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Dettori wins 2 at Breeders' Cup

Dettori wins 2 at Breeders' Cup

Frankie Dettori, ever the showman, added a new twist to his victory celebration.
Dettori had just guided Raven's Pass to a stunning upset in the $5 million (euro4 million) Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday, beating a world-class field that included defending champion and reigning U.S. Horse of the Year Curlin.
Before launching into his flying dismount with hands thrust in the air, Dettori hurled his whip toward the sky.
"It was something I thought about doing last night if I won this race," he said. "Unfortunately, now I regret that I've done it, because somebody else now has it."
Dettori can easily afford a bushel of whips, after the day he had at Santa Anita.
He also won the $1 million (euro790,000) Juvenile Turf aboard Donativum. Both horses are trained by John Gosden and owned by Princess Haya of Jordan and the Darley Stable.
The Classic goes down as one the biggest moments in the career of one of the world's great riders. The son of an Italian champion jockey, Dettori now has eight Breeders' Cup wins, the most of any foreign rider in the series.
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DUAL WINNER: Freddy Head became the first dual winner in the Breeders' Cup when Goldikova won the $2 million (euro1.6 million) Mile.
Head is the only person to both ride and train a Breeders' Cup winner. He was the rider when the filly Miesque won the Mile in 1987 and '88.
"It's very different," Head said. "I think it's more rewarding to train a horse like this than to ride. It's a second life for me, so I am very lucky to train such a good horse."
The 61-year-old Head was the leading rider in France six times in a 34-year career that ended in 1997.
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THE MIG WINS ONE: Richard Migliore celebrated the biggest win of an injury-filled career after guiding long shot Desert Code to victory in the $1 million (euro790,000) Turf Sprint.
It was Migliore's first Breeders' Cup win, a replacement for the one that slipped away in 2005. "The Mig" was the regular rider on Artie Schiller, winner of the Mile that year. He lost the mount when he broke his leg and injured his Achilles' tendon in a paddock accident at Belmont Park nine days before the race.
"My opportunities have been limited," the 44-year-old rider said of his quest for a Breeders' Cup win. "Some of it is just the breaks of the game. Some of it, unfortunately, the breaks of my body."
Among his numerous injuries, the most severe was a nearly fatal broken neck in 1988.
"The doctor told me I would never walk again," said Migliore, who left the hospital six weeks later using a walker. Just 6 1/2 months later he was back riding.
Another string of injuries prompted Migliore to move to California in 2006 after 26 years of riding on the U.S. East Coast.
"After I broke my leg, it was the third consecutive year I'd been injured, and I had a hard time regaining business. I felt like I had to reinvent myself," he said.
The move revived his career, but a more important mission lured him back to New York over the summer _ the family that remained behind.
"If I fail as a husband and a father, there's no coming back from that," Migliore said. "If I fail as a jockey, there are nine more races tomorrow. You only have one family, one time in your life."
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AP Sports Writer Will Graves contributed to this report.