Alex Hassinger, trainer of Juvenile upset winner Anees, had been forced to give up training for Allen Paulson's stable and was working on a farm when he was contacted by Prince Ahmed bin Salman.
The Saudi Arabian prince offered him the bulk of his stable with Southern California-based The Thoroughbred Corp. Hassinger, 37, whose uncle John Gaines founded the Breeders' Cup, quickly showed results by guiding Patience Game to a fifth-place finish in the Preakness Stakes.
Anees was coming off a third-place finish in the Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 10. Sent off at 30-1 odds today, Anees paid $62.60 as the biggest long shot to win the Juvenile in 16 years.
"He's been an improving colt the last 60 days," Hassinger said.
Riding to Redemption
One year after being widely scorned for his Breeders' Cup Classic ride on Swain, jockey Frankie Dettori redeemed himself.
After riding Daylami to victory in the Turf, he yelled to the Gulfstream Park crowd, raised his arms in victory, then dismounted with his trademark flying leap.
Afterward, Dettori was still thinking about Swain.
"Everybody tried to kill me last year," the 28-year-old Italy-based jockey said. "Okay, I made a mistake, but don't judge me on one ride."
In that race, at Churchill Downs, Swain appeared ready to take charge in the stretch but bore far outside under Dettori's left-handed whipping, losing crucial ground as Awesome Again swept to victory.
Trainer Bobby Frankel's Breeders' Cup frustrations continue.
Frankel is in the Racing Hall of Fame despite never having won a Breeders' Cup or Triple Crown race, a string that continued yesterday when all four of his entries went down in defeat.
Keeper Hill was fourth in the Distaff, Kirkwall eighth in the Mile on turf, Spanish Fern last in the 14-horse Filly and Mare Turf and Chester House fourth in the Classic.