Frazier, 43, and his mount Miller’s Turbo crossed the finish line second by a neck in the 7 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-olds on turf. The stewards promptly lit the inquiry sign, and the head-on replay showed the unofficial winner, Song of Pirates, racing greenly and interfering with Miller’s Turbo inside the final sixteenth of a mile.
“I hate to get my milestone win that way,” said Frazier, 43, who won his first race in 1981 at Louisiana Downs. “But I’ll take a stakes victory any which way.”
The Paradise Valley was the first stakes win for Miller’s Turbo, who was making his first start in Arizona. Doug O’Neill trains Miller’s Turbo for Don Moulton. The 3-year-old was bred in California by Jess L. Miller Trust and is by Skimming out of No Approval by With Approval. The final time of the race was 1:29.36.
Frazier, a mainstay at Emerald Downs in the state of Washington, rode in his first Breeders’ Cup this year. He finished fifth aboard Smarty Deb in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), 10 1/4 lengths behind Indian Blessing.
Frazier is a three-time leading rider at Emerald Downs including a single-season record 157 wins in 2007.