Joseph O’Brien becomes youngest ever trainer of a Breeders’ Cup winner

Joseph O'Brien becomes just the second person in history to ride and train a Breeders' Cup winner.

Joseph O’Brien has yet again made racing history this evening by becoming the youngest ever trainer of a Breeders’ Cup winner as Iridessa (8/1) won the Maker’s Mark Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Turf under Wayne Lordan.

In an 11-runner field at Santa Anita, California, the three-year-old daughter of Ruler of the World, who was drawn in stall 1, got the better of American runner Vasilika, with Sistercharlie, the race favourite, back in third.

Incredibly, O’Brien was also the youngest ever jockey to win a Breeders’ Cup race when he won in 2011 with St. Nicholas Abbey.

“It’s a wonderful win. Wayne gave him a brilliant ride and this is one for all the team at home who do all the work with the filly,” said a delighted Joseph O’Brien post race.

The young trainer now joins French handler Freddy Head as the only two people to ride and train a Breeders’ Cup winner.


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