ARCADIA, Calif. -- Royal Delta won the $2 million Ladies' Classic by 1 1/2 lengths over My Miss Aurelia Friday at Santa Anita, making the defending champion the only favorite to win on an upset-filled opening day of the Breeders' Cup.
Jockey Mike Smith earned his 16th victory in the event's 29-year history, breaking a tie for most wins with fellow Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey.
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Royal Delta gave Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott his second consecutive win and fifth overall in the Ladies' Classic.
Royal Delta ran 1 1/8 miles wire to wire in 1:48.80 and paid $5.40 to win.
Lukas surprises with maiden
Hightail ($32.80), a maiden, edged 1-2 favorite Merit Man by a nose to win the $500,000 Juvenile Sprint, giving Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, 77, his record 19th Breeders' Cup victory with the 15-1 shot.
Calidoscopio ($36.40), a shipper from Argentina trained by Guillermo Frankel and ridden by Aaron Gryder, became the oldest horse to win a Breeders' Cup race at age 9, beating Grassy by 4 1/4 lengths to take the 1 3/4-mile Marathon.
Beholder ($9.80), trained by Richard Mandella and ridden by Garrett Gomez, led all the way, holding off 3-2 favorite Executiveprivilege by one length to capture the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Executiveprivilege took her first loss in six career starts . . . Zagora ($20.40), trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Javier Castellano, won the $2 million Filly & Mare Turf by three-quarters of a length over Marketing Mix . . . French filly Flotilla ($24.80), rallied to win the Juvenile Fillies Turf by 1 1/4 lengths over Irish-bred Watsdachances.-- AP