The Breeders’ Cup wrapped up this weekend in Louisville, Ky., ancestral home of thoroughbred horse racing and notably obstreperous bastion of seersucker and pastel, and Churchill Downs was in fine form to host the “richest day in sports.” (The aggregate Breeders’ purse, most years, hovers around $20 million.)
In addition to competitive jockeying (jockeys Calvin Borel, of Derby fame, and Javier Castellano swung at each other post-race and were each subsequently fined thousands of dollars; Borel thought Castellano had purposefully collided his horse with Borel’s in an illegal maneuver), there was also some horse racing:
- Dakota Phone, a critically-slighted gelding, surpassed expectations to win the $1 million Dirt Mile on Saturday. The gelding is partly-owned by John Hollendorfer, who thinks the horse is poised to make a run at the $10 million Dubai Classic purse this spring.
- Brit trainer Brian Meehan notched his second turf win, and his second at Churchill Downs, with Dangerous Minds (and jockey Frankie Dettori, who had nine previous Breeders’ Cup wins to his name).
- Big Drama enjoyed the most lucrative run, earning his owners $2 million in one day with a first-place finish in the Sentient Jet Sprint.