Breeders' Cup 2019: Saturday race results, replays and payouts

November 02, 2019 02:30pm
Championships will be won, stars made and big payouts realized across nine Breeders' Cup races set for Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Follow along, won't you?

We'll be updating all afternoon and into the evening as action leads up to the $6 million Classic. And, of course, we'll be playing along, too. Don't miss out on all our Breeders' Cup Saturday picks and tips.

Below, look for flash recaps, race replays and payouts -- plus join fellow readers by chatting in the comments section. Good luck!

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

Covfefe
 might now be President Donald Trump’s most-famous typo.

The 3-year-old filly named after Trump’s ill-fated 2017 tweet overcame a rail draw Saturday, patently sitting back until turned loose by jockey Joel Rosario to win the $1 mil
lion Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.

Off as the 3-2 favorite in a field of nine, Covfefe bided her time behind pace-setting Danuska’s My Girl and Heavenhasmynikki. Rosario guided her outside into the turn, and by the top of the stretch the daughter of Into Mischief had hit the front.

Bellafina, who hasn’t won since the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) back in April, certainly liked a return to her favorite surface, chasing for second. It was a ways back to Dawn the Destroyer in third as Come Dancing, the 2-1 second choice, failed to fire in her career finale.

Covfefe is campaigned by LNJ Foxwoods and trained by Brad Cox. She made this her second Grade 1 victory having beaten her age group in Saratoga’s Test over the summer. Covfefe won Churchill Downs’ Dogwood in a stroll as her final prep.

#1 Covefefe (3-2): $5, $3.40, $3
#6 Bellafina (9-2): $5.00, $3.60
#8 Dawn the Destroyer (22-1): $6.60

$1 exacta: $10.40
$0.50 trifecta: $47.05
$0.10 superfecta: $34.38


Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

Stormy Liberal didn’t get his 
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint three-peat, but his trainer, Peter Miller, continued the barn's run of success Saturday when Belvoir Bay beat the boys in the $1 million feature at Santa Anita Park.

Having found the lead early under jockey Javier Castellano, she finished up in a course record 54.83 for five furlongs after opening up in fractions of 21.47 and 43.43.

A daughter of Equiano, Belvoir Bay scored a 14-1 upset coming off the bench, with this her first start since June.

Om, another trained by Miller, got up for second in a photo over Shekky Shebaz.

Favored Pure Sensation got stuck in behind from the No. 2 post with little room to run on his way to missing the board.

Gary Barber-owned Belvoir Bay entered 6-for-9 on Santa Anita's turf, improving her overall record to 12-6-2 in 28 career starts.

#12 Belvoir Bay (GB) (14-1): $31.60, $14.40, $7.60
#11 Om (15-1): $13.80 $9.40
#4 Shekky Shebaz (5-1): $5.60

$1 exacta: $133.70

$0.50 trifecta: $1,116.85
$0.10 superfecta: $1,740.27

Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile

Spun to Run
, perhaps overlooked given his last out stakes win came at Parx Racing, brought a big speed figure into Saturday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and backed it up in an upset of odd-on Omaha Beach.

The second-ever Breeders’ Cup starter for trainer Carlos Guerrero was hustled from the gate by Irad Ortiz Jr., spread out the pack and left Omaha Beach too much to do with the favorite having beaten just three rivals into the first turn.

As fractions clicked off in 23.05 and 46.51, chased by the Korean entry Blue Chipper, Spun to Run never came back to the rest.

Omaha Beach rallied for second but was never catching Spun to Run. Both horses, by the way, missed the Triple Crown series due to surgery to repair a throat issue. And here they were running 1-2 on the first Saturday in November, not May.

Robert Donaldson campaigns Spun to Run, who has looked like a different horse the second half of this season donning blinkers. He hit the board off the bench in the Haskell Invitational (G1), then annexed Parx’s Oct. 12 M.P. Ballezzi Appreciation Mile when earning a 110 Beyer Speed Figure, best for a 3-year-old this season at a mile or farther.

Spun to Run was off at 9-1 and returned $20.20 to his backers.

Blue Chipper held on for third in the field of 10 at Santa Anita Park.

#3 Spun to Run (9-1): $20.20, $7.00, $4.80
#5 Omaha Beach (even): $3.40 $2.40
#8 Blue Chipper (16-1): $6.00

$1 exacta: $27.70
$0.50 trifecta: $176.25
$0.10 superfecta: $570.51


Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf

The Europeans, shut out through opening Friday at the Breeders’ Cup, got on the board Saturday when 
Iridessa made Joseph O’Brien the youngest man to win a championship event as both a jockey and now a trainer.

O’Brien, who used to ride for his father, Aidan, saddled the 13-1 winner of the 
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, who out-dueled Southern California stalwart Vasilika in the final strides of the $2 million race.

Both battled well ahead of the 4-5 favorite and defending race winner Sistercharlie, who spun her wheels when getting up to third. The mare entered on a six-race winning streak, all in Grade 1 company, but jockey John Velazquez said she'd prefer turf not quite as firm as at Santa Anita Park.

Any concern about Sistercharlie not getting a proper pace to chase, however, was out when Mirth opened up to to lead by nearly 10 lengths up the back stretch, setting fractions of 23.45, 46.45 and 1:09.68 before tiring.

Iridessa made the early move from mid-pack away from Sistercharlie to complete 10 furlongs in 1:57.77 under jockey Wayne Lordan.

Two veterinary scratches threatened to change the complexion of this race. Earlier this week, vets declared out Thais, a Brown stablemate often entered alongside of Sistercharlie to ensure a nice pace. Saturday morning, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Fleeting, a top European rival, was also scratched to leave a field of 10.

Aidan O’Brien still saddled Just Wonderful in the father vs. son matchup — and before the race, dad said he’d prefer Joseph get this win.

Joseph O'Brien, who rode St. Nicholas Abbey to victory in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Turf, joined Freddy Head as the only men to ride and train winners in the championships' history.

#1 Iridessa (Ire) (13-1): $28.40, $11.20, $5.00
#7 Vasilika (9-2): $5.40 $3.20
#2 Sistercharlie (Ire) (4-5): $2.20

$1 exacta: $65.50
$0.50 trifecta: $74.15
$0.10 superfecta: $117.45


Breeders' Cup Sprint

Over a track that wasn’t playing on the side of horses coming from anywhere off the pace, 
Mitole still ran his race Saturday to make history in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita Park.

The surefire Eclipse Award winner chased down Shancelot — who actually went off as the favorite over older rival Mitole — while finishing six furlongs in 1:09.
 

The victory capped a nearly perfect season that also enshrined Mitole as the second horse to win the Met Mile (G1) and Sprint in the same year following Gulch in 1988.

Bound for Spendthrift Farm and a breeding career next year, Mitole caught Shancelot, who lost in familiar fashion after setting the fractions and wearing down late. He opened up in a blazing 21.47 and 44.04 before Mitole nudged by late to strike at 9-5.

Whitmore, running second off the bench, closed late for third.

Longtime clients of Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt campaign 4-year-old Mitole.

The Sprint was left without its co-second choice Saturday when veterinarians scratched Imperial Hint due to a minor foot issue. Trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. said he’s hopeful the 6-year-old will run again this season with plans to stay in training next year.

#4 Mitole (9-5): $5.60, $3.20, $2.60
#6 Shancelot (3-2): $3.20 $2.80
#7 Whitmore (19-1): $5.00

$1 exacta: $7.80
$0.50 trifecta: $29.55
$0.10 superfecta: $40.25


Breeders' Cup Mile

As 
Uni and Got Stormy began ranging up through the turn of Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile, it became apparent a filly or mare was going to beat the boys. But which one?

Uni, whose connections paid to supplement her to the race, flew by outside her rival in the stretch, with the Chad Brown-trained daughter of More Than Ready completing eight furlongs in 1:32.45.

The victory was the seventh in Uni’s last eight starts, with her only defeat over that span a third in Saratoga’s Fourstardave (G1) back in August at Saratoga. The winner that day was Got Stormy.

Uni rebounded with a record-setting victory in Keeneland’s First Lady (G1), prompting owners — Michael Dubb, Sol Kumin’s Head of Plains Partners, Robert LaPenta and Bethlehem Stables campaign her — to pay up for a spot in the Mile.

The 5-year-old Uni won going away in a rematch. Behind Got Stormy in second, another Brown trainee, Without Parole, edged out Circus Maximus for third.

Uni was away at 7-2 in the field of 13.

#11 Uni (GB) (7-2): $9.20, $4.80, $3.60
#6 Got Stormy (3-1): $4.80 $3.40
#7 Without Parole (GB) (8-1): $5.60

$1 exacta: $16.30
$0.50 trifecta: $89.90
$0.10 superfecta: $55.57


Breeders' Cup Distaff

Earlier Saturday, owner Jeff Bloom announced that even-money 
Breeders’ Cup Distaff favorite Midnight Bisou would forego next week’s Fasig-Tipton sale in favor of returning to training in 2020.

So she'll get another chance after a
 mare assuredly making the $2 million Distaff her final race, Blue Prize, stepped up to upset at Santa Anita Park.

The last out winner of Keeneland’s Spinster Stakes (G1) gave both jockey Joe Bravo and trainer Ignacio Correas their first victory in the championships in her sendoff before becoming a broodmare.

The 8-1 shot rallied from off the pace but made the early move through the turn. That left Midnight Bisou with even more ground to make up after she was shuffled back into a ground-saving, yet potentially difficult trip taking plenty of dirt on the rail.

Midnight Bisou moved four-wide into the stretch but couldn't catch her competition, with the final time 
1:50.50 for 1 1/8 miles.

The Kentucky Oaks winner Serengeti Empress, who set the pace as expected, held on for third.

Blue Prize, who broke from the outside post in a field of 11, improved to 10-8-3 in 23 starts.

#11 Blue Prize (11-1): $19.80, $5.60, $4.20
#4 Midnight Bisou (even): $2.80 $2.20
#9 Serengeti Empress (10-1): $6.00

$1 exacta: $21.10
$0.50 trifecta: $130.75
$0.10 superfecta: $217.12



Breeders' Cup Turf

Forget not getting the distance. It looked like 
Bricks and Mortar could have used a bit more ground in both winning Saturday’s $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf and solidifying his case for Horse of the Year.

Undefeated in six starts this season, the 5-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway found a seam in the stretch, then rallied from mid-pack to nip United at the wire of the 12-furlong Turf, his first race beyond 1 1/4 miles.

Trainer Chad Brown weighed going in this spot or shortening up in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. In this case, the sporting decision paid off, with Bricks and Mortar adding to victories in the Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) and Arlington Million (G1), among others.

Now, Brown’s set to get his first Horse of the Year after Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence's Bricks and Mortar completed 1 1/2 miles in 2:24.73 under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.

Behind United, the 3-year-old Anthony Van Dyck led the European charges in third.

Bricks and Mortar, scheduled to stand at stud next year in Japan, was off at even money in the field of 12.



Breeders' Cup Classic

Vino Rosso
 shipped from the east, but he sported an earlier win over this course and at the distance of the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. The 4-year-old colt made the most of that experience Saturday when returning to Santa Anita Park to make his career finale a winning one.

Under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., the Todd Pletcher-trained son of Curlin pulled alongside favored McKinzie at the top of the stretch, then proceeded to cross under the wire in a final time of 2:02.80.

Vino Rosso had shipped west earlier this season to win the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1). In his last start, he beat the 3-year-old Code of Honor to the wire only to be disqualified.

“Justice has been served,” so co-owner Mike Repole, who campaigns Vino Rosso with Vinny Viola.

Bound to stand at stud next season, the chestnut made it a solid sendoff.

McKinzie ran second, Higher Power third and the mare, Elate, fourth in the Classic field of 11.

An on call veterinarian confirmed after the race that Grade 1 winner Mongolian Groom suffered a left-hind injury and was vanned off to cap what was an otherwise safely run Breeders' Cup. The gelding appeared to take a bad step and was pulled up by jockey Abel Cedillo.

#10 Vino Rosso (9-2): $11.20, $5.80, $4.00
#8 McKinzie (5-2): $4.80, $3.60
#7 Higher Power (9-1): $6.00

$1 exacta: $23.80
$0.50 trifecta: $98.50
$0.10 superfecta: $121.30

 

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