ARCADIA, Calif. — The Breeders’ Cup got off to a chaotic start on its second day, with a rare disqualification in the opening race and a horse euthanized with a broken leg at Santa Anita.
The $2 million Juvenile Fillies went from strange to tragic over several minutes Saturday. The disqualification was announced after a green screen went up in a spot approaching the final turn to shield injured Secret Compass from the crowd.
Running third at the time, Secret Compass’ front legs collapsed, slamming jockey John Velazquez hard into the dirt. The 2-year-old filly, trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, was euthanized after sustaining a lateral condylar fracture, according to on-call veterinarian Dr. Wayne McIlwraith.
Velazquez, who was scheduled to ride Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice in the $5 million Classic, had emergency surgery to remove his spleen after internal bleeding was discovered shortly before he was to be released from a Pasadena hospital.
Ria Antonia finished second but was declared the winner of the 1 1/16-mile race after She’s a Tiger, ridden by Gary Stevens, was disqualified by the stewards for drifting out late, bumping Ria Antonia and slowing her momentum.
It was the first disqualification of a winner since the inaugural 1984 Juvenile Fillies.
Sent off at 32-1 odds, Ria Antonia paid $66.60, $29.80 and $17.40. The winning time was 1:43.02 and the margin was a nose.
MILE: Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan defended his title in the $2 million race, winning by three-quarters of a length. With jockey Jose Lezcano aboard, Wise Dan ran the distance on the turf in 1:32.47. He paid $3.60, $2.80 and $2.20 as the 4-5 favorite.
FILLY & MARE TURF: Favorite Dank held off a trio of horses down the stretch to win the $2 million event. Ridden by Ryan Moore, Dank covered 1¼ miles on the turf in 1:58:73 and paid $5, $3.40 and $2.80.
FILLY & MARE SPRINT: Favorite Groupie Doll held off Judy The Beauty by a half-length to win the $1 million race for the second consecutive year. Ridden by Rajiv Maragh, Groupie Doll covered seven furlongs in 1:20.75 and paid $8, $4.60 and $3.40.
TURF SPRINT: Mizdirection defended her title in the $1 million event, extending Mike Smith’s record for most Breeders’ Cup wins by a jockey to 20. She ran 6½ furlongs on the downhill course in 1:12.25 and paid $7.40, $4.40 and $3.40 as the 5-2 favorite.
JUVENILE: New Year’s Day overtook Havana deep in the stretch to win the $2 million race by 1¼ lengths. Ridden by Martin Garcia, New Year’s Day covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.52 and paid $23.00, $9.20 and $6.60.
TURF: Magician rallied on the outside to win the $3 million event by a half-length. Magician ran 1½ miles in 2:23.23 and paid $27, $11.80 and $7 with Moore aboard.
SPRINT: Secret Circle won the $1.5 million race by a neck, giving Baffert and Garcia their second victories of the day. Garcia guided Secret Circle over six furlongs in 1:08.73. Secret Circle paid $7, $4.80 and $3.60.