Singletary, named for Hall of Fame NFL player Mike Singletary, rolled to the lead leaving the second turn and drew off to an upset victory in the $1.5 million NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Lone Star Park.
Ridden by David Flores, the Southern California-based rider who has won 15 stakes at Lone Star, Singletary was in mid-pack rounding the turn as Soaring Free began to relinquish the lead he had held from the beginning in the mile race contested over yielding turf. The final time was 1:36.90.
"He broke good and we got a good spot. I just waited and waited, and when I saw the light at the head of the stretch, I let him roll," Flores said.
Sent off at 16-1 odds, Singletary paid $35.00 $15.60, and $9.60. Longshot Antonius Pius was second, paying $37.60 and $13.60, with Six Perfections paying $5.00 for third. The combination returned a $2 trifecta of $12,435.20.
Six Perfections, the French-bred looking for her second straight win in the BC Mile, ends her 2004 campaign winless in four starts.
"She ran into trouble on the last turn," said trainer Pascal Bary. "The jockey told me she was squeezed for room but she made her usual good run at the end. This is her last race. She is being retired and will be bred to Storm Cat."
She ended her career with earnings of $1,934,060 while going 6-6-1 in her 14 starts.
The winner, trained by Donald Chatlos, Jr. for the Little Red Feather Racing stable (Bill Koch, managing partner), Singletary has won six of 16 starts, with five seconds, and two thirds. Previous to the Mile, Singletary won the San Francisco Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at Bay Meadows, finished second in the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT), and third in the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT).
"Oh man, it doesn't get any better than this.," Chatlos said. "Here I am, just a poor kid from the South Side of Chicago where there aren't any horses and here I am, on top of the world. It just is the best that it could ever be.
"I told David (Flores) that this horse wins his races from the three-eighths pole to the quarter-pole. He doesn't have that 'turf horse' turn of foot. He wasn't going to come firing late but if he got that good spot right there, he was going to be OK. David rode him great. I am so happy for all of my people."
A 4-year-old son of Sultry Song
produced from the Star de Naskra mare Joiski's Star, Singletary was bred in Kentucky by Disler Farms. He was purchased for $3,200 at the 2001 Keeneland October yearling sale.
Singletary picked up $873,600 for his first grade I score, pushing his career total to $1,439,732.
Aidan O'Brien, trainer of the runner-up Antonius Pius, said jockey Jamie Spencer regretted using his stick in the stretch.
"He ducked in behind the other horse (Singletary) when he hit him," O'Brien said. "He's a horse with immense ability, but he is a tricky horse and maybe a little immature, mentally. He has enough pace to be a sprinter. I don't know if he will stay in training or be retired."
Soaring Free finished a neck behind third-place Six Perfections, followed by Silver Tree, Musical Chimes, Blackdoun, Mr O'Brien, Whipper, Nothing to Lose, Artie Schiller, Special Ring and Domestic Dispute.
Early traffic trouble shuffled Artie Schiller back to 12th after six furlongs as the lukewarm 7-2 favorite. A winner of five of six on the grass this year, Artie Schiller rallied in upper stretch for Richard Migliore but flattened out.
"Every time I needed to accelerate, I really wasn't finding a lot," Migliore said. "Maybe if he was able to accelerate in a couple of spots, we might have had a little better trip. He just didn't handle the ground. He was struggling going into the first turn to hold his position."