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Breeders' Cup: Eldaafer wins wild Breeders' Marathon

Nov. 5, 2010 at 4:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Eldaafer rallied between horses in the stretch and drew off at the end to win a wild running of Friday's $500,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon by 1 3/4 lengths.

Prince Will I Am ran well at the end to finish second but almost caused a disaster on the stretch turn with a sudden right turn that nearly unseated one rider and prompted another, Calvin Borel, to take a swing at Prince Will I Am's rider, Javier Castellano, in the winner's circle.

Castellano's sudden maneuvering caused Martin Garcia, aboard Romp, to become airborne in full stride. "My horse went down and then I put him back," Garcia said after the race. A.U. Miner, Borel's horse, also was impacted.

Garcia was visibly shaken after the race and the normally jovial Borel was irate. Borel had to be restrained from accosting Castellano in the winner's circle and was virtually carried away toward the jockeys' room.

After a long inquiry, the stewards disqualified Prince Will I Am, moving Gabriel's Hill up to second and A.U. Miner up to third.

The unusual 1 3/4-mile distance was clocked in 2:59.62.

Eldaafer, a 5-year-old A.P. Indy gelding, now has won three straight races.

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