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Arlington Park

October 26 & 26, 2002

For the first time, the Breeders’ Cup came to Chicago and picturesque Arlington Park. The 4-year-old filly Azeri began the day by dominating the Distaff with a five length victory. Foreign bred horses Domedriver (Mile), Starine (Filly & Mare Turf) and High Chaparral (Turf) all scored victories. The day closed with the biggest shock of the Breeders’ Cup. The lightly regarded 4-year-old Volponi went into the gate at nearly 44-1, but came home a winner by the largest margin in Classic history, a widening 6 ½ lengths under jockey Jose Santos. Phil Johnson, at 77, became the oldest trainer to win a Breeders’ Cup race. Distaff winner Azeri was later named Horse of the Year.

2002 Breeders’ Cup Results

Replay Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
Classic Volponi J. Santos P. Johnson Amherst Stable & Spruce Pond Stable
Sentient Jet Juvenile Vindication M. Smith B. Baffert Padua Stables
Longines Distaff Azeri M. Smith L. De Seroux Allen E. Paulson Living Trust
Longines Turf High Chaparral (IRE) M. Kinane A. O'Brien Michael Tabor & Mrs. John Magnier
Filly & Mare Turf Starine (FR) J. Velazquez R. Frankel Robert Frankel
14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies Storm Flag Flying J. Velazquez C. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps
Mile Domedriver (IRE) T. Thulliez P. Bary Flaxman Holdings Ltd.
TwinSpires Sprint Orientate J. Bailey D. Lukas Robert B. & Beverly J. Lewis