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Jockey Mike Smith celebrates aboard Corniche after winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Breeders' Cup
World Championships Results

Date: 11/5/2021

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The 38th Breeders' Cup World Championships kicked off on Friday at Del Mar in San Diego, California, with "Future Stars Friday" with all the 2-year-old championship races on the first day. Conditions were cool for early November for the 20,536 in attendance, with cloudy skies and temperatures in the high 50's. The main track was rated fast and the Jimmy Durante turf course firm.

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



Corniche wins the Juvenile

The $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance features 2-year-old colts and geldings going 1 1/16 miles on the main track in a race that usually determines the early Kentucky Derby favorite for next year. After morning line favorite Jack Christopher scratched, American Pharoah Stakes (G1) winner Corniche was sent off as the 7-5 favorite in the field of 11 over 3-1 Commandperformance, 2nd in the Champagne, and 6-1 Pinehurst, winner of the Del Mar Futurity (G1).

Corniche was sent to the front immediately by jockey Mike Smith through fractions of 23.03, 46.15, and 1:10.81 while pressed by Pinehurst and stalked by Commandperformance. In the stretch Corniche opened up a 1 1/2 length lead through 1 mile in 1:36.27, and dug in to hold off late-running 15-1 Pappacap in 1:42.50. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to 22-1 Giant Game third.

The TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile

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

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
12   Corniche           Smith             4.80   4.00  3.40
 4   Pappacap           Bravo                    9.00  6.20
 7   Giant Game         Talamo                         7.60

Winning Time:  1:42.50

$1 Exacta 12-4                        25.10
$1 Trifecta 12-4-7                   538.70
$1 Superfecta 12-4-7-10            2,622.10
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Expanded results with more photos and details

Left: Corniche heads out to the track from the paddock. Winning jockey Mike Smith said, "The only thing I was worried about was that he got hotter (before the race) than he ever had. It just made me get calmer. I don't think I have ever been so calm in a big race. I just sat really still, he caught a flyer leaving the gate and just left him alone."

Right: Corniche heads back to the barn in his winner's blanket. Winning trainer Bob Baffert said, "You never know how good they are until you put them in a situation like that. He just kicked back in and held those horses off. It's so hard to win these races, especially when you have a favorite and you win. It's exciting. These young horses are what our whole program is about. It's a great win for the owners. I have tremendous clients."



Modern Games wins the Juvenile Turf

The $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) originally drew a full field of 14 2-year-olds going 1 mile on the turf, however after separate incidents at the starting gate, Albahr was a late scratch and his stablemate Modern Games was allowed to run for purse money only. So after betting money was redistributed or refunded, Nownownow Stakes winner Dakota Gold was the 5-2 favorite over 4-1 Dubawi Legend, 2nd in the Dewhurst Stakes (G1), and 9-2 Portfolio Company, 2nd in the With Anticipation (G3) and Pilgrim (G2).

Jockey Flavien Prat sent Portfolio Company to the lead through fractions of 22.66, 46.89, and 1:11.24 while pressed by 32-1 Coinage and stalked by Dakota Gold. In the lane the pacesetters tired as 23-1 Grafton Street gained a short lead through 7f in 1:23.12 but Modern Games, 6th early under William Buick, surged late to win by 1 1/2 lengths over 15-2 Tiz the Bomb in 1:34.72. It was a neck back to 6-1 Mackinnon third, and another head back to Grafton Street fourth.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf

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

Pgm   Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 4   Tiz the Bomb        Hernandez Jr.      17.60   7.40  5.20
 6   Mackinnon           Hernandez                  6.60  5.40
11   Grafton Street      Gaffalione                       9.40

Winning Time:  1:34.72

$1 Exacta 4-6                         46.80          
$1 Trifecta 4-6-11                   958.70 
$1 Superfecta 4-6-11-3             5,014.90
Results chart
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Left: Modern Games in the paddock. Jimmy Bell of owner Godolphin USA said, "I think one of the things Sheikh Mohammed enjoys the most is international competition and certainly with the Dubai World Cup he always loves to see so many participants from so many different places come to run. And the same here with the Breeders' Cup, a world championship whereby this is so exciting to bring European horses over here. It just adds such an element to it. And to be a homebred, to be a part of this thing, I know how proud he is of Charlie and how well he brought these horses over here and knows who to bring and so adept at doing that."

Right: Modern Games heads back to the barn after the race. Appleby added, "A testament to the horse and William. On a big stage like that and things, a quite dramatic incident happening there in the gate. But for him to compose himself and get himself back in there, back in the mindset, and for William to also, like I say, taking on board at one minute you're not sure whether you are or are not in the race that day."



Echo Zulu wins the Juvenile Fillies

The $2 million NetJets Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) features the best 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. A short field of 6 entered with Spinaway (G1) and Frizette (G1) winner Echo Zulu sent off as the 4-5 favorite over 3-1 second choice Juju's Map, winner of the Alcibiades (G1), and 7-2 third choice Hidden Connection, winner of the Pocahontas (G3).

Jockey Joel Rosario sent Echo Zulu to a clear lead first time by through fractions of 23.42, 47.01, and 1:10.96 while pressed by 10-1 Tarabi and stalked by Juju's Map. Turning for home Echo Zulu left the field in her wake, drawing off to win by 5 1/4 lengths over Juju's Map in 1:42.24. It was another 1/2 length back to Tarabi third.

The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies

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

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 6   Echo Zulu          Rosario           3.60   2.60  2.10
 5   Juju's Map         Geroux                   3.20  2.40
 4   Tarabi             Castellano                     3.40

Winning Time:  1:42.24

$1 Exacta 6-5                          4.90
$1 Trifecta 6-5-4                     16.40
$1 Superfecta 6-5-4-2                 35.30
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Left: Echo Zulu on her way to the post parade. Winning jockey Joel Rosario said, "She is amazing. She is fast, has so much speed and it looks like she is not going that fast. Today she liked what she was doing up there (in the front) and when I asked her, she just took off. She's just amazing."

Right: Echo Zulu heads back to the barn in her winner's blanket. Winning trainer Steve Asmussen said,  "The level of proud is just unbelievable, with her being in the first crop of Gun Runner, what he's done for us. A filly that came through mom and dad's program in Laredo. She's just brilliant. She's faster than they are. It's as simple as that. We're just so fortunate to be around her."



Pizza Bianca wins the Juvenile Fillies Turf

The $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) featured 14 two-year-old fillies going 1 mile on the turf. Ainsworth Stakes winner Koala Princess was sent off as the 9-2 favorite over 6-1 second choice Haughty off her maiden win, and 13-2 third choice Consumer Spending, 2nd in the Selima Stakes at Laurel.

Jockey Luis Saez sent 21-1 Cachet to the lead first time by through fractions of 22.76, 47.01, and 1:11.02 while pressed by 13-1 Turnerloose and stalked by 11-1 Mise En Scene. In the stretch Cachet continued to lead through 7f in 1:23.21 but 10-1 Pizza Bianca, last early under Jose Ortiz, came through between horses to win by 1/2 a length over late-closing 18-1 Malavath in 1:35.36. It was a neck back to Haughty third, while favorite Koala Princess failed to rally finishing 7th beaten 2 1/4 lengths.

The Juvenile Fillies Turf

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

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 1   Pizza Bianca       Ortiz            21.80  10.40  6.60
12   Malavath           Moore                   19.00 12.00
11   Haughty            Gaffalione                     5.00

Winning Time:  1:35.36

$1 Exacta 1-12                       197.00
$1 Trifecta 1-12-11                1,756.20
$1 Superfecta 1-12-11-3           20,929.60
Results chart
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Left: Pizza Bianca exits the tunnel on her way to the post parade. Winning jockey Jose Ortiz said,  "For some reason on the second turn I ended up farther back than I wanted to be.  So, I kept going in, going in and finally I got in at the quarter pole. At the eighth pole, I got a perfect split.  I had a lot of horse."

Right: Pizza Bianca heads back to the barn after the race. Winning trainer Christophe Clement said, "Very nice. Great win. I'm delighted. I was surprised with (agent) Ron Anderson and Rosario didn't ride the filly because we always thought that she a nice one and she proved us right today. I'm absolutely thrilled with the confidence showed in us. It's nice." Joel Rosario had ridden Pizza Bianca in her first two starts.



Twilight Gleaming wins the Juvenile Turf Sprint

Kicking off the World Championships, the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2) featured a full field of 12 two-year-olds going 5 furlongs around one turn of the turf. Indian Summer Stakes winner Averly Jane was sent off as the 9-5 favorite over 5-1 second choice Twilight Gleaming, winner of the Prix de la Vallee d'Auge after finishing second in the Queen Mary (H2), and 6-1 third choice Armor, a close third in the Middle Park Stakes (G1) after just missing in the Flying Childers (G3).

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. sent Twilight Gleaming to the lead immediately and he set fractions of 22.52 and 44.99 while pressed by 9-1 One Timer and stalked by 19-2 Twilight Jet. Turning for home Twilight Gleaming continued to lead and was all out to hold off late-running 12-1 Go Bear Go by 1/2 a length in 57.00 seconds, It was another 1/2 length back to 24-1 Kaufymaker third, while favorite Averly Jane was 4th early but failed to rally finishing 5th beaten 5 1/4 length.

The Juvenile Turf Sprint

Purse: $1,000,000     Distance: 5 furlongs turf

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 6   Twilight Gleaming  Ortiz Jr.        12.40   5.80  4.60
 3   Go Bears Go        Velazquez               10.60  7.20
 2   Kaufymaker         Ortiz                         11.20

Winning Time:   :57.00

$1 Exacta  6-3                        67.50
$1 Trifecta  6-3-2                   844.70
$1 Superfecta  6-3-2-11            7,403.70
Results chart
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Left: Twilight Gleaming exits the tunnel on his way to the post parade. Winning trainer Wesley Ward said, "I was really confident in this filly. I feel bad for the other two owners because we are all trying to win, but this filly, she had good spacing from her win in France and every work at Keeneland just kept getting better and better. She was coming into it just fresh and fit and ready to go and she did it."

Right: Twilight Gleaming heads back to the barn in his new winner's blanket. Ward added, "Barbara (Banke, owner) has been a loyal supporter of ours and she really got the itch to go over to England. We got some good horses and Ben McElroy got this filly for her and we bought some others for next year to go to Ascot with and I'm excited to see those. She's just such a great lady and she loves the sport. We are really excited. 



The $200,000 Golden State Juvenile featured 12 California-bred or sired 2-year-olds sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track. 16-1 Billy's Bet and 12-1 Fast Draw Munnings dueled out of the chute and down the back through fractions of 22.15 and 45.11 while stalked by 11-10 favorite Slow Down Andy.. Turning for home Fast Draw Munnings gained a short lead through 6f in 1:10.21 but 4-1 Finnaus, 9th early, rallied 4 wide to get up by 1/2 a length in 1:23.00. It was another 3/4 length back to Fast Draw Munnings third.

Winning trainer Walther Solis said, "He's a special horse and every single race he's learning more and more. He's going to get to the point where he really has it figured out. This was a better race than (runner-up in) the Del Mar Futurity. He was a little bit closer up today and now he's switching leads on time. The first couple races he didn't want to switch leads and that makes a lot of difference."

Results chart



The $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies featured 8 California-bred or sired 2-year-old fillies sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track. 26-1 Vronsky Feint was quickest away through an opening quarter of 22.46 before 8-5 favorite Big Novel gained a short lead through a half in 45.39. Turning for home 3-1 second choice Big Switch, 5th early under Irad Ortiz Jr, came out for room and swept to lead through 6f in 1:10.23 then drew off to win by 2 3/4 lengths over Big Novel in 1:22.39. It was a long 6 1/2 lengths back to 7-2 Vivacious Vanessa third.

Juan Leyva, assistant to winning trainer John Sadler said, "I've won some stakes (deputizing) for John at Keeneland, but haven't run 1-2 in a stakes before. I thought both fillies ran really well. We knew (runner-up) Big Novel was the speed of the race, but (Big Switch) really toughed it out."

Results chart



Kicking off the Friday stakes action, the $150,000 Qatar Golden Mile features 2-year-olds at a mile on the turf. 15-1 Detroit City set the pace of 22.53, 46.89, and 1:11,32 while pressed by 18-1 Thirty Four Coupe and stalked by 30-1 longest shot Astronomer. Turning for home Detroit City tired as 17-2 Optimizing gained a short lead through 7f in 1:12.48. However in deep stretch, Astronomer and jockey Ryan Moore came through on the rail to win by 1/2 a length over Optimizing in 1:37.37. It was a nose back to 5-2 second choice third. 6-5 favorite Ready to Purrform trailed early and passed tired horses to finish 7th beaten 4 lengths.

Winning trainer Doug O'Neill said, "She does like this track and I thought Umberto (Rispoli) just gave her a great ride. There's a lot of speed here and he got to sit just off the pace and when they turned for home he found a lane and got it done. Great race by the filly and a great ride by Umberto."

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The $200,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes is a 5 furlong turf sprint open to all ages (2 year old and upward) but the only juvenile entered, Thunder Love, was scratched. 16-1 Angelcents set the pace of 22.38 and 44.83 while pressed by 21-1 Lagertha and stalked by 13-2 A G Indy. In the lane Angelcents tired badly as A G Indy took over and held on to win by a neck over late-running 17-2 Time Limit in 56.71. It was another 1/2 length back to 2-1 second choice Hear My Prayer third while 9-5 favorite Superstition checked in 7th.

Winning trainer Simon Callaghan said, "Del Mar didn't work out well for him this summer (0-for-2) but he had a breakthrough race winning at Golden Gate Fields and he is improving. He's out of a mare that I trained for owners Michael (Tabor) and Alice (Bamford), which is very nice. And it was an excellent ride from Ryan Moore."

Results chart

Part 1 of Saturday's results and photos are available here. (dirt races)
Part 2 of Saturday's results and photos are available here. (turf races)

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