LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Bradester took charge at the start and held off Eagle by a half-length Saturday night in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs to claim a spot in this fall in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita.
The 6-year-old, Kentucky-bred bay colt trained by Eddie Kenneally was a late entrant but earned his first Grade 1 victory to improve to 2-0 this year. He has four wins in his past six starts with three graded stakes triumphs. Breaking from the No. 2 post position, Bradester set the pace, dug in and remained clear in the stretch despite a challenge from Eagle for the biggest win of his career.
Ridden by Joe Bravo, Bradester ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.85 and paid $20.40, $8.40 and $5.40. Eagle returned $5.20 and $3.40, and Majestic Harbor paid $3.80 to show.
Even-money race favorite Effinex, who was second to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, was sixth in the seven-horse field.
PARIS – Alpinista made light work of the rain and heavy ground to narrowly win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Jockey Luke Morris attacked heading into the last furlong and the 5-year-old mare just held off a late charge from Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon on Vadeni and last year’s 80-1 winner Torquator Tasso, ridden by veteran Italian jockey Frankie Dettori.
“I had a beautiful draw in stall six and after being perfectly placed, there was a second when I thought we were getting drawn into it too early,” Morris said. “But once she had taken charge, I was able to sit on her from 100 meters out.”
Morris felt the conditions would have made it harder for Alpinista to attack the way she did.
“I was concerned when all that rain came but the race went very smoothly,” he said. “I couldn’t believe how it could have in a 20-runner Arc. It was incredible.”
Alpinista was among the pre-race favorites.
“If it hadn’t been my horse, I would have thought it was going to win every inch of the way, but when it’s your own of course it’s a nightmare,” Alpinista trainer Mark Prescott said. “I didn’t think all that rain would help, but she’s never traveled better and has come on with each race.”
It was not yet clear if Alpinista will next race at the Breeders’ Cup or the Japan Cup next month.
SALISBURY, England – The famous royal silks returned to British horse racing with the first runner under the ownership of King Charles III finishing a distant second at Salisbury.
Educator was the first horse to wear the purple, red and gold silks since the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 8.
Her oldest son and heir, Charles, has taken on the royal stable and Educator was sent off as the 11-10 favorite under jockey Tom Marquand for the Radcliffe & Co Handicap.
Okeechobee won by 4 \ lengths in the four-horse race.
The queen’s last runner was Improvise, who was beaten narrowly at Epsom on the day the monarch died at her Balmoral estate in Scotland.