Now, he's a leading rider on the West Coast. His first Breeders' Cup win was a dream come true.
"This is icing on the cake," Gomez said. "I couldn't ask for anything more. I feel like crying right now. I wondered if I'd ever ride again. To be in this position, I can't explain it." "I thought he would hang on," said Prado, who rode Henny Hughes. "He gave me another gear when I asked him. I don't know where that other horse came from." First Samurai entered the Juvenile with a perfect 4-for-4 record, but was no match in the stretch for the powerful finish by Stevie Wonderboy, who has now won four of five starts and likely wrapped up the Eclipse Award as 2-year-old male champion. The victory was worth $826,800 and pushed his career earnings to $1,028,940."He got a little nasty in the gate, but he had a decent trip," Bailey said of the favorite. "He took dirt in his face. He had a good run to the eighth pole, but he flattened out. It was a good trip. I'm disappointed, but not upset."
Brother Derek was fourth, followed by Superfly, Sorcerer's Stone, Dr. Pleasure, Stream Cat, Leo, Jealous Profit, Dawn of War, Ivan Denisovich, Set Alight and Private Vow. Stevie Wonderboy paid $11, $5.90, and $3.80 while Henny Hughes returned $8.80 and $4.90. First Samurai paid $2.50. The winner is by Stephen Got Even and out of the Summer Squall mare Heat Lightning. He was bred in Kentucky by John Gunther, Walter Zent and Tony Holmes.Griffin purchased him for $100,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale earlier this year."The final time was fast," O'Neill noted. "I am glad I kept training him for one turn after the Del Mar Futurity and skipped the Norfolk (at Santa Anita). Two turns is such a different style of running and I'm glad I shipped early."Stevie Wonderboy was winning his third straight race after running second and third in his first two outings at Hollywood Park. (Chart, Equibase)
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