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.