Melnyk wins Breeders’ Cup
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – Chamberlain Bridge, bred by Barbados-based Canadian business executive Eugene Melnyk, won the five-furlong, US1 million dollar Turf Sprint yesterday, giving jockey Jamie Theriot and trainer Bret Calhoun their second Breeders’ Cup wins of the week.
Central City was second in the shortest of the Breeders’ Cup races, followed by Unzip Me.
Bridgetown, another animal bred by Melnyk, who names many of his horses after locations in Barbados, finished fourth,
Theriot and Calhoun combined to bring Dubai Majesty to victory in the Filly and Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs on Friday.
In the Breeders’ Cup Spring, Big Drama held on in the final straight for a wire-to-wire win.
The four-year-old, who went off as the second favourite behind Girolama, broke cleanly and was never challenged as he gave trainer David Fawkes and jockey Eibar Coa a first Breeders’ Cup victory.
Hamazing Destiny held on to edge Smiling Tiger for second.
Coa admitted he had been concerned about Big Drama’s inside post position.
“On our side was the fact that he always gets out of the gate good and has speed to get good position,” Coa said.
“Today, he broke sharp and we got the lead and kept going. He did everything on his own to the stretch. When the rest started coming to me, he just pushed harder and won.”
“I wanted him off the rail and he (Coa) floated him off the rail. He did everything perfectly,” Fawkes said. “He went wire-to-wire — how about that?”
Smiling Tiger jockey Russell Baze said his horse not only had to recover from a slip out of the gate but also had trouble handling the track.
“When I really set him down, he was slipping a little bit,” Baze said.
“He was game right until the end. He’s not a quitter, that’s for sure.”
Atta Boy Roy was pulled up after the race by jockey Cavlin Borel with a right foreleg injury. The horse was taken by ambulance for further tests but did not apear seriously hurt. (AFP)