DEL MAR, Calif. — Knicks Go acceptable the aboriginal gait and kicked distant to a 2 3/4-length triumph successful the $6 cardinal Breeders’ Cup Classic connected Saturday astatine Del Mar.
Ridden by Joel Rosario, 5-year-old Knicks Go squared disconnected against a trio of apical 3-year-olds — arguable Kentucky Derby victor Medina Spirit, Belmont Stakes victor Essential Quality and hometown leader Hot Rod Charlie.
Sent disconnected astatine 3-1 odds, Knicks Go paid $8.40 to triumph for trainer Brad Cox. He besides saddled 9-5 favourite Essential Quality, who finished third.
Medina Spirit finished 2nd for embattled trainer Bob Baffert. The colt failed a post-race cause trial aft the Derby and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has yet to marque a last ruling based connected its investigation.
Hot Rod Charlie was fourth. Fans chanted “Let’s spell Chuck!” earlier the race.
The Classic tract was reduced to 8 erstwhile Express Train was scratched successful the greeting with swelling successful his close hock, akin to an ankle.
In different races:
— Japan snapped an 0-for-13 skid successful the Breeders’ Cup, with a stunning 45-1 upset successful the $2 cardinal Distaff and a triumph successful the $2 cardinal Filly and Mare Turf.
Marche Lorraine edged Dunbar Road by a chemoreceptor aft a photograph decorativeness successful the Distaff. The 5-year-old mare ran 1 1/8 miles successful 1:47.67 and paid $101.80 to triumph nether Irish jockey Oisín Murphy.
Letruska, the 8-5 favourite with ties to Mexico, finished 10th among 11 horses.
Yoshito Yahagi trained some of Japan’s champions. Loves Only You won the Filly & Mare Turf by a half-length nether Yuga Kawada. She covered 1 3/8 miles successful 2:13.87 and paid $10.60 to win.
“I’d similar to accidental convey you to my horse. She did a large job,” Yahagi said done a translator. “It’s a imagination travel existent for the Japanese equine racing industry. I’d emotion to travel backmost Breeders’ Cup astatine Keeneland adjacent twelvemonth and bash the aforesaid thing.”
Yahagi didn’t person to hold that long. Three races later, helium saddled Marche Lorraine successful the Distaff.
War Like Goddess, the 2-1 favourite successful the Filly & Mare Turf, finished third. Defending champion Audarya was fifth.
— Britain-bred Yibir won the $4 cardinal Turf by a half-length, giving trainer Charlie Appleby, jockey William Buick and proprietor Godolphin Stables their 3rd triumph of the weekend. Godolphin is the racing outfit for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai. Yibir ran 1 1/2 miles successful 2:25.90 and paid $19 to triumph astatine 8-1 odds. The 3-year-old gelding had 1 equine bushed turning for location earlier charging connected the extracurricular and reeling successful Broome, who finished second. Tarnawa, the 2-1 favorite, was 11th.
The trio earlier teamed to triumph the $2 cardinal Mile with 2-1 favourite Space Blues and the $1 cardinal Juvenile Turf connected Friday with Modern Games.
— In the Mile, Ireland-bred Space Blues won by a half-length. He ran the region connected the turf successful 1:34.01 and paid $6.20 to triumph arsenic the 2-1 favourite successful his past contention earlier retiring. Appleby’s different horse, Master of the Seas, was scratched astatine the starting gross aft acting up successful the No. 1 post. Neither equine nor jockey James Doyle was hurt. It was akin to what occurred Friday, erstwhile Modern Games was mistakenly scratched by the veterinarians earlier being reinstated to tally successful the Juvenile Turf for purse wealth only. Modern Games won. “I’m getting utilized to this benignant of code now,” Appleby joked.
— Aloha West scored an upset successful winning the $2 cardinal Sprint by a nose. The 4-year-old colt, who began his racing vocation this year, was sixth astatine the apical of the agelong and edged Dr. Schivel astatine the ligament nether Jose Ortiz, who won his 2nd Cup contention of the weekend. Trained by Wayne Catalano, Aloha West ran six furlongs successful 1:08.49 and paid $24.60 to win. Jackie’s Warrior, the 1-2 favorite, was sixth.
— Ce Ce won the $1 cardinal Filly & Mare Sprint by 2 1/2 lengths successful an upset. The 6-1 changeable paid $14.40 to win. Defending champion Gamine, the 2-5 favourite trained by Bob Baffert, finished third, ending her five-race winning streak. Victor Espinoza, who is 49, rode the winner. She ran 7 furlongs successful 1:21.
— Life Is Good cruised to a 5 3/4-length triumph successful the $1 cardinal Dirt Mile, giving jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. his 3rd Cup triumph of the weekend. The 3-year-old colt ran the region successful 1:34.12 and paid $3.40 to triumph arsenic the 3-5 favorite. Todd Pletcher trains Life Is Good and earned his 12th Cup win. Ortiz has 14 vocation Cup victories.
— Golden Pal rocketed to the beforehand successful the $1 cardinal Turf Sprint and won by 1 1/4 lengths nether Irad Ortiz Jr. The 5-2 favourite ran 1 1/4 miles successful 54.75 seconds and paid $7 to win. Ortiz and trainer Wesley Ward combined to instrumentality the Juvenile Turf connected Friday with Twilight Gleaming.
— Jockey E.T. Baird was fined $5,000 by the Del Mar stewards for violating California’s whip rules successful the Juvenile Turf Sprint connected Friday. He was cited for utilizing the whip much than six times during a race. His mount, One Timer, finished ninth.