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Midnight Lute defends Breeders' Cup Sprint title

Midnight Lute defends Breeders' Cup Sprint title

Midnight Lute rallied from last to first in winning the Breeders' Cup $2 million (euro1.6 million) Sprint by 1 3/4-lengths for the second consecutive year on Saturday.
Garrett Gomez became the first jockey in the event's 25-year history to win three races in a day. He also won the Filly & Mare Sprint on Friday, the opening day of the championships.
The win was the day's second for trainer Bob Baffert, whose Midshipman captured the $2 million (euro1.6 million) Juvenile at Santa Anita and stamped himself as the early favorite for next year's Kentucky Derby.
Earlier, Goldikova burst through a hole along the rail to win the $2 million (euro1.6 million) Mile by 1 1/4 lengths. The Ireland-bred filly's fourth consecutive victory gave Europe its second win after Muhannak in the $500,000 (euro397,000) Marathon.
Also, 36-1 shot Desert Code claimed the $1 million (euro790,000) Turf Sprint, paying $75 to win, and Muhannak won at 12-1 odds that generated a $26.80 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. Donativum held off a fast-closing Westphalia to win the $1 million (euro790,000) Juvenile Turf by a half-length.
Named for recently retired University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson, Midnight Lute ran six furlongs in 1:07.08 and paid $7.40, $5 and $3.20. In Summation returned $6.60 and $3.80, while Street Boss was another 1 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $2.40 as the 2-1 favorite.
Midshipman won by 1 1/4 lengths over Square Eddie. They were the co-favorites at 7-2, although about $1,000 (euro790) more was bet on Square Eddie.
Bred by NFL Houston Texans owner Bob McNair and owned by Darley Stable, Midshipman paid $9.20, $4.40 and $3.20.
Midshipman ran 1 1-16 miles (1,700 meters) in 1:40.94, a stakes record on the new synthetic surface at Santa Anita.
Baffert has seven wins in the Breeders' Cup, two in the Juvenile.
Square Eddie returned $5 and $3.80, while Street Hero was another half-length back in third and paid $4.40.
Form also held in the Mile, with 9-5 wagering favorite Goldikova beating defending champion Kip Deville.
Frenchman Freddy Head became the first man to train and ride a Breeders' Cup winner. He rode Miesque to victories in the Mile in 1987 and '88.
Ridden by Olivier Peslier, Goldikova timed 1:33.40 and paid $5.60, $4 and $2.80, ending the string of long-shot upsets that began the day.
Kip Deville trained by Rick Dutrow who lost for the first time in five starts at Santa Anita, returned $4.80 and $3.40. Dutrow came to California without his biggest star, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Big Brown, who was retired because of an injury that denied fans a showdown with Curlin in the Classic.
Whatsthescript, also bred in Ireland, was another 2 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $3.40 to show.
Veteran trainer David Hofmans, based in Southern California, earned his third Breeders' Cup victory at long odds thanks to Desert Code. 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.
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) in 2:28.24.
Ireland-bred gelding Muhannak earned 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.
Ridden by Frankie Dettori, Donativum covered one mile (1,600 meters) in 1:34.68 and paid $13.60, $7 and $5. Dettori delighted the fans with his trademark flying dismount in the winner's circle.
The winner is co-owned by Princess Haya of Jordan.
Westphalia returned $5.40 and $3.80 as the 3-1 favorite, while Coronet of a Baron paid $5.40 to show.
Friday's five-race card exclusively for female horses went off without a hitch. Only two favorites, Zenyatta in the Ladies' Classic and Stardom Bound in the Juvenile Fillies, won.


Updated : 2021-07-28 05:58 GMT+08:00