This is only the second time Seamus Heffernan has ridden in a Breeders' Cup, but the 44-year-old Irish jockey took his rivals to school Saturday by riding Highland Reel to victory in the $4 million Turf, the second-richest race on the card.
Highland Reel ($9.60) led his rivals down the hill, running the first half-mile of the 1 1/2-mile race in a fairly rapid 48 seconds flat. He began to open up on the backstretch, running the second half-mile in an almost identical 48.16 seconds. The other jockeys let him go and were unable to catch up in the final part of the race.
Favored Flintshire wound up second, 1 3/4 lengths behind, followed by Found. Highland Reel had finished second to Found in last month's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Earlier this year Highland Reel won the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.