When $4 million is on the line in the season's grand finale, you're supposed to get high drama. When it comes to the Breeders' Cup Classic, you expect a contentious race with one horse, then another, looking like the winner until something bursts out of the pack to steal it in the final strides. It's happened so many times, but not Saturday
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Maybe Azeri should've run in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, not the Classic.
Handlers of the 2002 Horse of the Year opted this week to take on the boys in the Classic, hoping to get another Horse of the Year award and collect a chunk of the $4 million purse. She finished fifth, raising questions of whether she would have been better off in the $2 million Distaff, where she would've been the favorite.
Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day said Azeri overcame some early trouble and still had a shot at making a move -- but couldn't.
Lady Truffles picked the perfect time to win her first race and end a streak of second-place finishes with a hard-fought victory in the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile Fillies.