11/01/2014 2:12PM

Ocho Ocho Ocho, Acceptance kick off Breeders' Cup Day with stakes wins

Debra A. Roma
Ocho Ocho Ocho wins the Juvenile Turf Sprint, which was moved to the main track.

ARCADIA, Calif. – The 12-race Breeders’ Cup card at Santa Anita began Saturday under a caution flag of sorts: two of the three lead-in races originally scheduled for turf were transferred to the main track because of overnight rain, leading to scratch-laden fields for both.

The Saturday opener became the misnomered Juvenile Turf Sprint, with Ocho Ocho Ocho easily prevailing in a field of seven 2-year-olds by finishing 6 1/2 furlongs in a swift 1:14.57 over a main track rated good.

Ocho Ocho Ocho, a Kentucky-bred colt by Street Sense, returned $3.60 to win.

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Trained by Jim Cassidy and ridden by Joe Talamo, Ocho Ocho Ocho contested the pace in the $100,000 race before gliding home a 5 3/4-length winner. “I knew when it came off the turf we’d be real tough,” said Talamo.

Peacenluvpeacenluv was second and Tizcano was third.

The second race was the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile, run as originally scheduled on the main track. It, too, was won by an odds-on favorite, as Acceptance ($3.40) held off previously unbeaten Wake Up Nick in taking the seven-furlong race in 1:21.70. Seven California-bred 2-year-olds started.

Acceptance, a 13-length winner of his only prior start, is trained by Don Warren and was ridden by Elvis Trujillo.

The third and final pre-BC race, the $100,000 Sen. Ken Maddy Stakes, was reduced to six starters (from 14 on the program) when moved from turf to the dirt.