S.SANTA ANITA PARK12
February 15, 1988San Luis Obispo H.SANTA ANITA PARK21
January 24, 1988San Marcos H.SANTA ANITA PARK31
DateRaceTrackGradeFinish
December 13, 1987Hollywood Turf Cup Invitational H.HOLLYWOOD PARK14
November 21, 1987Breeders' Cup Turf S.HOLLYWOOD PARK112
October 31, 1987Washington D. C., InternationalLAUREL PARK12
October 18, 1987Laurel Turf Cup H.LAUREL PARK33
September 26, 1987Louisiana Downs H.LOUISIANA DOWNS33
September 07, 1987Del Mar Invitational H.DEL MAR27
July 27, 1987Sunset H.HOLLYWOOD PARK14
July 12, 1987 HOLLYWOOD PARK 1
June 14, 1987Hollywood Invitational H.HOLLYWOOD PARK12
May 30, 1987 HOLLYWOOD PARK 3
May 16, 1987Caballero H.HOLLYWOOD PARK 2
May 09, 1987 HOLLYWOOD PARK 3
April 18, 1987 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
April 04, 1987 SANTA ANITA PARK 2
DateRaceTrackGradeFinish
December 26, 1986 FAIR GROUNDS 1
December 13, 1986 FAIR GROUNDS 4
November 27, 1986 FAIR GROUNDS 5
October 02, 1986 LOUISIANA DOWNS 1
September 20, 1986 LOUISIANA DOWNS 4
August 28, 1986 LOUISIANA DOWNS 5
August 15, 1986 LOUISIANA DOWNS 8
July 23, 1986 LOUISIANA DOWNS 3
July 10, 1986 LOUISIANA DOWNS 1
June 26, 1986 LOUISIANA DOWNS 2
May 22, 1986 LOUISIANA DOWNS 4
May 11, 1986 LOUISIANA DOWNS 4
April 25, 1986 LOUISIANA DOWNS 3
April 02, 1986 FAIR GROUNDS 7
March 27, 1986 FAIR GROUNDS 2
March 19, 1986 FAIR GROUNDS 7
DateRaceTrackGradeFinish
December 14, 1985 FAIR GROUNDS 10