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Churchill Downs

  • 20:10 Breeders' Cup Marathon 1m 6f

  • (grade 3) (dirt) $500,000 added 3yo+ 12 ran
  • Winner $269,892 2nd $89,910 3rd $49,410 4th $29,970
  • Going: Firm (All Weather:Fast)
  • Surface: Dirt
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 59.60s
  • Off time: 20:12:54
  • Stewards Inquiry - Amended Result

Full result

20:10 Churchill Downs Result 5th November 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (4) Eldaafer (USA) 9-0 John Velazquez Diane Alvarado 5 12/1
opened 12/1 touched 12/1
2nd (6) Gabriel's Hill (USA) 9-0 Julien Leparoux Seth Benzel 6 25/1
opened 25/1 touched 25/1
3rd (12) A. U. Miner (USA) 9-0 Calvin Borel Clark Hanna 5 6/1
opened 6/1 touched 6/1
4th (8) Giant Oak (USA) 9-0 Garrett Gomez Chris Block 4 5/1f
opened 5/1 touched 5/1
5th (10) Alcomo (BRZ) 9-0 Rafael Bejarano Eduardo Caramori 7 9/1
opened 8/1 touched 9/1
6th (7) Awesome Gem (USA) 9-0 David Flores Craig Dollase 7 7/1
opened 13/2 touched 7/1
7th (11) Precision Break (USA) 9-0 J P Spencer P F I Cole 5 8/1
opened 9/1 touched 9/1
8th (1) Atoned (USA) 9-0 Robby Albarado Neil Howard 5 20/1
opened 16/1 touched 20/1
9th (5) Romp (ARG) 9-0 Martin Garcia Kristin Mulhall 6 40/1
opened 40/1 touched 40/1
10th (2) Prince Will I Am (USA) 8-10 Javier Castellano Michelle Nihei 3 6/1
opened 11/2 touched 6/1
11th (9) Bright Horizon 8-10 J P Murtagh A P O'Brien 3 6/1
opened 6/1 touched 6/1
12th (3) Million Seller (USA) 8-11 Jeremy Rose H Graham Motion 4 50/1
opened 50/1 touched 50/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: $11.60 Tote Place: $6.00,12.70
Straight Forecast: $139.13 Exacta: $226.80

Verdict

A dramatic race that brought an end to the European dominance of the Marathon. Romp was the first to show but was quickly passed by the expected pacemaker Gabriel's Hill who was followed through by Precision Break and Atoned and Gabriel's Hill took them along at a very steady pace; Johnny Murtagh had Bright Horizon tucked away in midfield with the market leader Giant Oak held-up at the rear of the field. Giant Oak made ground on the outside as the field went out onto the back stretch with the order up front unchanged as the tempo was gradually wound up by the leader. Precision Break and Bright Horizon were both pumped along before the turn for home but Eldaafer loomed up large in second with Awesome Gem also closing. Gabriel's Hill took a couple of lengths out of the field but was soon challenged and passed by ELDAAFER who had been joined by Prince Will I Am and that pair duelled to the line with Diane Alvarado's gelding getting the upper hand. The drama unfolded quickly after the race with a stewards enquiry called, the result made official and then changed as Prince Will I Am, who finished second, thrown out promoting Gabriel's Hill to second and A. U. Miner into the frame. The latter had finished well from off the pace with Giant Oak who was placed fourth. Johnny Velazquez had caused serious interference when moving Prince Will I Am off the rail on the turn for home, badly interfering with the weakening Romp (who was lucky not to be brought down), Bright Horizon and A. U. Miner.