=== It's Royal Delta again in Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic ===
 Arcadia,  CA  (Sports Network) -  The 29th edition  of the Breeders' Cup World
 Championships  got underway  Friday at Santa Anita Park, highlighted by  Royal
 Delta  winning  her  second  Ladies' Classic.  The  World  Championships  will
 continue Saturday with the remaining nine events.
 Champion  filly  Royal  Delta  successfully defended  her crown in winning the
 $2 million Ladies' Classic. With Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith in the saddle,
 the  filly toured the  1 1/8-miles in 1:48.80 to complete the first day of the
 Breeders' Cup.
 Royal Delta went off as the 8-5 favorite in the eight-horse field. The 4-year-
 old  filly, trained by Bill Mott, went to the lead early and never looked back
 as she gave her trainer his third straight Ladies' Classic victory.
 Finishing  second, 1  1/2-lengths behind the winner, was 2011 Juvenile Fillies
 champ  My Miss Aurelia.  Include Me Out was third followed by Grace Hall, Love
 and Pride, Awesome Feather and Class Included.
 Alabama Stakes winner Questing was pulled up on the backstretch.
 Owned by Besilu Stables, Royal Delta adds $1.08 million to her bankroll, which
 now  stands at  $3.7 million. The filly  has won nine of 15 career starts. She
 joins Bayakoa (1989-90) as the only repeat winners of the race.
 The  victory is Mike Smith's 16th Breeders' Cup win, snapping a tie with Jerry
 Bailey.  Last year  Jose Lezcano was aboard Royal Delta in winning the Ladies'
 Classic at Churchill Downs.
 Overall,  Mott  has five Ladies' Classic  wins. He saddled Unrivaled Belle two
 years ago along with Ajina (1997) and Escena (1998).
 Royal  Delta  returned $5.40, $3.60 and  $2.60. My Miss Aurelia paid $5.80 and
 $4.00, and Include Me Out paid $5.20 to show.
 The  day's  six  championship  races began  with  Hightail  defeating  odds-on
 favorite Merit Man to capture the second running of the $500,000 Breeders' Cup
 Juvenile Sprint.
 Only  five  2-year-olds left  the starting gate  following the morning scratch
 of Super Ninety Nine and the late scratch of South Floyd. Partly owned by Rick
 Pitino,  South Floyd was scratched during the pre-race warm ups with a problem
 of his left front leg.
 Merit  Man, ridden by  Pat Valenzuela, broke sharply from the gate to take the
 early  lead.  With Rajiv Maragh riding,  Hightail, a 15-1 longshot, was racing
 fourth through the backstretch and around the turn.
 Coming  down the stretch, Merit Man was battling Hazardous with Hightail along
 the  inside.  In late stretch, Hightail  found something extra to pass the top
 two runners and was defeat the favorite at wire by a nose.
 Sweet Shirley Mae finished third followed by Hazardous, and Ceiling Kitty.
 The time for the Juvenile Sprint was 1:09.75 on a fast track.
 Owned  by Bluegrass  Hall,  Hightail earned  $270,000 with  the  win and  gave
 trainer D. Wayne Lukas his 19th career Breeders' Cup victory. Hightail becomes
 the first horse to break his maiden with a Breeders' Cup win.
 Hightail returned $32.80, $7.20 and $3.40. Merit Man paid $2.40 and $2.10, and
 Sweet Shirley Mae paid $2.40 to show.
 Calidoscopio,  ridden by Aaron Gryder, rallied down the stretch to capture the
 $500,000  Breeders'  Cup Marathon.  The 9-year-old covered  the 1 3/4-miles in
 Setting  the  early pace  in the  Marathon was  Jaycito with Commander running
 second and 3-year-old Atigun racing third in the 13-horse field.
 Jaycito, with Joe Talamo in the saddle, set the pace through the first half of
 the  race at  which point Atigun and  jockey Mike Smith took the lead. Atigun,
 third  in  this year's Belmont  Stakes, took the  field up the backstretch the
 second time and was joined by Juniper Pass.
 Atigun  and  Juniper Pass dueled  around the final  turn and into the stretch.
 Rallying  down  the middle of the  stretch was Calidoscopio. The 17-1 longshot
 cruised past the leaders and registered a 4 1/4-length victory over Grassy.
 Atigun  finished third  with Juniper  Pass settling  for fourth.  Rounding the
 order  of  finish  were  Not  Abroad,  Balladry,  Eldaafer,  Romp,  Commander,
 Almudena, Jaycito, Sense of Purpose and Fame And Glory.
 Worth Repeating was scratched in the morning after coming up lame to bring the
 field to 13.
 Trained  by Guillermo Frankel, Calidoscopio earned $270,000 with the win after
 shipping  in from South America. The 9-year-old has won 10 of 40 career starts
 for $853,154.
 Gryder recorded his first ever Breeders' Cup victory.
 Calidoscopio  paid $36.40, $16.00 and $9.60. Grassy returned $12.40 and $7.60,
 and Atigun paid $3.40 to show.
 French  invader Flotilla  found an  opening  down the  stretch to  win the  $1
 million  Breeders'  Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.  The 2-year-old ran the mile in
 1:34.64 on a firm grass course.
 Ridden  by Christophe  Lemaire, Flotilla  was racing  in mid-pack  through the
 early  going. At the top of the stretch the filly split horses to find room to
 Inside  the  furlong pole, Flotilla accelerated  between horses and went on to
 post  a  1 1/4-length win over  Watsdachances. Finishing third in the 14-horse
 field  was Summer of  Fun followed by early pacesetter Tara From the Cape, The
 Gold  Cheongsam, Waterway Run, Moonwalk, Sky Lantern, Nancy O, Infanta Branca,
 Flashy Ways, Kitten's Point, Spring Venture and Oscar Party.
 Scratched from the race was Sustained.
 Flotilla,  trained by Mikel Delzangles, earned $540,000 with the win. Sent off
 at  11-1, the  filly posted  her  first career  win  in three  starts and  has
 earnings of $582,219.
 Flotilla  returned $24.80,  $10.80  and $7.80.  Watsdachances  paid $6.40  and
 $5.40, and Summer of Fun paid $19.40 to show.
 Beholder, ridden by  Garrett Gomez,  outran heavy  favorite Executiveprivilege
 down the stretch to win the $2  million Breeders'  Cup Juvenile  Fillies.  The
 2-year-old filly ran the 1 1/16-miles in 1:43.61.
 Trained  by Richard  Mandella, Beholder took the  lead out of the gate and set
 the pace the entire way. Pressing the pace was undefeated Kauai Katie with 3-2
 favorite Executiveprivilege running third in the eight-horse field.
 Beholder,  owned  by Spendthrift Farm, began  to open her advantage around the
 final turn as Executiveprivilege and jockey Rafael Bejarano moved into second.
 The  pacesetter was on the inside as the favorite came running at her down the
 middle of the track. Beholder was able to hold off Executiveprivilege and post
 a one-length victory over the Bob Baffert-trained filly.
 Finishing  third  was Dreaming  of Julia  with Kauai  Katie fourth followed by
 Spring in the Air, Broken Spell, Renee's Queen and Almost an Angel.
 Beholder got $1.08 million with the win  and gave  Mandella his seventh career
 Breeders'  Cup  victory. The filly  has now won three  of five starts for $1.2
 Gomez has won 13 Breeders' Cup races.
 Beholder  paid  $9.80, $4.60 and  $3.00. Executiveprivilege returned $3.40 and
 $2.40, and Dreaming of Julia paid $3.20 to show.
 In the race prior to the Ladies' Classic, Zagora, ridden by Javier Castellano,
 drove  to victory  versus 10 rivals in  the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly and
 Mare  Turf. The  5-year-old mare covered the  1 1/4-miles in 1:59.70 on a firm
 grass course.
 Trained  by Chad Brown,  Zagora was racing fourth most the way as Star Billing
 set the pace. Running second was highly regarded Marketing Mix with 3-year-old
 filly In Lingerie racing third.
 The  top  four runners  kept their positions  through most of  the race as 8-5
 favorite The Fugue was running just few lengths from the lead.
 As the field hit the stretch, The Fugue was trapped along the inside unable to
 find  any  running room. Zagora  took advantage  of the favorite's problem and
 drove to victory.
 Owned  by  Martin Schwartz, Zagora  registered a 3/4-length win over Marketing
 Mix as The Fugue could only finish third. Ridasiyna finished fourth as the 5-1
 second choice.
 Completing  the order of finish were Lady of Shamrock, I'm A Dreamer, Up, Star
 Billing, In Lingerie, Nahrain and Stormy Lucy.
 Nereid was an early scratch.
 The  victory was  worth $1.08  million  and gave  Zagora  her 10th  win in  22
 lifetime starts. Notching her first win at 1 1/4-miles, Zagora has banked $2.3
 Zagora  returned $20.40,  $7.80 and $5.00. Marketing Mix paid $6.00 and $3.80,
 and The Fugue paid $2.80 to show.
 Saturday's races will be completed with the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
 11/02 20:43:49 ET

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