Co-owned by Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre, Game On Dude is already the richest active horse in North America with earnings of $5,602,158. He’s on a six-race winning streak, including five in a row this year, and hasn’t lost since the 2012 Classic, when 9-1 shot Fort Larned pulled the upset.
Beholder won the $2 million Distaff by 4 1/4 lengths Friday at Santa Anita, spoiling Royal Delta’s bid for a third straight victory at the Breeders’ Cup, with veteran jockeys Gary Stevens and Mike Smith dominating on opening day.
Bob Baffert got beat again in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Bill Mott settled for half of a repeat sweep in the weekend’s two biggest races.
Undefeated Shanghai Bobby made an early move on the turn and held off a late charge by He’s Had Enough to win by a head in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Saturday at Santa Anita.
Filly Mizdirection beat the boys by a half-length in the $1 million Turf Sprint off a six-month layoff, giving sports talk radio host and co-owner Jim Rome his first Breeders’ Cup victory.
Upsets dominated two of the first three races on the second day of the Breeders’ Cup, with Tapizar pulling off the biggest surprise at 15-1 odds in the $1 million Dirt Mile.
Tapizar took advantage of an early stumble by Shackleford to pull off a 15-1 upset on Saturday in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott is halfway to repeating his Breeders’ Cup daily double.
Royal Delta won the $2 million Ladies’ Classic by 1 1/2 lengths on Friday at Santa Anita, making the defending champion the only favorite to win on an upset-filled opening day of the Breeders’ Cup.
It was a day for the aged — and the odd — at the Breeders’ Cup. After a record 19th victory Friday from 77-year-old trainer D. Wayne Lukas, 17-1 shot Calidoscopio became the oldest horse ever to win a Breeders’ Cup race at age 9, beating Grassy by 4 1/4 lengths to take the $500,000 Marathon, longest of the Breeders’ Cup races.
Beholder led all the way, holding off 3-2 favorite Executiveprivilege by one length to capture the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita.
The Breeders’ Cup – the Super Bowl of Thoroughbred racing – returns to Santa Anita Park Friday and Saturday.
Bill Mott is in position to duplicate the ultimate daily double. The Hall of Fame trainer swept the $2 million Ladies’ Classic and $5 million Classic at last year’s Breeders’ Cup. He could do it again this weekend, with Royal Delta defending her Ladies’ title and three of his horses running in the big race.
This year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic is the second year in a row without a certifiable star. Even without the star power, it is the feature race during the Breeders’ Cup two-day program of races this Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.
The $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic is heading to prime time for the first time.