Breeders’ Cup: Tourist has perfect trip this time in Mile
Tourist holds the late challenge of Tepin to win the Breeders' Cup Mile
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Tourist has perfect
trip this time in Mile By David Carr 11:34PM 5 NOV 2016
Report: Santa Anita, Saturday
Breeders' Cup Mile (Grade 1) 1m, turf, 3yo+
TOURIST made it third-time lucky to deny Tepin back-to-back victories in the Breeders' Cup Mile.
Fortune had not smiled on the five-year-old in two previous cracks at the race, having been handed a very wide draw in 2014 before meeting trouble in running 12 months ago.
But he got a perfect run on the inside this time, led in the straight and held on by half a length from Tepin – who was an impressive winner in 2015.
The race was run at a breakneck pace and Tourist, who was returned at just over 12-1, won in a time just 0.02sec off the recently established track record.
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Breeders' Cup record
He was a tenth Breeders' Cup winner for trainer Bill Mott and a fifth for jockey Joel Rosario.
Rosario said: "I thought they were going too quick early, they were really flying. I just let him be happy where he was, saving ground, and took it from there.
Mott added: "I looked at the horses in the field and thought this has to be one of the most competitive races of the day.
"A good trip is imperative and he had a good trip on the inside, saving ground."
Pride in defeat
Mark Casse refused to be disappointed that Tepin could not emulate previous dual Mile winners Miesque, Lure, Da Hoss and Wise Dan.
"I'm proud of her," the trainer said. "She's been good for so long. We came up a touch short but can leave with our heads held high. She's been unbelievable for us."
Asked whether the mare could now be retired, he said: "I wouldn't bet on that. I thought for the last two or three weeks she has been training as good as she ever has."
Limato was further back in sixth and trainer Henry Candy said: "He was a little bit free early on but there are no excuses. I just think it's late enough in the year for him.
"It was nothing to do with the trip. He wasn't going to win from two out. They don't last forever. Not many of my horses function in November."
Limato was his first Breeders' Cup runner and when asked about the trip he said: "This is fantastic. I wouldn't have missed it for anything."
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