The magnificent Liam’s Map, who is out of a mare by Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Trippi, scored an emphatic victory in Friday’s G1 Las Vegas Breeders Cup Dirt Mile at Keeneland.
Dispatched a red hot favourite for the $1 million race, Liam’s Map raced back in fourth place during the early stages of the race as Bradester set out to make the running. Turning for home, it was Lea who got the first jump on his rivals, with the former G1 Donn Handicap winner opened up on his chasing rivals.
However, Lea proved no match for the brilliant Liam’s Map (who was recording his second consecutive G1 win), with the latter reeling him in to win by a comprehensive and dominant two and a half lengths.
Lea finished second, with Red Vine filling the third berth. The winner, a son of Unbridled’s Song, stopped the clock in a track record setting time of 94.54 and provided trainer Todd Pletcher with his eighth Breeders Cup win.
Liam’s Map, who was making his final racecourse appearance prior to taking up stud duties at Lane’s End Farm in 2016, has now won six of only eight racecourse appearances and has earned more than $1.378 million for his connections.
The handsome grey had previously scored an emphatic win in the G1 Woodward Stakes and also finished second in the G1 Whitney Stakes earlier in the year.
His trainer commented in the post-race interview, “What was so impressive is that he recovered a couple times. He got steadied about the five-eighths pole and didn’t have anywhere to go,” Pletcher said. “But every time Javier had to tap on the brakes a little bit, you could see Liam’s Map jump back into the bridle. I kept hoping. I kind of lost him at the five-sixteenths pole, but when I saw him turning for home I could see he had some momentum.
Liam’s Map is out of the top class Trippi daughter Miss Macy Sue, an 11 time stakes winner who banked more than $800 000 in stakes. Among Miss Macy Sue’s best performances was a win in the G3 Winning Colors Stakes, and a third place finish in the 2007 Breeders Cup F&M Sprint. The mare is has another black type winner to her credit in the form of Any Limit Stakes winner Taylor S.