Cigar entered the 1995 Breeders Cup Classic riding an eleven race winning streak that spanned back to his last two races of 1994. It was a streak in which Cigar had not run a Beyer Speed Figure less than a 104 and had earned figures above 110 in all but two of his races. He had won 8 grade one stakes at 6 different tracks on both the west and east coasts.
Cigar’s dominating performances and the consecutive victories had gained the attention of sports fans and not just in the racing world. Cigar found his way into mainstream magazines like People, Esquire, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated.
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