Six Churchill Downs horses win Breeders’ Cup races

(Photo above: Brad Cox wearing the garland from Essential Quality’s victory in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, one of four races the trainer won. Coady Photography)

A Churchill Downs media release

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020) – It was a monumental weekend for horses based at Churchill Downs and its training center Trackside Louisville as they accounted for six of 14 victories at the 37th Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

“It was pretty surreal,” said trainer Brad Cox, who won four Breeders’ Cup races including the $2 million Distaff (GI) with Monomoy Girl. “We had an amazing weekend and could not have done it without our staff and owners.”

Three of Cox’s four winners – Aunt Pearl (Juvenile Fillies Turf), Essential Quality (Juvenile) and Knicks Go (Dirt Mile) returned to Churchill Downs on Sunday morning. The fourth winner, 5-year-old champion mare Monomoy Girl, vanned from Keeneland to the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds and is scheduled to be sold Sunday night.

“We don’t know what the future will hold but it’ll be exciting regardless,” Cox said. “She’s a once in a lifetime horse. I owe her owners a ton of credit for having this mare come back to the races after having several setbacks. … I sort of viewed this year as her 4-year-old campaign and she proved she’s better than ever.”

Also back on the grounds is $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (GI) winner Whitmore. The wily 7-year-old gelding pulled an 18-1 upset in the six-furlong Sprint under Irad Ortiz Jr. for owners Bob LaPenta, Head of Plains Partners and trainer Ron Moquett’s Southern Spring Stables.

“I can’t begin to say how proud I am of this horse,” said Moquett, who stood proudly outside Whitmore’s stall Sunday morning. “It takes a village to win a race like this and he had an entire team to get him there.”

Also recording a victory at the Breeders’ Cup was Three Diamonds Farm’s Fire At Will, who is based at Trackside Louisville for trainer Mike Maker. Fire At Will stormed home to a 30-1 upset score in the $1 million Juvenile Turf (GI) under jockey Ricardo Santana Jr.

Jockey Florent Geroux had a Breeders’ Cup double aboard Aunt Pearl and Monomoy Girl. The 34-year-old rider now has six Breeders’ Cup victories in his young career.

“It was a really good weekend,” Geroux said. “A lot of people were behind both of these horses and I’m very happy for all of them and thankful they gave me the opportunities.”

In total, 41 horses who were based at Churchill Downs made starts at the Breeders’ Cup. They had a record of 6-1-5. Below is the full list of runners and their result:

Horse Jockey Trainer Race Result
Aunt Pearl Florent Geroux Brad Cox Juvenile Fillies Turf 1
Essential Quality Luis Saez Brad Cox Juvenile 1
Fire At Will Ricardo Santana Jr. Mike Maker Juvenile Turf 1
Knicks Go Joel Rosario Brad Cox Dirt Mile 1
Monomoy Girl Florent Geroux Brad Cox Distaff 1
Whitmore Irad Ortiz Jr. Ron Moquett Sprint 1
Serengeti Empress Luis Saez Tom Amoss Filly & Mare Sprint 2
Bell’s the One Corey Lanerie Neil Pessin Filly & Mare Sprint 3
Girl Daddy Joe Talamo Dale Romans Juvenile Fillies 3
Global Campaign Javier Castellano Stan Hough Classic 3
Harvey’s Lil Goil Junior Alvarado Bill Mott Filly & Mare Turf 3
Sconsin James Graham Greg Foley Filly & Mare Sprint 4
Simply Ravishing Luis Saez Kenny McPeek Juvenile Fillies 4

 

Horse Jockey Trainer Race Result
Got Stormy Tyler Gaffalione Mark Casse Turf Sprint 5
Manny Wah Tyler Gaffalione Wayne Catalano Sprint 5
Owendale Florent Geroux Brad Cox Dirt Mile 5
Arklow Florent Geroux Brad Cox Turf 6
Crazy Beautiful Brian Hernandez Jr. Kenny McPeek Juvenile Fillies 6
Mr Freeze Manny Franco Dale Romans Dirt Mile 6
Spanish Loveaffair Tyler Gaffalione Mark Casse Juvenile Fillies Turf 6
Hog Creek Hustle Corey Lanerie Vickie Foley Sprint 7
King Fury Brian Hernandez Jr. Kenny McPeek Juvenile 7
Sally’s Curlin Brian Hernandez Jr. Dale Romans Filly & Mare Sprint 7
Swiss Skydiver Robby Albarado Kenny McPeek Distaff 7
Title Ready Corey Lanerie Dallas Stewart Classic 7
Art Collector Brian Hernandez Jr. Tommy Drury Dirt Mile 8
By My Standards Gabriel Saez Bret Calhoun Classic 8
Factor This Florent Geroux Brad Cox Mile 8
Lasting Legacy Brian Hernandez Jr. Bob Hess Jr. Sprint 9
Sittin On Go Corey Lanerie Dale Romans Juvenile 9
Tom’s d’Etat Joel Rosario Al Stall Jr. Classic 9
War of Will Tyler Gaffalione Mark Casse Dirt Mile 9
Lady Kate Tyler Gaffalione Eddie Kenneally Distaff 10
Silver Dust Adam Beschizza Bret Calhoun Dirt Mile 10
Mr. Money Gabriel Saez Bret Calhoun Dirt Mile 11
Texas Wedge Florent Geroux Peter Miller Turf Sprint 11
Camp Hope Robby Albarado Kenny McPeek Juvenile 12
Casa Creed Junior Alvarado Bill Mott Mile 12
Pirate’s Punch Juan Vargas Jr. Grant Forster Dirt Mile 12
Abarta Umberto Rispoli Brad Cox Juvenile Turf 13
Just Might Colby Hernandez Michelle Lovell Turf Sprint 14

 

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