Jockey John Velazquez, left, rides Main Sequence to victory past Flintshire with jockey Maxime Guyon aboard at the Breeders' Cup Turf horse race at Santa Anita Park Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in Arcadia, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Jae C. Hong
November 01, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Main Sequence repelled the late challenge of Flintshire to win the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf by a half-length, giving the U.S. the victory in a race usually dominated by Europeans.

Ridden by John Velazquez, Main Sequence ran 1 1/2 miles in 2:24.91 and paid $14.40, $5.80 and $4.20 at 6-1 odds. The 5-year-old gelding is unbeaten in four starts since coming to the barn of Maryland-based trainer Graham Motion.

Previously, Main Sequence was based in Britain.

Britain-bred Flintshire, second in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in Paris last month, returned $4.80 and $3.60. Twilight Eclipse was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $6.40 to show.

Telescope, the 8-5 favorite, finished fourth in the field of 12.

Ireland-bred Magician, the defending champion, was withdrawn earlier in the week because of lameness.

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