Highlights from this weekend's Breeders' Cup at Keeneland:
WHO WAS UP?
Keeneland fans: The final race of American Pharoah's career could not have been more satisfying for fans who have long been waiting to watch something like him. The first Triple Crown winner in 37 years became racing's first Grand Slam champion — adding a victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic to his Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes wins.
The Keeneland crowd roared with approval when Pharoah hit the wire, and they roared again when he made his way back to the winner's circle.
We'll never see him race again, but Lexington will go down in history as the setting of his soaring swan song. We were lucky to have him.
Mark Casse: He earned a share of the trainer's title during the Keeneland Fall Meet, and he finally broke his Breeders' Cup slump at the same track. Casse sent 23 horses to the Breeders' Cup starting gate before this weekend without ever ending up in the winner's circle. He finally got there with Catch a Glimpse in Friday's Juvenile Fillies Turf and saddled another winner with Tepin in Saturday's Mile.
Florent Geroux: Somebody get this guy some more Breeders' Cup mounts next year. He was one of only three jockeys with two Cup victories this weekend, and he did it with only five mounts. Geroux, whose only Cup ride before this year was a win in last year's Sprint, won the Juvenile Fillies Turf aboard Catch a Glimpse on Friday and the Turf Sprint aboard Mongolian Saturday on ... Saturday.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey: The local favorites — and regular Keeneland meet leaders — brought five of their "Kittens" to the track this weekend and found the winner's circle with Stephanie's Kitten, who took the Filly and Mare Turf after finishing second in the race last year. Ken Ramsey was passing out buttons featuring star sire Kitten's Joy surrounded by five cats representing his Breeders' Cup contenders, and the sight of Sarah Ramsey with the Breeders' Cup trophy was among the highlights of the weekend.
WHAT WAS DOWN?
Lasix: The vast majority of Saturday's runners were on the drug, but two of the day's Breeders' Cup winners were not. Mongolian Saturday won the Turf Sprint and Runhappy won the Sprint, and both were the only competitors in their respective races to go without Lasix.
Runhappy trainer Maria Borell wanted to make sure everybody knew it.
"I also want to say we won Lasix-free, drug-free," she said. "You guys don't need to run on Lasix. ... I want us to have stronger horses that can run 30, 40 times in the future, like they used to be able to, and not be masked by drugs."
Runhappy's owner, James McIngvale, backed her up.
"I think if we're going to talk the talk and walk the walk, we've got to do it," he said. "No Lasix for us. No drugs. Just hay, oats and lots of water."
"And some mints," Borell added.
Boys: The male-dominated fields in both the Breeders' Cup Mile and Breeders' Cup Turf were upset by girls Saturday. Tepin — a 4-year-old daughter of Bernstein — won the Mile. Two races later, Found — a 3-year-old daughter of Galileo — won the Turf against 11 male horses, including 4-5 favorite Golden Horn.
"She's a very special filly," said Found's trainer Aidan O'Brien. "What can you say? I couldn't believe it happened. So glad to be part of it."
50,155: That was the announced attendance Saturday for this first-ever Breeders' Cup in Lexington. The tally included everyone who was on the Keeneland grounds, which featured several unique structures and fan areas not seen on regular race days.
The Breeders' Cup returns to Santa Anita Park next year for two days of championship racing Nov. 4-5. This will be the ninth time that the Breeders' Cup is held at Santa Anita, which will break a tie with Churchill Downs for the most in history.
THE LAST WORD
Bob Baffert was asked at the end of the post-Classic press conference when members of the media could come by American Pharoah's barn Sunday morning to chat with the trainer and get a look at the Grand Slam champ.
"I'm going to be charging like a hundred dollars to come see him," Baffert said with a grin. "I'm going to milk this for all I can. He'll be here. We'll be at the barn."