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West: Ranking the 100 Greatest Performances in Breeders’ Cup History

By Gary West/Special to TVG

Surely that’s not him, I told myself as the diminutive chestnut stepped out from the shedrow and began walking calmly in the direction of the track, a pandemonium of reporters following closely. This Frenchman (trainer Francois Boutin) must be pulling the old Frank Whiteley trick, I thought, and has switched horses. But there was no trick, and this was indeed Arazi.

He didn’t look like a superstar, or any kind of star, but more like the old Ford Mustang with the straight-six engine that couldn’t outrun a Vespa. This is the horse that won three Group 1 stakes in France? Sheikh Mohammed offered $9 million for a half-interest in this horse? Really, this 2-year-old?

This was 1991, a year of craziness, or “Bad Craziness,” as a song from the period insisted, and Clarence Thomas probably would have agreed. In its eighth year, the Breeders’ Cup had become accepted as the sport’s championship event in America, and more and more Europeans seemed to be aiming at the big bucks. But the Cup’s glow seemed a little dim this year. Strike the Gold had lost six straight since winning the Kentucky Derby (G1), and Unbridled, with just a minor stakes victory to his credit, didn’t appear to be the same horse who had won the previous year’s Classic (G1) and Derby. And so the brightest star, based on the hype and the anticipation, was probably this diminutive chestnut who looked like an old Ford Mustang.

As Arazi moved into the distance and galloped routinely around the Churchill Downs oval, the reporters tightened their circle around his owner, Allen Paulson, the self-made billionaire who, it was often said, embodied the American dream. Somebody asked, “Is Arazi the greatest horse you’ve ever owned?”

What a silly question, I thought. It was the sort of question you often hear during Derby week or Breeders’ Cup week, usually asked by a sports writing hack who sees only a handful of races each year, and those on a television monitor in the clubhouse bar at Belmont Park. The person who asked the question obviously didn’t know that Paulson owned the great mare Estrapade when she was in the homestretch of her career and when she became the first and only female to take down the Arlington Million (G1), winning by a record five lengths, on her way to championship honors in 1986.

In retrospect, maybe the question wasn’t quite as silly as it sounded at the time, landing as it did on jaded ears. But silly or not, the question couldn’t compare on the silliness scale to the answer, which ascended in a rocket-blast to the level of downright bizarre.

Pausing for effect and surveying the expectant faces of the people around him, Paulson said, “He might be the greatest horse anybody has ever owned.” And he spoke earnestly, like a jury foreman announcing a verdict. Well, to keep from falling to the ground in a paroxysm of laughter, I coughed, put my head down, and pretended to write something in my notebook. Or maybe I actually did write something: “Delusional.”

A few days later, from the balcony of the press box atop the Churchill Downs grandstand, I watched the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). From post position 14, Arazi dropped back immediately, and jockey Pat Valenzuela moved him closer to the inside rail to save ground. They entered the first turn ahead of only one horse in the full field, and Paulson’s words — “He might be the greatest horse anybody has ever owned” — bounced around in my head like a baseball in a boxcar.

But down the backstretch, around the five-furlong marker, Arazi began advancing. He moved outside, then he darted to the inside, then he advanced in traffic, then he whirled around the turn. With only Bertrando in front of them as they approached the top of the stretch, Valenzuela eased the colt to the outside. From there, Arazi charged to the lead as if he were a train that left Bertrando standing mute at the station.

Arazi drifted out to the middle of the track and then wandered back toward the inside rail, and he didn’t switch strides until deep stretch, when taken in hand; still, he won by five lengths and left the impression that he could have been even more dominant. No, he wasn’t the greatest, or even close, but 30 years ago, on the afternoon of Nov. 2, for a brief moment, Arazi was the most exciting horse in the world. Amplified by my own skepticism, Arazi’s performance remains a vivid Breeders’ Cup memory.

This time of year, as we approach the Breeders’ Cup championships, such recollections rise to the memory’s surface. And so, this seems the perfect time to compile a list of the 100 greatest Breeders’ Cup performances. The ranking is based on the level of performance, its significance, and the surrounding circumstances. A Classic win, for example, is obviously more significant than a Sprint (G1) victory, which, in turn, is more meaningful than a Turf Sprint (G1) victory. Circumstances enhanced many of the performances.

Personal Ensign’s Distaff (G1) performance, for example, remains one of the most celebrated in Breeders’ Cup history because, in part, it put an exclamation mark on an undefeated career. A few losing efforts are included here, as logic demands they should be. If Sunday Silence’s victory at Gulfstream Park was the greatest performance in the history of the Classic, Easy Goer’s performance can’t be far behind, or rather it’s only a neck behind. I’ve provided comments for only the top 50; they, I think, would be on most lists of this kind and so are most accessible to recollection. After that, for the second 50, distinctions become more subtle and subjective.

Greatness, of course, has many metrics, but ultimately its recognition depends on perspective and priorities. In other words, any list such as this must be personal, relying as it does, at least in part, on recollections rising to the surface.

At the top of the list is American Pharoah’s victory in the 2015 Classic at Keeneland. American Pharoah didn’t quite reach the level of the1989 Classic, but he didn’t have to. He steadily increased his advantage from the start, feeling only a whisper of a threat, winning by more than six lengths and setting a track record (2:00.07 for the 1 1/4 miles). But it was the significance of the effort that pushed it to the top, for with the victory, American Pharoah, the only Triple Crown winner ever to participate in the Breeders’ Cup, completed horse racing’s grand slam, as a clever press box scribe dubbed the accomplishment.

American Pharoah with Victor Espinoza aboard wins the $5 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1, 2015 during the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Keeneland. Photo by © Breeders’ Cup/Matt Herp 2015

The 100 Greatest Performances in Breeders’ Cup History

  1. American Pharoah, Classic, 2015, Keeneland: He shot to the lead immediately and was strong throughout, running the final quarter-mile of his career in :24.60 and turning the race into an exhibition of greatness.
  2. Sunday Silence, Classic, 1989, Gulfstream Park: The greatest rivalry of the Breeders’ Cup era ended in much the same way it began, with the great Easy Goer charging, but finishing second. Blushing John, the champion older horse, finished third and it was nearly 10 lengths back to fourth.
  3. Princess Rooney, Distaff, 1984, Hollywood Park: Until 1988, the Distaff (G1) was run at 1 1/4 miles, and while winning by seven lengths she ran about six lengths faster than Wild Again in the Classic. Hers was the greatest Distaff performance in Breeders’ Cup history. 
  4. Ghostzapper, Classic, 2004, Lone Star Park: He ran the fastest 1 1/4 miles in Breeders’ Cup history, 1:59.02, winning by daylight over a strong field that included Pleasantly Perfect, Azeri, Funny Cide, Perfect Drift, and Roses in May. Unbeaten in four sensational performances, Ghostzapper was named Horse of the Year.
  5. Alysheba, Classic, 1988, Churchill Downs: He had never worked well on a muddy track, and so the wet surface was a concern. As darkness fell over Churchill Downs and visibility declined, several horses arrived at the top of the lane in an indistinctive group, and then, in deep stretch, “America’s horse” emerged with a slight lead. He won narrowly, as was his wont, over Seeking the Gold, to conclude his career as the richest of horses.
  6. Tiznow, Classic, 2001, Belmont Park: He looked beaten in mid-stretch as the Arc (G1) winner, Sakhee, moved to a half-length advantage, but Chris McCarron put his whip away and entreated with a vigorous hand-ride. And then, responding with a surge, “Tiznow won it for America,” as the great Tom Durkin said, won it by a nose, to be precise, in one of the most dramatic stretch drives in Breeders’ Cup history, and became the only two-time winner of the Classic.
  7. Miesque, Mile, 1988, Churchill Downs: The great mare became the first back-to-back winner in Breeders’ Cup history, concluding her career with 10 G1 victories and multiple championships in France, England, and America.
  8. Inside Information, Distaff, 1995, Belmont Park: In the mud in New York, she gave the most dominant performance in Breeders’ Cup history. Winning for the 14th time in 17 starts while finishing under a hand-ride, she was more than 13 lengths ahead of the runner-up, her stablemate Heavenly Prize, at the wire.
  9. Curlin, Classic, 2007, Monmouth Park: The leader of an outstanding group of 3-year-olds, he steadily improved until he could assert his superiority emphatically in New Jersey, splashing through the slop to win by more than four lengths over Hard Spun. Street Sense finished fourth.
  10. Cigar, Classic, 1995, Belmont Park: This was his 12th consecutive victory in what would become an historic streak of success. Neither the mud nor the competition was a problem; he won by 2 1/2 lengths as the odds-on favorite.
  11. Enable (GB), Turf, 2018, Churchill Downs: The Arc champion won for the ninth straight time despite racing wide and ending up in the middle of the course. She outfinished another great European filly, Magical (IRE), to win by three-quarters of a length, with Sadler’s Joy nine more lengths back in third. Enable began her 2019 campaign, by the way, with three more Group 1 victories.
  12. Zenyatta, Classic, 2009, Santa Anita: She rallied from 11th over the synthetic surface, getting through along the inside and then angling to the outside in the stretch, where she ran down turf champion Gio Ponti. And so, she became the only female ever to win the Classic.
  13. Skip Away, Classic, 1997, Hollywood Park: At the conclusion of an up-and-down season that saw him finish second more often than he won, he dominated the Classic, taking the lead on the backstretch and winning by six lengths over Deputy Commander.
  14. Precisionist, Sprint, 1985, Aqueduct: In what might have been the greatest Sprint performance in Breeders’ Cup history, he stalked a lively pace and outfinished Smile to win by nearly a length, completing the three-quarters of a mile in 1:08.40, a tick off the track record. Mt. Livermore finished third. Smile, of course, would win the next year’s Sprint.
  15. Arrogate, Classic, 2016, Santa Anita: For an eight-month period starting in August of 2016, he was the best racehorse in the world and one of the best of the Breeders’ Cup era. He took the Classic by a half-length over the older California Chrome, with Keen Ice about 11 lengths back in third.
  16. Personal Ensign, Distaff, 1988, Churchill Downs: Many would call this the greatest Breeders’ Cup race ever, and perhaps it is, for so much was literally on the line, where two great horses converged and had to wait for the judgment of the camera to determine the outcome. Struggling on the muddy surface for much of the race, Personal Ensign dropped back about nine lengths behind Winning Colors, the Kentucky Derby winner who was loose on the lead. Jockey Randy Romero guided Personal Ensign inside and then switched sticks and took her outside, always looking for a path, for some ground, she could handle. Finding that path in the stretch, near the middle of the track, Personal Ensign charged home and won in the final stride, by a nose, to conclude a spectacular, undefeated career.
  17. Miesque, Mile, 1987, Hollywood Park: America got its first look at one of Europe’s greatest fillies, and although she was a 3-year-old taking on her elders, not to mention the “boys,” she didn’t disappoint, winning by more than three lengths and setting a course record.
  18. Gun Runner, Classic, 2017, Del Mar: He got better and stronger throughout the year, but Del Mar presented a new challenge: The surface seemed to loathe speed and the inside paths to force horses to downshift. But he overcame the bias, leading throughout to win by more than two lengths over Collected, with West Coast, the champion 3-year-old, third. Gun Runner concluded his career a few months later with a victory in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1).
  19. Easy Goer, Classic, 1989, Gulfstream Park: He and Sunday Silence were the most prominent horses to emerge from the largest foal crop in history — 51,296, more than double the size of today’s; theirs was a foal crop so large it produced abundant greatness. But imagine a much smaller foal crop; imagine what might have happened if there had been no Sunday Silence: Easy Goer would have won 17 of 20 starts, including 12 in historic succession, with a sweep of the Triple Crown leading to a Classic grand slam. But their rivalry was golden for the sport. It defined them and, perhaps, elicited their greatness. The final chapter was the best.
  20. Theatrical (IRE), Turf, 1987, Hollywood Park: He completed a remarkable season by turning back a challenge from the Arc winner, Trempolino, in deep stretch. Theatrical won seven graded stakes this year, six of them G1s. Such a campaign would probably earn him Horse of the Year honors today.
  21. Tiznow, Classic, 2000, Churchill Downs: Challenged for every step of the 1 1/4 miles, he put away Albert the Great at the top of the stretch and then outgamed Giant’s Causeway in the final furlong to win in a photo, beating an outstanding group that also included Lemon Drop Kid, Cat Thief and Fusaichi Pegasus.
  22. Corinthian, Dirt Mile, 2007, Monmouth: He could be temperamental, as when he leaped for the heavens at the start of the Excelsior (G3), but he could also be spectacular, as when he won in the slop at Monmouth by more than six lengths in what was arguably the best performance in the history of the Dirt Mile (G1).
  23. Pleasantly Perfect, Classic, 2003, Santa Anita: He put the cherry on top of Richard Mandella’s day. The Hall of Fame trainer saddled four Breeders’ Cup winners in 2003, ending his perfect day with the appropriately named, as it turned out, Pleasantly Perfect, who rallied strongly and wore down Medaglia d’Oro in the final sixteenth of a mile. Dynever ran third and Congaree fourth.
  24. Da Hoss, Mile, 1998, Churchill Downs: After winning the 1996 Mile, he didn’t race at all in 1997 because of an injury. In a comeback that only Lazarus could appreciate fully, with only one preparatory outing at Colonial Downs, with, in other words, one race in two years, he entered the 1998 Mile as a sentimental, if somewhat fanciful, candidate. Racing in mid-pack early, he surged to the lead in mid-stretch, then lost the lead to a charging Hawksley Hill (IRE), but then fought back to win by a head. Yes, this is the greatest comeback in Breeders’ Cup history.
  25. Manila, Turf, 1986, Santa Anita: One of the greatest turf horses of the time, Manila probably wasn’t fully appreciated in 1986, when as a 3-year-old he took on the great mare Estrapade, the Arc winner Dancing Brave, and the future champion Theatrical in the Turf (G1). Advancing strongly inside, Manila had to be checked and shifted to the outside to find running room, but at 8-1 he got up in the final yards to win by a neck over Theatrical.
  26. Pebbles (GB), Turf, 1985, Aqueduct: “England’s super filly,” as she was called, rallied from far back, checking in the turn, waiting, and finally rushing through a narrow opening to defeat Strawberry Road (AUS) by a neck. Also among those in the strong field were Lashkari (GB), the inaugural Turf winner; Teleprompter (GB), the Arlington Million winner; and Greinton, the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) winner.
  27. Proud Truth, Classic, 1985, Aqueduct: Much was expected from this son of the great Graustark who was unbeaten as a 2-year-old, but injuries compromised his 3-year-old campaign until late in the season, when he won three straight and rallied from last to defeat Gate Dancer by a head in the Classic, with Turkoman third and Chief’s Crown fourth.
  28. Black Tie Affair (IRE), Classic, 1991, Churchill Downs: He ended his career with six consecutive victories, leading throughout to defeat Twilight Agenda, Unbridled, Summer Squall and Strike the Gold in the Classic.
  29. Fantastic Light, Turf, 2001, Belmont Park: A world traveler, he won nine graded stakes in his career, competing in England, Ireland, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Dubai, and, finally, America. The 7-5 favorite, he won by nearly a length over Milan (GB).
  30. Very Subtle, Sprint, 1987, Hollywood Park: The first filly to win the Sprint, she led throughout, scorching an opening half-mile in 44:00 and defeating Groovy by four lengths.
  31. Ferdinand, Classic, 1987, Hollywood Park: He won only four of 10 races in 1987, but he took down the one that counted most, defeating Alysheba by a nose at Hollywood Park. And by the length of his nose, he became Horse of the Year.
  32. Azeri, Distaff, 2002, Arlington Park: She dominated, leading from the start and drawing clear by five lengths for her eighth victory of the year in nine starts, a record that earned her Horse of the Year honors.
  33. Skywalker, Classic, 1986, Santa Anita: This was billed as a winner-take-all showdown between Turkoman and Precisionist. But no race is ever so simple as either-or. Skywalker ran the race of his life and at 10-1 pulled off the upset, beating Turkoman by more than a length with Precisionist third.
  34. Daylami (IRE), Turf, 1999, Gulfstream Park: As the 8-5 favorite, the big, gray train rolled through the final half-mile in :47.78 to win by 2 1/2 lengths over Royal Anthem, with Buck’s Boy, the 1998 winner, third.
  35. Ridgewood Pearl (GB), Mile, 1995, Belmont Park: The 3-year-old filly was Horse of the Year in Europe, and on an overcast, rain-soaked day in New York, she sparkled, despite the officially “soft,” but actually bog-like, course. She has an honored place among the great ones who have left their mark on the Mile.
  36. Lure, Mile, 1993, Santa Anita: As the 6-5 favorite, the speedster led from the start and won by more than two lengths, giving him back-to-back victories in the event.
  37. Kotashaan (FR), Turf, 1993, Santa Anita: He rallied four-wide from far back to win by a half-length over Bien Bien. It was his fifth Grade 1 victory of the year, earning him Horse of the Year honors.
  38. Artax, Sprint, 1999, Gulfstream Park: He went through a rough patch where he won only once in 16 races, but then he finished his career with three consecutive stakes victories, including this glorious effort in Florida, where he won by a half-length over the great Kona Gold and set a track record (1:07.89 for three-quarters of a mile). 
  39. Banks Hill (GB), Filly & Mare Turf, 2001, Belmont Park: This was only the third running of the Filly & Mare Turf (G1), but her performance holds up as arguably the best the race has produced. After winning two Group 1 races in Europe and finishing second in three more, the 3-year-old was primed for a superlative performance, and she delivered, winning by more than five lengths in a hand ride.
  40. Beholder, Distaff, 2016, Santa Anita: A champion at ages 2, 3, 5, and 6, she probably gave the best performance of her career when she won the 2015 Pacific Classic (G1), but she gave the most memorable performance when she won the next year’s Distaff, rallying three-wide in the turn to move alongside the undefeated Songbird. They eyeballed each other for the length of the Santa Anita stretch, and at the wire Beholder put her nose in front.
  41. California Chrome, Classic, 2016, Santa Anita: He looked like the winner for 1 3/16 miles, leading easily and comfortably, and he ran the final quarter-mile in :24.49. Arrogate was the only horse in the world that could have run him down, and, of course, Arrogate was the horse closing with each stride.
  42. Unbridled, Classic, 1990, Belmont Park: At Belmont, the 1 1/4-mile races start on the turn, and Unbridled started from the extreme outside in the field of 14. No problem. He rallied from far back to win by a length and become the second horse to win both the Kentucky Derby and Classic in the same year, Sunday Silence being the first.
  43. Arazi, Juvenile, 1991, Churchill Downs: The performance didn’t quite reach the level of a few others, but no Juvenile winner has been more visually impressive or more memorable.
  44. War Chant, Mile, 2000, Churchill Downs: Making only the seventh start of his career and second on the grass, he was favored at Churchill Downs against an international field, such was the respect everyone had for his talent. And that talent he vividly displayed in the stretch: Far back early, he rallied in the second turn, angled out six-wide and ran the final quarter-mile in — sit down for this — :21.95, to win by a neck. He was a blur of espresso. 
  45. Invasor (ARG), Classic, 2006, Churchill Downs: He bobbled at the start and raced wide, but still he defeated Bernardini, the even-money favorite, by a length. Although undefeated in North America, Invasor probably never received the credit or respect he was due. He raced only twice the next year, winning the Donn (G1) and Dubai World Cup (G1), to finish his career with 11 victories in 12 starts.
  46. Cat Thief, Classic, 1999, Gulfstream Park: He won only two races in 1999, the other being the Swaps (G1), but he delivered a superlative effort at Gulfstream in November to give Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas his only Classic victory.
  47. Awesome Again, Classic, 1998, Churchill Downs: Rallying strongly and altering course in the stretch, he defeated one of the strongest fields ever to converge on the race. Among those finishing behind him were Silver Charm, Swain (IRE), Skip Away, Victory Gallop, Touch Gold, and Coronado’s Quest.
  48. Bayakoa (ARG), Distaff, 1989, Gulfstream: A mare with an overbite that made her look vicious, she ran as though out for revenge, winning nine of 11 in 1989, including the Distaff as the 3-5 favorite. She won the race again the following year, when the Go for Wand tragedy threw a pall over the event.
  49. Conduit (IRE), Turf, 2008, Santa Anita: This wasn’t the strongest Turf field, but he won authoritatively and returned the following year to win again, as the 4-5 favorite.
  50. Wild Again, Classic, 1984, Hollywood Park: Slew O’ Gold, Gate Dancer and a 31-1 long shot named Wild Again bumped and surged together as they reached for self-definition and victory. The long shot, who had raced close to the lead and then with it for the entire journey, kept his head in front even though his jockey, Pat Day, never drew his stick. Gate Dancer finished second but was placed third for interference, behind Slew O’ Gold.
  51. A.P. Indy, Classic, 1992, Gulfstream Park.
  52. Wise Dan, Mile, 2012, Santa Anita.
  53. Shirocco (GER), Turf, 2005, Belmont.
  54. Authentic, Classic, 2020, Keeneland.
  55. High Chaparral (IRE), Turf, 2003, Santa Anita.
  56. Johar, Turf, 2003, Santa Anita.z
  57. English Channel, Turf, 2007, Monmouth Park.
  58. Bricks and Mortar, Turf, 2019, Santa Anita.
  59. Stormy Liberal, Turf Sprint, 2018, Churchill Downs.
  60. Lady’s Secret, Distaff, 1986, Santa Anita.
  61. Gamine, Filly & Mare Sprint, 2020, Keeneland.
  62. Spinning World, Mile, 1997, Hollywood Park.
  63. Squirtle Squirt, Sprint, 2001, Belmont Park.
  64. Pilsudski (IRE), Turf, 1996, Woodbine.
  65. Ouija Board (GB), Filly & Mare Turf, 2004, Lone Star.
  66. Safely Kept, Sprint, 1990, Belmont Park.
  67. Concern, Classic, 1994, Churchill Downs.
  68. Northern Spur (IRE), Turf, 1995, Belmont Park.
  69. Gulch, Sprint, 1988, Churchill Downs.
  70. Domedriver (IRE), Mile, 2002, Arlington Park.
  71. Kona Gold, Sprint, 2000, Churchill Downs.
Bricks and Mortar, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., wins the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf on Breeders’ Cup World Championship Saturday at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 2, 2019. Photo by Casey Phillips/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM.

72. Miss Alleged, Turf, 1991, Churchill Downs.

73. Royal Delta, Distaff (Lady’s Classic), 2012, Santa Anita.

74. Street Sense, Juvenile, 2006, Churchill Downs.

75. Caleb’s Posse, Dirt Mile, 2011, Churchill Downs.

76. Uncle Mo, Juvenile, 2010, Churchill Downs.

77. Goldikova (IRE), Mile, 2010, Churchill Downs.

78. War Pass, Juvenile, 2007, Monmouth Park.

79. Smile, Sprint, 1986, Santa Anita.

80. Better Talk Now, Turf, 2004, Lone Star.

81. Go for Wand, Juvenile Fillies, 1989, Gulfstream Park.

82. Favorite Trick, Juvenile, 1997, Hollywood Park.

83. Tempera, Juvenile Fillies, 2001, Belmont Park.

84. Prized, Turf, 1989, Gulfstream Park.

85. Flanders, Juvenile Fillies, 1994, Churchill Downs.

86. Halfbridled, Juvenile Fillies, 2003, Santa Anita.

87. Thor’s Echo, Sprint, 2006, Churchill Downs.

88. Liam’s Map, Dirt Mile, 2015, Keeneland.
89. Mitole, Sprint, 2019, Santa Anita.

Owners Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt lead in Mitole, ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., after his win in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 2, 2019. Photo by Kaz Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM.

90. Groupie Doll, Filly & Mare Sprint, 2012, Santa Anita.

91. Uni (GB), Mile, 2019, Santa Anita.

92. Cajun Beat, Sprint, 2003, Santa Anita.

93. Vino Rosso, Classic, 2019, Santa Anita.

94. Dancing Spree, Sprint, 1989, Gulfstream Park.

95. Monomoy Girl, Distaff, 2018, Churchill Downs.

96. Lady Eli, Juvenile Fillies Turf, 2014, Santa Anita.

97. Storm Song, Juvenile Fillies, 1996, Woodbine.

98. Meadow Star, Juvenile Fillies, 1990, Belmont Park.

99. Brocco, Juvenile, 1993. Santa Anita.

100. Mendelssohn, Juvenile Turf, 2017, Del Mar.

Gary West is a nationally acclaimed turf columnist, racing analyst, author and handicapper who helped pioneer pace figures.