The first Santa Anita International Jockey Challenge belonged to the old timers and many of those in attendance were delighted it turned out that way.
Jockeys Eddie Delahoussaye, 46, and Laffit Pincay, Jr., 51, helped lead Team USA to victory over Team Europe in the four-race competition, 48 1/2-35 1/2.
Delahoussaye, whose move to California was triggered when he won a similar competition at Hollywood Park in the late 1970s, was the top individual among the eight riders who competed.
He finished with 17 1/2 points, most of them provided when Dombey, who was returning after a lengthy layoff for trainer Darrell Vienna, rallied from last to win the final event in the challenge. Delahoussaye just missed a second victory when Blackwater was beaten by a nose in the day's third race.
Team Europe, which consisted of Frankie Dettori, Michael Kinane, Olivier Peslier and Kieren Fallon, held the lead through the first three races, but the American quartet of Delahoussaye, Pincay, Gary Stevens and Jerry Bailey finished 1-2-3-4 in the concluding race.
Kinane, the pride of Ireland, won the third with favored Captain Collins, then Peslier, a leading rider in France, won the fourth race with 9-1 shot Sahara King and it was his first winner in this country.
"Going into the [last] race, we were about five points back and the strategy was to win and have one finish third because that was the only way we could win," said Delahoussaye.
"But, we ran one, two, three, four, so that was even better. This was great. We did it last year at Lone Star Park [in Texas] and it was a great event, but this was even better because people got a chance to see some of the European riders and they are starting to ride more like the U.S. riders."
Pincay, who won the fifth with 7-2 shot Nor'easter and got a loud ovation when he was introduced, certainly enjoyed himself.
"It was a lot of fun and I hope they do it every year," he said. "Any time trainers talk about jockeys being old, I hope they remember this day. You can do a lot of things when you've got the horse.
"I was so happy [when winning on Nor'easter] I felt like I had won another Kentucky Derby."http://articles.latimes.com...