The 2006 Breeders’ Cup Classic
The 2006 Breeders’ Cup World Championships took place at Churchill Downs in Lexington, Kentucky. It was the 23rd edition of the premier North American horse racing event and featured a number of exciting races and finishes. One of the highlights of the card was the Breeders’ Cup Classic Powered by Dodge (G1).
The $5 million Classic was the main event card of the Breeders’ Cup and featured a field of 13 horses, led by pre-race favorite Bernardini at odds of 11-10. It was longshot Brother Derek who set the early pace with fractions of 46.60 and 1:11.11, though. Bernardini, however, did take control during the top of the stretch, but quickly grew tired. That left an opening for Invasor, who was the race’s third choice at 7-1 odds, to take the lead inside the 1 1/16 pole on his way to a one-length win. He was clocked in at a winning time of 2:02.18. Bernardini finished second, and 28-1 longshot Premium Tap came in third.
“We have had a great year, but today was an exceptional ride from the 11 post, to get over,” said Invasor’s trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. “To be in the two-path around the first-turn was unbelievable. [Jockey Fernando Jara] rode a great race. He has no fear, he’s never nervous, and he rides very well with those colors on. Bernardini is a great horse, but there was one better today. Invasor had only been beaten once and he’s obviously a great horse, too, and hopefully we’ll look back and wonder how I got him beat in Dubai.”
It was Invasor’s first career Breeders’ Cup race and win. He entered the Classic with a three-race winning streak—all grade one stakes races (Pimlico Special Handicap, Suburban Handicap, Whitney Handicap).
Invasor paid $15.40 to win, $5.60 to place, and $4.60 to show. Bernardini returned $3.40 to place and $3.00 to show. Premium Tap paid $8.80 for his third-place showing.