Great Horse Racing Videos – RIP Champion Distaffer Inside Information

Champion distaffer Inside Information passed away this week.  She holds the record for the largest margin of victory ever in a Breeders’ Cup race, 13 1/2 lengths.  Let’s take a look back at her devastating win in the 1995 Distaff over the likes of Serena’s Song, Mariah’s Storm and stablemate star Heavenly Prize!

YouTube:  Seconds after Inside Information scored the most decisive victory in Breeders’ Cup history, the sun appeared for the first time Saturday.

Apparently, even the heavens were impressed with the 4-year-old filly’s 13 1/2-length destruction of her nine rivals in the Distaff.

Called by some in the days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup the most competitive of the seven events, the Distaff instead turned into a showcase for Inside Information, trainer Shug McGaughey and owner Dinny Phipps.

In addition to watching the daughter of Private Account shatter Princess Rooney’s record (seven lengths) for easiest Breeders’ Cup victory, McGaughey and Phipps saw her entrymate, Heavenly Prize, rally from far back to get second, more than two lengths in front of Lakeway.

Proven already over off tracks, Inside Information moved to a new level Saturday in what was her final start, and in so doing, wrapped up the Eclipse Award as the nation’s top older filly or mare. The entry paid $3.60 as the 4-5 choice.

Her final time over a surface labeled good was 1:46, the fastest for the Distaff since the distance was shortened from 1 1/4 miles to 1 1/8 miles in 1988. The victory was her seventh in eight starts this year and 14th in 17 lifetime.

“If that wasn’t an Eclipse Award performance, I don’t know what is,” jockey Mike Smith said after the first of his two Breeders’ Cup victories Saturday.

Hidden by Cigar smoke – Racing’s Greatest Breeders’Cup Performance

By Art Parker

I’ve seen them all. Every single Breeders’ Cup race. I may not have bet on all of them. A couple of times I couldn’t get to the OTB and was forced to watch from home. I’ve seen them all from Wild Again’s huge upset in the first Breeders’ Cup Classic to Goldikova’s three romps in the Mile. I’ve seen them all as they happened. And I’ve seen almost all of them several times via replay. Some I’ve seen a dozen times.

So I’m prepared for any argument offered by anyone as to who was the best ever on Breeders’ Cup Day. That is always a good argument since those that vote obviously place a great value on the outcome of the races on Breeders’ Cup day.

Among all of the races there is one that stands heads above all others when it comes to a championship display. In my eyes, nothing comes close to the performance by Inside Information at Belmont Park in 1995. Absolutely nothing.

The sad news for Inside Information is that she will always play second fiddle because her splendid effort is overshadowed by Cigar’s victory in the Classic. Cigar, who died this month, was the beneficiary of what NYRA’s legendary race caller Tom Durkin said was his greatest race call….”the unconquerable, invincible, unbeatable Cigar.”

Durkin was right about Cigar, and the son of Palace Music was a great champion. Cigar was the entire talk and garnered almost every breath of news regarding thoroughbred racing in 1995. Cigar ran a memorable race a couple of hours after Inside Information, but, with all due respect to the late champion, the filly’s performance rattled the bowels of the earth by comparison.

The daughter of Private Account completely and totally embarrassed a field that included her outstanding stable mate that finished second, Heavenly Prize, a filly that many thought was the better part of the Shug McGaughey/Phipps entry.

According to the Blood Horse, her final time of 1:46.15 for 1 1/8 miles was within six-tenths (3/5) of matching Secretariat’s track record for the distance set in 1973, and Big Red recorded his time on a fast track.

Here are the times for Inside Information for the Distaff:

23.00   45.90   1:09.42   1:33.50   1:46.15

A couple of hours later, Cigar won the Classic with the following times:

24.21   48.35   1:12.36   1:35.67   1:59.58

Inside Information captured the Distaff by 13 ½ lengths. Cigar won the Classic by 2 ½ lengths. The track was muddy.

I remember sitting at the big round table that Breeders’ Cup with my usual buddies. When Belmont signed off and before we got back to playing the claimers at other tracks around the country, we had a brief discussion about the day. When I asked, who was the star of the day Cigar failed to get a single vote from six experienced players.  It was all about Inside Information. One of the guys said she could have beat Cigar. Maybe so. I am convinced that had she faced Cigar the big boy would have at least left the track knowing he had been in one helluva fight.

The other thing I know about Inside Information’s Breeders’ Cup win is that it serves as the example of what a great champion should look like on a championship stage. When you think of a champion on Breeders’ Cup day it is easy to think of her.