Off as the 49-1 longshot in today’s Breeders’ Cup Marathon at Santa Anita after opening at 30-1, Booyah actually had the lead for quite some time over 3-1 favorite Zappa before giving it up on the backstretch, fading on the turn, and ending up — BOOYAH! — last in the field of nine, far behind 25-1 Muhannak (won won it to pay $26.80).
Kenny Mayne, part of the ABC broadcast of the race, the first of today’s Breeders’ Cup slate, said he called colleague Stuart Scott to get a tip on the race and he said … you can figure it out.
From Booyah’s track record (linked here), it was a tough run to figure out. He’s been a steady customer at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park (where he won an allowance race in July ) and Fairplex (a big $125,000 race win in his last jaunt). But going into the whole Breeders’ Cup, the Daily Racing Form’s early odds — before the actual setting of the fields — had the 4-year-old colt as the longest of all longshots — 50-1.
Daily News horse racing writer Kevin Modesti told us before hand that Booyah’s win at the L.A. County Fair was big, but that was a 1 1/8-mile race, and the Marathon is 1 1/2 miles, nor is Fairplex as an impressive place for a Breeders’ Cup prep. His trainer, Jerry Fanning, 75, is a Southern California fixture whose career is dotted with upset wins — Little Reb over Affirmed in the 1979 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita, Croeso over Copelan in the 1983 Florida Derby, Desert Wine over John Henry in the 1984 Hollywood Gold Cup.
Not this trip.
Did the horse get his name from Scott’s cliche catch phrase? Was it from watching Jim Cramer on “Mad Money”? (see this link).
No matter. Booyah blew it. At last.