ARCADIA , California : Santa Anita RaceTrack
More than 80,000 Fans , over the 2 Day Breeders Cup , witnessed World-Class Horse Racing and In-Total $155,474,553 was Wagered . The Europeans Dominated Saturday with Five Wins on the newly installed Pro-Ride Synthetic Surface. America’s Richest Horse wasn’t able to Win America’s Richest Race.
Curlin , Horse Racing’s Top Money Winner with $10.2 million in earnings and considered the World’s Best horse racing on Dirt , was Beaten by the late charge of 13-1 English invader Raven’s Pass. Curlin , piloted by Robbie Albarado , made a Big Move from seventh place to take command while going five wide at the top of the stretch , looking every bit a Repeat Winner of the Classic.
Raven’s Pass and Henrythenavigator are great turf horses. ” It seemed like the synthetics played like a turf course” said the Jockey. “It was a turf race. It absolutely was the Pro-Ride surface He ran his heart out and gave it all he had. He’s a great horse. He’s made over $10 million ” said the Trainer , Steve Asmussen.
European-based horses won the $5 Million Classic $2 million Turf with Conduit , the $1 million Juvenile Turf with Donativum , the $2 million Mile with the 3-year-old filly Goldikova , and the $1 million Dirt Marathon with Muhannak.
The Classic and Dirt Marathon were run over Santa Anita’s new Pro-Ride surface. This was the first Breeders’ Cup to conduct its races over a synthetic surface. Without a synthetic surface , John Gosden the trainer of Raven’s Pass said the horse would have most likely gone in the Breeders’ Cup Mile on Turf and the use of synthetic surfaces means the whole game is opened up for us now.
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Raven’s Pass and Donativum are owned by Princess Haya of Jordan , the wife of Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum , the ruler of Dubai who races as Darley Stable. It was a Tremendous Day for Darley as the Stable also won the Juvenile with Midshipman. Money Does Buy Happiness.
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