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Long shots trigger huge payoffs at Breeders' Cup

Long shots trigger huge payoffs at Breeders' Cup

Veteran trainer David Hofmans saddled 36-1 shot Desert Code to victory in the Breeders' Cup $1 million (euro790,000) Turf Sprint on the second day Saturday at Santa Anita.
Desert Code paid $75 to win.
Muhannak was the day's first long-shot winner, capturing the $500,000 (euro397,000) Marathon at 12-1 odds that generated a $26.80 win payout. Both inaugural races were close, with Desert Code winning by a half-length and Muhannak scoring by a head.
At 6-1, Albertus Maximus continued the trend of big payoffs, rallying from mid-pack to win the $1 million (euro790,000) Dirt Mile by 1 1/4 lengths and return $14.60.
Hofmans, based in Southern California, earned his third Breeders' Cup victory at long odds. He saddled 19-1 Alphabet Soup to victory in the 1996 Classic, triggering a $41.70 win payout. Hofmans trained 40-1 Adoration, the 2003 Distaff winner, who paid $83.40.
"We'd like to have a 7-2 shot once in a while," Hofmans said. "But they've all been long shots. I like all three of them myself."
Desert Code ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:11.60 under Richard Migliore, who also notched his first Breeders' Cup win. Diabolical was second, while Storm Treasure was another three-quarters of a length back in third.
Migliore recalled walking into Hollywood Park when he was riding in California regularly and reintroducing himself to Hofmans, whom he had ridden for previously.
"I came away feeling that something good's going to happen with this man," the jockey said. "I'm going to win a big race for this guy. And here it is, two years later, and I won a big race for this guy."
Muhannak charged to the lead in mid-straight and held off a big late run by Church Service in the Marathon.
Ridden by Patrick Smullen, Muhannak covered 1 1/2 miles (2,400 meters) on the new synthetic surface in 2:28.24.
Ireland-bred gelding Muhannak gave Europe its first victory of the two-day event. It was the first Breeders' Cup win for Smullen and trainer Ralph Beckett.
"It's fair to say our tickets are booked, and we're ready to come back. It's very exciting," said Australian owner Richard Pegum, making his first trip to the United States.
Garrett Gomez rode his second winner of the two-day event aboard Albertus Maximus. They covered the Dirt Mile distance on the new synthetic surface in 1:33.41.
Friday's five-race card exclusively for female horses went off without a hitch on the synthetic surface. Only two favorites, Zenyatta in the Ladies' Classic and Stardom Bound in the Juvenile Fillies, won.


Updated : 2021-06-12 22:54 GMT+08:00