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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Mongolia made a splash in the Breeders' Cup when a longshot horse with an owner and trainer from the main Asian nation won the $1 million Turf Sprint at Keeneland on Saturday.
It absolutely was the landlocked nation's first representative when you look at the 32-year history of society championships.
Sent down at 15-1 odds, Mongolian Saturday won by a neck and paid $33.80 to win.
The winner's group was a jubilant scene with owner Ganbaatar Dagvadorj, just who races as Mongolian Stable, along with his loved ones and friends dressed in colorful old-fashioned garb and headgear. He was joined by his spouse, an old skip Mongolia.
"It is a big dream as Mongolians to take part in this big event, " Dagvadorj said. "And as a Mongolian, we ride horses starting at age four. It really is part of our custom."
Known as the "Land of Horse, " Mongolians by reputation are believed among the better horsemen in the field.
"some individuals state Mongolian folks are born to drive, " instructor Enebish Ganbat stated. "everyone was raised on horses and our horses tend to be field horses."
Dressed up in robin egg blue silks with "MGL" in red letters regarding back, jockey Florent Geroux therefore the 5-year-old gelding broke from post 14 from the far outside and straight away challenged when it comes to lead. They took the lead towards the top of the stretch then required an all-out drive into line to put on off woman Shipman in a photograph finish.
"Everybody is crying over this party, " Ganbat stated regarding the response 6, 475 miles (10, 421 kilometers) away within the money of Ulan Bator.
5 years ago, Ganbat turned from long-distance education done in Mongolia to thoroughbred learning the U.S.
"From a year ago we begin to understand why is simple tips to feed, how-to train, just how to reproduce, " he said. "It really is many different."
At an event that celebrates the reproduction industry, Mongolian Saturday is, ironically, a gelding. He was bred in Kentucky and was purchased for $60, 000 at a Keeneland purchase.