Jockey With Stuttering Disorder Wins On Great Communicator
 By Chris Antley Memorial   •   27th Jun 2011   •   7,036 views   •   15 comments
The Breeders Cup is the World Series of horse racing. The one people remember the most is the Breeders Cup Classic because the best from the best from around the world meet up in that one race to determine who the best is. No one really pays attention to the other races of the Breeders Cup. Even if you do, you won’t remember the winners years down the road. If I asked you,

“Who won the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Turf?”

Breeders CupCould you honestly tell me without looking it up? If I was asked that question I wouldn’t know the answer. The reason for this article is to tell you about something ironic that happened during that race.

Jockey Ray Sibille was a jockey for 35 years until retiring in 2004 at the age of 51. He won numerous top races throughout his career and was even award the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 2005. However, the race he will be best remembered for is the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Turf.

For that race, Ray Sibille was paired up with a 5 year old gelding, who the following year had finished 12th in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Breaking from the starting gate in front, Ray Sibille and his 5 year old gelding led all the way until the stretch. At the top of the stretch Ray and four other horses battled for the lead. Despite leading the whole way throughout the race, Ray and his horse held on to the lead to win the 1988 Breeders ‘Cup Turf.

You are probably wondering what is so ironic about that. Well, I will tell you.

Jockey Ray Sibille suffers from a stuttering disorder and on that day he won his first Breeders’ Cup race on a 5 year old gelding ironically named, Great Communicator.

Ray Sibille is now retired and is an officer of the MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund which assists former jockeys experiencing hard times. He is also working at the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation for at-risk kids.

Great Communicator sadly was euthanized at the age of 7 after a spill during the 1990 Carleton F. Burke Handicap.

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Prarie Rose  
Great story! :)
  18 days ago  •  5,395 views
That is pretty funny!
  18 days ago  •  5,379 views
So I think this is very good. Amazing!
  18 days ago  •  5,476 views
Wanderin Boy Memorial  
Amazing story !
Was Ray on Great Communicator all of his career?
  18 days ago  •  5,421 views
Aslans Roar  
cool story! :)
  18 days ago  •  5,384 views
Hehe, this made me smile ^^
  18 days ago  •  5,385 views
Aww, that is such a lovely story.
Shame about the horse being euthanised
  18 days ago  •  5,427 views
Nice stOry
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Swiftpaw Elites  
loved it! :)
  18 days ago  •  5,480 views
Seven Sins  
an amazing story
  18 days ago  •  5,397 views
wow. i also hate when horses are put down. i cried when i heard about barbaro...
  17 days ago  •  5,380 views
BME Sports  
Great story! :) I love all of your articles...
  16 days ago  •  5,660 views
Great story!!
  15 days ago  •  5,406 views
Great article! (:
  Nov 6, 2011  •  5,378 views
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