Breeders Cup Offers ‘Regrets’ Over Modern Games’ Win in Confounding Race for Bettors

DEL MAR, CA – Corniche ridden by Mike Smith wins the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on November 05, 2021, at the international championships. (Photo by Cynthia Lum/Icon Sportswire)

The 38th Breeders Cup opened Friday at Del Mar, with some upsets and a win by a celebrity owner, but a mishap marred the closing race of the day, forcing the favorite to almost miss the run.

Modern Games, initially withdrawn, was reinstated, and won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, but the maneuver drew criticism and even boos at the track. As Racing TV reported, U.S. bettors could not wager on the horse after the changes.

The situation, the site reported, stemmed from contact between Modern Games and Albahr, who “fell backwards in the stalls and apparently clipped his stablemate.”

Neither horse was injured, though The Guardian labeled the situation “extraordinary and chaotic.”

Modern Games, running for purse money only, finished ahead of Tiz the Bomb and Mackinnon.