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2008 Breeders' Cup World Championships Saturday Part 2

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Albertus Maximus parades with his flowers
Albertus Maximus parades with his flowers  after the 2008 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile

Albertus Maximus parades with his flowers after the 2008 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita

© Terence Dulay
Winning jockey Garrett Gomez said, "I was having a fairly good trip. He wanted to get out a bit on the first turn. Once I lined up down the backstretch, and got him into a kind of rhythm, he was traveling really well for me. Actually, I had to move before I wanted to at the 3/8 pole. I was waiting to see what was happening with Well Armed, hoping he'd get shoved down inside and I could swoop around him. Johnny Murtagh (on Lord Admiral) started making a run on my hip. When he started making his run, I had to go with him and he had me down inside. I had to wait on (My Pal Charlie). He found a hole and I followed him in there and it worked out perfectly."

Trainer Vladimir Cerin added, "Garrett had him in a perfect position on the first turn. I was a little concerned when he went inside, but the Red Sea parted. It was a superlative performance by a superlative athlete. It feels great; unbelievable to win my first Breeders' Cup."

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