Blueskiesnrainbows (on rail) finishes second in the $500,000 BC Marathon Gr.2. (Breeders’ Cup Ltd. Photo)

Virginia-bred Blueskiesnrainbows (Edward P. Evans) stuck his nose in front 100 yards from the finish only to be passed in deep stretch by British raider London Bridge won the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships opener to take the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Maraton Gr.2 on November 1 at Santa Anita.

London Bridge, the 3-year-ol son of Arch, was ridden to a one-length victory by Mike Smith, the Hall of Fame rider who won his all-time best 18th Breeders’ Cup event.

London Bridge, sent off at odds of 9-1, is owned by Waratah Thoroughbeds and is trained by Jo Hughes. The bay colt was bred in New York by Patricia S. Purdy.

Blueskiesnrainbos, who had fought off Wordly and Suns Out Guns Out to get the lead from the inside at mid-stretch, was second, with Worldly third. The final time for the 1 3/4-mile distance on a fast track was 2:58.32.

The victory was the first in a group or graded stakes for London Bridge, who has won four of nine races in his career. He came into the Marathon with $32,969 in career earnings and banked $275,000 for the victory.

Blueskiesnrainbows held second by a neck over Worldly, who finished 1 1/4 lengths better than Suns Out Guns Out.

London Bridge, bay colt out of the Indian Ridge mare Kindness, was coming off a fourth-place finish Aug. 15 in a minor stakes at Deauville going 1 7/8 miles.

Blueskiesnrainbows came into the race off a fifth place finish in the Bull Dog Handicap at Fresno and a win in the $100,000 Ralph M. Hinds Handicap at Fairplex.

Yesterday’s $90,000 purse for the place boosted his earnings for Bad Boy Racing and Whizaway Farm and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer to $459,552.

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