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Mike Smith celebrates aboard Arrogate after winning the Classic

Breeders' Cup
World Championships Results

Date: 11/05/2016

Saturday Results Summary:   Juvenile Fillies   F&M Turf   Sprint   Turf Sprint   Juvenile   Turf   F&M Sprint   Mile   Classic
Friday Results Summary: Juvenile Turf  -  Juvenile Fillies Turf  -  Dirt Mile  -  Distaff
Entries   -   Monday Works   -   Tuesday Works   -   Wednesday Works   -   Thursday Works

The 2016 Breeders' Cup World Championships ended on Saturday with 9 races all with year-end championship implications. 72,811 fans packed Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, a new record for Saturday since the event expanded to 2 days. Conditions were excellent with clear skies, minimal wind, and temperatures in the mid 80's, with the main track rated fast and the turf course firm.

Full results with several photos are available for each race at the link below the pay-off chart.

Friday's results and photos are available here.


Arrogate wins the Classic

The $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) features the best older horses going 1 1/4 miles on the main track. Dubai World Cup (G1) winner California Chrome was sent off as the 9-10 favorite in the field of 9 over 8-5 Arrogate and 8-1 Frosted. Jockey Victor Espinoza sent California Chrome to the front exiting the chute through fractions of 23.28, 47.15, and 1:10.96 while 1 1/2 lengths ahead of 17-1 Melatonin, who was 2 lengths ahead of Arrogate in third. Entering the lane, California Chrome continued to lead through 1 mile in 1:35.72, but Arrogate came out for room, collared the favorite at the 1/16 pole, and outfinished him by 1/2 a length in 2:00.11. It was a long 10 3/4 lengths back to 33-1 Keen Ice third.

Winning trainer Bob Baffert said, "When Chrome was out there cruising, I thought no way he's going to catch him, he's going to run second, but at least he showed up. Then all of a sudden, Mike's riding and he's catching up little by little with that big stride kicking in. I felt like when Trevor (Denman) says ‘this is un-believe-able.' I never thought he would be able to catch Chrome."

The Breeders' Cup Classic

Purse: $6,000,000     Distance: 1 1/4 miles

Pgm  Horse               Jockey            Win   Place  Show
10   Arrogate            Smith            5.40    2.80  2.60
 4   California Chrome   Espinoza                 2.60  2.40
 3   Keen Ice            Castellano                     5.80

Winning Time:  2:00.11

$1 Exacta 10-4                             5.00
$1 Trifecta 10-4-3                        74.60
$1 Superfecta 10-4-3-9                   296.30
$1 Super High Five 10-4-3-9-6            942.30
$2 Pick Six 2-5-12-12-5-10           292,423.20
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Tourist wins the Mile

The $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) is for older horses going 1 mile on the turf. Prix de la Foret (G1) winner Limato was sent off as the 3-1 favorite in the field of 14 over defending champion Tepin at 7-2 and Ironicus at 15-4. 47-1 What a View was loose on the lead through fractions of 21.81, 44.61, and 1:08.59 while pressed by 13-1 Midnight Storm and stalked by 22-1 Miss Temple City. Entering the lane What a View Tired badly allowing Midnight Storm to inherit the front through 7/8 in 1:20.87. 12-1 Tourist, 6th early, came through traffic and held off late-running Tepin by 1/2 length in 1:31.71, a new stakes record and just 2/100 off the course record. It was another 1 1/4 length back to Midnight Storm third, while Limato was 6th.

Winning jockey Joel Rosario said, "It was a good trip, a perfect trip. It looked like they were going fast up front and I just wanted to save ground the whole way around and not have to stop him at any point in the race. I had to take a little hold turning for home to keep my position, but after that he got a clear run."

The Breeders' Cup Mile

Purse: $2,000,000     Distance: 1 mile turf

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 5   Tourist            Rosario          26.80   9.40  6.20
 8   Tepin              Leparoux                 4.60  3.80
13   Midnight Storm     Bejarano                       6.60
 
Winning Time:  1:31.71

$1 Exacta 5-8                         52.60
$1 Trifecta 5-8-13                   504.10
$1 Superfecta 5-8-13-9             2,224.70
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Finest City wins the Filly and Mare Sprint.

The $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) features older fillies and mares sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track. Acorn (G1) winner Carina Mia was the 3-1 favorite in the field of 13 over 7-2 Haveyougoneaway and 5-1 Tara's Tango. 18-1 Gloryzapper was quickest away through fractions of 21.98 and 44.82 while pressed by 9-1 Finest City and stalked by 15-1 Paulassilverlining. Entering the stretch Gloryzapper tired as Finest City took over through 3/4 in 1:09.42. 14-1 Wavell Avenue, 7th early, put in a strong late rally but Finest City held her off by 3/4 length in 1:22.37. It was another 1 1/4 length back to Paulassilverlining third, with Carina Mia finishing 9th.

Winning trainer Ian Kruljac said, "She sends herself out of there and Mike chose not to take her back and it was absolutely perfect. She has high cruising speed and I could tell he was in hand. It is just such an honor to compete with all these top trainers and have a top filly."  Jockey Mike Smith added, "I was really happy for the Ian and his first big opportunity. What a way for you to get your career going. The old handicapping angle of ‘turf to dirt' and a long turf race to a middle distance sprint is really a good way to get a horse ready for a race like this. They learn to relax a little better and it's easier on them."

The Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

Purse: $1,000,000     Distance: 7 furlongs

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show330
12   Finest City        Smith            19.40  10.00  6.60
10   Wavell Avenue      Rosario                 13.80  8.80
 9   Paulassilverlining Talamo                         9.20

Winning Time:  1:22.37

$1 Exacta 12-10                      108.20
$1 Trifecta 12-10-9                1,235.70
$1 Superfecta 12-10-9-3            8,392.00
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Highland Reel wins the Turf

The $4 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) features older horses going 1 1/2 miles on the turf. Sword Dancer (G1) winner Flintshire was the 9-5 favorite in the field of 12 over 7-2 Found and 15-4 Highland Reel. Jockey Seamus Heffernan sent Highland Reel to an uncontested lead of as many as 7 lengths through fractions of 24.83, 48.00, 1:12.70, 1:36.16, and 1:59.34, chased by 10-1 Ectot and 18-1 Ashleyluvssugar. Entering the lane for the final time Highland Reel continued to lead by 4 lengths. Flintshire, 4th early, put in a strong rally but was left with too much ground to make up as Highland Reel cruised to a 1 3/4 length win in 2:23.00. It ws another 2 1/4 lengths back to Found third.

Winning trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "Seamus (Heffernan) is a great lad. We were quite happy to make the running here. He's a very good horse and I'm absolutely delighted." Co-owner Derrick Smith added, "It was great. The race was set up for us with the ground and everything else."

The Longines Breeders' Cup Turf

Purse: $4,000,000     Distance: 1 1/2 miles turf

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
12   Highland Reel      Heffernan         9.60   5.20  3.40
 4   Flintshire         Castellano               3.20  2.40
10   Found              Moore                          3.00

Winning Time:  2:23.00

$1 Exacta 12-4                        14.40
$1 Trifecta 12-4-10                   43.80
$1 Superfecta 12-4-10-7              325.60
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Classic Empire wins the Juvenile

The $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) features 2-year-old colts and geldings going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Iroquois Stakes (G3) winner Not This Time was the 5-2 favorite in the field of 11 over 9-2 Classic Empire and 5-1 third choice Gormley. Syndergaard was quickest away through fractions of 23.05 and 46.60 while pressed by Classic Empire and stalked by 7-1 Three Rules. On the far turn Classic Empire moved up to gain the lead through 3/4 in 1:10.48 and soon opened up a 2 length advantage in the stretch, getting a mile in 1:35.96. Not This Time, 6th early, closed well but fell short, as Classic Empire prevailed by a neck in 1:42.60. It was a long 7 1/2 lengths back to 8-1 Practical Joke third.

Winning jockey Julien Leparoux said, "He broke sharp and I put him in the race right away. He took second very nice. I tried to open up coming to the quarter pole, which he did and held off Not This Time. He is a nice colt. We really love him and we knew he was going to run good, so I'm glad we got the win." Trainer Mark Casse added, "I thought at the top of the lane he was going to win easily. Then it got pretty close, but Dale (Romans) said all along it was going to be us two and it was quite a deal.I thought his race in the Bashford Manor was as good as any 2 year old I've ever trained."

The Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile

Purse: $2,000,000     Distance: 1 1/16 miles

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 5   Classic Empire     Leparoux         11.00   5.00  3.80
10   Not This Time      Albarado                 4.60  3.40
 9   Practical Joke     Rosario                        4.60

Winning Time:  1:42.60

$1 Exacta 5-10                        19.70
$1 Trifecta 5-10-9                   144.70
$1 Superfecta 5-10-9-11            1,284.20
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Obviously wins the Turf Sprint

The $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) features older horses sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs down Santa Anita's unique Hillside course. Poker Stakes (G3) winner and City of Hope (G2) runner-up Obviously was the 7-2 favorite in the field of 14 over 6-1 Washington DC and 13-2 Om. Jockey Flavien Prat sent Obviously to a 1 1/2 length lead down the hill through fractions of 21.41 and 43.08 while chased by 12-1 Pure Sensation and 27-1 defending champion Obviously. Obviously continued to lead, clocking 3/4 in a blistering 1:05.21. Om, last early, rallied strong despite jockey Gary Stevens losing his whip at the 1/16, but Obviously held on to win by a nose in 1:11.33. It was another length back to Pure Sensation third.

Winning trainer Phil D'Amato said, "This is tremendous. A (first Breeders' Cup) win for me and for my old boss Mike Mitchell, who had the horse before me." Jockey Flavien Prat added, "I got a good trip. He didn't break well  like he does every time but when I sent him and he got the lead he got comfortable. I asked him before the dirt and he went on. He got a little tired but the wire was there."

The Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

Purse: $1,000,000     Distance: 6 1/2 furlongs turf

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 2   Obviously           Prat             9.60    5.20  3.60
12   Om                  Stevens                  6.00  4.40
 1   Pure Sensatiion     Carmouche                      6.60

Winning Time:  1:11.33

$1 Exacta 2-12                            29.10
$1 Trifecta 2-12-1                       312.40
$1 Superfecta 2-12-1-6                 9,686.30
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Drefong wins the Sprint over Private Zone

The $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) is for top older sprinters going 6 furlongs. Pat O'Brien Stakes (G1) winner Masochistic was the 8-5 favorite in the field of 7 over 5-2 A.P. Indian and 4-1 Drefong. Drefong and Masochistic hooked up for a speed duel soon after exiting the chute with the pair clocking fractions of 21.49 and 44.03. Entering the stretch Drefong opened up a 1/2 length advantage through 5/8 in 55.98, and pulled away late to win by 1 1/4 lengths over Masochistic in 1:08.79. It was just a ose back to 15-1 Mind Your Biscuits third.

Winning jockey Martin Garcia said, We drew a great post down the inside. My horse broke sharply and came out running. My horse likes to run on the lead and ran hard every step of the way. I'm thankful for this opportunity, especially on a day like this. I am glad to get this win for the team." Trainer Bob Baffert added, "What a racehorse. What a race. He's been getting better and better, but we didn't know how fast he was. He had trained so well coming into this race I thought he was peaking. When I saw him in the paddock I just knew he was going to get it done." 

The Breeders' Cup Sprint

Purse: $1,500,000     Distance: 6 furlongs

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 2   Drefong            Garcia           9.80    4.80  3.80
 7   Masochistic        Smith                    4.00  2.80
 1   Mind Your Biscuits Rosario                        4.60

Winning Time:  1:08.79

$1 Exacta 2-7                             15.00
$1 Trifecta 2-7-1                        112.30
$1 Superfecta 2-7-1-5                    249.10
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Queen's Trust wins the Filly and Mare Turf

The $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) features older fillies and mares going 1 1/4 miles on the turf. Flower Bowl Invitational (G1) winner Lady Eli was the 8-5 favorite in the field of 13 over 7-2 Seventh Heaven and 6-1 Sea Calisi. 18-1 Avenge was sent to a clear lead first time by through fractions of 23.10, 46.16, and 1:10.11 while pressed by 22-1 Catch a Glimpse and stalked by 41-1 Pretty Perfect. At the top of the lane Avenge continued to lead through 1 mile in 1:34.12, and was 1 1/2 lengths clear at the 1/8 pole. However, Lady Eli, 9th early, and Queen's Trust, 11th early, rallied to hit the line together with Queen's Trust prevailing by a nose in 1:57.75. It was a length back to Avenge third.

Winning jockey Frankie Dettori said, "The pace was a bit slow for her and the straights are a bit short but when I got to Lady Eli's back wheels, I was confident I would catch her. She dug very deep today and it's great for the team. I am also very sad for Freddy Tylicki (who was paralyzed in a riding accident last week)." Trainer Sir Michael Stoute added, "Thank God everything went right today. I didn't really have to convince the owners to come here."

The Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf

Purse: $2,000,000     Distance: 1 1/4 miles turf

Pgm  Horse               Jockey            Win   Place  Show
11   Queen's Trust       Dettori         18.00    8.40  5.80
 8   Lady Eli            Ortiz Jr.                3.20  2.80
 4   Avenge              Prat                           7.40

Winning Time:  1:57.75

$1 Exacta 11-8               32.90
$1 Trifecta 11-8-4          418.80
$1 Superfecta 11-8-4-3    1,609.60
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Champagne Room wins the Juvenile Fillies

Kicking off the Championship races on Saturday was the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), featuring the best 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Anoakia Stakes winner American Gal was the 4-1 favorite in the field of 12 over 9-2 Yellow Agate and 5-1 Sweet Loretta. 7-1 Noted and Quoted set the pace of 23.77, 48.19, and 1:13.01 while pressed by 33-1 Champagne Room and stalked by Sweet Loretta. Entering the lane Champagne Room took over, opening up by 2 lengths through 1 mile in 1:38.54. 13-2 Valadorna, 9th early, rallied but Champagne Room held her off by 3/4 length in 1:45.12. It was a long 3 1/4 lengths back to American Gal third.

Winning trainer Peter Eurton said, "I wasn't feeling utterly confident (coming down the stretch). She was actually moving pretty well. She was getting a little tired, but there wasn't anyone catching her. I'm feeling pretty good right now. This means an awful lot to me." Jockey Mario Gutierrez added, "I had a perfect trip. She broke really sharp. I was able to settle behind the speed and when I asked her, she ran with all her heart today." 

The 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies

Purse: $2,000,000     Distance: 1 1/16 miles

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 6   Champagne Room     Gutierrez        69.20  26.60 13.00
 3   Valadorna          Leparoux                 9.80  6.60
12   American Gal       Smith                          4.80

Winning Time:  1:45.12 

$1 Exacta 6-3                        361.80
$1 Trifecta 6-3-12                 2,347.30
$1 Superfecta 6-3-12-11           25,892.40
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Immediately before the Championship races, a field of 12 older fillies and mares contested the $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (G3) at 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf. 3-1 favorite Lady Shipman dueled on the front end with 21-1 Juno through fractios of 21.20 and 42.99 while stalked by 11-1 Miss Katie Mae. Lady Shipman opened up a 2 length lead in midstretch through 3/4 in 1:05.58 but 9-2 Fair Point, 8th early, rallied wide to win going away by 1 1/2 lengths over 30-1 Miss Double d'Oro in 1:11.75. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to 15-1 Most Beautiful third, and a head back to Lady SHipman fourth.

Winning jockey Jose Ortiz said, "She was perfect. She broke really well and went down the hill really well for her first time and I did too in the first time for me, also. We got a good position and as soon as we crossed the dirt, I tipped out a little and she gave me a really good run."

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A field of 7 California bred or sired 2-year-olds contested the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Stakes at 7 furlongs on the main track. 2-5 favorite California Diamond dueled with 7-1 Sizzlin Square through fractions of 22.77 and 46.21 while stalked by 25-1 Hot Smoke. In the stretch Hot Smoke gained a short lead through 3/4 in 1:11.15 but California Diamond fought back to win by 3/4 length in 1:23.72. It was another 2 1/2 lengths back to 6-1 Milton Freewater third.

Winning trainer Peter Miller said, "He got a great trip and a great ride from Kent. There's a reason he's in the Hall of Fame, but they don't make it easy for you here, even at 2-5. I think the horse will go longer, but we'll enjoy this and see what happens down the road."

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The first race on Saturday, off at 10:15am, was the $100,000 Juvenile Turf Sprint for 2-year-olds going 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf. 8-1 Awsum Roar and 28-1 Crosscheck Carlos dueled down the chute through fractions of 21.25 and 43.83 while stalked by 11-2 Red Lodge. In the stretch Awsum Roar continued to lead through 3/4 in 1:06.18 but 5-1 Kitten's Cat, 5th early, rallied to win going away by 1 1/2 lengths in a hand-timed 1:12.23. It was another length back to Awsum Roar third.

Results chart

Results and photos for the four Breeders' Cup races on Friday are available here.

Saturday Results Summary:   Juvenile Fillies   F&M Turf   Sprint   Turf Sprint   Juvenile   Turf   F&M Sprint   Mile   Classic
Friday Results Summary: Juvenile Turf  -  Juvenile Fillies Turf  -  Dirt Mile  -  Distaff
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