While a lot of people are anxiously awaiting the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic, there were a few other races from Friday at the event that were quite exciting.
There were five races on Friday, starting with the Marathon Stakes and ending with the Distaff. Saturday will be even busier, starting with the Juvenile Fillies and ending with the Breeders' Cup Classic, with nine total races going on throughout the day.
Let's take a look at the complete list of winners for every race on Friday, followed by a breakdown of the horses that walked away victorious.
|Marathon Stakes||London Bridge||Blueskiesandrainbows||Wordly|
|Juvenile Turf||Outstrip||Giovanni Boldini||Bobby's Kitten|
|Dirt Mile||Goldencents||Golden Ticket||Brujo de Olleros|
|Juvenile Fillies Turf||Chriselliam||Testa Rossi||Colonel Joan|
This was certainly a race that was up for grabs, with no horse coming into the race being a clear favorite.
London Bridge didn't get off to the best start, but Mike Smith kept with it and made a strong move down the middle of the track. Blueskiesnrainbows and Wordly looked like they were going to make it just a two-horse race near the end, but London Bridge moved up and stayed on top.
This was London Bridge's first race in the United States, and it was certainly a big one. Jo Hughes will be quite proud with the win, and it set up for an interesting rest of the day.
Bobby's Kitten was the favorite to win this one, but it was Outstrip that was able to take home the win at the Juvenile Turf.
At first, it really looked like Bobby's Kitten was going to coast to an easy win, blowing by the rest of the group through the first half mile. However, Outstrip was able to catch up and surprise a number of people, moving past Bobby's Kitten on the final
Mike Smith rode the winner once again, which has got to mean that he was certainly feeling it on Friday. It was the horse's third win of 2013, and he's finished in the top three in all five races.
The Dirt Mile was all about speed in this one, and Goldencents showed off plenty of it in an easy win.
Right out of the gate, Rafael Bejarano decided to go full sprint with Goldencents, taking the early lead. Thanks to the ideal conditions on the main track, Goldencents led the whole way and came out on top over Golden Ticket and Brujo de Olleros.
This was the first win for Goldencents since April, with that last win also coming at Santa Anita. Goldencents was also in the Kentucky Derby, but finished in 17th in that prestigious race.
The most dominant win of the day came from Chriselliam in the Juveniles Fillies Turf, and it wasn't very close.
The race got off to a quick start with an opening quarter mile of 22.47 seconds, and Chriselliam was sitting behind the pace. In the final quarter mile, the horse exploded and blew past the rest of the group and finished well ahead of everyone else.
This was just the fifth race of the year for Chriselliam and her last since September, which was also a win. Other than a ninth-place finish in August, it's been a solid year for the horse, grabbing three wins along with a second-place finish in September.
It seems like any horse Gary Stevens rides has a really good opportunity to win the race, and Beholder proved that once again on Friday at the Distaff.
Through the first half mile of the Distaff, Authenticity and Royal Delta set the pace and stayed ahead of the pack. Royal Delta, the two-time defending champion, wasn't able to hold on, falling back from the lead while Beholder started to move up.
It was yet another great win for Stevens, who decided to come back from retirement this year and won the Preakness Stakes with Oxbow back in May. He continues to grab wins, and this was yet another big one.