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Date: 08/06/2011

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Breeders' joy for Untapable, pregnant jockey (Reuters)

October 31, 2014; Santa Anita , CA, USA; Rosie Napravnik aboard Untapable following victory of race nine of the 2014 Breeders Cup Championships at Santa Anita Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

By Mark Lamport-Stokes ARCADIA California (Reuters) - The 2014 Breeders' Cup opened its $26 million programme on Friday with a superb win by Untapable, a disappointing run by the well backed Close Hatches and a stunning pregnant pause by jockey Rosie Napravnik. Favourite Untapable, expertly piloted by Napravnik, took the honours in the feature race, the $2 million Distaff, with a commanding performance down the stretch but Close Hatches, a 3-1 choice, faded badly to finish last in a field of 11. ...


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Trainer Wesley Ward has big Cup day in absentia (The Associated Press)

An exercise rider takes Zivo for a morning workout ahead of the Breeders' Cup Classic horse race at Santa Anita Park Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Arcadia, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Trainer Wesley Ward had one of the biggest days of his career Friday at the Breeders' Cup and wasn't there to enjoy it. Ward watched the Breeders' Cup from the barn area at Gulfstream Park. He finished 1-2 in the $1 million Juvenile Turf with Hootenanny beating Luck of the Kitten by three-quarters of a length. Two races later, Ward's Sunset Glow finished second to Lady Eli in the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf, completing a lucrative haul for a trainer thousands of miles away.


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Untapable wins Breeders' Cup Distaff (The Associated Press)

Frankie Dettori celebrates after riding Hootenanny to victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf horse race at Santa Anita Park, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Arcadia, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Rosie Napravnik was riding with a secret, and she couldn't keep it any longer once Untapable won the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff. Napravnik stunned a crowd of 37,205 at Santa Anita and a national television audience by announcing she will retire Sunday. ''I don't know if I had won on another horse if I would have said anything,'' Napravnik said. ''This filly has just been very special to me, and it's a very special way to go out, so I just couldn't resist because they asked me how much it meant to me.'' Napravnik became the first female jockey to win the Distaff in the race's 31-year history.


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Untapable gives mother-to-be a Distaff win (Reuters)
By Mark Lamport-Stokes ARCADIA California (Reuters) - Untapable justified her billing as the overwhelming favorite with a superb finish down the stretch to win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita Park on Friday. Expertly ridden by Rosie Napravnik, who said after the race she was pregnant and would be retiring, the three-year-old filly surged past Iotapa from the outside on the final turn to win by one and one-quarter lengths and improve to eight wins in 11 starts. ... [more]

Goldencents wins 2nd straight BC Dirt Mile (The Associated Press)

A fan takes a picture at Santa Anita Park before the Breeders Cup horse races Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Arcadia, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Goldencents defended his title in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, winning by 1ΒΌ lengths despite tiring in the stretch.


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