Wavell Avenue, a Canadian-bred 4-year-old filly by Harlington, came from fourth at the top of the stretch to defeat the leader from the start, La Verdad, by 1 3/4 lengths in the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint during the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland on Saturday.
Taris finished third and the favorite, Cavorting, was fourth. With Joel Rosario riding, Wavell Avenue worked her way up from 11th in a field of 14, passing La Verdad in the stretch to win in 1:22.39.
“I had a perfect trip,” said Rosario. “We were always able to get a good position even when we were back far.”
Wavell Avenue benefited from a fast pace contested by La Verdad and Stonetastic. La Verdad zipped off fractions in :22.53, :45.12, and 1:09.54 before Wavell Avenue passed her.
La Verdad’s trainer, Linda Rice, said her filly “held on pretty well considering how fast they went.”
The ownership of Wavell Avenue consists of Michael Dubb, David Simon, Sol Kumin and Mike Caruso. Chad Brown was the winning trainer.