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California Flag Wins US Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint
Front-running 5YO gelding California Flag (Avenue Of Flags-Ultrafleet, by Afleet) scored a 1.75-length victory in the US$1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (6.5 furlongs on turf) at Santa Anita. Favourite California Flag (ridden by Joe Talamo for trainer Brian Koriner) defeated 5YO mare Gotta Have Her (Royal Academy-Winnowing, by Rahy) & 4YO gelding Cannonball (Catienus-No Deadline, by Skywalker). California-bred California Flag (who also lead the field in this same race last year, before tiring badly to finish 10th) took his record to 8 wins (also including September’s Gr3 Morvich Handicap over 6.5 furlongs at Santa Anita & August’s Listed Green Flash Handicap over 5 furlongs at Del Mar, plus both 2008’s Gr3 Hollywood Turf Express Handicap over 6 furlongs at Hollywood Park & Gr3 Morvich Handicap over 6.5 furlongs at Santa Anita) & a placing from 16 starts for US$952,996 earnings.