Vino Rosso wins Breeders' Cup Classic

Irad Ortiz Jr. celebrates after riding Vino Rosso to victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic horse race at Santa Anita Park, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Arcadia, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Vino Rosso has won the $6 million Classic by 4 1/4 lengths at the Breeders' Cup, where a long-shot horse was eased up in the stretch with a leg injury.

Mongolian Groom, a 15-1 shot, was part of the early pace in the 1 1/4-mile race that capped the two-day world championships at Santa Anita on Saturday night. But jockey Abel Cedillo appeared to pull up the 4-year-old gelding near the eighth-pole as the rest of the field charged toward the finish line.

Santa Anita has been the site of 36 horse deaths since December.

A green screen was rushed onto the track to block the view of Mongolian Groom, who was loaded onto a horse ambulance and taken away. An on-call veterinarian says he sustained a left hind leg injury, but there were no further details.

It was the only injury in the 14 Cup races.

Vino Rosso went off at 9-2 odds for trainer Todd Pletcher, who won his first Classic.

McKinzie, the 5-2 favorite, finished second for trainer Bob Baffert.



 
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