LEXINGTON, Ky., Nov. 7 (Meslop) — Kentucky Derby winner Authentic gained Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Traditional at Keeneland in elegant trend, likely incomes Horse of the Year honors, as Monomoy Lady in the Distaff and Whitmore in the Dash scored emotional victories.
On a stupendous day in the Kentucky Bluegrass area, the story strains ran from Arkansas to Korea — with many stops in-between. The turf races, on the different hand, had been all about Eire, England and France.
Here is how issues went on the filth course, which performed to pace all day.
The $6 million Longines Traditional
Kentucky Derby winner Authentic added the Breeders’ Cup Traditional to his resume with a front-running victory Saturday at Keeneland and, because of this, likely additionally will add “Horse of the Year” honors at 12 months’s finish.
Authentic, with John Velazquez up, sprinted rapidly to the lead, by no means was challenged and completed a snug 2 1/Four lengths in entrance of Unbelievable, giving coach Bob Baffert his fourth win in the Traditional to go together with six Kentucky Derby triumphs.
“I did not assume there was a lot pace in the race,” Velazquez stated, “so let’s put him on the lead, get him to the rail and see if they’ll come and get him.”
They could not.
“He is maturing proper now,” Baffert stated. “That is the time of 12 months they [3-year-olds] catch up. I appeared up at the tote board and I used to be shocked he was 5-1. I imply, he gained the Kentucky Derby.”
“I might have liked to run 1-2-3,” Baffert stated. His third starter, Most Safety, was in the combine till the closing furlongs, however settled for fifth, with World Marketing campaign and Tacitus third and fourth.
Authentic offered a spine-tingling 12 months for Baffert and his homeowners, together with the 5,314-member Myracehorse.com “micro syndicate.” He gained the Kentucky Derby as an 8-1 lengthy shot after one other of the coach’s horses was scratched in the paddock in an incident that injured his prime assistant, Jimmy Barnes.
Authentic then completed second in the Preakness Stakes, a neck behind a filly rival, Swiss Skydiver.
“We had been upset after the Preakness,” Baffert stated. “He is a unusual horse, however he is been working very well. He is caught up with the older horses.”
The Horse of the Year title was up for grabs coming into the race with completely different winners of the three Triple Crown races and no excellent candidate amongst older horses. Victories in the Derby and Traditional would seem to be a successful hand, and Authentic is also likely for the Eclipse Award as the 12 months’s prime 3-year-old.
Whether or not Authentic will race one other 12 months is much less sure. Eric Gustafson, representing Spendthrift Farm, key participant in the possession syndicate, stated the group will “get along with the staff and make plans for the future.”
The $2 million Longines Distaff
Monomoy Lady, one of the very unlikely success tales in current racing historical past, swept slightly simply to her second win in the Distaff — two years after her first rating in the race.
Jockey Florent Geroux positioned the 5-year-old Tapizar mare shut behind the main trio on the journey down the backstretch, despatched her to the lead in the stretch and gained by a snug 1 3/Four lengths, chased dwelling by lengthy photographs Valiance and Dunbar Street.
The second favourite in the race, Preakness Stakes winner Swiss Skydiver, completed seventh with a tough journey. “We had been humbled at present,” stated her coach, Kenny McPeek.
After Monomoy Lady’s win in the 2018 Distaff, she was out of motion for 18 months with a string of bodily points. Coach Brad Cox coaxed her again into aggressive form, and she or he gained all three earlier begins this 12 months.
“A implausible job,” Geroux stated of Cox’s efforts. “Expertise.”
“She’s a champion a pair of instances now, I hope,” Cox stated. “I actually thought she was higher than ever coming into this.” She was champion 3-year-old filly in 2018.
Monomoy Lady will barely have time to cool out and catch a nap earlier than she takes the brief stroll to the Keeneland gross sales pavilion, the place she can be up for public sale Sunday as a broodmare prospect.
Half proprietor Sol Kumin stated the partnership will talk about that call earlier than the sale, however added, “We’re making an attempt to be good about our secure and do what’s finest for the horse.”
The $2 million Grade I Dash
Whitmore, a 7-year-old gelding who had come up brief in three earlier tries in the Dash, lastly bought the job executed Saturday, kicking away from 13 rivals in the closing furlong to win by Three 1/Four lengths. C Z Rocket, Firenze Fireplace and Empire of Gold trailed.
Whitmore has been a fixture at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, much less so elsewhere, and had not gained since taking the Grade III Depend Fleet Dash Handicap at Oaklawn in April. He completed eighth in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Dash at Del Mar, second in 2018 at Churchill Downs and third final 12 months at Santa Anita.
“That proper there’s what the Breeders’ Cup is all about,” stated an emotional Tom Moquett, a part-owner with Robert LaPenta and Sol Kumin’s Head of Plains Partnership. “To strive so many instances and are available up brief and eventually get it. That is superior.”
Jockey Irad Ortiz had Whitmore on the rail for a lot of the race, discovered racing room simply exterior a pair of rivals in the closing furlong and had a lot of horse left to take benefit of the alternative.
He completed in 1:08.61, time, however properly brief of the monitor document 1:07.89 set earlier in the day by 3-year-old Nashville.
Kumin and Moquett stated there are not any plans to retire Whitmore. “So long as Whitmore needs to do it, he’ll maintain operating,” the coach stated.
The $1 million Grade I Large Ass Followers Filth Mile
Knicks Go bought up and went in the Filth Mile, main the method and ending first by Three half of lengths in track-record time of 1:33.85. Jesus’ Staff, third in the Preakness Stakes in his final begin, was up for second with California-based Sharp Samurai third.
Knicks Go, a 4-year-old Paynter colt, was second in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He was transferred to coach Brad Cox’s barn this season after a disappointing 2019 season and the change paid off for his proprietor, the Korea Racing Authority.
After successful his season debut at Oaklawn Park in February, he was sidelined till October, when he gained a troublesome Keeneland allowance race by 10 1/Four lengths.
“After we began the season, there was no thought of the Breeders’ Cup,” Cox stated. “We weren’t even positive he may get into the race so thanks to the Breeders’ Cup for letting us run. I suppose they made the proper choice.”
“I imagine this victory will make the Korean breeding business transfer ahead,” a KRA consultant stated, including no choice has been made about whether or not the colt can be retired to stud in Asia or proceed to run in 2010.
The title refers to the KRA’s computerized breeding evaluation program, Ok-nicks, not the New York Metropolis basketball staff.
The $1 million Grade I Filly & Mare Dash
The Filly & Mare Dash all the time formed up as a digital match race between 3-year-old Gamine and 4-year-old Serengeti Empress, and that is the way it performed out — at the least for six of the 7 furlongs.
Serengeti Empress held a slender lead to the furlong pole, the place Gamine discovered extra, Serengeti Empress could not go along with her and the youthful filly strode out to win by 6 1/Four lengths.
Bell’s the One simply missed catching Serengeti Empress for second as Gamine completed in 1:20.20, shattering the Keeneland monitor document.
“She confirmed at present she is the quickest in the land,” coach Baffert stated of Gamine. “As she will get older, she’ll get even higher. We would like to get pleasure from her subsequent 12 months.”
Additionally Saturday at Keeneland:
The primary race of the day, the $125,000 Perryville for 3-year-olds going 6 furlongs, definitely bought issues going with a bang. Nashville, a Speightstown colt, led from gate to wire and gained by Three half of lengths in track-record time of 1:07.89.
He may have gone quicker if jockey Ricardo Santana had requested him. Skilled by Steve Asmussen for WinStar Farm and the China Horse Membership, Nashville now’s 3-for-Three and has by no means trailed at any level in any of these races.
The $150,000 Lafayette, gained by Sleepy Eyes Todd, was marred by a spill at the prime of the stretch involving three horses. Completely Aiden fell and each Strike That and Dinar misplaced their riders in avoiding the fallen rival.
Strike That, Dinar and all three jockeys walked away from the accident, however Completely Aiden was decided to have suffered a disarticulation of his left entrance fetlock and was euthanized. Sleepy Eyes Todd, a 4-year-old Paddy O’Prado colt, ran 7 furlongs in 1:21.77 with Joel Rosario up.
Merenith gained a good stretch duel over Motivated Vendor in the $125,000 Qatar Fort Springs for 3-year-old fillies. Merenith, an American Pharoah filly educated by Baffert, and Motivated Vendor, a daughter of Into Mischief, rallied by pacesetter Rising Seas in the closing furlong. Merenith, with Luis Saez up, ran 6 furlongs in 1:09.35.