Day rides Unbridled to victory Piggott wins with Royal Academy

October 28, 1990|By Dale Austin | Dale Austin,Sun Staff Correspondent

ELMONT, N.Y. -- Jockey heroes of the United States an England helped earn two of the seven winning purses on Breeders' Cup day yesterday.

Pat Day, known for sensational rides in the Midwest, found hole in midstretch and squeezed through with Unbridled to win the $3 million Breeders' Cup Classic.

Although he had won the Kentucky Derby and was a celebrate3-year-old, Unbridled paid $15.20 as fourth choice in a field of 14.

Day broke on the extreme outside with Unbridled, but quicklgot the colt near the rail and kept him there until he swung out to split horses and beat long-shot Ibn Bey by a length.

Unbridled had won only an allowance race between the Derband the Classic.

Go and Go, the Belmont Stakes winner, was eased after half-mile.

The $1 million Breeders' Cup Mile was won by Royal Academywith 55-year-old Lester Piggott aboard.

Piggott, who had retired five years ago and served a year iprison for income-tax evasion, made his riding comeback two weeks ago in England.

Royal Academy's triumph was victory No. 5,142 for Piggott, whdominated racing in England and Ireland for more than 30 years.

By winning the Mile with a long rally to beat ItsallgreektomePiggott has ridden winners in six decades. He started riding in 1948.

* Safely Kept became the first Maryland-bred to win a BreedersCup race by getting to the wire first in the $1 million Sprint.

She was voted an Eclipse Award for sprinting last year, but finished second to Dancing Spree in the 1989 Sprint at Gulfstream Park.

Although Dayjur's jumping shadows seemed to have cost him the victory yesterday, Safely Kept's trainer, Alan Goldberg, didn't see it that way.

Dayjur had been slightly ahead when he jumped the shadow, buGoldberg said: "I don't know if she would have won if Dayjur hadn't jumped the shadows, but she was going away from him at the wire. I said to myself, 'I hope she didn't come out at him.' "

* The victory by Meadow Star in the $1 million Breeders' CuJuvenile fillies race enriched the Children's Rescue Fund by $450,000, the amount of the winning purse.

Owner Carl Icahn has pledged all her winnings to the fund thelp homeless children and abused mothers.

Icahn, the corporate raider, was asked to assess Meadow Star'victory and said: "It's better than Texaco," a reference to his acquisition of the oil company.

* Betting on the Breeders' Cup card reached $10,557,736, a NeYork record.

Approximately $48.2 million was wagered on simulcasting at 29out-of-state facilities.

A crowd of 51,236 attended the races here.

* Sheik Mohammed al Maktoum, who has dominated the buyinat leading yearling sales for the past six years, scored a victory with In The Wings in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Turf. He bred In The Wings in England.

Gary Stevens rode the 4-year-old colt.

Stevens said he got a call from trainer Andre Fabre four dayago, asking him to ride.

"I'd seen him run in the Arc and was impressed," Stevens saidreferring to In The Wings' fourth-place finish to Saumarez in the Ciga Prix d'l Arc De Triomphe, Europe's richest race.

Saumarez ran a dull fifth yesterday.

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