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Jockey Colin Keane celebrates aboard Tarnawa after winning the Turf
The 2020 Breeders' Cup World Championships ended on Saturday with nine races, all with year-end championship implications, four of which were conducted over the 7 1/2 furlong Haggin Turf Course in the infield. Similar to Friday, conditions were excellent with sunny skies, minimal wind, and temperatures in the low 70's, with the course rated good, good-to-soft in places (average GoingStick reading 7.4). French jockey Christophe Soumillon was named to ride 3 horses however due to a positive COVID-19 test he was forced to sit out the event, and to add insult to injury, all 3 of his scheduled mounts went on to win.
Irad Ortiz Jr. won the Shoemaker Award for the third year in a row, off two wins (Juvenile Turf Sprint and Sprint), a second (Classic), and a third (Dirt Mile). The Award goes to the jockey who won the most races in the 14 World Championship races this weekend with the tiebreaker being a 10-3-1 point system for second- through fourth-place finishes.
Tarnawa wins the Turf
Jockey Manny Franco sent 9-1 Channel Maker to the lead first time around the far turn through easy fractions of 25.57, 51.06, 1:15.99, 1:40.52, and 2:04.45 while pressed by 17-2 United and stalked by 22-1 Red King. Turning for home Channel Maker opened up a 2 1/2 length lead through 11f in 2:16.85. Tarnawa, 8th early under Colin Keane, came out 5 wide into the lane and rallied to win by a length over favorite Magical in 2:28.02. It was a nose back to Channel Maker third.
Purse: $4,000,000 Distance: 1 1/2 miles turf
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 3 Tarnawa Keane 11.40 5.40 4.00 2 Magical Moore 4.00 2.80 9 Channel Maker Franco 5.60 Winning Time: 2:28.02 $1 Exacta 3-2 18.10 $1 Trifecta 3-2-9 142.20 $1 Superfecta 3-2-9-6 901.10
Left: Tarnawa in the paddock. Winning jockey Colin Keane said, "Pretty straightforward to be honest. Mr. (Dermot) Weld said get her out the gates and ride her as you find her. I spoke to Oisin Orr (who had ridden her previously) and he said she's very straightforward. We just tipped away down the back straight then we got going before the bend then off she went. We got a clean run then and she was very good to the line."
Right: Tarnawa gets a drink after the race. Mark Weld, assistant to father and winning trainer Dermot said, "It's been a long time since 1990 when my father first won the Belmont with Go and Go and it's kept going ever. Since this filly we have been on an incredible journey with her this year. It's the third of three Grade 1's that's she's won, two in France and now the Breeders' Cup Turf, it's just, it's what dreams are made of."
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Magical leaves the walking ring. Jockey Ryan Moore said, "It wasn't the result we were looking for, but we have to take it."
Right: Third place finsher Channel Maker in the paddock. Jockey Manny Franco said, "My horse gave me a nice race. He was fighting the whole way and in the stretch, too. When they came to him, he kept giving it to me, but those other two horses were better today." Trainer Bill Mott added, "He ran lights out. He ran a huge race. Magical beat us a nose and she's a good filly."
Order of Australia wins the Mile
Jockey Luis Saez sent 9-1 Halladay to the lead first time by and he set fractions of 23.48, 46.97, and 1:10.39 while pressed by 13-2 Factor This and stalked by favorite Kameko and longshot Order of Australia. Turning for home Halladay continued to lead through 7f in 1:22.03 before tiring. Order of Australia moved out to the 3 path for room and was all out to hold off late-running 11-1 Circus Maximus to pull off the huge upset in 1:33.73. It was another 3/4 more to 18-1 Lope Y Fernandez third, completing the trifecta for Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien. Favorite Kameko tired late to finish 7th beaten 3 lengths.
Purse: $2,000,000 Distance: 1 mile turf
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 15 Order of Australia Boudot 148.40 57.00 25.60 1 Circus Maximus Moore 12.60 9.00 3 Lope Y Fernandez Dettori 12.40 Winning Time: 1:33.73 $1 Exacta 15-1 1,058.90 $1 Trifecta 15-1-3 8,786.00 $1 Superfecta 15-1-3-11 152,804.80
Left: Pierre-Charles Boudot celebrates aboard Order of Australia. Winning jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot said, "It's dream come true. It is only by chance to get these rides. It's a difficult situation with Covid, but I was given two nice opportunities. Order Of Australia is a fast horse, the mile is very good for him and the good ground was perfect. He gave me a nice turn of foot but when he got to the front. He's a tricky horse as he needs some help to concentrate. I'm over the moon."
Right: Order of Australia heads back to the barn. Pat Keating, assistant to winning trainer Aidan O'Brien who trains the first 3 said, "It's a real team effort, we're very happy. First three home is unbelievable. You need a lot of luck in this game. We're looking enough to have good horses and good jockeys. I'm just happy for everyone involved."
Left: Second place finisher Circus Maximus races in second down the stretch. Jockey Ryan Moore said, "My horse ran lovely. He ran a solid race."
Right: Third place finisher Lope Y Fernandez in the paddock. Jockey Frankie Dettori said, "He ran very well. I lost my spot on the turn. That cost me a bit. Then he came in good."
Seventh place finisher and beaten favorite Kameko in the paddock. Jockey Oisin Murphy said, "He had a good trip. His preparation went very well. You have to remember that he was a classic winner back in June and has been on the go quite a bit."
Audarya wins the Filly and Mare Turf
After 15-1 Starship Jubilee stumbled at the start, unseating jockey Florent Geroux, jockey Shane Foley sent 11-1 Cayenne Pepper to the lead first time by and she set fractions of 23.50 and 47.44 while pressed by Mean Mary and stalked by Rushing Fall. Down the backstretch Mean Mary took over through 3/4 in 1:10.95. Turning for home, Rushing Fall gained a short lead through 1 mile in 1:34.56 but 18-1 Audarya, 7th early under Pierre-Charles Boudot (replacing Soumillon), came out for room and rallied to win by a neck in a new course record 1:52.72, 0.29 seconds faster than the previous record. It was a head back to 20-1 Harvey's Lil Goil third.
Purse: $2,000,000 Distance: 1 3/16 miles turf
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 11 Audarya Boudot 37.60 16.00 10.20 6 Rushing Fall Castellano 4.80 3.40 9 Harvey's Lil Goil Alvarado 10.80 Winning Time: 1:52.72 (new track record) $1 Exacta 11-6 99.60 $1 Trifecta 11-6-9 1,699.30 $1 Superfecta 11-6-9-12 39,895.20
Left: Pierre-Charles celebrates aboard Audarya. Winning trainer James Fanshawe said, "First of all thanks to all the team at home. The (traveling crew) has looked after her superbly since she's been here. She's done everything right since she's been here. I just can't believe it, some race to win. I'm just so thrilled. PC gave her a superb ride. Breeders Cup has looked after us amazingly."
Right: Audarya heads back to the barn. Fanshawe added, "I said to Pierre-Charles, she might be keen, if you get a bit of cover, but don't take her out of the race. And I tried to keep it really simple. The fellow who rides her every day, he's French, so they had a chat between them and they would sort it out between them, rather than me interfering too much. So he rides her every day and how he got over from the 11 draw to 1 was incredible, because he got there by the first bend, and got a good position, he hadn't completely lost his position either, it was a wonderful ride."
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Rushing Fall. Trainer Chad Brown said, "I thought she was going to be able to pull it off in deep stretch there but it wasn't to be. She's had an outstanding career. She's definitely the horse of a lifetime for anybody including me. Javier has done a super job riding her her entire career. Sad to see her (be retired) because you're not going to replace her easily or if ever. Bottom line is I was super proud of her effort today. She gave it all she had. I think it would be fitting (if she won the Eclipse Award) because she deserves it."
Right: Third place finisher Harvey's Lil Goil. Trainer Bill Mott said, "She ran a great race. (Junior Alvarado) rode a great race. The timing didn't bother me (from her last race). You know, it's a 3-year-old against tough (older) fillies and two more jumps and she's second. Put it this way, I'm glad we ran. I know there's some skepticism of ‘should you be running in there' or whatever, but she's doing great and she was third in the Breeders' Cup."
Left: The entire field on the backstretch.
Right: Starship Jubilee (1) races free after losing her rider Florent Geroux at the start. Both were fine, although this was her final career race so it was a sad note to end it on.
Glass Slippers wins the Turf Sprint
Jockey Joe Talamo sent 20-1 Into Mystic to the lead down the back through fractions of 21.26 and 43.81 while pressed by 19-1 Wildman Jack and 52-1 longest shot Texas Wedge. In the lane Wildman Jack gained a short lead through 5f in 55.63 but 10-1 Glass Slippers, the only filly in the field and 10th early under Tom Eaves, split horses at the 1/8 pole and was all out to hold off fast closing 26-1 Wet Your Whistle to win by 1/2 a length in 1:01.53. It was another 1/2 length back to favorite Leinster third.
Purse: $1,000,000 Distance: 5 1/2 furlongs turf
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 6 Glass Slippers Eaves 22.40 10.60 6.60 5 Wet Your Whistle Ortiz 25.00 15.00 7 Leinster Saez 3.60 Winning Time: 1:01.53 $1 Exacta 6-5 417.10 $1 Trifecta 6-5-7 2,472.50 $1 Superfecta 6-5-7-14 40,844.80
Left: Glass Slippers in the post parade. Winning trainer Kevin Ryan said, "Awesome. I'm ecstatic. To come and compete against the best sprinters in the world and beat them is just amazing. She's been great all week. Every day getting fresher and cantering on the turf track every morning. I said to Tom earlier in the week now you're going quicker running into bend let's see how she changes her legs and straight away no issues at all in the bend. I knew then we were in business. We decided going on a brave ride up the inner and go the shortest route and if it didn't work such is life. Today was our day."
Right: Tom Eaves celebrates his first ever Breeders' Cup victory aboard Glass Slippers. Winning jockey Tom Eaves said, "I talked to Ryan Moore who rode her in her last race. He knows the track well. That was the right thing to sit down there and ride for a bit of luck. What a training performance. She's been great all year so come to and win it's unreal. She's raced round a bend before but the plan was to go on the instead and ride for a bit of luck. We had a great run through which doesn't always work but it did today. To have a Breeders' Cup winner Is amazing and a day I won't forget. She'll be in training again next year."
Left: Second place finisher Wet Your Whistle in the post parade. Trainer Mike Trombetta said, "He is a genuine horsem, always shows up and gives us his best. I was a little concerned with the course because when we ran him at Laurel (sixth in Laurel Dash), he didn't want to have anything to do with the soft turf. Obviously, he didn't have any problem with this course. If he broke (from the gate) a little sharper, things might have been a little better." Jockey Jose Ortiz added, "He broke a little slow. I didn't want to hurry him. It was a fast pace. When I asked him, he gave me everything he had."
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Leinster in the post parade. Trainer Rusty Arnold said, "He ran his butt off, he did. When they come over and do that you can't complain. When they run that hard for you, no complaints. I loved where he was at and he had his run at them. He ran great. They all closed and Luis (Saez) said even until the last 50 yards he thought he was going to be able to win." Jockey Luis Saez added, "He tried pretty hard. When we came to the straight he was barreling. The winner was pretty good. He got through and he kept rolling. My horse tried. I'm so proud of him."
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