Longshot Cajun Beat victorious in Sprint
ARCADIA, Cali. -- Cajun Beat provided a pair of firsts in the $1.2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint, pulling the upset with a three-length victory Saturday at Santa Anita.
"We took a big gamble coming here but he had been training so good," Margolis said. "He showed his abilities today. he can lay where he was today and make the lead. He is versatile."
By contrast, Bobby Frankel, the runaway money winner among trainers this year, could only watch as favored Aldebaran never made a serious move and finished sixth. Frankel came in just 2-for-49 in Breeders' Cup races and was winless through four events.
Sent off at 22-1, Cajun Beat covered the six furlongs in 1:07.95 and paid $47.60, $19.80 and $11.20. Bluesthestandard was second with Mike Smith in the irons and returned $12.60 and $8. Shake You Down was third with Mike Luzzi and paid $5.
A 3-year-old gelding, Cajun Beat won the Kentucky Cup Sprint but was not expected to make much noise in this 13-horse field. The buzz was around Aldebaran, a five-time winner this year.
However, this was his first race at a distance less than 6 1/2 furlongs. Jockey Jerry Bailey quickly found himself 15 lengths off the pace.
"I had to alter the course slightly turning for home but it was for the better, because I could save some ground," Bailey said.
Cajun Beat broke well from the 11th post and ran with Shake You Down right behind early pace-setter Captain Squire. At the midway point, Cajun Beat made a strong move to the front, and Velasquez had no trouble keeping him there.