This is the fourth edition of Breeders’ Cup “what if” dream races, as researched and prepared by Patrick M. Premo. Patrick is an avid racing fan with a special interest in the history of the sport. In his former day job, Patrick spent 37 years as an accounting professor at St. Bonaventure University–a fine school academically, south of Buffalo, New York near the Pennsylvania border–before retiring three years ago.

Patrick has selected 20 horses per Breeders’ Cup race and has used the rule that no horse can be entered in more than one race (Secretariat, for instance, would be in the Breeders’ Cup Classic rather than the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, even though he was American Horse of the Year as both a 2-year-old and 3-year-0ld). Other than that, any racehorse in history could qualify and the objective is to seed the field with the best 20 horses that meet the conditions. Each entrant selected is listed by the year that he or she was foaled and in what nation he/she did most of its racing.

Today’s races are the mile on dirt/synthetics and turf.

Mile, turf

1873 Springfield ENG
1920 Epinard FRA
1931 Colombo ENG
1934 Ajax AUS
1935 Nearco ITA
1944 Tudor Minstrel ENG
1956 Petite Etoile (filly) ENG
1968 Brigadier Gerard ENG
1971 Nonoalco FRA
1979 McGinty AUS
1980 Royal Heroine (filly) ENG
1983 Steinlen USA
1984 Miesque (filly) FRA
1985 Super Impose AUS
1989 Lure USA
1993 Mark Of Esteem ENG
1995 Sunline (filly) AUS
1998 Lonhro AUS
1999 Rock of Gibraltar ENG
2005 Goldikova (filly) FRA

 Mile, dirt

1884 Kingston USA
1886 Salvatore USA
1891 Domino USA
1916 Mad Hatter USA
1929 Equipoise USA
1939 Devil Diver USA
1941 Armed USA
1945 Coaltown USA
1949 Tom Fool USA
1952 Swaps USA
1954 Bold Ruler USA
1959 Native Diver USA
1964 Dr. Fager USA
1966 Ack Ack USA
1973 Bold Forbes USA
1981 Precisionist USA
1986 Black Tie Affair USA
1991 Holy Bull USA
2000 Ghostzapper USA
2003 Discreet Cat USA

Next week’s races will be the Filly & mare Turf and the Ladies’ Classic on dirt/synthetics.

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