ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- London Bridge rallied on the outside in the stretch to win the $500,000 Marathon by a length, extending Mike Smith’s record for most Breeders’ Cup victories among jockeys to 18.
The 3-year-old colt ran 1 3/4 miles in 2:58.32 at Santa Anita on Friday, the opening day of the 14-race world championships.
London Bridge paid $20, $10.20 and $6.40 in becoming the first New York-bred to win a Breeders’ Cup race.
Smith, a 48-year-old Hall of Famer, also holds the record for most money won among riders at the 30-year-old event, with more than $23 million.
Blueskiesnrainbows returned $9 and $6.20, and Worldly was another neck back in third and paid $4.80 to show.
Ever Rider was eased by jockey Gary Stevens approaching the stretch turn. The on-call veterinarian said the 5-year-old gelding got tired and was walking back to the barn.
In the other Breeders’ Cup races on Friday, Goldencents won the Dirt Mile over Golden Ticket and Brujo de Olleros; Outstrip took the Juvenile Turf to give Mike Smith his 19th BC victory; Chriselliam prevailed in the Juvenile Fillies Turf; and Beholder finished first in the Distaff.