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Tourist

Tourist

Breeders’ Cup Champion
Jockey: 
Joel Rosario
Trainer: 
William I. Mott
Owner: 
WinStar Farm LLC
Wachtel Stable and Barber
Gary

Tourist spent the majority of his career leading up to the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Mile with two pronounced realities: He was nearly always well-respected at the windows and his worst performances came when it mattered most — in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, where he finished 13th in 2014 and eighth in 2015. That all changed when the good-looking son of two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow charged down the Santa Anita stretch, got the jump on defending champion and crowd favorite Tepin and held off her late-closing charge by a diminishing half-length.

Finally, the 5-year-old horse whom owners WinStar Farm, Wachtel Stable, and Gary Barber had long thought the world of had the world on its feet. Ridden to perfection by Joel Rosario, the Bill Mott trainee won for the sixth time in 18 career starts and fifth time in 12 tries at his favorite distance. The victory was also his second on the season at the Grade 1 level, while pushing his career earnings well past the $2 million mark.

Tourist blitzed the mile in 1:31.71, breaking the Breeders’ Cup record of 1:31.78 set by the great Wise Dan in 2013, while paying a healthy $26.80 to his loyal fans.

The scene outside the winner’s circle was one of truly bittersweet proportions. The sadness of those let down by Tepin falling a few feet short was washed away with tears of joy from Mott’s assistant trainers Rodolphe Brisset and Riley Mott, who had grown to love the emblazoned, well-natured dark bay. The victory also came after the Mott barn’s three other starters failed in their respective Breeders’ Cup events that weekend at short odds.

“He bailed us out,” Bill Mott said of the WinStar homebred. “We had three that didn’t run so well and we had one last chance. He ran beautifully.”

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