Del Mar connections part of Breeders’ Cup

Secret Circle (outside) was denied a repeat win in the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint by Work All Week.
Secret Circle (outside) was denied a repeat win in the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint by Work All Week.
(Kelley Carlson)

For the third consecutive year, Santa Anita Park in Arcadia hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships from Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

Several horses with local connections competed, including fan favorite California Chrome, trained by Rancho Bernardo resident Art Sherman. Chrome — who won this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes — ran in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. He rallied in the turn for home, but just missed catching 1-2 finishers Bayern and Toast of New York and finished a neck back in third.

Part-time Del Mar resident Mike Pegram was represented by two horses in the Breeders’ Cup: Secret Circle, who fell a half-length short of catching Work All Week in the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint and winning the race for a second consecutive year; and Tiz Midnight, sixth behind likely 3-year-old filly champion Untapable in the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

Also, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners — which has an office in Del Mar — entered Feathered in the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. She finished fourth in the race, which was won by Take Charge Brandi.


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