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2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships Saturday Part 1

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Little Mike wins the 2012 Breeders' Cup Turf
Little Mike wins the 2012 Breeders' Cup Turf

Little Mike wins the 2012 Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
The $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) features older horses going 1 1/2 miles on the turf. Turf Classic (G1) and Sword Dancer (G1) winner Point of Entry was the 5-2 favorite in the field of 12 over 7-2 defending champion St Nicholas Abbey but 11th in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) last out, and 4-1 Shareta, 9th in the Arc after winning the Prix Vermeille (G1) and Yorkshire Oaks (G1).

Jockey Joe Bravo sent 46-1 longest shot Turbo Compressor to the lead down the hill through fractions of 23.83, 46.77, 1:10.80, 1:35.28, and 1:59.28 while stalked by 23-1 Optimizer. In the lane, Turbo Compressor tired badly, while 17-1 Little Mike, third early, moved up to take the lead. Point of Entry rallied from 8th but Little Mike held him off by 1/2 a length in 2:22.83, just 3/100 second off the course record. It was another 3/4 length back to St Nicholas Abbey third.
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