Upsets rule on 2nd day of Breeders' Cup
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - Upsets dominated five of the first seven races on the second day of the Breeders' Cup, with Little Mike pulling off the biggest stunner at 17-1 odds in the $3 million Turf on Saturday at Santa Anita.
Rosie Napravnik joined Julie Krone as the only female jockeys to win a Breeders' Cup race when she guided 6-5 favorite Shanghai Bobby to a head victory over He's Had Enough in the $2 million Juvenile.
"As long as you've got the horse underneath you, you can get the job done,'' said Napravnik, who started her career riding under her initials A.R. so no one would realize she was a woman.
Shanghai Bobby dug in along the rail after it looked as if he was beaten in the stretch, setting himself up as the winter book favorite for the Kentucky Derby. The colt improved to 5-0 under trainer Todd Pletcher.
"He's got everything you want. He's fast and courageous,'' Pletcher said. "He's handled everything we've thrown at him, from 4 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. He just keeps coming.''
Later Saturday, Game On Dude was the early favorite for the $5 million Classic, to be shown for the first time on prime-time TV as the highlight of the 15-race world championships.
A day earlier, Royal Delta defended her title in the $2 million Ladies' Classic, the only favorite to win in six races on opening day.
The string of upsets continued Saturday, with Little Mike winning the Turf by a half-length under jockey Ramon Dominguez. He paid $36.60, the highest win price through the weekend's first 12 races.
Little Mike, trained by Churchill Downs-based Dale Romans, ran 1 1/2 miles in 2:22.83. Point of Entry was second and Ireland-based St Nicholas Abbey, last year's champion, finished third.
The win price on Little Mike topped Calidoscopio's payout of $36.40 in the $500,000 Marathon on Friday.
Tapizar beat a talented field that included 5-2 favorite Emcee, Shackleford and Fed Biz. He won by 2 1/4 lengths and paid $32.60 to win for trainer Steve Asmussen. Rail Trip was second and Delegation third.
"This never gets old,'' said jockey Corey Nakatani, who earned his 10th BC win. "Winning a race on Breeders' Cup day is special.''
Trinniberg won the $1.5 million Sprint by three-quarters of a length at 13-1 odds, triggering a win price of $29.40. Jockey Willie Martinez and trainer Shivananda Parbhoo earned their first BC victories. Defending champion Amazombie, the 7-2 favorite, was eighth.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, a three-time Sprint winner, got shut out with his entries of Fast Bullet (sixth), Coil (seventh), Capital Account (12th).
In the $1 million Juvenile Turf, 9-1 shot George Vancouver found a narrow opening in the lane and bolted through to win by 1 1/4 lengths. He paid $20.60. Trainer Aidan O'Brien, jockey Ryan Moore and owner Coolmore Stud teamed to win for the second straight year.
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 after several years of owning thoroughbreds.
"I'm numb,'' he said. "Having a hard time believing that that happened.''
Sent off at 6-1 odds, Mizdirection paid $15.80, $7.40 and $5. She dropped back to 11th before rallying over 6 1/2 furlongs in a mad scramble on the downhill turf course and was timed in 1:11.39. Hall of Famer Mike Smith won his 17th Breeders' Cup race and second of the weekend, extending his record for wins among jockeys.
"She ran like a true champion to lose that much ground and still beat a field as talented as this,'' said trainer Mike Puype, who notched his first BC win. He gave Mizdirection a long rest to freshen her up.
Unbridled's Song, the 9-2 Turf Sprint favorite, returned $5.80 and $4.40. Reneesgotzip paid $7 to show.
Groupie Doll came through as the 3-5 favorite in the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint, winning by 4 1/2 lengths. She ran 7 furlongs in 1:20.72 and paid $3.40 to win. Jockey Rajiv Maragh won his second BC of the weekend, having taken the $500,000 Juvenile Sprint on 15-1 shot Hightail on Friday.
In the Juvenile, Shanghai Bobby ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.58 and paid $4.60, $3.40 and $2.60. He's Had Enough returned $12.60 and $7.40 for trainer Doug O'Neill, jockey Mario Gutierrez and owner J. Paul Reddam, the same connections behind Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another.
"He ran very good, but we did get shut off twice on each turn,'' Gutierrez said.
Capo Bastone paid $5 to show.
Shanghai Bobby raced for the first time without Lasix, a diuretic that was banned by the Breeders' Cup from all 2-year-old races. He didn't arrive at Santa Anita until Wednesday after being stuck in New York because of Superstorm Sandy and he couldn't train for two days there because Belmont's track was closed.
The colt is owned by Starlight Racing and Ireland-based Coolmore Stud, which bought a half-interest in Shanghai Bobby before Monday's entry deadline.
Baffert's duo of Power Broker and Title Contender finished fifth and eighth, respectively.