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The favorite ran into a political nightmare Saturday, as 30-1 long shot Stormy Liberal ran a successful campaign to win the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, upsetting, among others, Lady Aurelia.

A 5-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic, who has now won five of his last six races, Stormy Liberal clipped stablemate Richard’s Boy (13-1) by a half-nose at the wire in the five-furlong race for 3-year-olds and upward, finishing at a final time of :56.12.

Lady Aurelia, who came into the race as a clear-cut favorite, going off at 4-5 odds, finished a dismal 10
th place, while Marsha, who defeated Lady Aurelia in the G1 Coolmore Nunthrope at Royal Ascot in Aug, came up in sixth. 

“He’s a really good horse and had been running good all the time,” said winning jockey Joel Rosario, who cleared his career-sixth winning mount in the Breeders’ Cup. “I just listened to Peter (Miller) and what he said. He told me to just stay inside, save some ground.”

The trainer Miller, who broke his maiden in the Breeders’ Cup with the win — 0-for-9 lifetime prior to Saturday — cleared the exacta with Richard’s Boy second place run.

“I had a lot of faith in these horses, both these horses. They show up every time” said the exuberant trainer.

“It was a just a surreal experience to see Richard’s Boy look like he was going to win,” Miller continued.  “I was watching Joel, and I’m rooting for Joel, and I’m like, just one of you win, just one of you win.  Somebody win, you know?  To run one-two here for my first Breeders’ Cup and here at home is special.”

Stormy Liberal, who shot perfectly from the four-slot, pushed neck-and-neck with Lady Aurelia from the gate before slowing down along the rail, allowing a crop of five frontrunners — including the post-time favorite — to set the pace. 

“I just break out of the gate, and I asked my horse a little bit,” Rosario said. “Peter told me, 'Don’t just get your position.' He has a lot of speed, but he wanted me to just follow and save some ground and just stay on the inside. That worked out perfect.”

The lifetime earner of $988,570 watched fellow longshot lead the pack to a 1/4 time of :21.98, while Millers’ Richard’s Boy, who was ridden by Flavian Prat, kept a consistent second place push from the half pole, which was cleared at :44.57.

Stormy Liberal, the Kentucky bred product of Rockingham Ranch — who was claimed at a modest $40,000 by owner Gary Hartunian — blazed from the off the rail on the final turn, using an open gap three lengths off the rail to breeze past the outside of Pure Sensation and Richard’s Boy. 

“I had two jockeys that know the course and two horses that know the course, and it turned out to work in our favor,” said Miller of his two big winners on the day.

Disco Partner (5-1) completed the trifecta, which paid a whopping $660.20 on the $1 trifecta, and $277.50 on the single exacta.  

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Meet Anthony Jaskulski

Anthony fell in love with horse racing in a city where the race has gotten away from many.  Growing up in Pittsburgh, a young Anthony was taken to The Meadows to watch the local harness racing action.  Frequent trips to Mountaineer followed, turning a love affair for this great sport into a full obsession.  The atmosphere: a perfect elixir of excitement, pageantry and enthralling action.

A spoiled writer and editor in the Pittsburgh Sports market for over a decade now, Anthony has covered two Super Bowls, two Stanley Cups, three Big East championships, a Final Four and a bevy of exciting action that only the Steel City could provide.  His happiest moment, however, was covering his very first Kentucky Derby, getting the chance to watch Always Dreaming take the roses.

Proving you don't have to live next to Churchill or Belmont to love and soak in every minute of this sport, Anthony has just one goal on his agenda: making sure that the next race is one you don't want to miss!

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