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2008 Breeders' Cup World Championships Friday

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Ventura with her flowers
Ventura with her flowers after winning the 2008 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

Ventura with her flowers after winning the 2008 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita

© Terence Dulay
Winning trainer Bobby Frankel said, "When I heard that she broke slow, I was a little worried but when she was running on the turn, I felt a lot better. She showed a great, great turn of foot and she really likes the synthetic track. We didn't want to move too soon into a very quick pace. He (Garrett Gomez) said he just waited until he felt she was ready to give it to him. When he let her run, she just exploded."

Jockey Garrett Gomez added, "She ran effortlessly. She's the kind of filly that, once she makes the lead, will kind of pull up a little. When we went by those horses, she was just cruising. She's very tactical. Around the 3/8 pole I had edged her out a little and she got into another gear. Down the stretch, I got into her a little (whip) to keep her focused on the race."

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