The Latest: Gun Runner wins $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic
DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar (all times local):
Gun Runner won the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by 2 1/4 lengths, beating Arrogate for the first time in three tries.
Ridden by Florent Geroux, Gun Runner covered 1 1/4 miles in 2:01.29 and paid $6.80, $4.40 and $3.20.
Defending champion Arrogate was the slight 2-1 favorite over Gun Runner, but ended up in a dead-heat for fifth with Gunnevera in the last race of his career. The loss ended trainer Bob Baffert’s streak in the Classic, having won the last three years in a row.
Baffert finished 2-3 in the race, with Collected taking second and West Coast third. His record four starters included Mubtaahij.
War Story was fifth.
Talismatic extended the run of longshot victories at the Breeders’ Cup, taking the $4 million Turf at 14-1 odds.
Under Mickael Barzalona, Talismanic moved up on the inside on the far turn and overtook Beach Patrol in mid-stretch to win by a half-length in a course-record 2:26.14 for 1 1/2 miles on Del Mar’s turf course.
Trained by Andre Fabre, Talismanic paid $30.20, $10.80 and $6.40, becoming the fourth winner to return $30 or more over the first eight Cup races on Saturday.
Beach Patrol returned $4 and $3, while 7-5 favorite Highland Reel was another neck back in third and paid $3.40 to show.
It was the first U.S. start for France-based Talismanic, who won two of six starts and was never worse than third this year.
Godolphin Racing earned its second Cup win of the weekend. The stable is owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai.
Trainer Andre Fabre won his fifth career Cup; it was Barzalona’s first.
Ulysses, the early favorite, was scratched after developing swelling in his left front leg.
Good Magic jumped to the top of the 2-year-old division by making the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile the first victory of his career.
Bolt d’Oro, the 3-5 favorite, struggled to finish third after a terrible trip.
Good Magic ran past Solomini entering the stretch and won by 4 1/4 lengths. He ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.34 under jockey Jose Ortiz and paid $25, $9.40 and $5.60 at 11-1 odds.
The Bob Baffert-trained Solomini returned $8.40 and $4.40, while Bolt d’Oro paid $2.60 to show.
Good Magic had two second-place finishes to his credit coming into Saturday’s race. A son of former Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Curlin gave trainer Chad Brown his second victory of these championships.
Breaking from post 11, Bolt d’Oro was forced six-wide into the first turn and never recovered. The colt raced wide throughout, making up ground on the far outside of the final turn, but it was too little too late.
World Approval has restored order at the Breeders’ Cup with a victory in the $2 million Mile.
The 5-year-old gray won by 1 1/4 lengths as the 5-2 favorite after a string of upsets on Saturday at Del Mar. The odds on the winners of five earlier Cup races ranged from 9-2 to 60-1.
Jockey John Velazquez earned his second Cup victory on the day. Trainer Mark Casse earned his fourth career victory.
World Approval paid $7.40, $4.80 and $3.80. It was the 11th win in 24 career starts for the durable gelding, who emerged from the pack at the top of the stretch and went on to victory.
Lancaster Bomber returned $13.60 and $8, while Blackjackcat was another head back in third and paid $7.40 to show.
The time for the distance was 1:34.55.
Peter Miller is the first trainer to win two Breeders’ Cup races at Del Mar.
He saddled Roy H to a one-length victory in the $1.5 million Sprint at 9-2 odds.
Earlier, Miller finished 1-2 in the $1 million Turf Sprint with double-digit longshots Stormy Liberal and Richard’s Boy.
Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Roy H ran six furlongs in 1:08.61 and paid $11.80, $5 and $3.60.
Imperial Hint returned $5.20 and $4, while Mind Your Biscuits was another two lengths back in third and paid $4.40 to show.
Defending champion Drefong, the 7-5 favorite trained by Bob Baffert, faded to sixth in the 10-horse field.
The upsets keep coming at the Breeders’ Cup.
Wuheida triggered another one in the $2 million Filly & Mare Turf, winning at 11-1 odds as the shortest price in the first four Cup winners on Saturday.
The Britain-bred 3-year-old filly and jockey William Buick had an ideal trip, sitting fourth while Zipessa set the pace. Wuheida took charge at the top of the stretch, surging past the tiring Zipessa and holding off a late charge from Rhododendron to win by one length.
It was the first Cup victory for Buick. Trainer Charles Appleby earned his second career win from just three starters.
Wuheida paid $24.40, 12.40 and $8.60 as the second Europe-based winner this year.
Rhododendron returned $9.40 and $6.80, while Cambodia paid $6.80 to show.
Lady Eli, the 3-2 favorite making her final start before retiring, ran seventh.
Wuheida ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.91.
There’s been an even bigger upset at the Breeders’ Cup.
Bar of Gold, a 60-1 shot, edged 18-1 Ami’s Mesa to win the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint by a nose at Del Mar on Saturday.
It was so close, a photo finish decided the outcome that was greeted with screams in the crowd.
Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Bar of Gold ran seven furlongs in 1:22.63 and paid $135.40, $44.20 and $21.60.
That’s the longest-priced winner in the race’s 11-year history.
Ami’s Mesa returned $16.20 and $11, while Carina Mia was another length back in third and paid $11 to win.
Trainer John Kimmel earned his first Cup win, while Ortiz Jr. notched his third.
Unique Bella, the even-money favorite, finished seventh in the 14-horse field.
Trainer Peter Miller enjoyed a hometown advantage in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, going 1-2 with a pair of long shots.
Stormy Liberal, a 30-1 shot, edged 13-1 Richard’s Boy by a head, giving Miller his first Cup victory. He lives in nearby Encinitas and regularly runs at Del Mar. The Miller exacta paid $277.50.
Stormy Liberal ran 5 furlongs on turf in 56.12 seconds and paid $62.40, $26.60 and $15.60.
Richard’s Boy returned $13 and $7.50, while Disco Partner was another half-length back in third and paid $4.60 to show.
Jockey Joel Rosario notched his sixth career Cup win, keeping Stormy Liberal on the inside before rallying in the final furlong.
The closest Miller had come to a Cup victory with nine previous starters was a dead-heat for second with Reneesgotzip in the 2013 Turf Sprint.
The victory was the fifth in six starts this year for Stormy Liberal, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred.
Lady Aurelia, the 4-5 favorite, finished 10th in the 12-horse field.
Big Money Mike has struck again at the Breeders’ Cup.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith rallied 17-1 shot Caledonia Road in the stretch to win the $2 million Juvenile Fillies by 3 1/4 lengths in the first of nine Cup races on Saturday at Del Mar.
Smith already is the career money leader among jockeys at the world championships. His 26th victory extended his lead in that category.
Caledonia Road paid $36.80, $15.40 and $9.80. She was clearly the best, forced to race wide the entire way after breaking from post No. 12.
Alluring Star, part of the pace from the start, held on for second and returned $10.40 and $7.20. Blonde Bomber paid $15.20 to show.
Moonshine Memories, the 2-1 favorite, finished seventh in the field of 13.
The time was 1:45.05 for 1 1 /16 miles.
It was the first Cup win for trainer Ralph Nicks.
Crowds are streaming into Del Mar for the second day of the Breeders’ Cup featuring nine races, capped by the $6 million Classic.
Ulysses, the 7-2 early favorite for the $4 million Turf, was scratched from Saturday’s race because of inflammation in his left front hoof.
The on-call veterinarian, Dr. Scott Palmer, says the problem isn’t major, but the owner wants to protect the 4-year-old colt, so he decided Friday night to scratch.
Ulysses is set to return to England on Sunday. The colt has won three of six starts this year, and most recently was third in the Prix de ’Arc de Triomphe.
His absence leaves defending champion Highland Reel as the likely favorite for the 1½-mile race at the seaside track north of San Diego.