Europeans dominate BC Turf

Oct. 25, 2008 at 7:07 PM
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ARCADIA, Calif., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Conduit rallied on the far outside to win Saturday's $3 million Emirates Airlines Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita over Eagle Mountain.

The top two came from England. A New York horse, Dancing Forever, edged out another European, Soldier of Fortune, for third.

Conduit, with Ryan Moore in the irons, raced near the back of the 11-horse field during the first half of the race. As the runners tightened up turning for home, Conduit got into gear near the middle of the track and raced by to win by 1 1/2 length.

The winning trainer, Sir Michael Stoute, brought Conduit into the race off three wins in five tries this year in England. In his last, he posted an impressive win in the St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster, beating Unsung Heroine by 3 lengths.

Conduit ran the 1 1/2 mile, starting on the bottom half of the downhill turf course, in 2:23.42.

Soldier of Fortune was the heavy favorite in the race off his close third-place finish in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in his last start Oct. 5 at Longchamp in Paris. He also won the Coronation Cup at Epsom during his summer campaign for trainer Aidan O'Brien.

Eagle Mountain was the European question mark, entering the race with only one previous start this year following a serious injury.

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