New Year's Day Claims Juvenile At Breeders' Cup

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Reuters
New Year's Day produced a stunning late spurt on the inside rail to claim the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park on Saturday.

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New Year's Day produced a stunning late spurt on the inside rail to claim the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park on Saturday.

The 10-1 shot stunned the 5-2 favorite Havana, who looked the most likely after taking the lead from Strong Mandate on the final turn, but was blitzed as jockey Martin Garcia urged his ride down the home straight.

Havana, who had Gary Stevens aboard after slated rider John Velazquez was hospitalised from an earlier race fall, had to settle for second with Strong Mandate third.

The win was a welcome one for trainer Bob Baffert, who also trained Secret Compass, the horse in the earlier fall.