Archive for Sunday, October 28, 2001

Tiznow takes Breeders’ Cup

Horse becomes first two-time winner at annual classic

October 28, 2001

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— Tiznow turned tiger and made Breeders' Cup history Saturday by becoming the first two-time winner of the $4 million Classic.

It looked as if Sakhee, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner, would deny Tiznow a second straight Classic win on a windy day at Belmont.

But Tiznow, who was sidelined for six months by a bad back, drew even with Sakhee with a sixteenth of a mile left and then stuck his nose in front at the wire.

"He's just outstanding, he is a wonderful horse," said jockey Chris McCarron after winning his fifth Classic.

Bobby Frankel finally recorded his first Breeders' Cup victory in 39 starts when Squirtle Squirt won the Sprint. Johannesburg, making his U.S. and dirt debuts, dazzled in the Juvenile, as 3-5 favorite Officer finished fifth.

Arab owners won three races. The Godolphin Racing stable of the Maktoum family of Dubai won Turf with Fantastic Light, based in Europe, and with Tempera, based in California. Prince Khalid Abdullah of Saudi Arabia won the Filly and Mare Turf with Europe-based Banks Hill.

Tiznow's victory before 52,987 fans snapped a two-race losing streak for a horse that earned third in his previous start.

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