Bob Baffert-trained Corniche’s win in Juvenile tops Breeders’ Cup Day 1

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DEL MAR, Calif. — Corniche won the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by 1 3/4 lengths at Del Mar on Friday, stamping the colt as the early favourite for following year’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, the place his coach, Bob Baffert, has been banned.

Sent off as the 7-5 preferred, Corniche sprinted to the guide and stayed there beneath 56-yr-outdated jockey Mike Smith. The 2-yr-previous bay colt ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.50.

“You will find something about the Breeders’ Cup, that for whatsoever explanation, it just requires me to an additional degree,” explained Smith, the event’s job cash-successful chief amongst jockeys. “I turn 18 all about yet again and I just have a blast.”

Corniche paid $4.80 to win. Pappacap was second, and Large Activity was a further 1 1/2 lengths again in third. Baffert experienced two other runners in the race: Pinehurt useless-heated for fifth and Barossa concluded seventh.

Jack Christopher, the early 9-5 favorite, was scratched by the veterinarian due to the fact of a left shin situation.

All of the day’s 10 races, led by 5 Cup races for 2-yr-olds, went off properly on a foggy and unusually amazing 60-diploma (15 Celsius) day at the seaside track north of San Diego.

In the day’s very last race, Albahr was scratched from the Juvenile Turf following the 2-year-previous gelding flipped in the starting gate. Initially, the group was advised that 2-1 preferred Modern Games also was scratched. Right after a delay of several minutes, it was introduced that Fashionable Games was running for purse dollars only no wagering was allowed.

Modern Online games won and bettors who had wagers on them have been to get their income back. Fans booed as the horses came back to the grandstand afterward. Both horses are educated by Charlie Appleby.

For the very first time, all 14 races in the two-day globe championships are remaining operate without having race-day medicine allowed.

Baffert was authorized to enter horses, but the event’s revenue-top coach had to fulfill certain ailments, such as stricter out-of-levels of competition screening of his horses and higher protection at his barn. He agreed to the extra scrutiny and was required to pay for it out of his individual pocket.

Baffert was banned by Churchill Downs for the 2022 and 2023 Kentucky Derbies after Medina Spirit finished first this calendar year and then failed a submit-race drug check. The medication associated is authorized in Kentucky, but not on race working day. Baffert’s horses have had 5 failed drug exams in the final calendar year.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Fee has nevertheless to make a ultimate ruling on Medina Spirit.

“The Derby’s a lengthy techniques off, and so right now my focus was just receiving him below,” Baffert explained of Corniche. “We are going to see how it plays out. There’s still a whole lot of factors going on. A whole lot can happen involving now and then.”

Winning owner Peter Fluor mentioned he and associate K.C. Weiner of Speedway Stables never thought of going Corniche to a distinctive coach. Some of Baffert’s shoppers have remaining him in the wake of his legal woes.

“Bob’s undertaking a good work,” Fluor reported. “We are variety of experiencing the second and down the street we will focus on that.”

Trainer Christophe Clement snapped an -for-41 slump in the Breeders’ Cup when 9-2 shot Pizza Bianca went from last to very first in the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Owned and bred by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, Pizza Bianca ran a mile in 1:36.08 and compensated $21.80 to win. Jockey Jose Ortiz had a start-and-prevent trip, threading the 2-12 months-previous filly through slender openings established by the traffic from a 14-horse subject.

Racing resumes Saturday with 9 Cup races, topped by the $6 million Common.

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. and trainer Wesley Ward continued their dominance of the Juvenile Turf Sprint as Twilight Gleaming led every single phase in the opening Cup race of the day.

Ortiz and Ward teamed for their third straight victory in the $1 million race. It was the 12th Cup gain for Ortiz and fifth for Ward.

Ward experienced two other runners in the 12-horse industry, which includes the 9-5 favourite and previously undefeated Averly Jane, who finished fifth.

As a substitute, it was Twilight Gleaming who took demand and held off Go Bears Go by a half-size. Kaufymaker, also experienced by Ward, was third.

The filly, working towards colts for the 3rd straight time, improved to 3 wins in 5 starts off for Stonestreet Stables’ Barbara Banke, a short while ago named the to start with female chair of the Breeders’ Cup board of administrators.

Twilight Gleaming paid out $12.40 to win and ran five furlongs in 56.24 seconds.

Echo Zulu turned the early favored for the 2022 Kentucky Oaks with a dominant get in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies.

Echo Zulu took demand out of the starting off gate and was in no way threatened. She rolled to a 5 1/4-size victory above Juju’s Map. She ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.24 and $3.60 to acquire as the 4-5 preferred.

Echo Zulu enhanced to 4-for-4 this yr when giving Rosario his 14th Cup gain.

For coach Steve Asmussen, the victory was his eighth in the Cup. He educated Echo Zulu’s sire, Gun Runner, to a victory in the Common four many years back at Del Mar.