Kentucky connections have big weekend at Breeders’ Cup

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The ninth race on the card was the $3,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Turf which gave Dale Romans his third Breeders’ Cup victory, having won the Mile last year with Court Vision and the 2009 Juvenile Turf with Tapitsfly. One might have thought that the victory would lie with Dullahan, Romans’ other runner in the Turf, making the switch from dirt to turf, but it was Romans’ Little Mike who showed up and got the win.

The 10th race on the card, the $1,500,000 Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint was won by Trinniberg. Trinniberg is trained by Shivananda Parbhoo who is based at Calder Race Course in Florida, but winning jockey Willie Martinez is based in Louisville and holds the record for the most leading rider titles at Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky.

The $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Mile was the 11th race and the race in which Wise Dan gave Keeneland-based trainer Charlie Lopresti his Breeders’ Cup win. Wise Dan won the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) in his last start at Keeneland Oct. 6, but captured wins in last year’s Clark Handicap (G1) and Firecracker Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs.

Making his second start after an injury in the 2011 Belmont Stakes sidelined Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, Graham Motion’s colt closed fast to take second in the Breeders' Cup Mile.  

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