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Churchill Downs

  • 22:00 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf 1m 4f

  • (grade 1) $3,000,000 added 3yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner $1,620,000 2nd $539,946 3rd $296,946 4th $179,982
  • Going: Fast
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 29.40s
  • Off time: 22:01:37

Midge and Frankie land Turf

Improving Meehan runner takes Stateside glory

Last Updated: 07/11/10 1:05am

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Dangerous Midge and Frankie Dettori go on to win the Breeders' Cup Turf

Dangerous Midge and Frankie Dettori go on to win the Breeders' Cup Turf

Dangerous Midge and Frankie Dettori claimed a gutsy victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs on Saturday night.

Brian Meehan's charge had finished eighth in the Ebor Handicap earlier this season but came to Kentucky as a live contender with his handler full of optimism.

And the defection of Derby and Arc hero Workforce earlier on Saturday took one of his toughest opponents out of the mix.

That left unlucky Arc fourth Behkabad as the hot favourite to atone for his Longchamp eclipse by taking the honours Stateside.

But after travelling well for most of the 12-furlong trip under Christophe Lemaire he fell away early in the home stretch.

Up front it was long-time leader Champ Pegasus being tackled by Dettori on Dangerous Midge (5/1), and the Italian coaxed an extra effort from his mount inside the final furlong to score.

Champ Pegasus was an excellent second at 16/1, with Behkabad (11/10f) a disappointing third.

John Gosden's Debussy threatened to take a hand as he surged up the inside rail early in the stretch, but his challenge also petered out.

Dettori was winning his fourth Breeders' Cup Turf after the wins of Daylami (1999), Fantastic Light (2001) and Red Rocks (2006), the latter being also trained by Meehan.

Meehan said: "He's a very talented horse that has kept improving and improving. We've always liked him and he's come through.

"We felt the blinkers would help him on this tight track, he just kept quickening and quickening up the straight."

Dettori said: "Thank God, I thought I was going home without a winner and he was my last chance, but we got there in the end.

"I had a great trip. The blinkers kept him alive, he didn't handle the corners very well but I kept him balanced and we had no pressure all the way.

"It felt really good to get this one, he's a good horse."

Gosden said of fifth-placed Debussy: "We were delighted with our boy, but he doesn't quite get the mile and a half. We'll put him away and bring him back for the Dubai World Cup."

While William Buick added: "He didn't stay."

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