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2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships Saturday Part 2

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Court Vision wins the 2011 Breeders' Cup Mile
Court Vision wins the 2011 Breeders' Cup Mile

Court Vision (center) wins the 2011 Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs over Turallure and Goldikova (inside).

© Terence Dulay
November 5, 2011

There were 9 races on Day 2 of the 2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships. Of these, one of the more highly anticipated was the $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) for older horses going 1 mile on the turf. 6-year-old mare Goldikova was back looking to be the first 4-time Breeders' Cup winner, and was sent off as the 6-5 favorite, exiting her runner-up effort in the Prix de la Foret (G1. In to challenge her in the field of 13 included 11-2 Gio Ponti off his Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) win, and 7-1 Strong Suit, winner of the Lennox (G2) and Challenge Stakes (G2).

27-1 Jeranimo and 30-1 Get Stormy dueled for the early lead through fractions of 24.17 and 48.18 with 26-1 Sidney's Candy stalking the lead pair third. Sidney's Candy took over the lead at the top of the lane through 3/4 i 1:12.44, but the fast pace set up a rush of closers to the line. Goldikova found room and gained the lead at the 1/8 pole through 7f in 1:24.74, but 65-1 longest shot Court Vision, 12th early, and 11-1 Turallure, last early, passed her in the final 1/16 and hit the line together. The photo determined Court Vision prevailed by a nose in 1:37.05. It was just a length back from Turallure to Goldikova third.

Patrick Valenzuela aboard last place finisher Courageous Cat claimed foul against Olivier Peslier aboard Goldikova but the claim was disallowed by the stewards.
Results chart

On to Part 1 with the Classic, Turf, Sprint, and Juvenile

Friday races: Ladies' Classic, F/M Sprint, F/M Turf, Juvenile Fillies, Juvenile Fillies Turf, and Marathon

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