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London Bridge, 2013 Breeders' Cup Marathon winner.

Let the long shots continue. In the first race of the 2013 Breeders’ Cup, a European runner was the first to wear a yellow blanket bouquet. London Bridge is the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Marathon Champion. A 3 year old son of Arch, this European runner was a 2011 Keenland September yearling purchased for $130,000.


Sent off at odds to 9-1, London Bridge was the 3rd longest shot in the field of 10. Breaking smoothly, hall of fame rider Mike Smith settled London Bridge well behind the leading pair of Commander and Ever Rider. Settling into a steady rhythm, he managed to track a moderate pace on the speed favoring dirt strip.


With ¾ a mile to go, Ever Rider, the favored Argentinian invader dropped out, exhausted from keeping pace with Commander. Commander was the next to fold with a ½ mile to go. A three wide drive ensued for the remainder of the race with Blueskiesnrainbows looking like he was going to be able to hold off Suns Out Guns Out and Worldly all the way to the wire. However, the tested endurance of London Bridge was not going to fold so easily. Gaining with every stride, he was able to close the gap to the leaders and surge past in the middle of the track to win by a length. Blueskiesnrainbows held on for second, Worldly for third, and Suns Out Guns holding off a late surge from Indian Jones to complete to superfecta.


2:58.23 was the final time for the 14 furlongs, and the win by London Bridge gave Mike Smith his 18th Breeders’ Cup Victory as a jockey. The 4th win this year for London Bridge paid out $20.00 for a $2 wager.



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Well Blueskiesnrainbows and Suns Out Guns Out certainly surprised me, as did the foreign invader and winner London Bridge.

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