Tiznow Wins Breeders' Cup Classic

Sunday, November 5th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Fusaichi Pegasus, the Kentucky Derby hero, was just an also-ran Saturday as Tiznow edged Giant's Causeway in the $4.77 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.

Tiznow gave up the lead to England-based Giant's Causeway near the finish, but fought back on the inside for the victory.

Fusaichi Pegasus, the 6-5 favorite making the final start of his career, finished sixth in the 13-horse field.

``There was a lot of bouncing around,'' said Kent Desormeaux, who was riding Fusaichi Pegasus. ``They were trying to punch me back. I was possibly too far back.''

Tiznow, supplemented to the race for $360,000, finished a neck ahead of Giant's Causeway, who was three-quarters of a length ahead of Captain Steve, who was supplemented for $290,000.

Albert the Great was next, meaning the first four finishers were 3-year-olds. Lemon Drop Kid, a 4-year-old, finished fifth.

Tiznow, who won in 2:00 3-5 under Chris McCarron, paid $20.40, $8.20 and $6.20 and earned $2,480,400 for owners Michael Cooper and Cecilia Straub-Rubens.

It was McCarron's fourth Classic victory. He won aboard Alysheba in 1988, Sunday Silence in 1989 and Alphabet Soup in 1996.