ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita (all times local):
The Breeders’ Cup got off to a formful start as 3-2 favorite Four Wheel Drive captured the $1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint at Santa Anita.
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. guided the son of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah right to the front in the five-furlong race Friday. They were in control throughout, holding off a late run by Chimney Rock by three-quarters of a length with Another Miracle third.
Four Wheel Drive improved to 3-for-3. He paid $5 to win as one of three runners in the race for trainer Wesley Ward. Kimari was fourth and Cambria finished ninth for Ward.
The time was 55.66 seconds over the firm course
Fans are streaming into Santa Anita for opening day of the Breeders’ Cup.
A handful of protesters urging the end of horse racing in California toted signs outside one of the track’s gates, but they were outnumbered by a larger group of racing industry workers carrying signs supporting horses and their livelihood at a nearby gate.
Santa Anita has been the site of 36 horse deaths since December.
Bettors waited in lines under blue skies and temperatures in the upper 70s with no sign of smoke from wildfires that have plagued Southern California in recent days.
There are five Breeders’ Cup races on Friday, highlighted by the $2 million Juvenile.
Another nine races will be run Saturday.
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