Friday’s 2017 Breeders’ Cup results were as wild as last year, with two longshots playing spoiler and two strong choices coming through. The videos and brief breakdowns are listed below.
Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf – Mendelssohn (9/2)
Sands of Mali took the field out early and really tried to fight on in the homestretch, but was devoured by Mendelssohn and the rest of the field. The two-year-old launched towards the wire and was clearly ready for the day by offering the first of Friday’s 2017 Breeders’ Cup results with his first Grade-1 victory.
Mendelssohn paid out $11.60, $8.40 and $5.60 with the win. Untamed Domain shot through on the outside to deliver $11.00 and $7.00 in second place while Voting Control was $6.20
Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile – Battle of Midway (14/1)
The first, big shocker in Friday’s 2017 Breeders’ Cup Results came in the dirt mile. Mor Spirit was the 2/1 favorite but couldn’t find the extra gear required as the horses rounded the second turn. It seemed as though Sharp Azteca, a 5/2 second choice, would run away with this race but Battle of Midway wasn’t having it. The two rivals battled hectically out front until Battle of Midway wore down his opponent to cross the wire first in a thriller.
Battle of Midway was worth $30.40, $11.40 and $6.60 with Sharp Azteca delivering $4.80 and $4.00 to place. Awesome Slew was able to hold off Practical Joke to take third at 14/1 and paid out $7.00
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf – Rushing Fall (7/2)
Rushing Fall thrived under a fast tempo set by the pace horses, and crushed the field in the final sprint to secure the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. The two-year-old was absolute class in the final breaths and wouldn’t be challenged as she looked unbeatable in the final moments of the race.
As the favorite, rushing Fall delivered $8.00, $4.60 and $3.40. Best Performance rallied valiantly for second place with $11.80 and $7.80. September was worth $4.80 to show.
Breeders Cup Distaff – Forever Unbridled (7-2)
Forever Unbridled was a darling at the betting window, and is now a champion in the winner’s circle. Pacing perfectly with the lead pack, the three-year-old filly burst down the homestretch perfectly to clinch the Distaff and hold off a late-charging Abel Tasman who ran out of ground. Paradise Woods fought hard but didn’t have anything left to give in the final lengths as she trailed in to third. Elate came third.
With the victory, Forever Unbridled was worth $9.40, $5.00 and $3.40. Abel Tasman delivered $5.40 and $3.60 while Paradise Woods paid out $3.80.
The biggest surprise in Friday’s 2017 Breeders’ Cup results Stellar Wind, who went off as the 3/1 favorite and seemed like a no-brainer, ran completely disinterested in the final moments of the race and faded from third to last as the pace picked up. It was certainly a disappointing effort for the Stellar Wind’s team.