London Bridge rallies down the center in the stretch
The longest race on Breeders' Cup weekend is the $500,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon (G2), a 1 3/4 mile test around 3 turns of the Santa Anita Park oval. Ever Rider, winner of the General Belgrano (G2) in Argentina, was sent off as the lukewarm 9-2 favorite in the 10 horse field. In to challenge him included 5-1 Worldly, third in the Homecoming Classic at Churchill Downs after finishing second in the Governor's Cup at Remington Park, and 6-1 Indian Jones, second in the Greenwood Cup (G3) at Parx and in a Laurel allowance last out.
8-1 Commander and Ever Rider set the early pace of 46,71, 1:11.55, and 1:37.62. 7-1 Blueskiesnrainbows and jockey Martin Pedroza who stalked the lead pair in third, inherited the lead into the stretch through 1 1/4 miles in 2:03.87 and 1 1/2 in 2:29.62. 9-1 London Bridge, 8th early under Mike Smith, outfinished Blueskiesnrainbows to win by 1 length in 2:58.32. It was a neck back to Worldly third, while favorite Ever Rider was pulled up after 10 furlongs by jockey Gary Stevens and walked off.
London Bridge wins the Marathon
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show
7 London Bridge Smith 20.00 10.20 6.40
8 Blueskiesnrainbows Pedroza 9.00 6.20
10 Worldly Flores 4.80
Winning Time: 2:58.32
$1 Exacta 7-8 96.20
$1 Trifecta 7-8-10 695.30
$1 Superfecta 7-8-10-5 4,742.20
Left: London Bridge in the winner's circle. Jockey Mike Smith said, "He just had to work really hard. He was never really sure of the dirt. The change in his shoes made a big difference, but even with that he was never really confident. I had to keep riding him at times, taking a hold of him, riding him, trying get him confident, but keep moving all at the same time. I felt if I kept chasing them, he'd lose confidence. So I did a little of both and he outlasted them, because really, if it was on grass, it would have been a much better victory."
Right: London Bridge in the paddock.
The trophy presentation with assistant trainer Mikael Magnusson on the left and owner Paul Fudge in the center. Magnusson said, "When he came through the backstretch the second time, I thought he would have a chance. Because I know the horse and I saw how hard Mike had to work to get his very lazy horse. We had him in the cheek pieces for the first time. Mike won't believe that, but it has helped him. He's not ungenuine; he's just very unfocused. So when they turned him for home, I thought he would win it because the other horses looked pretty knackered at that time, you know? We sold the horse prior to this race and he will now go and race in Australia."
Left: Second place finisher Blueskiesnrainbows in the post parade. Jockey Martin Pedroza said, “I was very pleased with my position. I had a good spot right behind the leaders and my horse relaxed real nice. He was pulling me pretty hard early, but I got him settled. I needed to move when I did because most of the other horses were starting to come at that point." Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer added, "We can't complain about that. He ran huge."
Right: Third place finisher Worldly returns after the race. Jockey David Flores said, "Wow, that was a long way out there. I kept him in the clear on the outside because this is a horse that does not like dirt in his face. Being outside did not cost him the race. He ran a big race and just had (London Bridge) run by the two of us (with Blueskiesnrainbows)."
Beaten favorite Ever Rider who did not finish the distance in the post parade. Jockey Gary Stevens said, "He was done after six furlongs. I took care of him after that. He should be fine." AAEP on-call veterinarian Dr. Wayne McIlwraith added, "The report from the veterinarians is that Ever Rider was pulled up and he just got tired. He checked out normally, and he's walking back to the barn. He didn't need to go on the ambulance."
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