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Hootenanny - Santa Anita - 31/10/2014

Franke Dettori celebrates his 11th Breeders' Cup triumph on Hootenanny

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Hootenanny storms home under Dettori

Report: USA, Friday

Santa Anita: Breeders Cup’ Juvenile Turf (Grade 1) 1m, turf, 2yo colts & geldings

ROYAL ASCOT winner Hootenanny added a Breeders' Cup triumph to his CV when he stormed home under Frankie Dettori in the Juvenile Turf.

Winner of the Windsor Castle at the royal meeting in June, the Wesley Ward-trained colt was given a perfect ride by Dettori, who steadied his mount in third before sweeping by longtime leader and stablemate Luck Of The Kitten in the home straight.

It was an 11th Breeders' Cup triumph for Dettori, who was winning his third Juvenile Turf after scoring on the John Gosden-trained pair Donativum and Pounced in 2008 and 2009.

For for Royal Ascot regular Ward, who remained at his Florida base to watch his 15-year-old son compete in a cross-country race, it was a first success at the prestigious meeting.

Dettori said: "I just want to say to Wesley, who I know is watching at home, we've done it pal. It's a great feeling.

"The speed was strong and I got him to switch off and once he got into the stretch he flew. Wesley couldn't see this horse getting beat. I was afraid about the distance but I got him to switch off the first bit of the race.

"It means everything. Santa Anita, Breeders' Cup it doesn't get any better than this. Eleven Breeders' Cups who'd have thought it."

Hootenanny runs in the colours of Coolmore partners Derrick Smith, John Magnier and Michael Tabor, who said: "We had very high expectations and were very hopeful he would run a very big race.

"Wesley is an optimist, but I'd rather be with an optimist than a pessimist."

Asked if the winner could be a Classic contender in the States or Britain next year, Tabor added: "I'm an optimist - of course."

Ward's father Dennis said: "I'm ecstatic. Wesley does things not many people do. I'm very proud."

Luck Of The Kitten, who set a decent-looking pace early on, held on for second to complete a memorable one-two for Ward, while Daddy D T was third.

Brian Meehan saddled Faithful Creek to finish fifth under Kieren Fallon, while the Charlie Hills-trained Commemorative was seventh, with Coolmore's other runner War Envoy 11th.

Wet Sail, bidding to give Charlie Fellowes a fairytale end to his first season training, was last of the 14 runners.

 
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