Vino Rosso rules Breeders’ Cup Classic

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    ARCADIA, Calif. — Vino Rosso won the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita Park in a race that was marred by the death of another horse.

    Vino Rosso stormed across the finish line in a rout but Mongolian Groom never made it that far, having been pulled up after suffering an injury to his left hind limb.

    The four-year-old gelding was taken from the track in an equine ambulance after being shielded from the crowd of 67,811 by a large green screen.

    Favorite McKinzie (5-2) was a distant second and Higher Power (9-1) finished third.

    Mongolian Groom (15-1) was in contention early in the 11-horse race on the fast dirt surface but slowed near the top of the final stretch.