Musical Romance wins Filly & Mare Sprint

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by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 4, 2011 at 6:33 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Musical Romance pulled off a 20-1 upset in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint on Friday at Churchill Downs.

Breeders' Cup rookie Juan Leyva guided the 4-year-old through an opening on the rail to her ninth win in 33 starts. It was also the first BC win for trainer Bill Kaplan in three tries, and it came with his first starter in the world championships since 1995.

Musical Romance beat Switch by 1 1/4 lengths. Her Smile was third.

Turbulent Descent, a winner in six of eight races coming in, managed to fight her way to the front turning for home after a tough trip. She finished fifth.

Musical Romance paid $42.40 to win, running the seven furlongs in 1:23.47.

Shotgun Gulch was scratched minutes before the race when the track veterinarians were not happy with the way she warmed up.

 

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