LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The latest on the Breeders’ Cup, in which Triple Crown winner American Pharoah races for the last time before retiring (all times EDT):
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah won the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by 6 1/2 lengths Saturday in his final race before retirement.
The 3-year-old colt ran 1 1/4 miles in a track-record 2:00.07 as the sentimental 3-5 favorite among the crowd of 50,155 at Keeneland. Fans stood 20-deep all along the rail, cheering and snapping cell phone photos of the superstar horse.
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American Pharoah won nine of his 11 career starts, including the first sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 37 years this spring. He earned a total of $8,650,300 for Ahmed Zayat, the Egyptian-born owner who chose to keep his popular horse in training so fans could see him run.
Effinex, a 33-1 shot, finished second and Honor Code was third.
American Pharoah has won the Breeders’ Cup Classic in dominant fashion, beating the field by several lengths in the final race of his career.
The Triple Crown winner won the 1 1/4-mile race with a time of 2:00.07.
Kate Upton was in her element at the Breeders’ Cup. Winning a little money helps, too.
The horse enthusiast and unabashed fan of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah was ecstatic to be on hand for the event in the heart of thoroughbred country.
“I really enjoy it here,” said Upton, who was accompanied by her boyfriend, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander. “It’s really about the horses and not the money as opposed to other places.”
Even better for the supermodel was spending a little time just before the $5 million Classic with American Pharoah’s trainer Bob Baffert. She posed for pictures with him, his wife Jill, and son Bode.
Wearing a long, white dress and white hat with black feathers, Upton was the center of attention even with many famous faces in the crowd. She even won some money on filly Tepin in the Turf Mile.
“I was sitting at a table listening to some guys talking about how this filly couldn’t win,” Upton said, “so I went with my girl side and she won.”
Asked how he was faring betting-wise, Verlander looked down at his cell phone and said, “I’d rather not talk about it.”
There’s been another upset in the Breeders’ Cup.
Found surprised heavily favored Golden Horn to win the $3 million Turf on Saturday at Keeneland.
In the showdown between European-based 3-year-olds, the filly got the best of the colt by a half-length.
Found, beaten by Golden Horn in their two prior meetings in Ireland and France, turned the tables to give the team of trainer Aidan O’Brien and jockey Ryan Moore their second wins in this year’s Cup.
Shining Copper played the role of rabbit, opening up a huge lead to ensure a solid pace for stablemate Big Blue Kitten.
Found ran 1 ½ miles in 2:32.06 and paid $14.80, $7.80 and $4.60 at 6-1 odds.
Golden Horn returned $2.60 and $2.20 as the 4-5 favorite.
Big Blue Kitten paid $3 to show.
The announced crowd of 50,155 at Keeneland for the Breeders’ Cup is the lowest Saturday attendance since 2007.
That was the first year the event expanded to two days and the Saturday attendance was 41,781 at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. Rain plagued the Cup on the Jersey Shore.
Last year at Santa Anita in California, 61,114 attended Saturday’s races and the two-day total was 98,319. The Breeders’ Cup returns there in 2016.
The two-day total at first-time host Keeneland is 95,102. Skies were cloudy and temperatures dipped to the 50s both days.
There’s an early favorite for next year’s Kentucky Derby and it’s Nyquist.
The 2-year-old colt based in Southern California won the $2 million Juvenile by a half-length at the Breeders’ Cup on Saturday.
He’s trained by Doug O’Neill, ridden by Mario Gutierrez and owned by J. Paul Reddam, the same trio behind I’ll Have Another. That colt won the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
Nyquist threaded his way through traffic in the 14-horse field to run 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.79. He paid $11.40, $6.20 and $4 at 9-2 odds.
Nyquist improved to 5-0 in his young career, winning his third straight Grade 1 race. He’s a son of Uncle Mo, who also was undefeated in his 2-year-old season. Uncle Mo was the early favorite for the 2011 Kentucky Derby, but he was scratched the day before with a gastrointestinal infection. He was later diagnosed with a rare liver disease.
Swipe returned $25 and $13, while Brody’s Cause was another 2 ¼ lengths back in third and paid $5 to show.
Greenpointcrusader, the 7-2 favorite, finished seventh.
Tepin beat a strong international field to win the $2 million Mile at the Breeders’ Cup.
She did it decisively, opening up a commanding lead at the top of the stretch before finishing 2 ¼ ahead of Ireland-bred Mondialiste.
The 4-year-old mare gave trainer Mark Casse his second win in this year’s Cup. Tepin ran the distance in 1:36.69 under Julien Leparoux and paid $11.80, $5.20 and $4 at 9-2 odds.
The victory capped a season in which Tepin won five of seven starts, including three Grade 1 victories.
Mondialiste returned $13.60 and $8.20, while Grand Arch paid $6.20 to show.
Britain-bred Make Believe, the 5-2 favorite, finished fifth.
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari was happy to be at the Breeders’ Cup, even though he joked earlier in the week that he didn’t know who was running.
Sharply dressed in a blue pinstriped suit and print tie, Lexington’s most famous resident was a full participant in Cup festivities. He had drawn post positions for the Distaff and Classic races, including the No. 4 for Triple Crown champion Pharoah in the latter.
Calipari said he had tickets on Pharoah that he wouldn’t cash — an NCAA problem, maybe? — and said of the event, “It’s great for our city and great for horse racing. … It’s an event.”
For Wildcats fans at the track, it became an event the moment Calipari showed up.
One of horse racing’s most colorful owners earned a Breeders’ Cup victory in his hometown of Lexington with a horse named after his granddaughter.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey watched Stephanie’s Kitten rally from last to win the Filly & Mare Turf by 1 1/4 lengths over heavily favored Legitissimo on Saturday at Keeneland.
“It’s just a culmination of all of our breeding and everything that’s gone into it,” Ken Ramsey said of the 6-year-old mare. “She’s been a family pet.”
The 80-year-old Ramsey is known for using “Kitten” as part of the names for offspring of family sire Kitten’s Joy in a nod to his wife’s nickname. Bobby’s Kitten won last year’s Turf Sprint.
The Ramseys have been the dominant owners at Keeneland and Churchill Downs in recent years.
Stephanie’s Kitten is scheduled to be sold on Sunday, but Ramsey could have second thoughts.
“She might be a late scratch,” he said. “I hate to see her go.”
Runhappy held off Private Zone to win the $1.5 million Sprint by three-quarters of a length at the Breeders’ Cup.
Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado won his first Cup race since 2010. The 48-year-old is best known for riding Barbaro to victory in the 2006 Kentucky Derby before the colt was seriously injured in the Preakness and later had to be euthanized.
Runhappy covered six furlongs in a track-record time of 1:08.58 and paid $5.20, $3.40 and $2.80 at 8-5 odds. The 3-year-old colt is trained by Maria Borell.
Private Zone returned $4.20 and $3.80, while Favorite Tale was another length back in third and paid $10.80 to show.
Chad Brown is on a roll at the Breeders’ Cup.
The New York-based trainer has won a second straight race, with Stephanie’s Kitten rallying from last to win the $2 million Filly & Mare Turf at Keeneland on Saturday.
The 6-year-old mare made her move along the rail before splitting horses in deep stretch for her second Cup win. She captured the 2011 Juvenile Fillies Turf and ran second in this race last year.
One race earlier, Brown won the Filly & Mare Sprint with Wavell Avenue.
Stephanie’s Kitten and jockey Irah Ortiz Jr. beat 4-5 favorite Legatissimo, which was Europe’s best hope in the race, by 1 1/4 lengths.
She ran 1 3/16 miles in 1:56.22 and paid $17.60, $5.40 and $3.60.
It was a popular victory for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who live in Lexington.
Legatissimo returned $3 and $2.60, while Queen’s Jewel paid $6.80 to show.
Bon Jovi guitarist and singer Richie Sambora showed up at Keeneland just before the fifth race and navigated a small sea of fans in the Trophy Lounge.
After getting his program and Daily Racing Form, Sambora was stopped often for pictures and selfies, taking a brief glimpse at the buffet as he made his way through the room.
Just before arriving, Sambora tweeted his support to the camp of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah: “Heading to Breeders Cup to support my dear friends @jazz3162 @JustinZayat and the Champ @amer_pharoah … Grand Slam it!!!”
There’s been another upset at the Breeders’ Cup.
Wavell Avenue rallied to win the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint by 1 ¾ lengths at Keeneland on Saturday.
Ridden by Joel Rosario, Wavell Avenue ran seven furlongs in 1:22.39 and paid $22, $10.20 and $6.60 at 10-1 odds.
La Verdad returned $8 and $5.40, while Taris paid $4.80 to show.
Cavorting, the 3-1 favorite, finished fourth in the field of 14.
Trainer Chad Brown notched his first victory of the two-day world championships. He has a leading 14 horses entered.
It’s a first for Mongolia at the Breeders’ Cup.
The Asian country’s first representative in the 32-year history of the world championships won the $1 million Turf Sprint with the fittingly named Mongolian Saturday.
The winner’s circle was a colorful scene as the owners, dressed in traditional garb and headgear, accepted the trophy after the 15-1 upset.
Trained by Enebish Ganbat, Mongolian Saturday broke from post 14 on the far outside and immediately challenged Ready For Rye for the lead.
Mongolian Saturday won that duel at the top of the stretch and then needed an all-out drive to the wire to hold off filly Lady Shipman by a neck.
The 5-year-old gelding ridden by Florent Geroux ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.49.
Mongolian Saturday paid $33.80, $13.60 and $7.80.
Lady Shipman returned $5.40 and $4.60 while Green Mask paid $5.40 to show.
Undrafted, the 7-2 favorite owned by former NFL star receiver Wes Welker, finished fifth.
Songbird led all the way to win the $2 million Juvenile Fillies by 5 ¾ lengths as the first of nine Breeders’ Cup races began at Keeneland.
Ridden by Mike Smith, Songbird ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.73. Sent off as the 3-5 favorite, the 2-year-old filly based in California paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10.
Smith extended his record as the all-time Cup-winning jockey to 22 victories. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer won his second career Cup race.
Rachel’s Valentina, a 2-year-old daughter of retired superstar Rachel Alexandra, returned $3.80 and $3.40. Dothraki Queen was another 1 ¼ lengths back in third and paid $5.80 to show.
More horses are out of the Breeders’ Cup.
Hard Not to Like and Talmada have been scratched from the $2 million Filly & Mare Turf.
Trainer Christophe Clement says Hard Not to Like coughed a few times after training on Saturday morning, so he’s not comfortable running the 10-1 shot.
Talmada was scratched by the Keeneland stewards for unauthorized administration of the anti-bleeding medication Lasix by a private veterinarian. The 4-year-old filly trained by Roger Varian was listed at 30-1 odds after getting into the field on Friday.
The race lost Bawina on Friday when she was scratched because of muscle cramping, leaving 10 horses to run in the Filly & Mare Turf.
Bourbon, Bloody Marys and champagne is flowing at Keeneland as fans settle in for a day of championship racing.
With cloudy skies and 50-degree temperatures in the heart of Kentucky bluegrass country, fans are dressed warmly yet fashionably. Women are wearing dresses and knee-high boots or heels, and men are in suits and ties befitting the historic racetrack set in the bucolic countryside.
It’s Halloween, too, so some fans are dressing for the occasion. A man wearing an orange suit decorated with black pumpkins is in the crowd and pumpkins are decorated with the Breeders’ Cup logo.
The Keeneland gift shop is jammed and there’s a line extending out the door. Customers are snapping up high-priced scarves, ties, and horse-related merchandise. The official Breeders’ Cup silk scarf costs $150.
Smooth Roller has been scratched from the Breeders’ Cup Classic, leaving seven horses to challenge Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
The 4-year-old gelding was scratched by the Keeneland stewards early Saturday on the advice of the Kentucky state veterinarian because of a tendon issue in Smooth Roller’s left front leg.
Smooth Roller has won three of his four career races, all in California. He was listed at 15-1 on the morning line for the $5 million Classic. He is trained by Victor Garcia and was to be ridden by Tyler Baze.
The Classic lost mare Beholder on Thursday when she dropped out because of a fever, spoiling the highly anticipated match-up between her and American Pharoah, who is running for the last time.
The race for prime viewing spots at the Breeders’ Cup began when the gates opened.
Neat lines of benches were quickly broken as fans slid them closer to the outside rail, with some spectators building small enclaves near the action. Others brought blankets, some for sitting on the paved grandstand as well as to keep warm.
Within an hour the rail was filled, and there figure to be few open spots in the area as the day progresses. Attendance near 45,000 is expected for the world championships.
This story has been corrected to show that American Pharoah won his race with a time of 2:00.07.