Bobby's Kitten wins the Breeders' Cup Turf SprintPICTURE: Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos
Late charge earns Bobby's Kitten the spoils
Report: USA, Saturday
Santa Anita: Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (Grade 1) 3yo+ 6½f
BOBBY'S KITTEN left it late to to storm up the outside to chin No Nay Never and Frankie Dettori on the line, making up for a disappointing run in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile when third as hot favourite.
Trained by 35-year-old Chad Brown, who has already enjoyed a red-letter Breeders' Cup after winning the Juvenile Fillies Turf with Lady Eli on Friday night and the Filly & Mare Turf with Dayatthespa, Bobby's Kitten was dropped in at the back by Joel Rosario for much of the contest.
The early pace was set by Reneesgotzip with Something Extra up with the leaders. Turning the final bend it looked to be anyone's race, but favourite No Nay Never was going eye-catchingly well.
As all other jockeys got work on their mounts Dettori looked to be very confident on his mount and took up the lead.
But Bobby's Kitten responded to all Rosario's urgings coming from last to first inside the final furlong, sweeping past the field to take an impressive victory for his young trainer, with No Nay Never in second and Undrafted in third.
The only British runner in the field, the David Simcock-trained Caspar Netscher was with the leaders coming into the home straight but faded inside the final furlong and finished down the field.
Dettori said after the race: "They came so wide he didn't have time to fight back. The race went to plan and we just got robbed on the line."
Simcock had no excuses for Caspar Netscher's run: "We've probably got into the race from perhaps coming round the bend a little bit too wide but it's not made a huge amount of difference. It's back to war in Europe next year."