Breeders' Cup 2012 Results: Winners of Every Day 1 Race

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more stories
Breeders' Cup 2012 Results: Winners of Every Day 1 Race
Harry How/Getty Images

The first day of racing at the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships from Santa Anita Park is in the books. The day was highlighted by exciting racing full of big upsets.

The big day of Breeders' Cup action comes on Saturday. Bleacher Report will continue to provide live updates and result of all the action in California.

Here are the results from all six of Friday's races.

 

Juvenile Sprint

Purse: $500,000
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Grade: N/A
Age: 2

Post

Horse

Win

Place

Show

1

Hightail

$32.80

$7.20

$3.40

3

Merit Man

 

$2.40

$2.10

7

Sweet Shirley Mae

 

 

$2.40

Exacta

 

$50.60

 

 

Harry How/Getty Images

Hightail gave trainer D. Wayne Lukas his 19th lifetime victory in the World Championships, upsetting 1-2 favorite Merit Man. Lukas now holds a 10-win lead over the next-closest trainer.

This was the first win in Hightail's young career. Jockey Rajiv Maragh pushed Hightail hard down the stretch to secure the win by a nose.

 

Breeders' Cup Marathon

Purse: $500,000
Distance: 
1 3/4 Miles
Grade: 
3
Age: 
3+

Post

Horse

Win

Place

Show

6

Calidoscopio

$36.40

$16.00

$9.60

4

Grassy

 

$12.40

$7.60

1

Artigun

 

 

$3.40

Exacta:

 

$505.00  

 

Jockey Aaron Gryder collected his first Breeders' Cup win riding a Calidoscopio to the win going away.

Gryder sat well off the pace to start the exhausting 1 3/4-mile race. Gryder soon showed he had command of his horse, who had ample energy to finish strong.

Calidoscopio, a 9-year-old gelding, now has career earnings of $853,154.

 

Juvenile Fillies Turf

Purse: $1,000,000
Distance: 
1 Mile
Grade: 
1
Age: 
2

Post

Horse

Win

Place

Show

4

Flotilla 
$24.80 $10.80 $7.80

6

Watsdachances

$6.40 $5.40

2

Summer Of Fun


$19.40

Exacta:

 

$171.00  

 

Harry How/Getty Images

The Juvenile Fillies Turf showcases an international field of some of the best 2-year-olds, competing over a full mile on grass.

Flotilla had a fortunate path down the stretch through the middle of the field.

It didn't appear that any horse would catch Tara from the Cape after the turn. But Flotilla showed a great burst to pass her and Watsdachances matched her almost stride-for-stride to place.

The win was the first in the World Championships for jockey Christophe Lemaire.

 

Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies

Purse: $2,000,000
Distance: 1 1/16 Miles
Grade: 1
Age: 2

Post

Horse

Win

Place

Show

1

Beholder
$9.80 $4.60 $3.00

2

Executiveprivilege

$3.40 $2.40

5

Dreaming of Julia

$3.20

Exacta:

 

$26.60    

Beholder went wire-to-wire and held off a strong challenge from Executiveprivilege.

The key for Beholder was a great jump out of the gate, allowing jockey Garrett Gomez to grab the rail. She refused to allow any of the challengers to pass her.

 

Harry How/Getty Images

Filly and Mare Purse

Purse: $2,000,000
Distance: 1 1/4 Miles
Grade: 1
Age: 3+

Post

Horse

Win

Place

Show

 2

Zagora $20.40 $7.80 $5.00

 9

Marketing Mix
$6.00 $3.80

 4

The Fugue

$2.80

Exacta:

 

$95.80  

The Purse attracts the best female grass horses available to compete for the $2,000,000 purse.

Zagora made her move after the final turn and jockey JJ Castellano raced her by In Lingerie and Marketing Mix to bring home the win.

The favorite, The Fugue, was trapped inside after the stretch and couldn't find an opening to challenge for the lead. She eventually grabbed the rail but didn't have enough distance to challenge for the win. 

 

Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic

Purse: $2,000,000
Distance: 1 1/8 Miles
Grade: 1
Age: 3+

Post

Horse

Win

Place

Show

6

Royal Delta
$5.40 $3.60 $2.60

2

My Miss Aurelia

$5.80 $4.00

7

Include Me Out

$5.20

Exacta:

 

$30.40    

Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Royal Delta in her 2011 victory.

The Ladies' Classic attracts the world's best female dirt racers for the showdown at the championships. As always, the eight-horse field was loaded with former champions and crowns the queen of horse racing.

Royal Delta, the defending champion, was the pre-race favorite at 8/5. She took the early lead from Class Included, thanks in part to taking a flyer our of the gate, and never gave way to the finish.

Jockey Mike Smith took the all-time lead in Breeders' Cup wins. Trainer Bill Mott notched his fifth win at the championships and third-straight in the Ladies' Classic.

Questing was expected to jump out early but was last out of the gate. She pulled up on the backside and couldn't finish, but veterinarians didn't find any initial damage.

 

Information for this summary was compiled from the broadcast on NBC Sports, BreedersCup.com and ESPN.com.

 

Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.

Load More Stories

Follow B/R on Facebook

Horse Racing

Subscribe Now

We will never share your email address

Thanks for signing up.