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Trainer Wesley Ward has big Cup day in absentia

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Trainer Wesley Ward had one of the biggest days of his career Friday at the Breeders' Cup and wasn't there to enjoy it.

Ward had a more pressing sporting event on the calendar: his son's cross-country race in Florida. (MORE)

Untapable wins Breeders' Cup Distaff

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Rosie Napravnik was riding with a secret, and she couldn't keep it any longer once Untapable won the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff.

Napravnik stunned a crowd of 37,205 at Santa Anita and a national television audience by announcing she will retire Sunday. The 26-year-old jockey later said she is seven weeks pregnant. (MORE)

Untapable and Napravnik win Breeders' Cup Distaff

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Untapable won the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff by 1 1/4 lengths, making Rosie Napravnik the first female rider to win the race in its 31-year history. (MORE)

Lady Eli wins Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Lady Eli won the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf by 2 3/4 lengths as the 2-1 favorite.

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. earned his first Breeders' Cup victory on Friday at Santa Anita, guiding Lady Eli over one mile in 1:33.41. The 2-year-old filly paid $6.80, $4.20 and $3 while improving to 3-0 in her young career. (MORE)

Goldencents wins 2nd straight BC Dirt Mile

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Goldencents defended his title in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, winning by 1¼ lengths despite tiring in the stretch.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Goldencents ran one mile in 1:35.16 and paid $3.40, $2.60 and $2.10 as the 3-5 favorite on Friday at Santa Anita. It was Bejarano's fifth Breeders' Cup victory and the first for Leandro Mora, who became the trainer of record after his boss, Doug O'Neill, was banned by the Breeders' Cup because of medication violations. (MORE)

Misconnect wins Aqueduct feature

NEW YORK (AP) Misconnect edged Stan Abhaile by a neck on Friday in the $67,620 allowance feature at Aqueduct. (MORE)

Hootenanny wins Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Hootenanny won the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf by three-quarters of a length, snapping trainer Wesley Ward's 0 for 16 skid.

The 2-year-old colt ran one mile on the turf in 1:34.79 at Santa Anita on Friday, the opening day of the 13-race world championships. (MORE)

Jim Rome co-owns Breeders' Cup Classic favorite

(AP) -- Jim Rome is a softie as a horse owner. (MORE)

Regally Ready wins Big Bear Stakes at Santa Anita

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Regally Ready won the $75,000 Big Bear Stakes for 3-year-olds by a half-length on Thursday at Santa Anita. (MORE)

Untapable, Napravnik team up for Breeders' Cup

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Untapable and jockey Rosie Napravnik can close out a stellar year with a victory in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff. The path to the winner's circle has been made a bit easier by the absence of defending champion Beholder.

Beholder spiked a fever last week, removing the biggest threat from Friday's headline race on the opening day of the two-day world championships at Santa Anita. (MORE)

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