Tepin denied repeat by Tourist as Europeans beaten in Breeders' Cup Mile
Tepin denied repeat by Tourist
European raiders were out of luck as Tourist denied Tepin back-to-back wins in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita.
Hopes were high for the Henry Candy-trained Limato and Aidan O'Brien's Alice Springs, but the former looked to have no excuse having had every chance under Harry Bentley, eventually finishing just outside the places, while Alice Springs was never really a factor.
Tourist stuck to his guns when switched for a run on the rail and although Royal Ascot winner Tepin was cutting him down, Joel Rosario's mount had done enough on his third try at the race, having been eighth 12 months ago.
Winning trainer Bill Mott said: "I looked at the horses in the field and I thought this is one of the most competitive races they have on this day.
"You wonder if you are coming in with a horse that is good enough, and he was good enough. But you have to have the trip (clear run).
"The trip is so imperative, he got an inside trip, saved ground and opened up going for home."
Tepin's trainer Mark Casse said: "I'm just proud of her, this filly has been good for so long.
"Unfortunately we just came up a touch short, but we are going to go away with our head held high. She's just an unbelievable horse.
"I wouldn't bet on that (run last last race), she has trained as well as she has ever trained. She can come back again next year."
Candy said of Limato: "He was a little bit free early on, everything went right except for that and it is nothing to do with the (mile) trip, as he wasn't going to win from two out.
"It is too late in the year, really. I've enjoyed the experience of coming here immensely and there are plenty of good days ahead to look forward to."
Bentley added: "He flew the gates, in fact he came out so fast I had to take him back. But if anything he was a little keen and then just approaching the final bend he was not quite going in his usual way."
O'Brien said of Alice Springs: "Alice was a little bit flat, she has had a long, hard season. We will freshen her up and look forward to next year."
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Source: At The Races