LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- By winning by a neck, Tiznow has nosed into the running for Horse of the Year honors.
"We certainly complicated the issue," co-owner Michael Cooper said after Tiznow won the Breeders' Cup Classic by a neck over England-based Giant's Causeway.
Tiznow's run also gave 83-year-old Cecilia Straub-Rubens a Classic victory a year after Budroyale finished second.
"We haven't been terribly lucky, and this lady has been nothing but supportive," said Cooper, who has helped Straub-Rubens with owning and breeding since her first husband died more than 20 years ago.
"It was really special for me to be with her in Kentucky and win a big race," Cooper said. "This was a great day for Cecilia.
Tiznow was supplemented to the 1 1/4-mile Classic for $360,000.
Lemon Drop Kid and Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, both racing for the last time before going to stud, finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
Even if Tiznow is not voted an Eclipse Award as Horse of the Year, he likely will be champion 3-year-old colt. He has won three straight graded stakes and has two wins and a second in three races involving older horses.
"He's really blossomed. He looked fantastic," Cooper said. "I felt if he broke well and got a safe trip he'd contend. He's a tenacious horse."
Not so lucky was Fusaichi Pegasus, who has lost two of three starts since winning the Kentucky Derby.
Fusaichi Pegasus' trainer, Neil Drysdale, also trainer of Mile winner War Chant, returned to California after Saturday's races.
Kona Gold clinched the sprint championship with a half-length win over the filly Honest Lady in the six-furlong Sprint. He won in 1:07 3-5, a Churchill Downs track and Breeders' Cup record.
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