Japan take two Breeders’ Cup victories

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DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) – Japan recorded a 0-to-13 skid in the Breeders’ Cup on Saturday, with a stunning 45-1 upset in the $ 2 million distaff and a win in the Filly and Mare $ 2 million turf in Del Mar.

Marche Lorraine edged out Dunbar Road by the nose, the crowd eagerly awaiting the arrival photo in the distaff. The 5 year old mare ran 1 1/8 miles in 1: 47.67 and paid $ 101.80 to win under Irish jockey Oisín Murphy.

“I had no idea. With the shadows, it’s impossible to know exactly where the (finish) line is,” said Murphy. “It was a brilliant performance. I thought I would try and try to. ignore his chances and give him every chance.

Letruska, the 8-5 favorite with ties to Mexico, finished 10th out of 11 horses.

Yoshito Yahagi coached the two Japanese champions. Loves Only You won the Filly & Mare Turf by a half length under Yuga Kawada.

Loves Only You came flying between the horses in a deep stretch and finished 1 3/8 miles in 2: 13.87. She paid $ 10.60 to win at odds of 4-1.

“I would like to say thank you to my horse. She did a great job, ”Yahagi said through a translator. “This is a dream come true for the Japanese horse racing industry. I would love to come back to the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland next year and do the same.

Yahagi didn’t have to wait that long. Three races later, he saddled Marche Lorraine en Queue.

War Like Goddess, the 2-1 favorite in the Filly & Mare Turf, was third. Defending champion Audarya finished fifth.

The Knicks Go and Belmont Stakes winner Essential Quality were favorites in the $ 6 million Classic later Saturday. The scope was reduced to eight when the Express Train was scratched in the morning with swelling in the right shank, similar to an ankle.

The sun finally broke through the fog that covered the seaside trail north of San Diego a day earlier.

In other races:

– Aloha West marked an upheaval by winning the $ 2 million Sprint by a nose. The 4-year-old colt, who started his racing career this year, finished sixth at the top of the stretch and edged Dr Schivel over under Jose Ortiz, who won his second Cup race of the weekend. Coached by Wayne Catalano, Aloha West ran six stages in 1: 08.49 and paid $ 24.60 to win. Jackie’s Warrior, the 1-2 favorite, was sixth.

“I knew there was a lot of speed in the race and I didn’t have any, so I knew I was going to come from behind,” said Ortiz. “He was giving me a good run, but I didn’t know if I was going to make it. Finally, we did it.

– Ce Ce won the $ 1 Million Filly & Mare Sprint by 2 1/2 lengths in an upset. The 6-1 shot paid $ 14.40 to win. Defending champion Gamine, the 2-5 favorite coached by Bob Baffert, finished third, ending her five-game winning streak. Victor Espinoza, 49, led Ce Ce to her first Cup victory since 2015. She completed seven stages in 1:21.

– Ireland-raised Space Blues won the $ 2 million Mile by a half length for coach Charlie Appleby. He ran 1 mile on the turf in 1: 34.01 and paid $ 6.20 to win as a 2-1 favorite in his last race before retiring. Appleby’s other horse, Master of the Seas, was scratched at the starting grid after acting at the No.1 post. Neither horse nor jockey James Doyle was injured. It was similar to what happened on Friday, when Appleby’s Modern Games was mistakenly wiped out by vets before being reinstated to race in the $ 1 million Juvenile Turf for purse money alone. . The Modern Games have won. “I’m getting used to that kind of talk now,” Appleby joked. William Buick rode the two winners for owner Godolphin Stables, the racing outfit of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai.

– Life Is Good took a 5-3 / 4 victory in the $ 1million Dirt Mile, giving jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. his third two-day World Cup victory. The 3-year-old ran the distance in 1: 34.12 and paid $ 3.40 to win as a 3-5 favorite.

Todd Pletcher coaches Life Is Good and claimed his 12th Cup victory. Ortiz has 14 career Cup victories.

“He brought it to them,” Pletcher said. “Just too much horse.”

– Golden Pal topped the $ 1 million Turf Sprint and won by 1 1/4 lengths under Irad Ortiz Jr. The 5-2 favorite ran 1 1/4 miles in 54.75 seconds and was paid $ 7 to win. Ortiz and coach Wesley Ward teamed up to win the Juvenile Turf on Friday with Twilight Gleaming. Golden Pal won this race last year, making him a two-time Cup winner among his five career victories.

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AP freelance writer Mike Farrell contributed to this report.

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