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Jockey Ryan Moore celebrates aboard Auguste Rodin after winning the Turf

Breeders' Cup
World Championships Results Part 2

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 with nine races, all with year-end championship implications, four of which were conducted over Santa Anita's 7 furlong turf course in the infield, with the downhill chute (which crosses the main track) used for the Turf and Filly and Mare Turf. Conditions were identical to Friday, with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 80's for the 66,247 fans in attendance, with the course rated firm.

Irad Ortiz Jr. won the 21st Bill Shoemaker Award, his career fifth honor, off three wins, all on Saturday: Sprint (Elite Power), Classic (White Abarrio), Goodnight Olive (Filly and Mare Sprint). The Shoemaker Award goes to the jockey who rides the most winners in the 14 Championship races with the tiebreaker being a 10-3-1 point system for second- through fourth-place finishes. Junior Alvarado and Ryan Moore tied for second place with 2 wins each.

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



Auguste Rodin wins the Turf

The $4 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) featured 11 older horses going 1 1/2 miles around 3 turns of the turf. Irish Champion Stakes (G1) winner Auguste Rodin was sent off as the 5-2 favorite over 3-1 second choice Mostahdaf, winner of the Juddmonte International (G1), and 7-2 third choice Up to the Mark, off wins in the Manhattan (G1) and Coolmore Turf Mile (G1).

Jockey Victor Espinoza sent 64-1 longest shot Balladeer to the lead first time by through fractions of 24.85, 48.79, 1:12.66, 1:37.00, and 2:01.28 while pressed by 54-1 Adhamo and stalked by 55-1 Broome and Up to the Mark. Turning for home Balladeer tired as Auguste Rodin, 8th early under Ryan Moore, came through on the rail to gain the lead. Up to the Mark closed late but Auguste Rodin held him off to win by 3/4 length in 2:24.30. It was another 1/2 length back to late-running 25-1 Shahryar third.

The Longines Breeders' Cup Turf

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

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 5   Auguste Rodin      Moore             7.00   3.80  3.00
 8   Up to the Mark     Ortiz,Jr.                4.00  3.80
 1   Shahryar           Demuro                        10.00

Winning Time:  2:24.30

$1 Exacta  5-8                        12.90
$1 Trifecta  5-8-1                   249.90
$1 Superfecta  5-8-1-3             2,595.60
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Expanded results with more photos and details

Left: Auguste Rodin in the paddock. Winning jockey Ryan Moore said, "The race didn't go to plan. The first part of the race was messy as everyone was in each other's way and I didn't really like where I was. All I wanted to do was get the horse to find his rhythm and he got there so quickly and easily and once he got to the front that's all he does. Considering how the race went against him it was probably his best performance. Going into the race it looked a deep field and now he's won two Derbies, Irish Champion Stakes and now come here and beaten some proper horses. He's vindicated himself now."

Right: Auguste Rodin heads back to the barn. Winning trainer Aidan O'Brien said,"He has a beautiful action, very intellectual, just a dream horse. What an incredible horse he is bringing Japanese and European pedigrees together. So delighted for the lads and Ryan gave him a brilliant ride. After 3 furlongs the race was havoc as everyone wanted to be in the rail then away from the rail. Ryan knew at the top of the bend where was he going to go as he had horses on his outside. He knew when he gets to the front he stops and hoped his momentum would get him home. An incredible ride."



Master of the Seas wins the Mile

The $2 million FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) presented by PDJF featured a field of 13 older horses. Yasuda Kinen (G1) winner and Mainichi Okan (G2) runner-up Songline was sent off as the 3-1 favorite over 7-2 second choice Master of the Seas, winner of the Woodbine Mile (G1) but 2nd in the Coolmore Turf Mile (G1), and 9-2 third choice Mawj, winner of the One Thousand Guineas (G1) and Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1).

Jockey Kosei Miura sent 41-1 Win Carnelian to the lead first time by through fractions of 22.16, 45.37, and 1:09.12 while pressed by 54-1 Astronomer and stalked by Mawj. Turning for home the leaders tired allowing Mawj to inherit the lead through 7f in 1:20.89. Master of the Seas, 12th early under William Buick, came out wide for room and rallied to get up by a nose over Mawj in 1:32.45. It was another 1/2 length back to 6-1 fourth choice Casa Creed third, while favorite Songline checked in fifth beaten just 1 1/4 lengths.

The FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile

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

Pgm  Horse               Jockey            Win   Place  Show
14   Master of the Seas  Buick             8.60   4.80  4.20
 6   Mawj                Murphy                   6.40  4.60
 3   Casa Creed          Saez                           5.40
 
Winning Time:  1:32.45

$1 Exacta 14-6                        19.90
$1 Trifecta 14-6-3                   165.90
$1 Superfecta 14-6-3-2               764.50
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Expanded results with more photos and details

Left: Master of the Seas in the paddock. Winning jockey William Buick said, "Obviously it was a tough post position in 14 so it was never going to be easy. We had to ride him for his turn of foot and the pace was good. I was lucky on the turn as I didn't have to pull out as wide as expecting. Once passing the quarter-pole he took off. I was then always confident he would get there. Credit to the horse and Charlie's record at Breeders' Cup is amazing. These races aren't easy at all and I'm absolutely delighted."

Right: Master of the Seas heads back to the barn. Winning trainer Charlie Appleby said, "He's been beaten three times a short head in Grade 1s, so we know the horse has got the engine, he just needed the breaks and he got them today in a fashion from a draw where William gave him an outstanding ride. We were always going to have to play slingshot and that's easier said than done, but Will gave him the ride he needed and he got up on the line when it mattered. That's the name of the game. He will go to Dubai now, but he's got an invitation to the Pegasus (World Cup), so we might take a look at that."



Inspiral wins the Filly and Mare Turf

The $2 million Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) featured a field of 12 older fillies and mares going 1 1/4 miles on the turf. Prix Jacques Le Marois (G1) and Sun Chariot (G1) winner Inspiral was the 5-2 favorite over 3-1 second choice In Italian, second in the Diana (G1) and First Lady (G1), and 4-1 third choice Warm Heart, winner of the Yorkshire Oaks (G1) and Prix Vermeille (G1).

Jockey Joel Rosario sent In Italian to the front first time by through fractions of 22.95, 46.90, 1:12.45, and 1:36.38 while pressed by 56-1 State Occasion and stalked by 18-1 Fev Rover. In the stretch In Italian continued to lead to the 1/8 pole before tiring. Inspiral, 8th early under Frankie Dettori, came out 3 wide and surged late to win by a neck over Warm Heart in 1:59.06. It was a length back to late-running 13-1 Moira third.

The Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf

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

Pgm  Horse               Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 6   Inspiral            Dettori          7.00    4.40  3.20
 2   Warm Heart          Moore                    5.40  3.40
 4   Moira               Prat                           6.00

Winning Time:  1:59.06                      

$1 Exacta 6-2                14.80
$1 Trifecta 6-2-4           129.40
$1 Superfecta 6-2-4-5     2,531.00
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Expanded results with more photos and details

Left: Inspiral in the paddock. Winning jockey Frankie Dettori said, "My main concern, she's always slow out of the gates. Usually the Fillies & Mares cuts out to eight runners, but this year 12. I thought I'll have to really pass most of the horses. She jumped good. I got squeezed out. I got on the fence. I was pleased. I really wanted to be where William (Buick aboard With the Moonlight) was, but he got there before me. She needs a quarter of a mile to get really in top gear. I thought I'd better not try to go for gaps. I found the opening on the outside. I expected her, again, to find top gear, but once she found top gear -- I don't know if you see her pass the line, she was flying."

Right: Inspiral heads back to the barn. Winning trainer John Gosden said, "An amazing performance from an outstanding filly. Frankie said he was happy with her throughout the race having a good pitch on the inside rail. She traveled beautifully throughout and showed an electric turn of foot. Turning into the straight Frankie had to sit and suffer for a few strides but once she got out she flew home and won very well in the end."



Nobals wins the Turf Sprint

The $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) featured a full field of 12 older horses sprinting 5 furlongs around one turn. Green Flash Handicap (G3) winner Motorious was sent off as the 11-4 favorite over 4-1 second choice Live in the Dream, winner of the Nunthorpe (G1) but 4th in the Woodford (G2), and 9-2 third choice and last year's winner Caravel, 2nd in the Franklin (G2).

Jockey Sean Kirrane sent Live in the Dream to lead through fractions of 21.15 and 43.77 while pressed by 18-1 Jasper Krone and stalked by Caravel. In the stretch, 12-1 Nobals, 7th early under Gerardo Corrales, came through on the rail to win by a neck over 12-1 Big Invasion in 55.15. It was another 1/2 length back to 10-1 Aesop's Fables third, while favorite Motorious checked in 5th beaten 1 1/4 lengths.

The Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

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

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 7   Nobals              Corrales        26.00   13.20  9.40
 1   Big Invasion        Rosario                 12.00  7.80
 8   Aesop's Fables      Moore                          7.40

Winning Time:     55.15

$1 Exacta  7-1                          115.10
$1 Trifecta  7-1-8                    1,116.60
$1 Superfecta  7-1-8-5                6,945.60
Results chart
Expanded results with more photos and details

Left: Nobals heads out for the post parade. Winning jockey Gerardo Corrales said, "We had a real nice trip. I had a lot of horse and when the rail opened up, my horse was ready to go. He was the best horse today."

Right: Nobals heads back to the barn. Winning trainer Larry Rivelli said, "Absolutely not (how I drew it up). Stuff happens in these types of races and I think the jock made the difference today. He rode the horse perfect and stayed inside and the gap came and he was gone. This is it. I'm a third-generation trainer and we've been doing this forever. I'm happy for the connections Vince Foglia, my buddy and all my owners and friends and staff and family, it's nice."



The first race at Santa Anita on Breeders' Cup Saturday was the $250,000 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Stakes (G2) for older horses going 1 5/8 miles around three turns of the main track, with just 5 going to post after 1 scratch. Jockey Flavien Prat sent 3-1 second choice Salesman to a clear lead first time by through fractions of 48.30, 1:12.87, 1:33.87, and 1:04.19 while pressed by 4-5 favorite Siskany and stalked by 6-1 fourth choice Serifos. On the far turn Salesman opened up a 6 1/2 lead through 1 1/2 miles in 2:30.50, and continued to open up to finish 8 1/4 lengths clear of 4-1 third choice Win the Day in 2:44.08. It was another 20 lengths back to 6-1 Kiss Today Goodbye third, while favorite Siskany tired late to finish last beaten 57 1/2 lengths.

Winning trainer Richard Mandella said, "The horse has been training really well. We decided in his workouts to put him on the lead and he really liked that. That was the plan today." Jockey Flavien Prat added, "I was just cruising. He was in a nice rhythm, and he ran a great race. I was watching the workouts and I could see that he was the pacemaker for some of Mr. Mandella horses, it looked like he was training outstanding, so I was confident.

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The $250,000 Twilight Derby (G2) featured a field of 13 three-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on the turf. 7-1 third choice Packs a Wahlop under Hector Berrios set the pace of 23.56, 47.18, and 1:11.07 while pressed by 25-1 Watsonville and stalked by 74-1 Reiquest and 3-1 second choice Silver Knott. Turning for home the pacesetters tired as 15-2 fourth choice Seal Team, 8th early under Umberto Rispoli, rallied 4 wide to outfinish Silver Knott by 1/2 a length in 1:47.29. It was a nose back to late-running 5-2 favorite Webslinger third.

Winning trainer Richard Mandella said, "We have always had big hopes for this horse. We thought he would be a good one. I didn't tell Umberto (Rispoli) a thing in the paddock. I just wished him luck." Jockey Umberto Rispoli added, "The first time I worked this horse (Mandella) said, I want you to ride this horse because I think he could be a very important horse from my barn.' For me to hear that from a Hall Of Fame trainer it gave me confidence. Mrs. (Ramona, owner) Bass she was so nice with me from day one, so I just stuck with this horse. I could have ridden a couple of other horses in the race, but I had the chance to choose. Sometimes it is for the best and sometimes it is not."

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Part 1 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   -   Inspiral Works   -   Wednesday Works   -   Thursday Works

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