ARCADIA Marathon victor London Bridge and other Friday winners represented the global reach of the 2013 Breeders' Cup.
A son of Arch, the 3-year-old colt was born in New York but raced only in England and France. Waratah Thoroughbreds, an Australian partnership, bought him last month specifically for their first trip to the Breeders' Cup.
Jockey Mike Smith got London Bridge up in the final strides to beat Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Blueskiesnrainbows.
"They pursued their dreams, and I'm happy I could help make them come true," Smith said.
Hollendorfer was proud of his runner-up.
"We can't complain about that," he said. "He ran huge."
In his dirt and American debut, London Bridge was the first New York-bred to win any Breeders' Cup race. Jo Hughes became the first Euro-based woman to train a Breeders' Cup winner.
In the Juvenile Turf, Smith won with another international runner, British-bred Outstrip ($14). It was the fifth Cup victory for Dubai-based Godolphin Racing and the first for trainer Charlie Appleby.
In Friday's other Breeders' Cup races, 2013 Santa Anita Derby winner Goldencents ($9.60) led all the way in the Dirt Mile for California trainer Doug O'Neill, jockey Rafael Bejarano and co-owner Rick Pitino,the Louisville basketball coach.
Ireland's Chriselliam ($15.80) won the Juvenile Fillies Turf.
More defections Trainer Dale Romans scratched Iroquois Stakes winner Cleburne from today's Juvenile after the colt bucked his shins.
Taptowne, second in the Cornhusker and Oaklawn handicaps, missed Friday's Dirt Mile after apparently stepping on a stone and bruising a foot.