Updated on 11/02/2013 5:19PM

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies: Ria Antonia placed first on disqualification of She's a Tiger

Debra A. Roma
Ria Antonia (left) battles to the wire with She's a Tiger in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

ARCADIA, Calif. - In a race marred by fatal spill and a disqualification, longshot Ria Antonia was declared the winner of Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita.

She’s a Tiger, who set all the fractions under Gary Stevens, drifted out late in the stretch and bumped slightly with Ria Antonia, who, under Javier Castellano, was persevering to the wire after moving into second around the far turn. She’s a Tiger finished the 1 1/16-mile race a nose in front, but the inquiry sign was soon illuminated.

After a lengthy review, the stewards disqualified She’s a Tiger, placing her second while elevating Ria Antonia, a 32-1 shot, to first.

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“Gary Stevens was inside, he drifted all the way to the six path, and he touched my horse very light on the shoulder,” Castellano said. “My horse lost momentum and I think that cost me the race.”

Stevens, said he felt bad for the connections of She’s a Tiger - owner Mark Dedomencio and trainer Jeff Bonde - but didn’t argue the call.

“I thought I rode the best filly," said Stevens, whose filly led by four lengths through six furlongs in 1:09.30. "She was waiting, we made some contact. His filly was getting really tired and it may have made it look more severe. My mare didn’t even react to it. Tough call for them to have to make up there and I’m not going to bitch about it.”

Meanwhile, Secret Compass broke down leaving the three-furlong marker and suffered a lateral condylar fracture and had to be euthanized. Her rider, John Velazquez, was taken to a local hospital and was expected to be off his mounts the remainder of the day, including Wise Dan, the reigning Horse of the Year who was scheduled to run in the Mile.

"From what I could see it looked like [Velazquez] was kind of in shock,” said Jim Barnes, the assistant to Bob Baffert, the trainer of Secret Compass. “He was sitting up got on the stretcher on his own power, was sitting up when they transported him. Legs, limbs looked good. Unless there was some kind of shoulder or collarbone injury he looked all right.”

Ria Antonia, a daughter of Rockport Harbor, was purchased privately following her third start, which came at Woodbine, by Ron Paolucci and Christopher Dunn for “under $200,000,” according to Paolucci.

“I love the way this filly covers ground,” said Paolucci, who bought the filly from owner-trainer Ricky Griffiths.

Paolucci turned her over to Jeremiah Englehart, a New York-based trainer best known as the trainer of graded stakes winner King Kreesa and the son of trainer Christopher Englehart. This was Englehart’s first Breeders’ Cup win.

Ria Antonia, who finished fifth in the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont on Oct. 5, was wearing blinkers for the first time at the suggestion of Paolucci. Englehart was hoping they would make her focus more. Englehart said the reports he was hearing all week from his assistant traine, Elizabeth Dobles were all positive.

“I thought she could run really well, but I thought she had a lot to prove,” Englehart said. “She’s proven she’s nice.”

Ria Antonia, a daughter of Rockport Harbor, paid $66.60 to win. The final time of the Juvenile Fillies was 1:43.02.

Rosalind, who stumbled at the start, finished third by 1 1/2 lengths over Sweet Reason, the 5-2 favorite who made a huge rally from last under Alex Solis but flattened out.

Alex Solis, the rider of Sweet Reason, said, “She tried her best and probably just got a little empty the last part.”
- additional reporting by Mike Welsch

$1 exacta (5-10), $369.60
50-cent trifecta (5-10-2), $1,855.15
$1 super (5-10-2-9), $14,718
$2 double (13-5), $400.80.
$1 pick-3 (3-13-5), $556.80

diane esper More than 1 year ago
Sanitizing breakdowns is reaching perfection when NBC removes all footage and sound of the incident from the replays. CAL Racing has been airbrushing the departed victim for awhile now, but did leave it in this time as the horse dropped quickly below the rail.. The motive is sinister, rather than compassionate, in that it allows a deceitful coverup of reality, which can easily be exercised in other world events as well. The onsite crowd was kept in ignorance of the situation, including the condition of Velasquez, except for the announcement of replacement riders.. Years ago, a popular race driver named Sam Hanks was incinerated in a 4 car crash at Indy. In the 50's, Bill Vukovich died defending his championship the year before. These gruesome events were not kept from the public in those days. If you are going to follow a dangerous sport, which is legally sanctioned, the truth must not be cosmetically erased from coverage. The motive is of course not sensitivity but economic benefit. Just for the record, there was another injury on the Breeder's Cup card Friday, when the 9 year old winner of the final event for Arabians, Sobigisbetter, was announced by Trevor as being unsaddled on the backstretch He had made an impressive finish, bone white and winning by open lengths. The crowd gave the ambulance a rousing cheer when it came around in front of the winners circle. Interviewed on the big screen, the owner explained the jockey heard something and jumped of, He, then proclaimed everything would be all right. The interviewer could only repsond, "well, he's done enough." . .
Greg Rouch More than 1 year ago
Sorry for the connections of Secret Compass and hoping for the best for John V. Stewards had to make that call, the margin of victory being so small. Poor She's a Tiger was staggering; She looked drunk with fatigue, but she continued bravely trying.
Lenny Mamola More than 1 year ago
The race cost me my ticket I went to stewards school years past..The bump from what I saw in the replays pushed Ria Antonia out a little ..... enough to have to bring the winner down... No She did not lose momentum but the push could have defintely cost her the win......God I did not want that to happen...But one other thing No suspension for Stevens he was whipping hard on the correct side to keep his mount from drifting out... but to no avail
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Stewards School, hmm... An infraction is an infraction..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, NBCSN couldn't be bothered to show the race live, or did I miss something?
Hail No More than 1 year ago
They switched to just plain old NBC for the Classic.
nicholas More than 1 year ago
Rosalind was tons the best -- shoot me
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Happy enough for Englehard but it didn't work out for me ! He's a good guy Trainer and has a long career in front of him.
not impressed More than 1 year ago
One thing is for sure I never saw the winner coming! She had only hit the board once in her last four starts, but I guess distance and dirt were keys for her today.
Daniel Garcia More than 1 year ago
And no lasix.
Rosanne Frieri More than 1 year ago
RIP Secret Compass, when we will ever be able to save these horses??????
Hail No More than 1 year ago
I always think about that, too, with the tech we have today. The Vet did say the blood flow was completely cut off to the affected extremity..
Diana Levy More than 1 year ago
we won't be able to save horses with this type of injury until artificial limbs are perfected. And even if they are, being able to do that involved a surgery requires a stable animal, very difficult when it happens in a race like this. When there is no blood flow, the limb can not be saved. Technology can't change the basic design of the horse.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
That's all true, Diana, it's really a very ugly thing when it happens..
Diana Levy More than 1 year ago
and that will never change either :-(
Justin Mato More than 1 year ago
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Any word on Velasquez?
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Haven't heard a word, Chad, but he went to a hospital further from the closest one, if that is significant?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Send prayers and vibes people.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Hope this doesn't double post.. Haven't heard a word, Chad, but he did go to a hospital further than the closest one if that is significant?
not impressed More than 1 year ago
From what I saw on the coverage, he may have broken his shoulder or clavicle from the way he was holding left shoulder close in. I hope he's okay, but going to a further hospital may mean he's got a more significant injury. I hope he's okay and wish him a speedy recovery!
Diana Levy More than 1 year ago
x-rays negative, waiting on CT scan before releasing him
Diana Levy More than 1 year ago
There's a 1990 feel with this BC when something had to be wrong with the Belmont surface. Horses were breaking down during training during the week and of course that horrible day itself. There have been a number of significant scratches due to foot issues and a 2 yr old who bucked shins in this past week. And that's just the BC horses.
RIP Grammar More than 1 year ago
And that nice colt, Pointsoffthebench died not too long ago after working at SA...
Diana Levy More than 1 year ago
He was on my mind when I posted about the training breakdowns
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Pointsoffthebench broke down as RIP said. 1 bucked shin out, 1 sore foot out, 2 or 3 quarter cracks out, 1 leg injury and no doubt others not in the cup races with more problems. And who knows how many will have a problem to crop up later.