Who won Friday's Breeders' Cup races at Del Mar

The Breeders’ Cup has completed its first day at Del Mar, with four of the 13 races completed before a crowd of 32,278. The rest will be contested Saturday beginning at noon (first post is 10:10 a.m.).

Here’s a look at what happened Friday:


Results: 1, Forever Unbridled ($9.40), 2. Abel Tasman, 3. Paradise Woods

Winning jockey/trainer: John Velazquez (14th Cup win), Dallas Stewart (second)

What happened: In a field with five 3-year-old fillies, it was one of the "old ladies" that came away with the victory, a year after she was third behind Beholder and Songbird. The 5-year-old daughter of Unbridled's Song (the same sire as Arrogate) was next-to-last early, made a mid-race move to get within about three lengths of the lead, rallied wide on the turn to get even with Paradise Woods, pulled clear of her and held Abel Tasman safe by a half-length. Elate, like the 2-3 finishers a 3-year-old, was fourth as the 2-1 favorite. Stewart's only previous Cup victory also came in the Distaff, 16 years ago with Unbridled Elaine.

Asked what’s next for Forever Unbridled, breeder/owner Chuck Fipke didn’t hesitate: “The Pegasus and then the Dubai Cup.”

Both races would be early next year at 1¼ miles against males. She has never tried either.


Results: 1. Mendelssohn ($11.60), 2. Untamed Domain, 3. Voting Control

Winning jockey/trainer: Ryan Moore (ninth Cup win), Aidan O'Brien (12th)

What happened: What looked to be a wide-open race going in turned into a rather easy win for Mendelssohn, who was the lukewarm 9-2 favorite. Saving ground along the rail until the top of the stretch, the son of Scat Daddy burst past pacesetting Sands of Mali at midstretch and won by a length. It was the fourth victory in this race for O'Brien and Moore.


Results: 1. Battle of Midway ($30.40), 2. Sharp Azteca, 3. Awesome Slew

Winning jockey/trainer: Flavien Prat (second Cup win), Jerry Hollendorfer (third)

What happened: Battle of Midway won a minor stakes race at Del Mar at a mile, and the jump in class was no problem for a colt who clearly loves the surface and the distance. Facing older horses for the first time, he dueled the length of the stretch with pacesetting Sharp Azteca before prevailing by a half-length. Favored Mor Spirit was eighth and Accelerate, who beat Arrogate in the San Diego Handicap, was last.


Results: 1. Rushing Fall ($8), 2. Best Performance, 3. September

Winning jockey/trainer: Javier Castellano (eighth Cup win), Chad Brown (ninth)

What happened: The morning-line favorite, Rushing Land was sent off as the 3-1 second choice behind Happily, who wound up last. Racing on the outside, Rushing Fall took the lead at the top of the stretch and won by three-quarters of a length to give her jockey, trainer and owner Bob Edwards their second straight win in this race (Brown has won it four times). The daughter of More Than Ready is now unbeaten in three starts, with two stakes wins.

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