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Wavell Avenue, owned by LI's Michael Dubb, wins Breeders' Cup filly race

Wavell Avenue (7), with Joel Rosario up, wins

Wavell Avenue (7), with Joel Rosario up, wins the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint horse race at Keeneland race track Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. La Verdad, center, with Jose Ortiz up, finished second and Taris, right, with Gary Stevens up, finished third. Photo Credit: AP / Garry Jones

It's been a big year for Long Island real-estate developer Michael Dubb. He earned the Saratoga owner's title for the first time, and Saturday he made his first trip to the Breeders' Cup winner's circle.

Dubb, 59, co-owns Wavell Avenue, who rallied under Joel Rosario to beat speedy New York-bred La Verdad by 1 3/4 lengths in the 7-furlong Filly & Mare Sprint at cool, breezy Keeneland. "With [trainer] Chad Brown, all things are possible,'' Dubb said.

Dubb was asked if he bet the $22 winner. "We're not going to discuss that,'' he said. "There may be IRS agents present.''

A Mongolian Saturday

Nine centuries ago, brilliant horsemanship helped Genghis Khan's Mongols conquer much of the known world. The tradition continued in the Turf Sprint, when Mongolian Stable's Mongolian Saturday ($33.80) edged the filly Lady Shipman for a $550,000 payoff.

Trainer Enebish Ganbat, who left Mongolia five years ago, and two of the Chicago-based gelding's owners wore native garb. "In Mongolia, we ride when we are 4 years old,'' Ganbat said. "We have 25-kilometer races, but this was only 5 1/2 furlongs.''

Around the track

Nyquist ($11.40) overcame a wide trip under Mario Gutierrez to win the 11/16-mile Juvenile by a half-length for trainer Doug O'Neill . . . Trainer Aidan O'Brien's filly Found ($14.80) upset Golden Horn by a half-length in the 1 1/2-mile Turf . . . Songbird ($3.20) dominated the 11/16-mile Juvenile Fillies by 5 3/4 lengths . . . Stephanie's Kitten ($17.60) won the 13/16-mile Filly & Mare Turf by 1 1/4 lengths for Brown and Irad Ortiz Jr. . . . Edgar Prado and Runhappy ($5.20) ruled the Sprint in a track-record 1:08.58 in trainer Maria Borell's Cup debut . . . The filly Tepin ($11.80) routed the boys by 2 1/4 lengths in the Mile.

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