Arcadia, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Texas Red rallied down the stretch to
capture Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita and give
Team Desormeaux its first win in the race.
Texas Red, trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by brother Kent, swung wide
off the final turn in the 1 1/16-mile race entering the stretch. The 2-year-
old colt, a 13-1 longshot, rallied down the stretch and outdistanced his 10
rivals to win by six lengths.
Finishing second was 9-5 favorite Carpe Diem followed by 6-1 third pick
Upstart and 14-1 longshot The Great War. American Pharoah, the 2-1 morning
line favorite, was scratched with an injury on Tuesday and Calculator was
scratched Saturday morning with a sore foot.
Texas Red stopped the timer at 1:41.91 on a fast track.
Co-owned by his trainer, Texas Red earned $1.1 million from just his second
win. The colt, a son of 2005 Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Afleet Alex,
has earned $1,192,300 from six starts.
Texas Red, third last time out in the FrontRunner Stakes, can join 2006
Juvenile champ Street Sense as the winners to also capture the Kentucky Derby.
Texas Red paid $29.80, $9.80 and $5.60. Carpe Diem returned $3.80 and $2.80,
and Upstart paid $3.60 to show.