Today in Racing History is an occasional feature focusing on some of racing history’s interesting, important, or unusual events.

by Richard Hackerman

APRIL 5, 1986

SKIP TRIAL, under Jean Luc-Samyn wins the John B. Campbell Handicap at Pimlico.  Finishing second and third, respectively, were Regal Count and Majestic Solo.

Trained by Hall of Famer Sonny Hine, Skip Trial’s career highlights included three Grade 1 triumphs– at 35-1 over  eventual horse of the year Spend A Buck in the Haskell Invitational, as well as two victories in the Gulfstream Park Handicap — and numerous Grade 2 wins.  All told Skip Trial won 16 of his 38 starts, earning in excess of $1,800,000.00.

Owned during his career by Zelda Cohen, wife of Ben Cohen, the owner of Pimlico, he cost a mere $25,000 at the Keeneland 1983 September yearling sale.  He was a son of Bailjumper out of the winning Promised Land mare Looks Promising.  Skip Trial sired 1998 Horse of the year Skip Away, also trained by Hine, 26 stake winners and earners of over $34 million.


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