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Santos escapes with big wins

Published Oct. 18, 2005

Jose Santos walked away from a disaster and won two million-dollar races on Breeders' Cup day at Belmont Park. Santos was aboard Mr. Nickerson in the Breeders' Cup Sprint when the horse apparently suffered a heart attack and was destroyed. The jockey was unhurt in the accident and won the next race, the $1-million Fillies Juvenile aboard 1-5 favorite Meadow Star.

Santos also won aboard Fly So Free in the $1-million Juvenile three races later. Santos also was second aboard Colonial Waters in the Distaff, fourth aboard Alwuhush in the Turf and Stenlen in the Mile and ninth aboard Mi Selecto in the Classic.

For the day, his mounts earned $1.335-million, increasing his Breeders' Cup total to $3.967-million.

Santos, a New York-based jockey who now heads for rides in California, was asked to compare Meadow Star and Fly So Free.

"I know who's better in my mind, but I can't tell you," Santos said. "I thought I had a chance to win both 2-year-old races, and I'm happy I did."

Trainer Lukas has

a winless day

For the first time since the first Breeders' Cup in 1984, trainer D. Wayne Lukas was shut out.

His best chance, Criminal Type, didn't make the Classic because of injury.

Lukas, whose $7,888,000 in Breeders' Cup earnings still tops all trainers, sent six horses out on Saturday (another, Deposit Ticket, was scratched). His best finish was fourth with Steinlen in the Mile, earning the trainer $70,000. He also won $50,000 with a fifth-place finish in the Distaff.

His other horses were Carson City (10th) and Senor Speedy (ninth) in the Sprint, Luthier's Launch (fifth in the Distaff), Fire In Ice (10th in the Juvenile) and Shy Tom (10th in the Turf).

Jockey Day tops list of earnings

Pat Day, with his victory aboard Unbridled in the Classic, moved into first place for Breeders' Cup purses won among jockeys, ahead of Chris McCarron.

Day, who started Saturday with $5.953-million, won another $1,350,060 to increase his total to $7,303,060.

A record handle

at Belmont Park

The on-track handle of $10,557,736 set a New York record, passing the mark of $9,266,120 set on June 6, 1987, the day Alysheba beat Bet Twice in the Belmont Stakes.

The total New York state mark of $20,259,251 also set a record.

_ Compiled from wire reports