It’s time to the review the week that was in horse racing, with a special focus on Santa Anita and last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup.
Irad Ortiz Jr. won the most Breeders’ Cup races of any jockey in 2019; four to be exact. He was aboard favored Four Wheel Drive in Friday’s Juvenile Turf Sprint and was successful there. Saturday’s scores began in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (Spun to Run) before a sweep of the late double in the Turf (Bricks and Mortar) and Classic (Vino Rosso).
Joel Rosario won six races over the four-day racing week at Santa Anita, including three on Breeders’ Cup Saturday. He guided Mo Forza home first in the Twilight Derby before grabbing victories in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (Covfefe) and Breeders’ Cup Mile (Uni). Rosario was second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic atop McKinzie.
Flavien Prat was the only rider to participate in all 14 Breeders’ Cup events. He hit the board a total of nine times, including his victory in the Juvenile atop longshot Storm the Court.
Javier Castellano brought home a pair of Breeders’ Cup winners, namely British Idiom in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and Belvoir Bay in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
Manny Franco had just four Breeders’ Cup mounts but he made his chances count. He hit the board three times, one of which was a winning effort in the Juvenile Fillies Turf with Sharing.
Racing in Southern California returns to Del Mar for a four-week fall meet beginning on Friday.
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