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Julie Krone and Richard Mandella celebrate their win with Halfbridled in the Juvenile Fillies. Krone became the first female jockey to win a Breeders' Cup race and Mandella became the first trainer to have four wins in a single Breeders' Cup day.

Breeders' Cup
World Thoroughbred Championships Results

Date: 10/25/03

Juvenile   Juv.Fillies   Sprint   Distaff   F&M Turf   Mile   Turf   Classic   Workouts   Misc. Photos

The 20th anniversary of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships was contested at a smoke-shrouded Santa Anita Park on Saturday, October 25. It was very hot and sunny and smoke from the brush fires in the nearby mountains obscured the famous backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains. Longshots were the order of the day as the hot weather, the hard turf course, and the smoke and smog took their toll on some of the more highly regarded entrants.

In the Breeders' Cup Distaff Presented by Nextel, Adoration, the 40-1 longest shot on the board, won gate to wire by a widening 4 1/2 lengths under jockey Pat Valenzuela in a time of 1:49 over the fast main track. 9-1 shot Elloluv tracked her the whole way and finished second, and it was another 2 1/2 lengths back to 4-1 Got Koko in third. 3-5 favorite Sightseek disappointed back in fourth, 3 1/2 lengths in arrears of Got Koko. Adoration paid a whopping $83.40 to win as the longest odds entry in the field of seven.

The Distaff presented by Nextel

Purse: $2,000,000     Distance: 1 1/8 miles

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 2   Adoration          Valenzuela      83.40   33.40 25.80
 6   Elloluv            Nakatani                 9.20 12.20
 7   Got Koko           Solis                          6.80

Adoration out front by 4 1/2 lengths.
Winning Time: 1:49 $1 Exacta 2-6 238.40 $1 Trifecta 2-6-7 1017 40 $1 Superfecta 2-6-7-5 1981.70
Results chart Race 2

The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies was expected to be a coronation for Halfbridled as champion 2-year-old filly and she didn't disappoint as the 5-2 favorite. Under jockey Julie Krone, who became the first female jockey to win a Breeders' Cup race, she tucked in behind runners having to angle in from the far outside post. Turning for home she kicked into gear and blew right by the pace, drawing away to win by 2 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:42 3/5 for the 1 1/16 mile feature. 13-1 shot Ashado was second, and it was a neck back from her to 8-1 shot Victory U.S.A in third.

The Juvenile Fillies

Purse: $1,000,000     Distance: 1 1/16 miles

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
14   Halfbridled        Krone            6.60    4.80  3.40
 5   Ashado             Velazquez               11.60  7.20
 8   Victory U.S.A.     Bailey                         4.80

Halfbridled lived up to her reputation and won easily by 2 1/2 lengths.
Winning Time: 1:42 3/5 $1 Exacta 12-5 63.00 $1 Trifecta 14-5-8 343.10 $1 Superfecta 14-5-8-3 2995.10
Results chart Race 3

Taking to the turf for the first time in the afternoon, the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile drew a wide-open full field of fourteen. 5-1 shot Six Perfections, a three year old filly taking on boys, stayed in between horses back in eighth early, then came on strong down the stretch splitting rivals to win by 3/4 length over 12-1 shot Touch of the Blues. The time for the mile distance on the firm turf course was 1:33 4/5. It was a neck back to 39-1 longshot Century City. 3-1 favorite Peace Rules set the early pace but had nothing left turning for home, fading badly and finishing last.

The NetJets Mile

Purse: $1,500,000     Distance: 1 mile turf

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
13   Six Perfections    Bailey          12.60    7.00  4.80
 9   Touch of the Blues Desormeaux               9.80  6.80
 8   Good Journey       Day                            3.60

3-year-old French filly Six Perfections rallied from 8th to beat the boys in the mile.
Winning Time: 1:33 4/5 $1 Exacta 13-9 76.80 $1 Trifecta 13-9-8 2,628.70 $1 Superfecta 13-9-8-11 39,233.10
Results chart Race 4

The speedsters were next in the Sprint, with 13 horses going six furlongs. 23-1 longshot Cajun Beat stalked the pace for the first quarter which went in a blistering 21 seconds, grabbed the lead after half a mile and then drew away down the lane to win by 2 1/4 lengths over 14-1 shot Bluesthestandard in a time of 1:07 4/5. It was 2 lengths back to 7-2 shot Shake You Down in third. 2-1 favorite Aldebaran finished a disappointing sixth for trainer Bobby Frankel in his first try at 6 furlongs.

The Sprint

Purse: $1,000,000     Distance: 6 furlongs

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
11   Cajun Beat         Velasquez       47.60   19.80 11.20
 8   Bluesthestandard   Smith                   12.60  8.00
 2   Shake You Down     Luzzi                          5.00

Cajun Beat drew off to win by 2 1/4 lengths after setting a blazing first half in 43 1/5.
Winning Time: 1:07 4/5 $1 Exacta 11-8 380.10 $1 Trifecta 11-8-2 2,151.70 $1 Superfecta 11-8-2-3 31,146.80
Results chart Race 5

The Filly and Mare Turf may have finally put to rest any excuse for Europeans about travelling to California, as European trained horses swept the first three positions and European bred horses the top five. 3-1 favorite Islington stalked the pace in sixth early under Kieren Fallon, then at the top of the stretch came on strong and duelled with 47-1 shot L'Ancresse down the stretch to win by a neck. The final time was 1:59 for the 1 1/4 mile turf feature. It was 2 1 /2 lengths back to 14-1 shot Yesterday, while Bobby Frankel trainee Heat Haze (bred in England) finished fourth.

The Filly and Mare Turf

Purse: $1,000,000     Distance: 1 1/4 miles turf

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 4   Islington          Fallon           7.80    6.00  4.20
11   L'Ancresse         Prado                   32.60 13.00
 2   Yesterday          Kinane                         7.80

Islington just got up by a neck over L'Ancresse.
Winning Time: 1:59 $1 Exacta 4-11 212.40 $1 Trifecta 4-11-2 1,589.50 $1 Superfecta 4-11-2-3 18,834.10
Results chart Race 6

The Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile featured twelve 2-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. 27-1 longshot Action This Day shocked the crowd with a last to first run. Jockey David Flores kept him back in last early, then on the turn, split rivals passing seven horses in upper stretch. Inside the final furlong, Action This Day collared his stablemate 9-1 shot Minister Eric and won going away by 2 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:43 3/5 to give trainer Richard Mandella a 1-2 sweep. It was another 5 lengths back to 6-1 Chapel Royal. 8-5 favorite Cuvee stalked the pace in fourth early but tired badly at the top of the stretch and finished last, eased under the wire.

The Bessemer Trust Juvenile

Purse: $1,500,000     Distance: 1 1/16 miles

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 2   Action This Day    Flores          55.60   19.20 11.00
 7   Minister Eric      Solis                    8.80  7.20
10   Chapel Royal       Velazquez                      5.60

Action This Day rallied from 12th and last at the half to win going away by 2 1/4 lengths.
Winning Time: 1:43 3/5 $1 Exacta 2-7 188.40 $1 Trifecta 2-7-10 2,245.40 $1 Superfecta 2-7-10-6 9,123.40
Results chart Race 7

Perhaps the most exciting finish of the day was in the 1 1/2 mile the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf. Defending champion and 5-1 shot High Chaparral stalked the pace in third early then rallied down the lane between horses. Meanwhile, 14-1 longshot Johar, unhurried in last in the early stages, stormed down the lane five wide to hit the wire with the champion. After a lengthy delay as the stewards looked at the photo, the first dead heat for win in Breeders' Cup history was announced. It was another head back to 7-2 shot Falbrav in third. 2-1 favorite Storming Home disappointed in seventh.

The John Deere Turf

Purse: $2,000,000     Distance: 1 1/2 miles turf

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 3dh High Chaparral     Kinane           6.40    6.20  3.80
 9dh Johar              Solis           13.60    9.00  5.40
 8   Falbrav            Holland                        4.20

The most exciting finish of the day was the dead heat for win between High Chaparral and Johar with Falbrav only a head back in third.
Winning Time: 2:24 1/5 $1 Exacta 3-9 44.40 $1 Exacta 9-3 36.30 $1 Trifecta 3-9-8 248.30 $1 Trifecta 9-3-8 180.20 $1 Superfecta 9-3-8-7 1905.80 $1 Superfecta 9-3-8-7 1116.90
Results chart Race 8

Capping the festivities for the afternoon was the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge. A field of 10 faced the starter vying for the winner's share of the $4 million purse, the richest in North America. 14-1 shot Pleasantly Perfect was unhurried early, then turning for home went four wide to wear down 5-2 favorite Medaglia d'Oro in the final strides and win by 1 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:59 4/5. It was 3/4 length back to 15-1 shot Dynever in third. Interestingly, Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide was ninth while defending champion Volponi was tenth and last. The win gave Richard Mandella his fourth Breeders' Cup win on the afternoon, a record for a trainer in a single Breeders' Cup, and jockey Alex Solis got his second win on the card. Also worth noting, Mandella won two Cup races on one card once before, in 1993 when it was last held at Santa Anita.

The Classic Powered by Dodge

Purse: $4,000,000     Distance: 1 1/4 miles

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 2   Pleasantly Perfect Solis           30.40    9.60  6.60
 8   Medaglia d'Oro     Bailey                   4.40  3.60
 6   Dynever            Nakatani                       7.40

Local hero Pleasantly Perfect rallied from 8th to win by 1 1/2 lengths over Medaglia d'Oro.
Winning Time: 1:59 4/5 $1 Exacta 2-8 70.00 $1 Trifecta 2-8-6 831.00 $1 Superfecta 2-8-6-9 4,931.40 $2 Pick Six (13-11-4-2-3/9-2) 2,687,611.60 $2 Pick Six (13-11-4-2-3/9-2) 18,663.80
Results chart Race 9

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