The Breeders’ Cup
Jockey Martin Garcia rides Bayern past Toast of New York, center, and California Chrome, left, to win the Breeders' Cup Classic, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA.
Jockey Rosie Napravnik congratulates her horse Untapable after winning the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA.
Bayern jumped to the lead right out of the starting gate, bumping Shared Belief out of the gate, and used his speed to maintain the lead throughout the race. As the field turned toward home, Toast of New York made a remarkable challenge in the final furlong, with California Chrome making his move on the outside, trying to take them both. But Bayern held on to the lead and captured the win by a nose. California Chrome came in third, only a neck away from first.
Bayern ran the mile and a quarter race in 1 minute 59.88 seconds. A 10-minute inquiry about the start, when Bayern bolted out of the gate and veered into Shared Belief, held up the ceremony in the Winner’s Circle. But the final decision of the California Horse Racing Board was that no action had been taken because “the incident occurred in a part of the race where the horses interfered with were not cost the opportunity to place where they were reasonably expected to finish.”
Shared Belief’s jockey Mike Smith disagreed and believed the bump into his horse cost him the race. Shared Belief was unbeaten in a seven-race streak and was the 5-2 favorite coming into the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
This was Baffert’s second win of the Classic at the Breeders’ Cup, his first coming in 1992, and it was the first Classic win for jockey Martin Garcia.
Placings for the rest of the field were: fourth, Shared Belief, 3 ½ lengths behind California Chrome; fifth, Tonalist; sixth, Candy Boy; seventh, Cigar Street; eighth, Zivo; ninth, Imperative; tenth, Footbridge; eleventh, V.E. Day; twelfth, Prayer for Relief; thirteenth, Majestic Harbor; fourteenth, Moreno.
In the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Friday, 26-year-old Rosie Napravnik won with the 3-year-old filly Untapable, becoming the first female jockey to win the race. Untapable proved she was truly “untappable,” winning by one and a quarter lengths. On Saturday, in the 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies, Napravnik rode Top Decile to second place, just half length behind the winner Take Charge Brandi. Later in the day, Napravnik announced that she would be retiring after Saturday, at least temporarily, since she is expecting a child.
For the first time in its history, in 2015 the Breeders’ Cup will come to world-famous Keeneland Racetrack in the heart of the bluegrass and Thoroughbred race horse country. The Homecoming race will be held October 30-31, 2015.
The 2014 Breeders’ Cup, consisting of 13 (Grade I) races and purses totalling $26 million, was held October 31-November 1 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. It was televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Read more about all the weekend’s races at: www.breederscup.com
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