Mongolian makes history, wins $1M Turf Sprint at Breeders’ Cup

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — It’s a first for Mongolia at the Breeders’ Cup.

The Asian country’s first representative in the 32-year history of the world championships won the $1 million Turf Sprint with the fittingly named Mongolian Saturday.

The winner’s circle was a colorful scene as the owners, dressed in traditional garb and headgear, accepted the trophy after the 15-1 upset.

Trained by Enebish Ganbat, Mongolian Saturday broke from post 14 on the far outside and immediately challenged Ready For Rye for the lead.

Mongolian Saturday won that duel at the top of the stretch and then needed an all-out drive to the wire to hold off filly Lady Shipman by a neck.

The 5-year-old gelding ridden by Florent Geroux ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.49.

Mongolian Saturday paid $33.80, $13.60 and $7.80.

Lady Shipman returned $5.40 and $4.60 while Green Mask paid $5.40 to show.

Undrafted, the 7-2 favorite owned by former NFL star receiver Wes Welker, finished fifth.