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A 'Fantastic' finish
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ELMONT, N.Y. -- Fantastic Light made the folks at Godolphin Racing look very, very smart.

Frankie Detorri
Jockey Frankie Dettori jumps off Fantastic Light after winning the Breeders Cup Turf.
Using a nice ride from Frankie Dettori and a strong finish, Fantastic Light took control in the stretch and held off a late charge by Milan to win the $2.14 million Breeders' Cup Turf for 3-year-olds and up on Saturday at Belmont Park.

Godolphin Racing and trainer Saeed Bin Suroor opted not to run Fantastic Light in the $4 million Classic, where he would have renewed his rivalry with Galileo. Instead, bin Suroor entered Sakhee in the Classic.

It turned out to be the right choice as Godolphin Racing picked up its second win of the day. The stable went 1-2 in the Juvenile Fillies with Tempera and Imperial Gesture.

Fantastic Light set records for the race and the course as he covered the 1 1/2 miles in 2:24.36. It was the second Turf win for Dettori, who also won with Daylami two years ago.

The first favorite to hit the board, Fantastic Light raced just off the pace for the first mile before Dettori made his move between horses, pulling into second behind Timboroa at the top of the stretch.

Fantastic Light appeared to have the victory well in hand before Milan came storming down the stretch, gaining with every stride. But jockey Michael Kinane ran out of race as Fantastic Light won by less than a length.

Fifth in the Turf last year, Fantastic Light returned $4.80, $4.20 and $3.10. Milan paid $7.10 and $4.50 and Timboroa showed under Edgar Prado for $4.60.

Fantastic Light has won 12 times in 25 career starts, amassing nearly $7 million in career earnings. He won the Man O' War Stakes here last year and is coming off a win in the Irish Champion Stakes.



 


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