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© St. Petersburg Times, published November 5, 2000


Lukas has a 1-2 finish for openers in Distaff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Breeders' Cup program opened with a shock when trainer D. Wayne Lukas finished 1-2 with Spain and Surfside in the Distaff on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Riboletta, the odds-on favorite who had won six straight stakes and was supplemented to the race for $400,000, finished seventh. Last year's winner, Beautiful Pleasure, finished sixth.

Surfside, ridden by Pat Day, broke on top and led until Spain passed her on the outside approaching the eighth pole. Spain won by 1 1/2 lengths, with Heritage of Gold another 1 1/2 lengths back in the nine-horse field. The winning time was 1:47 3/5 for the 1 1/8 miles.

"We brought two good fillies, and I thought that they were very close," Lukas said after Spain and Surfside picked up $1,699,200 from the $2.36-million purse. It was Lukas' fourth Distaff victory and his 16th victory in a Breeders' Cup race.

JUVENILE: Macho Uno was numero uno and faces a jinx: The Juvenile victor has never won the Kentucky Derby.

In giving trainer Joe Orseno and jockey Jerry Bailey their second wins on the card, Macho Uno took the lead from pace-setting Arabian Light with about a sixteenth of a mile left and held off Point Given for a nose victory.

Macho Uno raced the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42 and paid $14.60.

Point Given finished ahead of Street Cry, with Burning Roma fourth in the 14-horse field. He is trained by Bob Baffert, who saddled Arabian Light (fifth) and Flame Thrower (eighth). Favored A P Valentine finished last.

JUVENILE FILLIES: There was a big upset when Caressing won and paid $96.

"She did exactly what he (trainer David Vance) said she would do," said John Velazquez after riding Caressing to a half-length win over Platinum Tiara. She's a Devil Due was third in the 12-horse field. Favored Raging Fever was sixth.

Caressing won in 1:42 4/5 for the 1 1/16 miles.

MILE: War Chant won a four-horse blanket finish.

"Neil Drysdale gave me a heck of an opportunity," winning jockey Gary Stevens said. Until October, Stevens had not ridden for nine months because of arthritic knees.

SPRINT: Kona Gold finally got the job done, winning the 6-furlong race in a sizzling 1:07 3/5. He finished third in the 1998 Sprint and second last year.

FILLY & MARE TURF: Perfect Sting closed to win the 1 3/8-mile race for a three-quarter-length win over Tout Charmant, with German-based Catella another three-quarter length back in the 14-horse field.

TURF: Kalanisi, based in England and owned by Aga Khan, charged from seventh place with a quarter-mile left in the 1 1/2-mile race and edged Quiet Resolve.

Kalanisi, ridden by John Murtagh, won in 2:26 4/5.

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