Storm The Court produced a major upset in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita.
The race was thrown wide open when favourite Dennis’ Moment stumbled leaving the stalls and found himself last, while up front the Peter Eurton-trained Storm The Court bowled along for Flavien Prat.
The once-raced Anneau D’Or was also prominent and might even have edged in front at one stage in the straight, but it was to be Storm The Court’s day.
Eurton said: “On the lead he just never seems to give up. To fight back like that – I can’t find the words.”
Prat said: “It was an incident-packed race and my colt was so brave in the stretch. He really toughed it out and he didn’t know he was a 45-1 shot.”
Irad Ortiz jnr was the rider of the Dale Romans-trained Dennis’ Moment and said: “He stumbled badly, although I was never going to get unshipped. He made a little run on the top bend, but I took care of him in the stretch.
“He’s a good horse and I hope he will come back into the reckoning for the Kentucky Derby. It’s so tough for the owners.”
British Idiom got the better of a titanic tussle with Donna Veloce to claim the Juvenile Fillies.
Simon Callaghan’s Donna Veloce swept to the front at the top of the stretch, but the Brad Cox-trained British Idiom was soon chasing her and the pair produced a finish to remember.
Neck and neck almost to the wire, it was Javier Castellano’s mount who just proved the stronger.
Cox said: “That was an intense stretch duel and I’m glad we came out on top.
“She stayed on, she doesn’t get tired.”