Tourist Closes Career with Upset in Breeders’ Cup Mile
In what appears to be the final race of his career, Tourist gained the lead in midstretch and held off a late charge and bold bid by Tepin to win the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile on the turf at Santa Anita.
Trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Joel Rosario, Tourist, a Tiznow colt, was sent off at 12-1 in the 14 horse field. The 5-year-old had just one win in five starts this year, but track insiders said he was training and working over the Santa Anita course better than any horse in the final days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup. Tourist showed his affinity for hillside grass course as he ran the fastest mile in Breeders’ Cup history, finishing in 1:31.71. That was just off Vyjack’s track record of 1:31.69.
“When we came in, we felt like we were really live, and felt like he was one of the horses to beat,” said Elliott Walden, president of WinStar Farm, which bred Tourist and co-owns him in partnership with Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber. “It’s just an awesome feeling. Very, very classy horse.”
Tourist paid $26.80 to win, $9.40 to place and $6.20 to show. Tepin (7/2) was a half-length back and paid $4.60 and $3.80. Midnight Storm (12-1), who tracked What a View’s furious pace, held gamely for third, a neck in front of late-running Ironicus, who in turn was a neck better than pace-tracking Miss Temple City.
Tourist began his career at Belmont Park. Following four races in 2013, he broke his maiden at Gulfstream in Feb., 2014 and then returned to Belmont and won an allowance race. He raced just three times in 2015 and won a minor stakes at Kentucky Downs. His biggest win prior to the Breeders’ Cup was the Fourstardave Handicap (G1) at Saratoga Aug. 20.
Tourist was making his third start in the Breeders’ Cup Mile having finished eighth last year at Keeneland and 13ths in the 2013 Championships at Santa Anita. His connections comments following the race appear to indicate that Tourist’s racing career has come to a close.
‘We’re going to talk about it as a group, but when you win a race like that against the best milers in the world, and he’s five years old, he’ll probably go to stud,” said WinStar president and CEO Elliott Walden.