The Breeders' Cup continues to provide great story after great story, whether it's an upset by a longshot horse, or an event having nothing to do with the horses at all.
The latest story comes from Ireland, as trainer Aidan O'Brien and his 18-year old-son, jockey Joseph O'Brien, led St. Nicholas Abbey to victory in the turf race. Not only that, but this was the younger O'Brien's first race on such a grand scale, and he is the youngest jockey to win a race in Breeders' Cup history.
To say that both father and son pulled it off is an understatement. While the horse was one of the favorites at 5-1 odds, it was by no means the frontrunner. It took skill to beat Sea Moon and Sarafina, both of whom had lower odds and were looking stronger throughout warm-ups.
O'Brien has already won one race as a trainer today in the Cup, with Wrote winning the juvenile turf event. From the way the horses have been running for him today, I see many more wins in the future for both.
Like several other horses in these races today, St. Nicholas Abbey started near the back of the pack, slowly working his way up. As the horses entered the final stretch, he moved past them all and clinched a victory.
The fact that his only other finish as a 3-year old horse has been a sixth-place finish just make the story that much greater. It's a great day for the family, and I think we will be seeing a lot more of the duo in the years to come.