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Upsets dominated six of the day’s nine races, with Little Mike pulling off the biggest stunner at 17-1 odds in the $3 million Turf.
Rosie Napravnik joined Julie Krone as the only female jockeys to win a Breeders’ Cup race when she guided 6-5 favorite Shanghai Bobby to a head victory over He’s Had Enough in the $2 million Juvenile.
“As long as you’ve got the horse underneath you, you can get the job done,” said Napravnik, who started her career riding under her initials A.R. so no one would realize she was a woman.
Shanghai Bobby dug in along the rail after it looked as if he was beaten in the stretch, setting himself up as the winter book favorite for the Kentucky Derby. The colt improved to 5-0 under trainer Todd Pletcher, who went 1 for 10 on the weekend.
“He’s got everything you want. He’s fast and courageous,” Pletcher said. “He’s handled everything we’ve thrown at him, from 4½ furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. He just keeps coming.”
Wise Dan, the 9-5 favorite in the $2 million Mile, came through with a 1½-length victory, covering the distance in a track-record 1:31.78. He paid $5.60 to win for trainer Charles Lopresti and jockey John Velazquez, who earned his 12th BC victory.
Animal Kingdom, last year’s Kentucky Derby winner who had been off for 259 days after his second and most recent injury, finished second.
The string of upsets continued Saturday, with Little Mike winning the Turf by a half-length under jockey Ramon Dominguez. He paid $36.60, the highest win price for this year’s event.
Little Mike, trained by Churchill Downs-based Dale Romans, ran 1½ miles in 2:22.83. Point of Entry was second and Ireland-based St Nicholas Abbey, last year’s champion, finished third.
The win price on Little Mike topped Calidoscopio’s payout of $36.40 in the $500,000 Marathon on Friday.
Tapizar beat a talented field that included 5-2 favorite Emcee, Shackleford and Fed Biz. He won by 2¼ lengths and paid $32.60 for trainer Steve Asmussen. Rail Trip was second and Delegation third.
“This never gets old,” said jockey Corey Nakatani, who earned his 10th BC win. “Winning a race on Breeders’ Cup day is special.”
Trinniberg won the $1.5 million Sprint by three-quarters of a length at 13-1 odds, triggering a win price of $29.40. Jockey Willie Martinez and trainer Shivananda Parbhoo earned their first BC victories. Defending champion Amazombie, the 7-2 favorite, was eighth.
In the $1 million Juvenile Turf, 9-1 shot George Vancouver found a narrow opening in the lane and bolted through to win by 1¼ lengths. He paid $20.60. Trainer Aidan O’Brien, jockey Ryan Moore and owner Coolmore Stud teamed to win for the second straight year.
By David A. Clarke Jr.
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