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Ashiana (GER) Wins T. Von Zastrow Stutenpreis in Germany and Gains Free Berth into Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Monday, September 4, 2017

BADEN WURTTEMBERG, GERMANY (September 2, 2017) – Eckhard Sauren’s Ashiana (GER) became the sixth horse to qualify for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series this year when she surged to the front in the final furlong to win Saturday’s 1 ½-mile T. von Zastrow Stutenpreis (G2) at Baden-Baden Racecourse by a half-length over Diana Storm (GER).

The Breeders' Cup Challenge is an international series of stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions and fees paid into a corresponding race of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will be held for the first time at the Del Mar racetrack near San Diego, California, on November 3-4.

“We were hoping for a place but she won,” said Sauren, who President of the Racing Club at Cologne. “We’ll see what we do next but a start in the Breeders Cup is a possibility.

As a part of the benefits of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series, the Breeders’ Cup will pay the pre-entry and entry fees for Ashiana to start in the 1 1/8-mile Filly & Mare Turf. Breeders’ Cup will also provide a $40,000 travel allowance for all starters based outside of North America to compete in the World Championships.

Ashiana, a 3-year-old chestnut filly by Mastercraftsman (IRE), trained by Peter Schiergen and ridden by Andrasch Starke, won her third race in five career starts, defeating 10 rival fillies and mares as the 4.3-1 third choice, and completing the 1 ½ miles in 2:35.11 over a course listed as good. Race Video courtesy of German Tote TV

Ashiana came into today’s race following a fifth-place finish in the 1 3/8-mile Henkel-Preis der Diana (G1) (German Oaks) on August 6 at Dusseldorf. She began the year breaking her maiden on April 30, and then scored two listed wins against 3-year-old fillies at Baden-Baden on May 27 and at Hannover on July 9.

The T. von Zastrow Stutenpreis was the sixth Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf qualifier thus far in 2017. Bela-Bela (SAF) was the first to qualify, winning the Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes (G1) at Kenilworth in South Africa in January. Foxplay (AUS) captured the Coolmore Legacy Queen of the Turf Stakes (G1) at Royal Randwick in Australia in April, followed by Birdie Gold, who won the Gran Premio Pamplona (G1) at Moneterrico in Peru in June. Dacita (CHI) was the most recent qualifier in this division, winning the Beverly D. Stakes (G1) at Arlington on August 12. Enable was a dominant winner last month in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (G1) at York.

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