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Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. celebrates with White Abarrio after winning the Classic

Breeders' Cup
World Championships Results

Date: 11/4/2023

Saturday Results Summary (dirt)  -  Saturday Results Summary (turf)  -  F&M Sprint -  Turf Sprint -  Dirt Mile -  F&M Turf -  Sprint -  Mile -  Distaff -  Turf -  Classic
Friday Results Summary -  Juvenile Turf Sprint -  Juvenile Fillies Turf -  Juvenile Fillies -  Juvenile Turf -  Juvenile  
Wrap Up   -   Entries   -   Monday Works   -   Tuesday Works   -   Wednesday Works   -   Thursday Works

The 2023 Breeders' Cup World Championships ended on Saturday at Santa Anita Race Course in Arcadia, California with nine races, all with year-end championship implications, five of which were conducted over the 1 mile main track. Conditions were identical to Friday, with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 80's for the 66,247 fans in attendance, and the main track rated fast.

Total all-sources, global common-pool handle for the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park was $176,281,989. "Racing fans here and from around the world were treated to two days of the very best of our sport, includingthree repeat champions," said Breeders' Cup President and CEO Drew Fleming. "The 40th running of the Breeders' Cup was certainly worthy of the vision of its founders, who set out to create one of the most prestigious international events in our sport.We want to thank all of the weekend's participants, our sponsors, the communities of Arcadia and Pasadena, and our partners from 1/ST Racing for their support."

Full results with several photos will be available for each race sometime Sunday.



White Abarrio wins the Classic

The $6 million Longines Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) featured a field of 8 older horses going 1 1/4 miles on the main track in a race that heavily influences Eclipse Award voting for Champion Older Horse and Horse of the Year. Whitney (G1) winner qWhite Abarrio was sent off as the 5-2 favorite over 3-1 second choice Arabian Knight, winner of the Pacific Classic (G1), and 7-2 third choice Ushba Tesoro, winner of the Dubai World Cup (G1) and Nippon TV Hai.

Jockey Flavien Prat sent Arabian Knight to the lead first time by through fractions of 22.46, 45.73, 1:10.28, and 1:25.29 while pressed by 7-1 fourth choice Saudi Crown and stalked by White Abarrio. Turning for home, jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. sent White Abarrio 3 wide to sweep to the lead. Kept to task by Ortiz, White Abarrio held off late-running 26-1 Derma Sotogake to win by a length in 2:02.87. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to 17-1 Proxy fourth.

The Longines Breeders' Cup Classic

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

Pgm  Horse               Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 3   White Abarrio       Ortiz Jr.        7.20    5.20  3.80
 5   Derma Sotogake      Lemaire                 18.80 13.00
13   Proxy               Rosario                        7.80

Winning Time:  2:02.87

$1 Exacta 3-5                             89.70
$2 Trifecta 3-5-13                       901.80
$1 Superfecta 3-5-13-12               10,601.40
$1 Super High Five 3-5-13-12-8        53,593.30
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Left: White Abarrio heads back to the barn. Winning trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said, "After a half in 45 and change, we were happy and we were just hoping that our horse was going to run his race at that time. And he did. It set up really good for him. You know what, he makes races set up for him because he has as much early speed as anyone and he's got cruising speed to stay in striking position. I was extremely confident he would (get the 10 furlongs) at the top of the stretch. I didn't see anything coming and I saw that we were going to engage those two and I felt we could put them away and I didn't see anything coming. So we thought the race was over at that point."

Right: White Abarrio in the paddock. Winning Irad Ortiz Jr. said, "Everything came out perfect. We handicapped that race perfectly as we thought Saudi Crown and Arabian Knight would be on the lead and we should be third. I saved all the ground on the first turn and then I was able to get in the clear on the backside. After that, it all about the horse. To be honest, I just let him do his thing and I don't get in his way. When I turned for him, I started to ride him and kept responding."



Idiomatic wins the Distaff

The $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) featured a field of 9 older fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles on the main track. Personal Ensign (G1) and Spinster (G1) winner Idiomatic was sent off as the 9-5 favorite over 3-1 second choice Clairiere, 5th in the Personal Ensign, and 5-1 third choice Adare Manor, winner of the Clement Hirsch (G1) and Zenyatta (G1).

Jockey Jose Ortiz sent 15-2 fourth choice Randomized to the front first time by through fractions of 22.31, 46.26, and 1:10.16 while pressed by Idiomatic and stalked by 28-1 Hoosier Philly. Turning for home Idiomatic collared Randomized through 1 mile in 1:36.52. The pair dueled to the line with Idiomatic under Florent Geroux prevailing by 1/2 a length in 1:50.57. It was a nose back to late-running 17-1 Le Da Vida third.

The Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff

Purse: $2,000,000     Distance: 1 1/8 miles

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 4   Idiomatic          Geroux            5.60   4.00  3.00
 8   Randomized         Ortiz                    7.20  5.00
11   La Da Vida         Cheminaud                      7.20

Winning Time:  1:50.57
  
$1 Exacta 4-8                         20.80
$1 Trifecta 4-8-11                   149.40
$1 Superfecta 4-8-11-9               690.50
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Left: Idiomatic exits the paddock. Winning jockey Florent Geroux said, "It worked out great. She broke super sharp. It was a question if I was going to give up the lead or not. I decided it was the smart thing to do. I just followed Jose (Ortiz) on Randomized around there. It didn't feel like we were going that fast, but when I came back and looked at the time, it was a little bit scary seeing 22 for the opening quarter. But they slowed it down a little bit the second quarter. I'm glad the wire came. My filly was getting a little tired at the end to be honest."

Right: Idiomatic heads back to the barn. Winning trainer Brad Cox said, "I felt like she needed to get a good, clean trip. She did. She broke well. Randomized was the speed of the speed. She needed to lay close, not let her get away. They both fought on very well. That big stride came in during the last sixteenth of a mile. She was set up close to that hot pace. I'm very proud of the effort."



Elite Power wins the Sprint

The $2 million Qatar Racing Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) featured a field of 8 older sprinters going 6 furlongs. Last year's winner Elite Power was sent off as the 8-5 favorite off his Forego (G1) second place finish, over 3-1 second choice Speed Boat Beach, 2nd in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G2), and 31-10 third choice Gunite, second in the Parx Dirt Mile after winning the Forego.

Jockey Mike Smith sent Speed Boat Beach to the lead exiting the chute through fractions of 21.99 and 44.35 while pressed by Gunite and stalked by Elite Power. Into the stretch Speed Boat Beach continued to lead through 5f in 56.40 but tired late. Elite Power under Irad Ortiz Jr. came out 4 wide for room and rallied to win going away by 1 1/2 lengths over Gunite in 1:08.34. It was 1/2 a length more to 26-1 Nakatomi third.

The Qatar Racing Breeders' Cup Sprint

Purse: $2,000,000     Distance: 6 furlongs

Pgm  Horse               Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 8   Elite Power          Ortiz,Jr.        5.40    3.60  2.80
 9   Gunite               Gaffalione               4.00  3.40
 1   Nakatomi             Saez                           6.80

Winning Time:  1:08.34

$1 Exacta 8-9                              8.00
$1 Trifecta 8-9-1                         93.80
$1 Superfecta 8-9-1-7                    462.80
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Left: Elite Power exits the paddock. Winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. said, "I had a beautiful trip. I was in the clear early and the horse took me beautifully right to the quarter pole. I was a good passenger sitting in the passenger's seat until the quarter pole. Then I asked him and he just responded well."

Right: Elite Power heads back to the barn. Winning trainer Bill Mott said, "It's a difficult job to keep a horse going year after year. To come back and win two Breeders' Cups in a row says a lot about the durability of the horse and the luck that I have. We were lucky enough to have him and he's had a great career. He's off to his new career which will be in the stud barn and we wish him all the best. Irad warmed him up good and he said he wanted to be close to the pace without using him too hard. The rivalry with Gunite was there and he certainly showed up. I thought he was the one we had to beat."



Cody's Wish wins the Dirt Mile

The $1 million Big Ass Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) is for older horses going 1 mile on the main track. Last year's winner Cody's Wish was sent off as the 4-5 favorite off his Vosburgh (G1) win, over 4-1 second choice Zozos, winner of the Ack Ack (G3), and 9-2 third choice National Treasure, winner of the Preakness (G1) but fourth in the Awesome Again (G1) last out.

Jockey Flavien Prat sent National Treasure to the lead first time by through fractions of 22.51, 46.02, and 1:09.78 while pressed by 11-1 Skippylongstocking and stalked by 42-1 longest shot Shirl's Bee. In the stretch National Treasure continued to lead through 7f in 1:22.86. Cody's Wish, 6th early under Junior Alvarado, came through between horses to collar National Treasure inside the 1/8 pole. During the duel Cody's Wish bore in as National Treasure bore out at the 1/16 pole, causing the pair to bump before Cody's Wish prevailed by a nose in 1:35.97. It was a long 3 3/4 lengths back to Skippylongstocking third. There was a lengthy stewards' inquiry into the bumping incident but the result stood.

The Big Ass Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile

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

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
  3   Cody's Wish        Alvarado          3.60   2.60  2.10
  9   National Treasure  Prat                     4.20  3.20
  6   Skippylongstocking Gaffalione   .                 4.00

Winning Time:  1:35.97                     

$1 Exacta 3-9                          7.20  
$1 Trifecta 3-9-6                     33.70
$1 Superfecta 3-9-6-5                 78.40
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Left: Cody's Wish in the paddock. Winning jockey Junior Alvarado said, "He broke OK again, better than the last couple of races. I had to save every inch of ground with him. I didn't have the luxury of swinging him outside because I knew this was a tough race. He always is there for me. He is just a big fighter for me. (National Treasure) came out first and initiated contact. Once that happened, I knew I had one green light for me to go back at him. I just needed to keep him as straight as possible."

Right: Cody's Wish gets unsaddled while trainer Bill Mott watches. Mott said, "A great story, it's a great story, an inspiration for a lot of people. To see what it has done for Cody Dorman and his family and a lot of people around him. Look, I have a wrist band and it says 'Cody's Wish. Sometimes wishes do come true.' I think Junior got his head in front and the way he felt, he said that horse was never going to get by him. (National Treasure) drifted out into us and came out a couple paths and I think there was a slight brush and we probably brushed him back but it did not knock either of them off stride."



Goodnight Olive wins the Filly and Mare Sprint

The $1 million PNC Bank Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) featured a field of 9 older fillies and mares sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track. Last year's winner Goodnight Olive was sent off as the 11-10 favorite off her 2nd place finish in the Ballerina Handicap (G1), over 2-1 second choice Society, winner of the Chicago Stakes (G3) at Ellis Park, and 7-1 third choice Matareya, third in the Ballerina.

12-1 Eda and Society dueled for the lead out of the chute and down the backstretch through fractions of 22.29 and 44.86 while pressed by Goodnight Olive and stalked by 26-1 Yuugiri. Turning into the lane Eda tired as jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. sent Goodnight Olive to the front through 3/4 in 1:09.68. Kept to task by Ortiz, Goodnight Olive drew off to win by 2 3/4 lengths over Yuugiri in 1:22.97. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to late-running 34-1 Three Witches third.

The PNC Bank Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

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

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 1   Goodnight Olive    Ortiz Jr.         4.20   3.00  2.40
 9   Yuugiri            Santana Jr.             14.80  9.00
 8   Three Witches      Gaffalione                    10.40

Winning Time:  1:22.97                    

$1 Exacta 1-9                         35.60
$2 Trifecta 1-9-8                    473.30
$1 Superfecta 1-9-8-7              1,714.10
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Left: Goodnight Olive in the paddock. Winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. said, "Beautiful trip. She was there for me every time I asked. She gives me confidence. I knew I was on the best horse. She did it again."

Right: Goodnight Olive heads back to the barn. Winning trainer Chad Brown said, "It's very satisfying. She trained perfect her last two works. Really beautifully. When she broke good and got behind Society, which I was really happy to see because we knew she was the second choice in the race and really fit on paper. If we could find her, she was going to take us at least to the quarter-pole. And I said to Irad, it's likely that other horses will be tired around you at that point and when she got outside of her, she was able to put the race to bed. Rarely does Plan A' go into effect and actually finish all the way through. Irad executed it perfectly."

Part 2 of Saturday's results and photos are available here.
Results and photos for the four Breeders' Cup races on Friday are available here.

Saturday Results Summary (dirt)  -  Saturday Results Summary (turf)  -  F&M Sprint -  Turf Sprint -  Dirt Mile -  F&M Turf -  Sprint -  Mile -  Distaff -  Turf -  Classic
Friday Results Summary -  Juvenile Turf Sprint -  Juvenile Fillies Turf -  Juvenile Fillies -  Juvenile Turf -  Juvenile  
Wrap Up   -   Entries   -   Monday Works   -   Tuesday Works   -   Wednesday Works   -   Thursday Works

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