LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Chamberlain Bridge missed a scheduled workout last weekend because of an abscessed hoof, but he did not miss the mark in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint on Saturday. He closed furiously when guided to the center of the track and easily ran past pace-setting Central City to win by 1 1/2 lengths.
The victory made trainer Bret Calhoun and jockey Jamie Theriot two-time Breeders' Cup winners this weekend. The pair teamed up Friday to win the Filly and Mare Sprint with Dubai Majesty.
Chamberlain Bridge also became the second straight Saturday sprint winner to break from Post 1, widely presumed to be a tough spot. Away near the front of the pack, Chamberlain Bridge dropped back while Central City posted an opening quarter-mile in 21.59 seconds, and by the far turn had only a handful of runners beaten.
Chamberlain Bridge is a horse that prefers to run outside horses, and he did not seem entirely comfortable stuck down inside the entire far turn, but Theriot managed to maintain decent position. Central City passed the half-mile in 44.60 seconds, with Bridgetown looming bolding on the outside, but once Theriot steered between horses and got Chamberlain Bridge outside and in the clear, the horse unleashed an explosive kick.
Chamberlain Bridge paid $15.80 to win, and was timed in 56.53 seconds for five furlongs on firm turf. Unzip Me finished third, with Bridgetown holding fourth.