Curlin Can't Repeat, Raven's Pass Takes Classic

Raven

Kentucky Derby hopeful Curlin nibbles at the hand of hot walker Juan Gonzales as he gets a bath outside Barn 38 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Monday, April 30, 2007. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - Raven's Pass spoiled Curlin's bid for a
second consecutive Breeders' Cup Classic, winning the $5 million
race by 1¾ lengths on Santa Anita's new synthetic surface Saturday.
The defending champion, who had never raced on such a surface,
wound up fourth.
Raven's Pass capped a day of long-shot upsets at the
season-ending championships, with European-based horses winning
five of nine races.
Raven's Pass won by 1¾ lengths in his first race on a synthetic
surface, something the Breeders' Cup tried for the first time in
its 25-year history.
It was a new experience for the 4-5 favorite Curlin, too. More
than $1 million was wagered on the reigning Horse of the Year to
win, an amount so huge the tote board couldn't display it.
Raven's Pass ran 1¼ miles in a track record 1:59.27 under
Frankie Dettori, who won two races Saturday. Seven of the nine
races were captured by long shots.
Sent off at 13-1 odds, Raven's Pass paid $29, $15.80 and $8.
Henrythenavigator, also based in Europe, returned $22 and
$11.20, while Tiago was another three-quarters of a length back in
third and paid $7 to show.

Saturday
MARATHON
Purse: $500,000.
Distance: 1½ miles.
Group: 3-year-olds and up.
Margin of victory: Head.
Order of finish (purse share): Muhannak ($270,000), Church
Service ($100,000), Big Booster ($50,000), Delightful Kiss
($12,000), Sixties Icon, Cedar Mountain, Zappa, Booyah.
Time of race: 2:28.24 (stakes record; inaugural running).
2007 winner: Inaugural Running.
Favorite (odds): Sixties Icon, ($4.80-1).
Payout
5 Muhannak $26.80 $10.80 $6.20
1 Church Service $9.60 $6.80
7 Big Booster $6.80
Exacta (5-1) paid $133.10.
Trifecta (5-1-7) paid $987.10.
Superfecta (5-1-7-3) paid $3955.00.
NOTES: It was the first Breeders' Cup win in seven tries for
31-year-old Irish jockey Patrick Smullen. It was also the first
score for trainer Ralph Beckett. Muhannak, a 4-year-old gelding,
has now won 4-of-5 races this year and is the son of Chester House,
who also sired Filly & Mare Sprint winner Ventura. Chester House
was euthanized in 2003 after he was diagnosed with cancer. Muhannak
set a track record for 1½ miles on the main track, set by Niagara
Causeway in March with a time of 2:29.
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TURF SPRINT
Purse: $1,000,000.
Distance: 6½ furlongs (turf).
Group: 3-year-olds and up.
Margin of victory: 1/2 length.
Order of finish (purse share): Desert Code ($540,000),
Diabolical ($200,000), Storm Treasure ($100,000), Fleeting Spirit
($51,000), Heros Reward ($25,000), Salute the Count, True to
Tradition, One Union, Get Funky, California Flag, Mr. Nightlinger,
Rouse the Cat, Idiot Proof, Only Answer.
Time of race: 1:11.60 (stakes record; inaugural running).
2007 winner: Inaugural Running.
Favorite (odds): Fleeting Spirit, Get Funky ($11.00-1).
Payout
9 Desert Code $75.00 $30.80 $21.00
8 Diabolical $7.60 $5.20
6 Storm Treasure $9.20
Exacta (9-8) paid $393.10.
Trifecta (9-8-6) paid $6,184.50.
Superfecta (9-8-6-2) paid $29,663.30.
Daily Double (5-9) paid $1169.20.
NOTES: It was the third Breeders' Cup win for trainer David
Hoffmans in 13 tries. Hoffmans won in 2003 with Adoration in the
Distaff and Alphabet Soup in the 1996 Classic. It was the first win
in 14 attempts for jockey Richard Migliore. Desert Code, a
4-year-old colt, had lost his last four races, but has now won
4-of-7 over Santa Anita's turf course.
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DIRT MILE
Purse: $1,000,000.
Distance: 1 mile.
Group: 3-year-olds and up.
Margin of victory: 1 1/4 lengths.
Order of finish (purse share): Albertus Maximus ($540,000),
Rebellion ($200,000), Two Step Salsa ($100,000), My Pal Charlie
($51,000), Mast Track ($25,000), Pyro, Lewis Michael, Lord Admiral,
Well Armed, Slew's Tiznow, Slew's Tizzy, Surf Cat.
Time of race: 1:33.41 (stakes record 1:39.06, Corinthian, 2007).
2007 winner: Corinthian.
Favorite (odds): Well Armed, ($4.40-1)
Payout
7 Albertus Maximus $14.60 $7.40 $5.40
10 Rebellion $16.00 $11.20
5 Two Step Salsa $12.80
Exacta (7-10) paid $109.30
Trifecta (7-10-5) paid $1,636.00.
Superfecta (7-10-5-11) paid $19,804.30.
Daily Double (9-7) paid $697.40.
Pick 3 (5-9-7) paid $5,261.10.
NOTES: Trainer Vladimir Cerin won his first Breeders' Cup race
in three tries. He once worked in kinesiology, the study of
movement, and helped such athletes as tennis star Tracy Austin and
basketball players Bill Walton and Jamaal Wilkes. Jockey Garrett
Gomez added a sixth Breeders' Cup victory to his resume. He won
aboard Ventura in the Filly & Mare Sprint on Friday. Betting
favorite Well Armed finished a disappointing ninth.
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MILE
Purse: $2,000,000.
Distance: 1 mile (turf).
Group: 3-year-olds and up.
Margin of victory: 1 1/4 lengths.
Order of finish (purse share): Goldikova ($1,080,000), Kip
Deville ($400,000), Whatsthescript ($200,000), Precious Kitten
($102,000), US Ranger ($50,000), Awesome Gem, War Monger, Bold
Chieftain, Thorn Song, Daytona, Shakis.
Time of race: 1:33.40 (stakes record 1:32.05, Val Royal, 2001).
2007 winner: Kip Deville.
Favorite (odds): Goldikova ($5.60-1).
Payout
4 Goldikova $5.60 $4.00 $2.80
2 Kip Deville $4.80 $3.40
11 Whatsthescript $3.40
Exacta (4-2) paid $13.60.
Trifecta (4-2-11) paid $47.60
Superfecta (4-2-11-3) paid $302.20.
Daily Double (10-4) paid $49.60.
Pick 3 (9-7-4) paid $1,181.90.
NOTES: Goldikova, a 3-year-old filly, beat the boys, shaking
loose late and held off runner-up and last year's Breeders' Cup
Mile winner Kip Deville. Goldikova is the first female to win the
race since Six Perfections in 2003. Jockey Olivier Peslier notched
his second Breeders' Cup win in 16 attempts. Former jockey Freddie
Head won his first Breeders' Cup win as a trainer. He had
previously won back-to-back Breeders' Cup Miles aboard Miesque in
1987 and 1988.
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JUVENILE
Purse: $2,000,000.
Distance: 1 1/16-miles.
Group: 2-year-old colts and geldings.
Margin of victory: 1 1/4 lengths.
Order of finish (purse share): Midshipman ($1,080,000), Square
Eddie ($400,000), Street Hero ($200,000), Terrain ($102,000),
Pioneerof the Nile ($50,000), West Side Bernie, Gallant Son, Silent
Valor, Azul Leon, Munnings, Bushranger, Mine That Bird.
Time of race: 1:40.94 (stakes record 1:41.47, Favorite Trick,
1997).
2007 winner: War Pass.
Favorite (odds): Square Eddie, Midshipman ($9.20-1).
Payout
11 Midshipman $9.20 $4.40 $3.20
4 Square Eddie $5.00 $3.80
8 Street Hero $4.40
Exacta (11-4) paid $19.70.
Trifecta (11-4-8) paid $72.20
Superfecta (11-4-8-3) paid $736.70.
Daily Double (4-11) paid $30.40.
Pick 3 (7-4-11) paid $108.30.
Pick 4 (9-7-4-11) paid $6,286.20.
NOTES: Bob Baffert found the Breeders' Cup winners circle again,
first with Midshipman and then later in the Sprint with Midnight
Lute. His first Breeders' Cup win came in 1992 with Thirty Slews in
the Sprint. He won the Juvenile in 2002 with Vindication.
Midshipman, ridden by Garrett Gomez, broke the Juvenile stakes
record set 11 years ago by Favorite Trick (1:41.47) at Hollywood
Park. The 2-year-old colt's only loss in four tries came in the
Norfolk Stakes, coming in second behind Street Hero.
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JUVENILE TURF
Purse: $1,000,000.
Distance: 1 mile (turf).
Group: 2-year-old colts and geldings.
Margin of victory: 1/2 length.
Order of finish (purse share): Donativum ($540,000), Westphalia
($200,000), Coronet of a Baron ($100,000), City Style ($51,000),
Relatively Ready ($25,000), Vaquero, Orthodox, Bittel Road, Ninth
Client, Grand Adventure, Skipadate, Paddy the Pro.
Time of race: 1:34.68 (stakes record 1:40.48, Nownownow, 2007).
2007 winner: Nownownow.
Favorite (odds): Westphalia ($8.00-1).
Payout
4 Donativum $13.60 $7.00 $5.00
3 Westphalia $5.40 $3.80
7 Coronet of a Baron $5.40
Exacta (4-3) paid $23.60
Trifecta (4-3-7) paid $152.90.
Superfecta (4-3-7-2) paid $3,024.10.
Daily Double (11-4) paid $74.20.
Pick 3 (4-11-4) paid $114.10.
NOTES: It was the second Breeders' Cup win for trainer John
Gosden, and the seventh win for jockey Frankie Dettori in 51 races.
"Donativum" was the name given to the gifts of money dispersed to
the soldiers of the Roman legions or to the Praetorian Guard by
Roman emperors. A 2-year-old gelding, Donativum, is owned by
Princess Haya of Jordan. The win pushes Donativum's career earnings
to more than $1.5 million.
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SPRINT
Purse: $2,000,000.
Distance: 6 furlongs.
Group: 3-year-olds and up.
Margin of victory: 1 3/4 lengths.
Order of finish (purse share): Midnight Lute ($1,080,000), Fatal
Bullet ($400,000), Street Boss ($200,000), In Summation ($102,000),
Fabulous Strike ($50,000), Sing Baby Sing, Black Seventeen, First
Defence.
Time of race: 1:07.08 (stakes record 1:07.77, Kona Gold, 2000).
2007 winner: Midnight Lute.
Favorite (odds): Street Hero ($6.00-1).
Payout
4 Midnight Lute $7.40 $5.00 $3.20
9 Fatal Bullet $6.60 $3.80
2 Street Boss $2.40
Exacta (4-9) paid $23.80.
Trifecta (4-9-2) paid $62.50
Superfecta (4-9-2) paid $242.30.
Daily Double (3-10) paid $43.80.
Pick 3 (11-4-4) paid $107.20.
NOTES: With the win, Garrett Gomez became the first jockey in
Breeders' Cup history to win three races in one day. The tandem of
co-owner Mike Pegram and Bob Baffert won the Kentucky Derby in 1998
with Real Quiet, Midnight Lute's sire. The winning time of 1:07.08
broke the stakes record of 1:07.77 set by Kona Gold in 2000. The
5-year-old, named for recently retired Arizona basketball coach
Lute Olson, also became the first back-to-back winner of the
Sprint.
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TURF
Purse: $3,000,000.
Distance: 1½ miles (turf).
Group: 3-year-olds and up.
Margin of victory: 1½ lengths.
Order of finish (purse share): Conduit ($1,620,000), Eagle
Mountain ($600,000), Dancing Forever ($300,000), Soldier of Fortune
($153,000), Out of Control ($75,000), Red Rock Canyon, Winchester,
Better Talk Now, Spring House, Red Rocks, Grand Couturier.
Time of race: 2:23.42 (stakes record 2:23.92, Chief Bearheart,
1997).
2007 winner: English Channel.
Favorite (odds): Soldier of Fortune ($5.20-1).
Payout
9 Conduit $13.60 $8.40 $5.80
11 Eagle Mountain $9.60 $6.40
6 Dancing Forever $12.80
Exacta (9-11) paid $53.60.
Trifecta (9-11-6) paid $1,406.70.
Superfecta (9-11-6-4) paid $5,622.00.
Daily Double (4-9) paid $93.60.
Pick 3 (4-4-9) paid $238.10.
NOTES: It was the fourth Breeders' Cup win for trainer Sir
Michael Stoute, the third in the Turf division. He was knighted in
1998 for his services to tourism in Barbados, where his father was
once the former chief of police. Jockey Ryan Moore, 25, earned his
first Breeders' Cup victory. His father, Gary, is a trainer and his
brother, Jamie, is a steeplechase jockey. With the win, Conduit
boosted his career earnings to more than $2.3 million.


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