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ARCADIA---Mucho Macho Man
won the $5 million Classic by a nose
Saturday, making Kathy Ritvo the
first female trainer to win North
America s richest race at a Breeders
Cup that began tragically with the
death of a horse in the first race.
Gary Stevens capped his comeback
at 50 in stellar fashion, surviving a
photo finish in the Classic after win-
ning the US$2 million Distaff with
Beholder on Friday for a sweep of
the biggest races at the two-day
world championships at Santa Anita.
"I didn t know the photo was as
close as it was," said Stevens, who
had never won the Classic in his long
Ritvo became the fifth female
trainer to win a Breeders Cup race
and got to celebrate a year after seeing
Mucho Macho Man finish second by
a half-length to winner Fort Larned.
"Thrilling," she said.
First, though, Ritvo had to sweat
out the results.
Mucho Macho Man stretched his
neck at the finish to narrowly edge
Will Take Charge, trained by 78-
year-old Hall of Famer D Wayne
"I was just hoping he got it," Ritvo
said. "When I saw Gary shake his
stick, I was confident. He ran a great
Game On Dude, the 8-5 favourite
who was 5-0 this year, finished ninth
on his home track for trainer Bob
Baffert and co-owner Joe Torre, the
retired Dodgers and Yankees man-
ager. A year ago, he went off as the
favourite and finished seventh. Fort
Larned wound up fourth.
Mucho Macho Man ran 1 1/4 miles
(2,000 meters) in 2:00.72 and paid
US$10, $4.60 and $3.60 as the 4-
1 second choice. The victory likely
earned him champion older male
honours and may get him consider-
ation for Horse of the Year honours,
which Game On Dude could have
wrapped up with a win.
Will Take Charge returned US$7.20
and $4.80, while Declaration of War
was another head back in third and
paid $4.80 to show.
Stevens and Mucho Macho Man
started moving on the outside around
the straight turn and went after the
leaders. They took the lead coming
out of the turn for home, with
Stevens urging the 5-year-old Mucho
Macho Man on with a right-handed
"They give me a free roll around
the far turn," he said. "I think that
might have been the winning move."
Ritvo, a 44-year-old mother of
two, had a heart transplant in 2008
after a six-month wait.
The 30th Breeders Cup got off to
a troubling start, with a rare disqual-
ification in the opening race and
Secret Compass euthanized because
of a broken leg.
The US$2 million Juvenile Fillies
went from strange to tragic over sev-
eral minutes. The DQ was announced
after a green screen went up in a
spot approaching the final turn to
shield injured Secret Compass from
John Velazquez, who rode Secret
Compass, had emergency surgery to
remove his spleen after internal
bleeding was discovered shortly
before he was to be released from a
Ria Antonia finished second but
was declared the winner of the 1
1/16-mile race after She s a Tiger
was disqualified by the stewards.
They ruled that She s a Tiger and
Stevens drifted out late, bumped Ria
Antonia and Javier Castellano, slow-
ing her momentum.
It was the first DQ of a winner
since the inaugural 1984 Juvenile Fil-
lies race in which Fran s Valentine
won and later was placed 10th.
Sent off at 32-1 odds, Ria Antonia
paid US$66.60, $29.80 and $17.40.
The winning time was 1:43.02 and
the margin was a nose.
Running third at the time, Secret
Compass front legs collapsed, slam-
ming Velazquez hard into the dirt.
Baffert s 2-year-old filly was
euthanised after sustaining a lateral
condylar fracture, according to on-
call veterinarian Dr Wayne McIl-
Baffert was smiling later when 10-
1 shot New Year s Day rallied on the
rail to win the $2 million Juvenile by
1 1/4 lengths. The colt paid $23 to
win, with jockey Martin Garcia earn-
ing his first Cup victory.
Baffert and Garcia also teamed to
win the US$1.5 million Sprint by a
neck with Secret Circle.
Baffert earned his third win in the
Juvenile, whose winner is typically
tagged as the early Kentucky Derby
favourite. His other entry, Tap It Rich,
Havana, the 5-2 favourite trained
by Todd Pletcher, was second. Strong
Mandate, trained by Lukas, was
Current Horse of the Year Wise
Dan repeated in the US$2 million
Mile, winning by three-quarters of
a length under Jose Lezcano, a late
replacement for Velazquez. He paid
$3.60 to win as the 4-5 favourite.
NEW YORK---In a double victory for
Kenya, Geoffrey Mutai has
successfully defended his New York
City Marathon title and Priscah Jeptoo
rallied to win the women's race.
Mutai set the course record the last
time the NYC Marathon was held, in
Yesterday's race returned after last
year's cancellation because of the
destruction of Superstorm Sandy.
Security was also heightened after the
bombings at April's Boston Marathon.
On a windy morning, Mutai had an
unofficial time of two hours, eight
minutes, 24 seconds, well off his mark
of 2:05:06 set in nearly perfect
Jeptoo trailed Buzunesh Deba by
nearly 3 1/2 minutes at the halfway
point. But she started making her
move as the race entered Manhattan
and passed Deba with just more than
two miles to go. (AP)
Mucho Macho Man
Mutai, Jeptoo of Kenya win NYC Marathon titles
Macho Man to
victory in the
Classic horse race
ahead of Will
Take Charge, left,
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