Breeders' Cup Day Starts With a Bang

Breeders' Cup day started off with a bang, longshot Wishingitwas taking the D.R. Horton Metroplex Mile, the one stakes run at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, prior to the eight World Thoroughbred Championship races.

Wishingitwas showed two things -- that you can certainly come from off the pace and that the track, though labeled good, is plenty fast. It is expected the track will be upgraded to fast as the pleasant sunny north Texas weather shines down on the racing fans.

Under Jeremy Beasley, Wishingitwas passed a tiring Spanish Empire, who had been pressing the pace the entire race. During showed the early pace and was fourth under the wire following Seek Gold. However, Corey Nakatani filed an objection against Spanish Empire and Eddie Martin Jr. and the stewards upheld the objection, elevating him to second and placing Spanish Empire fourth.

Wishingitwas is owned and trained by Bart Evans, who also bred him in Kentucky. The 5-year-old horse is by Sandpit out of the Greinton mare Wishes and Roses. He paid $78, $29.60, and $14.20. Seek Gold was worth $16 and $8.40 and During paid $4.40.

Favored Pie N Burger, who was coupled with Intelligent Male, was in fourth early but did not fire.

(Chart, Equibase)