Irish-trained Man of Iron has won the $500,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon.
After a mile and 3/4 of the first of 14 Breeders' Cup championship races this weekend at Santa Anita, only a nose separated the 9-year-old gelding Cloudy's Knight and 3-year-old colt Man of Iron.
Man of Iron won by a nose, with 7-5 favorite Mastery another 2 1/4 lengths back in third.
Gangbuster finished more than 11 lengths back in fourth; 2008 Marathon winner Muhannak finished fifth.
Man of Iron ($14.80) is another son of good synthetic sire Giant's Causeway. Aiden O'Brien trains the winner; John Murtagh rode.
Man of Iron has won 4 of 10 starts.
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