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Silver Train on the inside and Taste of Paradise battle down the stretch in the Sprint.
In the $1 million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint undefeated 3-year-old Lost in the Fog was sent off as the shortest priced horse on the afternoon at 3-5. On paper he appeared to be invincible, despite this being his first start in a Grade 1 race against older horses. Wildcat Heir was sent off as the 6-1 second choice in the field of eleven, with the rest of the field at double digits.
When the gate opened, Lost in the Fog was bumped between Wildcat Heir to his inside and 54-1 longshot Elusive Jazz to his outside, which negated his usual explosive start and required jockey Russell Baze to stalk the pace of 53-1 outsider Attila's Storm entering the turn. Lost in the Fog took command at the top of the lane, but the poor start had already taken its toll. 12-1 third choice Silver Train, who saved ground on the turn in fifth early, angled out at the top of the stretch, drew even with the favorite at the 1/8 pole, and surged ahead to take the lead. In the final 1/16, he held off the late-charging 13-1 shot Taste of Paradise to win by just a head, in 1:08.86 for the six furlong trip. It was a long 3 lengths back to Lion Tamer in third, while Lost in the Fog faltered badly in the last 100 yards to finish seventh. Jockey Garrett Gomez on Taste of Paradise claimed foul against the winner for interference, but the stewards disallowed the claim.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 3 Silver Train Prado 25.80 10.40 8.10 1 Taste of Paradise Gomez 10.60 7.20 5 Lion Tamer Velazquez 7.60 Winning Time: 1:08.86 $2 Exacta 3-1 215.50 $2 Trifecta 3-1-5 1,593.00 $2 Superfecta 3-1-5-2 35,358.00Results chart Race 6
Silver Train with his Breeders' Cup flowers. Winning trainer Richard Dutrow, Jr., celebrating his first Breeders' Cup win, said, "We had nothing to lose and everything to win in this race. This horse ran in 1:07 and change before (July 2 at Belmont), and he just loves this track. We gave him plenty of time after the Jerome. He was cutting back from a mile, but we figured we could take a chance on a race like this. If Saint Liam wasn't running in the Classic, I would have bet out (all my money) on this horse, but I had to save some (for Saint Liam)." Saint Liam won the Classic later that afternoon, giving Dutrow two Cup wins on the afternoon.
Silver Train takes his walk down Victory Lane to the winner's circle. Winning jockey Edgar Prado said, "Everybody came running (early from the start) and I sat behind them. It worked out great-beautiful...The best day of my life was when my child was born, but the best day of my racing life is today." This was his 2nd win on the card, making him the eleventh rider to win 2 Breeders' Cup races in the same year.
Silver Train in the post parade before the race. Trainer Richard Dutrow said, "I knew if the horse was going to fire, he was in an excellent position to do that. He saved ground, lot of speed fighting it out up front. It was tailor made for him today. We got a perfect trip. Maybe one or two horses didn't fire their races, that's OK with us, we did."
Second place finisher Taste of Paradise heads out of the tunnel for the track. Gary Mandella, trainer of second place finisher Taste of Paradise said, "I came thinking I'm running against Lost In The Fog and if I finish second to him, I should feel satisfied. But to run second, get beat by a nose and get interfered with in the stretch, it feels pretty disappointing. But I'm so proud of my horse. Garrett (Gomez) gave him a good ride. He was in the right spot the whole way. He was about in the same spot as in the Vosburgh and Garrett went for a giant hole between horses in the stretch, and Edgar (Prado) drops over. I just wish the stewards saw it that way."
Third place finisher Lion Tamer gets an explosive start to his warm-up. Todd Pletcher trainer of third place finisher Lion Tamer said, "He ran dynamite. He closed well and kept coming at them. He ran huge. I'm delighted with his effort."
Beaten favorite and seventh place finisher Lost in the Fog starts to falter around the 1/16th pole. His jockey Russell Baze said, "He got banged up a bit coming away from the gate but he overcame that pretty handily. He was wide a bit but the turns here are so big that it's not really a handicap. I shook the stick at him at the head of the lane and he opened up but then he just flattened out on me. The fractions we were going, he did before and kept on running. I looked back and saw a horse moving to our outside. When I dug into him, normally, he would have spurted away. He came out of the race good, soundness wise. I feel real bad for (owner) Harry (Aleo). Hopefully he can come back next year."
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