Martin Garcia guides 3-year-old to victory
Mike Smith has won more Breeders' Cup races than any jockey past or present, but that doesn't mean he always makes the right decision.
Given the choice whether to ride 3-year-old Drefong or 6-year-old Masochistic in the Sprint, Smith chose the latter. On paper, it was the right choice: Masochistic was ultra-impressive in both his starts this year and was the 8-5 favorite Saturday.
Smith's choice was Martin Garcia's gain. The younger jockey picked up the mount on Drefong, and won his fourth Breeders' Cup race when the 3-year-old pulled away from Smith and Masochistic. The final margin was 1 1/4 lengths, with Masochistic barely holding second over Mind Your Biscuits.