Goldikova and Conduit Double-Up in Mile and Turf
ARCADIA, Calif. – Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss’s undefeated 5yo mare Zenyatta made history on several fronts Saturday with her thrilling last-to-first victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita as she ran her perfect streak to 14 and became the first horse in the 26-year history of the event to win two different Breeders’ Cup races, following her score in the Ladies’ Classic here last year.
In the race before the Classic Saturday, English-trained 4yo colt Conduit scored a repeat victory in the Turf after French-trained 4yo filly Goldikova rallied to a repeat tally over male rivals in the Mile earlier on a sensational day of racing.
Early on the Saturday program, last year’s Turf Sprint upset winner Desert Code disappointed as he checked in 13th of 14. Midshipman won the Juvenile here last year and came back in Saturday’s edition of the Dirt Mile to finish third. Finally, Red Rocks, winner of the 2006 Turf at Churchill Downs, finished fifth behind Conduit on Saturday.
Julien Leparoux Wins Bill Shoemaker Award
Gomez, Smith and Dettori Also Riding Stars of 2009 Breeders’ Cup
Jockey Julien Leparoux rode three winners over the two-day $25.5 million Breeders’ Cup World Championships Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita and won the Bill Shoemaker Award as the Outstanding Jockey of the 2009 event. Leparoux, 26, was the only rider with more than one victory over the two days.
Leparoux had won two Breeders’ Cup races going into the weekend from just 12 previous mounts, and scored with She Be Wild in the Juvenile Fillies and Informed Decision in the Filly & Mare Sprint Friday and longshot Furthest Land in the Dirt Mile Saturday for a total of five overall.
Garrett Gomez, Mike Smith and Frankie Dettori also added significantly to their respective rankings on the all-time purse earnings leader list.
Smith’s storybook victory aboard Zenyatta in the Classic was his 13th to move him into second alone on the all-time Breeders’ Cup win list, two behind Pat Day at 15. With $2,799,000 in purse earnings Smith moved up to fourth on the all-time money list at $16,344,760, trailing only Day, Jerry Bailey and Chris McCarron.
Gomez remarkably brought back checks with 10 mounts in the 14 Breeders’ Cup races over the two days, highlighted by his one victory aboard Life Is Sweet in the Ladies’ Classic on Friday. Gomez also was aboard for four runner-up efforts and his mounts earned $2,829,000 to move him into seventh on that all-time list at $13,708,600.
Frankie Dettori rode Pounced to victory in the Juvenile Turf on Saturday and his mounts over the two days brought back purses of $1,006,500 to bring his total over the years to $16,112,172, fifth on the all-time earnings list behind Smith in fourth.
Gomez and Dettori each have now won nine Breeders’ Cup races to rank in a tie for fourth in that statistical category with McCarron behind Jerry Bailey on top with 15, followed by Smith at 13 and Day third with 12.