Upsets rule Breeders’ Day 1

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first_imgBy Beth Harris THE ASSOCIATED PRESS OCEANPORT, N.J. – Trainer Doug O’Neill led a wild winner’s celebration after Maryfield splashed to victory Friday on the first day of the Breeders’ Cup, where upsets ruled and a trainer on the verge of suspension was in the spotlight. Far back and turning for home, Maryfield found an outside path to the finish line and won the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Corinthian raced to a commanding upset in the $1 million Dirt Mile, and Nownownow edged wagering favorite Achill Island by a half-length in the $1 million Juvenile Turf. Rain pelted Monmouth Park throughout the day, keeping hundreds of trackside seats and stands empty on the first Friday in Breeders’ Cup history. The dirt surface, sloppy from rain earlier in the week, was a quagmire. But that wasn’t the only messiness. Nownownow was one of seven Breeders’ Cup horses that trainer Patrick Biancone turned over to assistant Francois Parisel as the result of a one-year ban for violating medication rules in Kentucky. Biancone’s suspension begins Thursday, but in a settlement with Kentucky racing officials, he agreed to step aside early for the Breeders’ Cup. The Frenchman showed up in the barn area Thursday and was asked to leave by New Jersey racing authorities. “Patrick Biancone is a friend of mine for 40 years,” said Fabien Ouaki, who owns Nownownow. “We’re a family, so it’s a family victory. He’s like a pingpong ball, he always rebounds. He will come back because he’s a horseman from the beginning.” Nownownow and Julien Leparoux covered one mile in 1:40.48. The 2-year-old colt paid $27.20, $8.60 and $6. Irish-bred Achill Island returned $5.20 and $4.20. Cannonball paid $7.80 to show. Biancone had two horses in the Filly & Mare Sprint. Baroness Thatcher was fourth and wagering favorite La Traviata was sixth. Corinthian defeated Gottcha Gold by 6 lengths in the last of three Breeders’ Cup races on the card. The other eight will be run today. Kent Desormeaux improved to 3-for-55 on racing’s richest two days, guiding Corinthian over the mile in 1:39.06. The winner paid $9.40, $4.40 and $3. Corinthian is trained by Jimmy Jerkens, son of Hall of Famer Allen Jerkins. Discreet Cat, trying to recapture top form, finished third on a gloomy, sloppy day that only a mudder could love. Jockeys strapped multiple goggles to their helmets, yanking down a set each time the view got too splattered. They dismounted with muck streaking their faces and silks. In the Filly & Mare Sprint, jockey Elvis Trujillo angled Maryfield to the outside, where she had a clear run to the finish line without mud from her nine rivals hitting her in the face. Maryfield rallied from seventh place and defeated Miraculous Miss by a half-length, covering six furlongs in 1:09.89 and paying $18, $9 and $6 at 8-1 odds. A year ago, she won on the Breeders’ Cup undercard at Churchill Downs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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