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2008 Breeders' Cup World Championships Saturday Part 2

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Midshipman with his flowers
Midshipman with his flowers after winning the 2008 Breeders' Cup Juvenile

Midshipman with his flowers after winning the 2008 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Winning trainer Bob Baffert said, "You think you want to plan it that way and sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't. The plan worked to get him out there. I liked his draw. He's broken well in all of his races. It put him in the race early. It got him cruising. There wasn't a ridiculous pace or anything like that. You don't know, but you're just hoping that when he kicks for home that he's the real deal and he showed he was."

Jockey Garrett Gomez added, "I was trying to get him to settle down a little bit. He was a little keen, and every time I tried to touch his mouth, he threw his head in my lap a little bit. I had to finesse him a little bit around the first turn. When I got him slowed down, I just slowly gave it to him and let him do his own thing and find a good rhythm and get into a nice long stride. Turning for home, I asked him to start accelerating, he answered all the right questions. He went about his business really well and hung on against a really nice racehorse."

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