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Fame And Glory retired after Breeders' Cup failure

ESPN staff
November 2, 2012
Fame And Glory was retired after finishing last in the Breeders' Cup Marathon © Getty Images

There was disappointment for Britain on the opening day of the Breeders' Cup as favourite The Fugue could only manage third in the Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita.

John Gosden's three-year-old looked well placed heading into the final straight but found herself squeezed out as Zagora held off Marketing Mix for victory.

It summed up a frustrating day for British and Irish raiders, with Fame And Glory being retired after a disappointing last place in the Marathon.

Calidoscopio made history as he became the oldest winner of a Breeders' Cup race at the age of nine, but there was disappointment for Irish duo Fame And Glory and Sense of Purpose, who trailed in well off the pace.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien confirmed after the race that the 2011 Gold Cup winner had run his last race.

"The race was there in the book and we gave it a try," O'Brien said. "We took a chance and it didn't come off, so he will be retired now. He just showed us that he didn't like it and he wanted to go home."

Meanwhile, Hightail was a surprise winner in the Juvenile Sprint, while Flotilla became the first European winner of the Juvenile Fillies Turf.

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