Saturday, November 2, 2019
It should go down as one of the greatest single handicapping feats in the history of thoroughbred racing - maybe THE greatest.
Mike Mulligan's BetBestBreeze knocked it out of the park in the last of the five Breeders' Cup races at Santa Anita Friday - the TVG BC Juvenile - not simply nailing the first three finishers, but lighting up the tote board in every category possible.
The winner was Storm the Court, who had received a BBB rating of 5 at the OBS April under tack show, and was then purchased by Exline-Border Racing for what has since turned out to be a bargain $60,000. The colt paid $93.80 for $2, leading No. 4 BBB-rated Anneau d'Or (28-1) to the wire by a neck and producing a $1 exacta payoff of $488.20. With No. 1 BBB-rated Wrecking Crew finishing third at odds of 39-1, the 50-cent trifecta paid $1,965.
In four races, Storm the Court has earned $1,172,951.
BBB's success wasn't limited to just the Juvenile. Four Wheel Drive opened the Breeders' Cup segment of Friday's program by winning the Juvenile Turf Sprint. The No. 1-rated BBB choice paid $5 as the only favorite to win in the five BC tests. Another Miracle, who received a 7 rating, finished third at odds of 19-1.
The second BC race was the Juvenile Turf, and it was captured by No. 5 BBB-rated Structor, who paid $12.60. He won by three-quarters over No. 1-rated Billy Batts, who was sent off at 55-1, and the $1 exacta came back $259.10.
As noted here in the past, with 14 BBB horses competing in the five races, there could only be five winners. The BBB's won 60% of the five, with two seconds and two thirds, leading to a monetary bonanza
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