Fran's Valentine earned the dubious distinction of being disqualifed from more purse money than any other horse in history after a stewards' inquiry resulted in her disqualification from first to 10th place in today's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Distaff race.
The next-to-last choice at odds of 74-1, Fran's Valentine was rallying four-wide from fourth place around the final turn but bore out badly in the upper stretch, slamming into Pirate's Glow, who then caused 8-5 favortie Bessarabian to go off stride.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela quickly straightened Fran's Valentine, who overcame rivals over the final quarter-mile and held off the late-running Outstandingly. But she could not overcome the stewards' inquiry.
A victory would have been worth $450,000 to Fran's Valentine; instead the winner's share went to Outstandingly and owner Harbor View Farm.
"I had a lot of horse; I just didn't have anywhere to go," said Valenzuela. "I probably would ride her the same way if it happened again."
Outstandingly, ridden by Walter Guerra at 22-1 odds, saved ground for the majority of the race, then rallied between Dusty Heart and Fine Spirit through the stretch and came up a half-length shy of Fran's Valentine. Dusty Heart, 77-1 longshot, held for third.
"She was running way back, but around the turn she really started to make a move," Guerra said of Outstandingly. "When I saw (Fran's Valentine) come out, I thought I might not have to win to get top money. But if I could have gotten room earlier, I would have beaten that horse anyway."
Outstandingly ran a mile in 1:37 4/5 and paid $47.60 to win.
Mile: Royal Heroine, unraced in two months because of a bruised foot, came on to defeat nine males in 1:32 3/5, tying the world record for a mile on turf and setting the U.S. standard.
Royal Heroine, a strong second to John Henry in the Budweiser Million Aug. 26, ran second in the Ramona Handicap at Del Mar two weeks later. Trainer John Gosden then discovered the foot ailment and rested her.
The 8-5 favorite as a betting entry with Prego, Royal Heroine broke fourth under jockey Fernando Toro but was quickly shuffled back while Smart And Sharp assumed a clear early lead.
Smart And Sharp lasted slightly longer than five furlongs before Tsunami Slew and wide-running Cozzene caught him.
Approaching the final turn, Cozzene circled to a half-length lead, but the wide trip had taken its toll. Royal Heroine charged past him in midstretch and coasted to a 1 1/2-length victory. Star Choice, 69-1 longshot, took advantage of an opening and came on to defeat Cozzene by a neck for second.
Royal Heroine, who ran the final quarter-mile in :23 1/5, tied the 35-year-old record set in England by Alizarene.
Juvenile: Chief's Crown verified today that he is the best of an untalented generation of 2-year-olds. His victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, by three-quarters of a length over Tank's Prospect, hardly merited comparisons to the stars of the past, but it did establish him as the solid favorite for the 1985 Kentucky Derby.
The race developed perfectly for Chief's Crown and jockey Don MacBeth. While four speedsters battled for the early lead and set a fast pace, the 7-10 favorite maintained perfect position in the middle of the pack. As Spend A Buck surged to take command on the turn, Chief's Crown made his move, too, and collared the leader early in the stretch.
Chief's Crown disposed of Spend a Buck and had no trouble holding off the rally of Tank's Prospect, as he covered the mile in 1:36 1/5.
Sprint: Eillo had never raced in this state before, but he is a true "California horse." He is speed incarnate. The 4-year-old blasted out of the gate, opened a clear lead, and then held on to win by a nose over Commemorate in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint, the richest six-furlong race of all time.
Jockey Craig Perret had Eillo two lengths in front after he had gone an eighth of a mile, and he maintained a seemingly comfortable margin all the way. A furlong from the finish, Commemorate wasn't gaining any ground on him. But suddenly Eillo began to shorten stride; his bad underpinnings were betraying him. Commemorate flew at him in the final yards -- and he was in front one stride beyond the wire.
Eillo covered the six furlongs in 1:10 1/5 and paid $4.60.
Distaff: In all the categories of U.S. racing, no horse is quite as dominant as Princess Rooney. The 4-year-old was facing a high-class field of fillies and mares in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Distaff, but she toyed with them and drew away to an easy seven-length victory over Life's Magic. Adored was third.
Jockey Eddie Delahoussaye sent Princess Rooney to battle for the lead with Lucky Lucky Lucky, and the two of them raced head-and-head for the first six furlongs of this 1 1/4-mile race. Their time at that point was 1:11 3/5, a pace that might have enervated other horses on this track, but Princess Rooney was simply cruising.
When she turned into the stretch, the jockeys on Life's Magic and Adored were whipping their mounts vigorously, but Delahoussaye had his filly under a tight hold. She was never threatened as she coasted to the wire in 2:02 2/5. She paid $3.40 to win.