Jul 02, 2022
Olympiad wins Stephen Foster to earn Breeders Cup berth
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Late favorite Olympiad surged past Caddo River entering the final turn and pulled away in the stretch to win the $750,000 Stephen Foster by 2 1/4 lengths over Americanrevolution on Saturday at Churchill Downs and automatically qualify for this fall’s Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The Bill Mott-trained bay colt improved to 5-0 as a 4-year-old in the Grade II event, one of several “Win and You’re In” qualifiers for the season-ending championships Breeders’ Cup Championships on Nov.4-5 at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. The 3-2 choice broke strong from the No. 3 post to stay close to early pacesetter Caddo River along with 2021 Kentucky Derby winner Mandaloun through the far turn before breaking clear.
Americanrevolution mounted a late charge but had no chance of catching Olympiad, who earned his seventh win in 10 starts. Mandaloun, elevated in February to Derby champion following the disqualification of deceased colt Medina Spirit for a failed postrace drug test, entered as the 2-1 morning line favorite but fell to fourth behind Proxy.
With Junior Alvarado aboard, Olympiad covered the 1 1/8 mile in 1:47.66 and $5, $3.40 and $2.60. Americanrevolution returned $4 and $3.20 while Proxy paid $3.60 to show.
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Cameron Smith refuses to deny reports he has signed a $100m deal to join LIV Golf and walk out on the PGA Tour as the British Open winner insists he is only focused on FedEx Cup playoffs this week
British Open winner Cameron Smith has refused to deny that he has signed a $100million deal to join LIV Golf.
At a late press conference ahead of the start of this week's FedEx Cup playoffs, Smith was quizzed over his future plans.
'My goal here is to win the FedEx Cup playoffs. That’s all I’m here for. I have no comment on that,' he said.
British Open winner Cameron Smith has refused to deny he has signed a $100m LIV Golf deal
Smith has long been linked with a switch to LIV Golf and that could finally occur next month
Earlier this week, Australian golfer Cam Percy claimed that his compatriot Smith has already signed terms with the Saudi-backed tour alongside another Aussie in Marc Leishman.
'Unfortunate, yeah, they're gone,' he told RSN radio. 'I had a long conversation with Adam Scott and he was very interesting talking to about it, just where it is,' he said.
'He said he met with these guys (LIV) in 2017 (and) they were ready do all this. So, the tour has known for a long time that this stuff's in the works.
'The more and more you look into it, some people don't care, some people have got a conscience and do care.'
Smith has long been linked with a move to LIV but has not wanted to talk about the controversial breakaway tour whenever he has been asked about it.
Smith has long been coy regarding where his long-term future in golf is going to be
He was unhappy when he was asked over his LIV links shortly after winning The British Open
The world No 2 dodged questions about LIV Golf when pressed straight after the British Open victory earlier this year.
'I just won the British Open and you're asking about that? I think that's, pretty, not that good,' Smith said.
'I don't know, mate. My team around me worries about all that stuff. I'm here to win golf tournaments.'
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