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Breeders' Cup Results

Dateline: 11/04/00

A crowd of 76,043 braved the somewhat chilly overcast day as the world's best Thoroughbreds converged at Churchill Downs for the 17th Breeders' Cup Championship. Boxcar payoffs were the order of the day as several highly-regarded competitors failed to live up to expectations.


Breeders' Cup day started off with a big shocker as huge favorite Riboletta finished 7th, beaten 8 3/4 lengths by Spain at 56-1. Continuing with the shocker theme, second choice and defending champ Beautiful Pleasure finished 6th, 3/4 length ahead of Riboletta.10-1 Surfside and 12-1 Heritage of Gold completed the $6405.20 trifecta.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 4   Spain              Espinoza       113.80   36.80 18.40
 6   Surfside           Day                      9.20  6.60
 1   Heritage of Gold   Sellers                        9.20

Winning Time:  1:47.66

$2 Exacta 4-6               664.60
$2 Trifecta 4-6-1         6,405.20
Results Chart from Equibase

Victor Espinoza starting his victory celebration as Spain draws off from Surfside for the win.

More Distaff photos!

Juvenile Fillies

The two-year-old fillies followed their elders' lead with another trio of longshots in front at the end. Caressing, dismissed by the public at 47-1, rallied from 5th for the second bomb of the day. Platinum Tiara and She's a Devil Due completed the $18,355.80 trifecta. Lukewarm favorite Raging Fever was undefeated going in but could only manage 6th.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 7   Caressing          Velazquez       96.00   34.80 15.80
 3   Platinum Tiara     Sellers                 11.40  7.40
12   She's a Devil Due  Guidry                         5.20

Winning Time:  1:42.77

$2 Exacta 7-3               940.60
$2 Trifecta 7-3-12       18,355.80
Results Chart from Equibase

Caressing and Platinum Tiara head for the wire in the Juvenile Fillies.

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Trainer Neil Drysdale got to work early saddling his 3-year old War Chant to a win in the Mile over a host of promising European invaders. Sent off at a lukewarm 7-2, he was outrun early but made up 5 lengths in the final furlong down the center of the course to win by a neck over longshot North East Bound. European invader Dansili was another nose back in third, completing a $14,007.80 tri.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
11   War Chant          Stevens          9.00    6.80  4.40
14   North East Bound   Velez                   29.60  7.40
 8   Dansili            Velazquez                     13.80

Winning Time:  1:34.67

$2 Exacta 11-14             486.20
$2 Trifecta 11-14-8      14,007.80
Results Chart from Equibase

War Chant (outside) rallies 6 wide down the stretch to just catch North East Bound (center) and Dansili (inside).

More Mile photos!


Chalk players found relief in this event, with favorite Kona Gold rallying to win in track and Breeders' Cup record time. Second choice Caller One went to the front immediately and set a blistering pace but faltered inside the 1/16 pole fading to 4th. Honest Lady and Bet On Sunshine, who was also third in the 1997 Sprint, rallied past him him late but were no match for Kona Gold who stopped the clock in 1:07.77.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
10   Kona Gold          Solis            5.40    3.80  3.20
13   Honest Lady        Desormeaux              18.20 10.00
 6   Bet On Sunshine    Borel                         13.80

Winning Time:  1:07.77

$2 Exacta 10-13             138.80
$2 Trifecta 10-13-6       2,076.60
$1 Superfecta 10-13-6-3   5,117.30
Results Chart from Equibase

A jubilant Alex Solis celebrates his win on Kona Gold over the fast closing Honest Lady.

More Sprint photos!

Filly and Mare Turf

The highly regarded European filly Petrushka was sent off at 1.4-1 but simply failed to fire, finishing fifth. Frank Stronach's Perfect Sting won as the 5-1 second choice under Jerry Bailey, with Tout Charmant 3/4 length back in second and another 3/4 length to German filly Catella in third. Spanish Fern was pulled up at the start when her jockey heard a crack and she was vanned off for examination.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 8   Perfect Sting      Bailey          12.00    6.20  4.60
 2   Tout Charmant      McCarron                14.00  9.60
13   Catella            Desormeaux                     7.20

Winning Time:  2:13.07

$2 Exacta 8-2               127.80
$2 Trifecta 8-2-13        2,810.40
$1 Superfecta 8-2-13-9    8,076.80
Results Chart from Equibase

Perfect Sting heads to victory with Tout Charmant in close pursuit.

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Owner Frank Stronach, trainer Joe Orseno, and jockey Jerry Bailey won their second Breeders' Cup race in a row when Macho Uno survived a difficult trip to win by a nose over Point Given. California based Godolphin entrant Street Cry was third while lukewarm favorite A P Valentine was last beaten almost 23 lengths. As he approached the finish, Macho Uno veered out then in again and did not appear to like the whip but still got the job done.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 4   Macho Uno          Bailey          14.60    7.60  5.80
 1   Point Given        Stevens                  8.80  6.00
 9   Street Cry         Flores                         4.80

Winning Time:  1:42.05

$2 Exacta 4-1               124.20
$2 Trifecta 4-1-9           944.60
$1 Superfecta 4-1-9-14    8,148.50
Results Chart from Equibase

Macho Uno (inside) managed to hold off the late charge of Point Given (far outside) by a nose despite an erratic trip down the stretch.

More Juvenile photos!


The Europeans finally ended their Churchill Downs losing streak with a win by Dubai Champion Stakes winner Kalanisi. Canadian longshot Quiet Resolve surged to the front mid-stretch but could not hold off Kalanisi. Nine-year-old campaigner John's Call held third through the stretch to complete the $5,871 trifecta. Favored Montjeu showed that his best days are behind him, finishing a disappointing seventh.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 1   Kalanisi           Murtagh         11.20    7.20  4.60
11   Quiet Resolve      Sellers                 28.00 13.00
10   John's Call        Samyn                          6.20

Winning Time:  2:26.96

$2 Exacta 1-11              416.40
$2 Trifecta 1-11-10       5,871.00
$1 Superfecta 1-11-10-9  99,813.00
Results Chart from Equibase

Kalanisi rallies for the win on the outside with John's Call, Quiet Resolve, and Mutamam (left to right) separated by noses on his inside.

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The 2000 Classic was supposed to be the coronation of much hyped Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, but in keeping with the longshot theme the 5-4 favorite failed to rally, finishing sixth. Tiznow's full brother Budroyale was second in this event last year, but this time the family would not be denied as he became the first ever California bred Breeders' Cup Champion. Tiznow dueled with Albert the Great for the first mile, then European hope Giant's Causeway drew even for the lead but could only hold second beaten a neck. Captain Steve passed the tiring Albert the Great for third.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
13   Tiz Now            McCarron        20.40    8.20  6.20
14   Giant's Causway    Kinane                   7.80  5.20
 1   Captain Steve      Sellers                        7.40

Winning Time:   2:00.75

$2 Exacta 13-14             140.80
$2 Trifecta 13-14-1       1,678.20
$1 Superfecta 13-14-1-6   6,121.30
Results Chart from Equibase

Tiz Now battled Giant's Causeway all the way down the stretch before finally getting the better of him to win by a neck.

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All photos by Cindy Pierson and Terence Dulay. Logo courtesy of Breeders' Cup Limited.

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