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Nov 07, 2003

Richard Mandella dominates 20th Breeders' Cup

By: Sports Network


Richard Mandella dominates 20th Breeders" Cup

Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - Never before in Breeders" Cup history

has a trainer saddled four winners. The 20th edition of the

Breeders" Cup saw Richard Mandella send four of his charges to the winner"s

circle at Santa Anita Park.

In addition to Mandella making history, High Chaparral repeated as the winner

of the Breeders" Cup Turf. In that race High Chaparral finished in a

dead-heat with Johar, to mark the first dead-heat for win in the World

Thoroughbred Championships.

Five longshots captured Breeders" Cup races in 2003, including Johar who

went off at 14-1, and Julie Krone became the first female to ride to victory

in a Breeders" Cup race.

Pleasantly Perfect gave Mandella his fourth winner of the afternoon. The

five-year-old rolled to victory in the $4 million Breeders" Cup Classic. The

longshot covered the 1 1/4 miles in 1:59.88.

Pleasantly Perfect came from well off the pace to capture the Classic by

1 1/2 lengths. Medaglia d"Oro finished second after setting the pace along

with Congaree. Dynever got up for third in the nine-horse field, and Congaree

faded to fourth.

Pleasantly Perfect is owned by Diamond A Racing and was ridden to victory by

Alex Solis. Solis also rode Johar to the dead-heat finish in the Turf. The

win in the Classic was worth $2 million to bring the five-year-old"s career

winnings to $2.9 million.

Pleasantly Perfect returned $30.40, $9.60 and $6.60. Medaglia d"Oro paid

$4.40 and $3.60, and Dynever paid $7.40 for show.

One race before the Classic saw a finish that couldn"t be more exciting. 2002

Breeders" Cup Turf winner High Chaparral and Johar finished in a dead- heat

in the $2 million Breeders" Cup Turf. It was the first time in Breeders" Cup

history that two horses tied to win a race.

In many ways it was a repeat of last year"s $2 million event. The Tin Man and

Balto Star set the pace for the first mile. Up the backstretch Balto Star was

squeezed back to put him out of contention.

At the top of the stretch Falbrav took the lead, but not for long. Charging down

the stretch came High Chaparral and Johar. At the wire Johar and High Chaparral

were inseparable. The judges determined that the two horses hit the wire

exactly at the same instant. Falbrav held for third.

The time for the 1 1/2 miles was 2:24.24 on a yielding course. The owners for

the two winners each receive $763,200.

High Chaparral is owned by Michael Tabor and Susan Magnier. Aidan O"Brien trains

and Michael Kinane rides. Last year High Chaparral won the event as the 9-10

favorite. High Chaparral is the sixth horse to win two Breeders" Cup races.

Johar is owned by The Thoroughbred Corp. and trained by Mandella, who already

won the Juvenile Filly and Juvenile.

High Chaparral returned $6.40, $6.20 and $3.80. Johar paid $13.60, $9.00

and $5.40. Falbrav paid $4.20.

The 20th running of the World Thoroughbred Championships got off to an exciting

start at Santa Anita. In the Distaff, Adoration led every step of the way to

get the day started with a bang.

Adoration, ridden by Pat Valenzuela, went off as a 40-1 longshot. She broke

from the gate well and went to the lead. The six challengers were strung out

behind the leader in the 1 1/8 mile race.

Adoration opened up around the turn with Elloluv trying to overtake her. Down

the stretch Adoration continued to roll and hit the wire 4 1/2 lengths in front.

Elloluv was second and Got Koko third. Odds-on favorite Sightseek finished fourth

after a rough trip. The time for the Distaff was 1:49.17.

Adoration is owned by Amerman Racing and trained by David Hofmans. The four-year-old

adds $1 million to her bankroll. She has now earned more than $1.3 million in

her career.

Adoration returned $83.40, $33.40 and $25.80. Elloluv paid $9.20 and $12.20, and

Got Koko paid $6.80.

Krone guided Halfbridled to a 2 1/2 win in the Breeders" Cup Juvenile Filly.

Krone, who came back from retirement earlier this year, guided Halfbridled to her

fourth straight win. Halfbridled has yet to lose a race in her short career.

Halfbridled is trained by Mandella for Wertheimer Farm. The time for the 1 1/16 miles

was 1:42.75. The win was worth $520,000. The two-year-old has won three straight

stakes and has earned $849,400.

Halfbridled returned $6.60, $4.80 and $3.40. Ashado paid $11.60 and $7.20, and

Victory U.S.A paid $4.80 for show.

Six Perfections, the only female in the field, shot down the stretch to capture

the $1.5 million Mile on the grass. The time for the race was 1:33.86.

Jockey Jerry Bailey recorded his 14th win in Breeders" Cup history. The win also

gave trainer Pascal Bary back-to-back wins in the Mile. Domedriver won the 2002

edition.

Six Perfections overcame a tough time getting into the starting gate to claim the

$780,000 winner"s check. She finished 3/4"s of a length ahead of Touch of the Blues

with Century City third and Irish Warrior fourth in the 13-horse field. Sarafan

was a scratch.

The three-year-old filly is owned by Flaxman Holdings and has now earned better

than $1.4 million. This was Six Perfection"s first race in America after nine

races in Europe.

Six Perfections returned $12.60, $7.00 and $4.80. Touch of the Blues paid $9.80

and $6.80, and Century City paid $15.60 for show.

The fastest horses in the world went postward in the six furlong Sprint. Longshot

Cajun Beat came away with a 2 1/4 length victory in a time of 1:07.95.

Cajun Beat, ridden by Cornelio Velazquez, ran near the lead until the top of the

stretch. The three-year-old pulled away through the middle of the track.

Bluesthestandard was second, Shake You Down finished third and Posse ended fourth

in the 13 horse field.

Cajun Beat is owned by Padua Stable and John and Joseph Iracane. Stephen Margolis

trains the gelding who has now won two consecutive stakes. The $613,600 purse

increases Cajun Beat"s career earnings to more than $800,000.

Cajun Beat returned $47.60, $19.80 and $11.20. Bluesthestandard paid $12.60 and

$8.00, and Shake You Down paid $5.00 for show.

Islington, last year"s third-place finisher, posted a neck victory to capture the

1 1/4 mile Filly & Mare Turf. The winning time was 1:59.13.

Jockey Kieren Fallon, who has been aboard the four-year-old filly in all 14 of her

races, captured his first Breeders" Cup win.

The win was worth $551,200 for Islington, which is owned by the estate of the late

Lord Weinstock and trained by Michael Stoute. The filly has more than $1.5 million

in career earnings.

The pace in the Filly & Mare Turf was briskly set by Bien Nicole. She took the

field through the first seven furlongs, but tired around the final turn. Islington

and L"Ancresse battled down the stretch, while Yesterday finished third and

Heat Haze was fourth.

Islington returned $7.80, $6.00 and $4.20. L"Ancresse paid $32.60 and $13.00. and

Yesterday paid $7.80 for show.

Winning the Breeders" Cup Juvenile is a good news/bad news situation. The good

news is that the winner of the race is traditionally the early favorite for the

next year"s Kentucky Derby. The bad news, however, is that no Juvenile winner has

gone on to win the Derby.

This year"s recipient that claimed the dubious honor of capturing the Breeders" Cup

Juvenile is Action This Day, as the two-year-old put on a late charge to capture

the 1 1/16 mile race in a time of 1:43.62. He finished 2 1/4 lengths in front of

Minister Eric.

Action This Day was ridden by David Flores for owner B. Wayne Hughes and was

trained by Mandella. Action This Day adds $780,000 to his winnings, which now exceed

$800,000.

Action This Day went from last in the 12 horse field to win the first stakes race

of his career. Minister Eric was second with Chapel Royal and Tiger Hunt came in

fourth. The winner was making just his third start in his first year of competition.

Action This Day returned $55.60, $19.20 and $11.00. Minister Eric paid $8.80 and

$7.20, for place and Chapel Royal paid $5.60 for show. Favorite Cuvee finished last.

The 2004 running of the World Thoroughbred Championships will be held at Lone Star Park

near Dallas, Texas. The 21st Breeders" Cup will be conducted on October 30.



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