Breeders’ Cup World Championships
ODDS AND ENDS
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Goldikova Becomes First Three-Time Breeders’ Cup Winner
Wertheimer et Frere’s 5yo Irish homebred mare Goldikova went into Saturday’s $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs as one of 11 horses in the 27-year history of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships to have won two of the races after capturing that event the last two years at Santa Anita, and now stands alone on Sunday after a third consecutive victory in the race.
With regular rider Olivier Peslier aboard for trainer Freddy Head, Goldikova produced a brilliant stretch charge to score by 1 ľ lengths about two hours before Jerry and Ann Moss’ 6yo champion mare Zenyatta fell a head short of winning her third Breeders’ Cup Championship race in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Previously she had won the Ladies’ Classic in 2008 and Classic in 2009 for trainer John Shirreffs.
Zenyatta was the first horse to capture two different Breeders’ Cup events.
The first two-time winner was the Flaxman Holdings, Ltd. (Stavros Niarchos) champion filly Miesque, who captured back-to-back renewals of the Mile in 1987 at Hollywood Park and 1988 at Churchill Downs with Freddy Head as jockey.
Other two-time winners that had a chance to score a triple were Claiborne Farm’s Lure, winner of the Mile in 1992 at Gulfstream Park and 1993 at Santa Anita, but a troubled ninth bidding for a third here at Churchill in 1994 for trainer Shug McGaughey. Lord Derby’s Ouija Board won the 2004 Filly & Mare Turf at Lone Star Park, finished second in 2005 at Belmont Park and scored again here at Churchill in 2006 for trainer John Dunlop.
Da Hoss won the Mile at Woodbine in 1996, missed the 1997 edition at Hollywood Park, but came back to score again in 1998 at Churchill. The other two-time, back-to-back winners were Bayakoa in the Distaff (1989-90), High Chaparral in the Turf (2002 and 2003 in a dead-heat), Tiznow in the Classic (2000-01), Midnight Lute in the Sprint (2007-08) and Conduit in the Turf (2008-09).
In addition to Goldikova and Zenyatta, four other former Breeders’ Cup Championship winners bid for repeat victories. Augustin Stable’s 6yo mare Forever Together won the Filly & Mare Turf in 2008 at Santa Anita, finished third in the race last year, but finished in a dead-heat for sixth in Saturday’s renewal, although beaten only two lengths for it all by 46-to-1 longshot Shared Account for trainer Jonathan Sheppard.
Juddmonte Farm’s 4yo filly Midday won the 2009 Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita for English-trainer Henry Cecil, but lost a neck decision behind Shared Account on Friday as the 9-to-10 favorite in her bid for a repeat.
Sheppard also sent out Augustin Stable’s 5yo mare Informed Decision in defense of her Filly & Mare Sprint title at Santa Anita last fall, but the roan/gray daughter of Monarchos finished seventh behind Dubai Majesty on Friday.
Early on the Saturday program, Hi Card Ranch’s 6yo gelding California Flag’s was sent off as a 19-to-1 longshot in the Turf Sprint at 5f, finishing eighth behind Chamberlain Bridge, after winning the event last year coming down the hillside course at Santa Anita when the race was run at 6 ˝ f for trainer Brian Koriner.
Breeders’ Cup World Championships Leading Jockeys (by earnings)
Pat Day $23,033,360
Jerry Bailey $22,006,440
Frankie Dettori * $17,831,172
Garrett Gomez * $17,758,600
Chris McCarron $17,669,600
Mike Smith * $17,274,760
John Velazquez * $14,873,930
Gary Stevens $13,723,910
*denotes active jockey
Breeders’ Cup World Championships Leading Jockeys (by wins)
Jerry Bailey 15
Mike Smith * 13
Pat Day 12
Garrett Gomez * 12
Frankie Dettori * 10
*denotes active jockey
Breeders’ Cup World Championships Leading Trainers
D. Wayne Lukas * $20,005,520
Bobby Frankel $13,242,050
Todd Pletcher * $11,223,650
Bob Baffert * $10,720,000
Bill Mott * $10,571,210
Shug McGaughey * $9,145,560
Aidan O’Brien * $8,958,520
Saeed bin Suroor * $8,948,300
*denotes active trainer
Breeders’ Cup World Championships Leading Trainers (by wins)
D. Wayne Lukas * 18
Shug McGaughey * 9
Bob Baffert * 7
Neil Drysdale * 6
Bobby Frankel 6
Richard Mandella * 6
Bill Mott * 6
Todd Pletcher * 6
*denotes active trainer
Jockeys Who Won Their First Breeders’ Cup World Championships race in 2010
Jockey Horse Race
Jamie Theriot Dubai Majesty Filly & Mare Sprint
Jeffrey Sanchez Awesome Feather Juvenile Fillies
Eibar Coa Big Drama Sprint
Trainers Who Won Their First Breeders’ Cup World Championships race in 2010
Trainer Horse Race
Diane Alvarado Eldaafer Marathon
W. Bret Calhoun Dubai Majesty Filly & Mare Sprint
Stanley Gold Awesome Feather Juvenile Fillies
David Fawkes Big Drama Sprint
Jerry Hollendorfer Dakota Phone Dirt Mile
Albert Stall Jr. Blame Classic
More Breeders’ Cup World Championship Odds and Ends
· Garrett Gomez won the 2010 Bill Shoemaker Award. The Shoemaker Award is named in memory of the late Hall of fame jockey and honors the outstanding rider of the World Championships, based on a point system on the results of the 14 Breeders’ Cup races.
Gomez won three Breeders’ Cup races this year, capturing the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies with More Than Real, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf with Pluck and the Breeders’ Cup Classic with Blame.
· With a $900,000 check for her second-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Zenyatta’s total is now $7,304,580, extending her own all-time mark for a filly or mare raced in North America.
· The longest priced to win a Breeders’ Cup Championship race this year was Shared Account, who paid $94.00 in the Filly & Mare Turf; second longest priced winner this year was Dakota Phone, who returned $77.40 to his backers.
· Three post-time favorites won Breeders’ Cup races this year – Goldikova, who paid $4.60 for her third consecutive score in the Mile; Uncle Mo, who returned $4.80 for his Juvenile victory; and Awesome Feather, who paid $10.40 in the Juvenile Fillies.
· Diane Alvarado, who saddled Marathon winner Eldaafer, became the fourth female conditioner to send out a Breeders’ Cup winner, joining Carla Gaines (Dancing in Silks, 2009 Sprint), Laura De Seroux (Azeri, 2002 Ladies’ Classic), and Jenine Sahadi (Lit de Justice, 1996 Sprint and Elmhurst, 1997 Sprint).
· Among first-time Breeders’ Cup winning owners were celebrity chef Bobby Flay (More Than Real in the Juvenile Fillies Turf); Kevin Plank, founder of Under Armor (and Sagamore Farm with Shared Account in the Filly & Mare Turf); and Michael Repole, co-founder of Vitaminwater (Uncle Mo in the Juvenile).
The 28th Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held Friday-Saturday Nov. 4-5, 2011 at Churchill Downs in Louisville.