2011 Breeders' Cup Results: Top Performers and Highlights from Friday's Races

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2011 Breeders' Cup Results: Top Performers and Highlights from Friday's Races
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Royal Delta won the main event on Friday.

Day one of the 2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships is on the books.

In thoroughbred racing, the trainers and jockeys play a big role in what their horses will do and how they perform. But ultimately, all it takes is a little intervention from Lady Luck, and all that planning and preparation goes down the drain.

And yesterday we certainly had a bit of everything. Championship Friday provided us with wins by big favorites and wins by some very good long shots.

We saw favorites have all kinds of trouble on the races, and also ones who were able to steer clear of Lady Luck and perform like the champions they were.

There were also the feel good stories. We saw coverage of the owners, trainers and jockeys—but the biggest stories, once again were the horses, the athletes of these races.

If yesterday was a taste of things to come on the second day of the Breeders' Cup, we are in for a thrilling ride.

Let's review the highlights and the top performers from the races on championship Friday.

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