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Saturday, November 4
Macho Uno wins Breeders' Cup Juvenile in photo finish

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Ticker) -- Macho Uno, with Jerry Bailey up, held off the strong surge of Point Given and waited for a photo before being declared the winner in today's 17th running of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs.

Point Given, under Gary Stevens, was flying through the stretch three wide as Bailey and his charge were trying to cling to their rapidly evaporating lead on the rail.

Macho Uno covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42 and returned $14.60 in the field of 14 2-year-old colts and geldings.

"He kinda balked when he made the lead," Bailey explained of his charge. "I thought that if I whipped him lefthanded, I would get his attention. But he ducked out and kind of lost his composure. I would have been mad if he got beat because he was the best horse."

"There was a ton of traffic going on in front of me," Stevens said. "There was a lot of bumping and jostling and when I got him going, I just wanted to keep him out of trouble. I don't think I'm going to have to look any further for my Derby horse. He's a Kentucky horse and he loves Churchill Downs."

Stevens won the Breeders' Cup Mile earlier in the day with war Chant.

"I've had some great moments at Churchill Downs and I've had some bitter moments. This is one of them," Stevens said. "I really wanted to win this race bad."

The same connections that scored with Perfect Sting in the Filly & Mare Turf came back to the winner's circle with Macho Uno. For Bailey, it was his 11th Breeders Cup triumph, tying him with Pat Day for the all-time lead. Trainer Joe Orseno, who saddled his first-ever Breeders' Cup winner with Perfect Sting, didn't have to wait long for his second. Macho Uno is owned by Frank Stronach.

"We were ready for a spectacular performance and we got it," Orseno said. "He's been training real well and it showed today."

Street Cry with David Flores aboard finished third and paid $4.80 to show.

Today's race fit the pattern that usually defines the Juvenile. The winner has traditionally come from off the pace just as Anees did to win this event last year. When Boston Harbor won in 1996, he was the first winner to lead all the way since Success Express at Hollywood Park in 1987.

But winning the Juvenile does not equate to success in the Kentucky Derby. None of the previous 16 Juvenile winners has ever won the Run for the Roses. Just one has gone on to capture a Triple Crown event, 1994 Juvenile and 1995 Preakness winner Timber Country.

Favored A P Valentine, who had his breeding rights sell for $15 million earlier in the week, finished a disappointing last.

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