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Jockey Martin Garcia (R) rides atop New Year's Day enroute to winning the Juvenile during the 2013 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2013

New Year's Day (right) makes a late winning charge in the Juvenile

  PICTURE: Jeff Gross/Getty Images  

No cigar for Havana as New Year's swoops late

Report: USA, Saturday

Santa Anita: Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Grade 1) 2yo, colts & geldings, 1m½f

COOLMORE colt Havana finished second after being caught late by the charge of New Year's Day, who came flying down the rail to give trainer Bob Baffert a first win at this year's meeting.

Havana, trained in the States by Todd Pletcher and ridden by comeback king Gary Stevens, looked to have the race sewn up after taking a commanding lead in the straight.

But New Year's Day finished far stronger than anything else and easily reeled in the leader in the final furlong, looking every inch a Classic contender for next year.

Coral installed him as 12-1 favourite for the Kentucky Derby.

Jockey Martin Garcia, 29, celebrating his first Cup win, said: "My horse doesn't have that much pace. I was exactly where I wanted to be - I saved ground at every corner.

"The rail was open and I took it. I didn't panic. My horse was ready to start running.

"I had never ridden him before in a race but I was getting on him in the morning most of the time. We're starting to get to know each other - it looks like a good team."

Baffert added: "Martin rode a terrific race on him. I told him to take advantage of the rail and he did and I'm glad he had a chance to shine on a day like this."

Strong Mandate, who led until the last furlong, stayed on to take third.

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