The 38th Breeders Cup opened on Friday in Del Mar, with some upheaval and a victory by a famous owner, but an incident marred the day’s closing race, forcing the favorite to almost miss the race.
Modern Games, initially withdrawn, was reinstated and won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, but the move drew criticism and even boos on the track. As Racing TV reported, American punters could not bet on the horse after the changes.
The situation, the site reported, was the result of contact between Modern Games and Albahr, who “fell backwards in the stalls and apparently cut his stable mate.”
Neither horse was injured, although The Guardian called the situation “extraordinary and chaotic”.
Modern Games, which ran only for stock market money, finished ahead of Tiz the Bomb and Mackinnon.
The championships continue on Saturday, leading up to the Breeders Cup Classic. In the other Friday cup races:
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
Twilight Gleaming led all the way to win the fourth edition of the $ 1 Million Breeders ‘Cup Turf Sprint for 2 year olds by a half length on Go Bears Go to open the 38th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday in Del Mar.
Trained by Wesley Ward and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Twilight Gleaming completed 5 stages in a Jimmy Durante Turf Course in: 56.24.
This is the fifth Breeders’ Cup victory for Ward and the 12th for Ortiz.
Now 5-3-2-0, Twilight Gleaming won $ 637,251 with Friday’s win, valued at $ 520,000.
Go Bears Go was second, followed by Kaufymaker. Favorite Averly Jane finished fifth.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Compound
The undefeated Echo Zulu also claimed the 5 1/4 victory over Juju’s Map in the 38th edition of the $ 2 million Juvenile Fillies Breeders’ Cup for 2 years.
Coached by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Joel Rosario, Echo Zulu completed the 1 1/16 miles on a fast main track in 1: 42.24.
For Asmussen, this is his second victory in this race and his eighth overall at the World Championships. For Rosario, this is his third victory in the race and his 14th overall in the cup.
Echo Zulu won by a combined margin of 22 lengths. The win was worth $ 1 million, increasing his winnings to nearly $ 1.5 million.
“Today she liked what she was doing up there (in front) and when I asked her she left. She is just amazing, ”said Rosario.
Juju’s Map and Tarabi finished behind Echo Zulu.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
It was an adventure for celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s Pizza house Bianca, who jumped by the leader, Cachet before rejecting a late offer from Malavath to win the 14th edition of the Breeders’s Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf for the 2 years old.
This victory gave coach Christophe Clément his first Breeders’ Cup triumph after having had 40 other holders at the World Championships.
Jose Ortiz rode Pizza Bianca, who completed the mile in the Jimmy Durante Turf Course in 1: 36.08. This is Ortiz’s fourth Breeders’ Cup victory and the first in the Juvenile Fillies Turf.
The win was worth $ 520,000 and increased Pizza Bianca’s winnings to $ 637,635.
Malavath and Haughty were second and third, with favorite Koala Princess falling behind in the seventh.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Corniche never lagged behind, edging out Pappacap by 1 ¾ in length to win the 38th edition of the $ 2 million Juvenile Breeders’ Cup for 2 years.
Trained by Bob Baffert – who continues to question the horses in his care, tested positive for drugs, most recently after the Kentucky Derby – ridden by Mike Smith, Corniche has covered the 1 1/16 miles of the main track in 1: 42.50.
The victory is the fifth in Juvenile for Baffert and the 18th overall. Smith, with the most wins for a rider in World Championship history, earned his 27th victory and his third in the juvenile category.
Unbeaten in three starts, Corniche added $ 1 million to his total winnings of nearly $ 1.3 million.
Giant Game finished third.