Best Losing Performances in a Breeders' Cup or Triple Crown Race

Steve Haskin's Look Back at the Decade 

Editors of The Blood-Horse challenged senior correspondent Steve Haskin to fill in the blanks on several “best of” lists for the decade of 2000-2009. While several of them appear in the Dec. 26/Jan. 2 combined issue of the magazine (mailing on Dec. 29), there wasn’t space for them all.

Over the coming days until the end of the year, all of Steve’s lists will be posted here with readers of encouraged to comment.

Best Losing Performances in a Breeders’ Cup or Triple Crown race

Due to a major mix-up, Presious Passion's 2009 Breeders' Cup Turf should have been No. 1 on this list, but was regrettably ommitted.

1. Smarty Jones 2004 Belmont Stakes

2. Rock of Gibraltar 2002 Breeders' Cup Mile

3. Thunderello 2002 Breeders' Cup Sprint

4. Hard Spun 2007 Kentucky Derby

5. Lookin at Lucky 2009 Breeders' Cup Juvenile

6. Medaglia d'Oro 2003 Breeders' Cup Classic

7. Congaree 2001 Kentucky Derby

8. Giant's Causeway 2000 Breeders' Cup Classic

9. Dunkirk 2009 Belmont Stakes

10. Cloudy's Knight 2009 Breeders' Cup Marathon

Honorable Mention:

Point Given - 2000 BC Juvenile

The Cliff's Edge - 2004 Kentucky Derby

Honest Lady - 2000 BC Sprint

Xtra Heat - 2001 BC Sprint

Octave - 2007 BC Distaff

Previous Lists:

12/21/09 - Most Physically Impressive Horses
12/22/09 - Most Memorable Triple Crown Performances
12/23/09 - Most Memorable Breeders' Cup Performances
12/26/09 - Greatest Training Achievements 

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