Texas Red romps to upset win at Breeders Cup

Sat Nov 1, 2014 7:08pm EDT
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By Ben Everill

ARCADIA California (Reuters) - Texas Red blitzed down the home straight to blow away the field and claim an upset win in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park on Saturday.

Sired by the 2005 Preakness and Belmont Stakes winning Afleet Alex, Texas Red upstaged heavy favorites Carpe Diem and Daredevil to romp home by six and a half lengths clear at 13-1 odds and stamp himself a Kentucky Derby favorite.

Carpe Diem was a distant second while Upstart finished third both no match for the Keith Desormeaux trained colt who claimed his second career win after victory at Del Mar in August.

“There is no doubt (we are thinking of the Derby),” Desormeaux said of the two-year-old.

“That's why we're in the game. The first thing that comes to my mind is that the horse has done above and beyond what we asked of him this year, but yes, he'll be the Derby favorite, at this point, I would think.”

With Desormeaux's younger brother Kent on board it is the first time a sibling trainer/jockey combination claimed a Breeders' Cup victory.

“I hadn’t even asked him yet and the others started coming back to me at the quarter-pole, so that made it real easy,” Kent said of the flash finish. “When I swung him out, he didn't really need much riding.

"Once I presented him, he just bellied down and extended his stride full of power.”   Continued...

November 1, 2014; Santa Anita , CA, USA; Kent Desormeaux aboard Texas Red finishes race eight during the 2014 Breeders Cup Championships at Santa Anita Park.  Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports