Little Mike and Trinniberg, both owned by South Floridians, failed to hit the board Saturday in their attempts for repeat victories in Breeders’ Cup races.
Little Mike finished seventh in the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf.
Priscilla Vaccarezza of Parkland owns Little Mike, a 6-year-old gelding.
Her husband, Carlo, is the horse’s breeder, and he joins trainer Dale Romans in planning the horse’s schedule.
Trinniberg finished ninth in the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint
Shivananda Parbhoo, who lives in Davie, trains the horse and is part of the family that owns him.
The races were at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., in 2012 and Saturday.
Little Mike took the lead coming out of the final turn in the Turf on Saturday.
He was soon part of a stretch duel with three other horses.
Magician, a 12-1 long shot who had been racing in England and Ireland, made an eye-popping rally on the outside and beat The Fugue by a half length.
Little Mike came into Saturday’s race after winning the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park in New York.
He was in fifth place during the first half of that race and was able to sustain his run after he took the lead
“It was a faster pace [Saturday], and we wound up chasing the other horse [early leader Teaks North],” Carlo Vaccarezza said.
They ran the mile in a fast 1:35.28 en route to a final time of 2:23.23 for the 1 1/2-mile race.
“We’ll give Little Mike a rest for about 60 days at the farm in Ocala, and then bring him back for stakes races at Gulfstream Park,” Vaccarezza said.
Little Mike and Trinniberg were part of a disappointing Saturday on the Breeders’ Cup undercard for horses whose trainers and owners live in South Florida.
Bahamian Squall finished sixth in the Sprint. He is trained by David Fawkes, who has stables at Gulfstream.
Scandalous Act finished sixth in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies.
She swept this year’s three-race Florida Stallion Stakes series at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Scandalous Act is trained at Calder by Kathleen O’Connell and is owned by Gilbert Campbell, who lives in Ocala.
Starship Truffles finished 12th and last in the Filly & Mare Sprint.
She is part of trainer Marty Wolfson’s stable at Gulfstream.