High Chaparral puts a win in O'Brien's column in the Turf.

High Chaparral puts a win in O'Brien's column in the Turf.

David Snyder

Irish Win One with High Chaparral

The Irish connections of Michael Tabor and John Magnier got their first winner on Saturday's Breeders' Cup card when 4-5 favorite High Chaparral won the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I).

Ridden by Michael Kinane, High Chaparral drove to the lead in the stretch to catch pace-setting The Tin Man and drew off with a convincing 1 1/4-length win. With Anticipation also closed in the stretch to be second, followed by Falcon Flight.

"He is lazy. You really have to get after him," Kinane said. "I figured I'd just stay in the pack because you really have to work to keep his attention.

"I thought we'd be going quicker," he said. "I expected Ballingary to be setting a faster pace, but that didn't happen, so I saw that gray horse (With Anticipation) come up the outside and I knew it
was really time to go to work on him. Then he really let it go. He's the kind of horse that has loads saved. He's so, so, all class."

The winner paid $3.80, $3.00, $2.60. With Anticipation paid $5.20 and $4.20, and Falcon Flight was worth $5.20.

Trained by Aidan O'Brien, the winning 3-year-old Irish-bred son of Sadler's Wells has won seven of nine lifetime starts. Earlier this year he posted a Derby double, winning the English and Irish classics. Previous to the Turf, he was third in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

The victory was worth $1.25 million to Tabor and Magner, and improved High Chaparral's lifetime earnings to nearly $3.7 million.

"We are delighted," said O'Brien. "We've always thought he was a high class horse. He ran his own race and he quickened really well when he was asked.

"I was a little concerned early in the race when he got a little bit shuffled back but he got out at the right time and picked it up really late. He has been doing this all year."

The 7-year-old With Anticipation rebounded from a sixth-place effort in his most recent race, the Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont, and the perception that he had fired his best shots of the year in three consecutive Group I turf wins prior to that race.

"I think the difference today was a change in tactics and (trainer) Jonathan (Sheppard) deserves the credit for that," said Pat Day, who rode With Anticipation. "He said I should lay behind High Chaparral. He settled nicely for me and Jonathan called it right."

Sheppard was thrilled.

"I'm very proud of him," he said. "He ran a tremendously courageous race. He ran the best race he possibly could. Our horse is a tremendous horse, but he's not an English Derby winner."

(Chart, Equibase)