Countdown to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Newsletter - September 12
Advisory: This is the fifth of nine weekly news releases focusing on the horses and races leading to the 35th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 at Churchill Downs. For more information, please visit www.breederscup.com. The Breeders’ Cup will be televised live on NBC and NBCSN. You can follow all the contenders’ activity leading up to the Breeders’ Cup with Equibase’s free “Road to the Breeders’ Cup” Virtual Stable notification service.
Woodbine Mile, Irish Champion, Churchill’s September Meet All Highlight Huge Challenge Weekend
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge schedule heats up in a big way this weekend, as no fewer than 10 “Win and You’re In” stakes are run across the globe, spanning Woodbine Racecourse outside of Toronto, Leopardstown and The Curragh in Ireland, and Churchill Downs in Louisville. Woodbine’s prestigious Ricoh Woodbine Mile (GI), which will offer an automatic starting berth into the Breeders’ Cup Mile, and Leopardstown’s QIPCO Irish Champion (GI), with a bid into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf on the line, headline the action on a weekend that will also award automatic starting berths into six other Breeders’ Cup Races.
The $800,000 Woodbine Mile headlines a huge weekend of racing north of the border that also includes Sunday’s Summer (GI) and Natalma (GI), a pair of “Win and You’re In” races for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and Juvenile Turf Fillies, respectively. The field will be led by Frank Stronach’s homebred DELTA PRINCE, who gets some bonus points as he kicked off his season with a course and distance win in the King Edward (GII) in June for trainer Jimmy Jerkens. The 5-year-old son of Street Cry (IRE), who is a half-brother to two-time Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Royal Delta, enters off a tough second, when beaten just a neck, in Saratoga’s Fourstardave (GI) August 11.
“I thought he ran very well,” said Jerkens of the Saratoga race. “The course was a lot softer than he likes and he broke real flat-footed or he wouldn’t have been that far out of it. He had to make a big, long run and that’s hard on soft turf. Since he’s come back, so far, he’s the best he’s ever been for a long time.”
Delta Prince is 4-for-9 lifetime and a win would vault him to the top of the North American turf mile division.
The Woodbine Mile has long been a bullseye on the European calendar and this year is no different, as Geoff and Sandra Turnbull’s LORD GLITTERS (FR) leads the group of international raiders. The 5-year-old son of Whipper enters off a win in the 1 1/16-mile Strensall (GIII) August 25 at York for trainer David O’Meara and has flashed some serious group I form this year.
“He did it well,” said O’Meara of Lord Glitters’ performance in the Strensall. “He'd been running pretty well all year – ran well at Royal Ascot in the Queen Anne, ran well at Ascot again on the round track in the Summer Mile, and again at Goodwood in the Sussex Stakes – he was unlucky not to be closer that day; he got into a bit of trouble in running. He’s been in good form all year.”
Lord Glitters, who is 6-for-17 lifetime, was second, beaten just a half-length, in Royal Ascot’s Queen Anne (GI) in June and third in the “Win and You’re In” Sussex (GI), also a Mile qualifier, at Glorious Goodwood in August, and figures tough to handle on his best for the same connections who won the Mile in 2013 with Mondialiste (IRE).
It's a road we've taken before and I was looking for somewhere to run him between now and Ascot on Champions Day and this race fits well,” said O’Meara of his decision to send Lord Glitters to the Ricoh Woodbine Mile. “It was either here or take him to Ireland, and the money in Canada is better.”
MR HAVERCAMP offers the best hope for the home team off an easy win in the local prep, the August 25 Play the King (GII), and is 6-for-7 over the Woodbine turf course for trainer Catherine Day Phillips. Graded stakes winners DIVISIDERO, GOOD SAMARITAN and LA SARDANE (FR) are also expected from the states, along with the Woodbine-based VANISH, while European group II winner STORMY ANTARCTIC (GII) rounds out the prospective field for the Ricoh Woodbine Mile.
Delta Prince winning the King Edward Sakes; Photo by Michael Burns
Juvenile Turf Berths Up for Grabs in Natalma, Summer
Sunday the action shifts to the 2-year-olds going a mile on the turf, with the $250,000 Summer (GI) offering up a berth into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf while the $250,000 Natalma (GI) will award a berth into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.
The Summer, which will be run as a Grade I for the first time, is expected to draw a deep field, with Lou Tucci’s WALLACE and Gary Barber’s TRICKY MAGICIAN, the 1-2 finishers in the local prep, the August 26 Soaring Free, expected back for the home team. The former, a son of Runaway and Hide, wired in the Soaring Free in what was his turf debut for trainer Sid Attard, while the latter, a son of 2013 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Magician (IRE), will look for his first win in three starts for trainer Mark Casse. George Strawbridge’s NASHTRICK would also warrant a long look, should he start for trainer Josie Carroll, as he drew off powerfully for a 3 ½-length local turf win in his debut August 24.
The U.S. contingent could be led by Monticule’s homebred DOB DOB, a son of Temple City who easily won his debut August 19 at Laurel Park for trainer Michael Dickinson, and Peter Brandt’s FOG OF WAR, up late on debut at Saratoga August 13 for trainer Chad Brown.
The locals could also include sharp debut winner AVIE’S FLATTER, as well as FARAWAY KITTEN, JUNGLE WAR and MUSKOKA WONDER, while the Americans could send POLE SETTER and SOMELIKEITHOTBROWN up for the “Win and You’re In” Summer.
The Natalma is also expected to draw a deep and competitive field of locals and invaders, with William Werner’s undefeated MY GAL BETTY giving the home team the filly to beat. The daughter of Point of Entry won the local prep, the August 25 Catch a Glimpse for trainer Roger Attfield to double up on a local Tapeta win in the My Dear in July, and is 3-for-3 lifetime.
Marcus Stable’s STILLWATER COVE could go favored should she start for trainer Wesley Ward. The daughter of Quality Road is 2-for-3 lifetime, including an easy win in Saratoga’s August 15 Bolton Landing, with her lone blemish coming when 13th in Royal Ascot’s Albany (GIII) in June.
CHARMAINE’S MIA, a distant second in the Catch a Glimpse for trainer Michael McDonald and TIZ BREATHTAKING, who won the Shady Well over the Tapeta August 4 for trainer Michael Doyle, are also expected for the locals, along with ARTILENA, BOHEMIAN QUEEN, BOLD SCRIPT, COMIC KITTEN and INTANGA ROSE, while the Americans could run stakes-placed fillies CHOCOLATE KISSES and ELSA in the “Win and You’re” in Natalma.
Irish Champion Highlights Triple Challenge Card at Leopardstown
A trio of “Win and You’re In” Challenge races are on tap Saturday at Leopardstown in Dublin, with the $1.493 million QIPCO Irish Champion and the presence of heavy favorite Qatar Racing’s ROARING LION serving as the main attraction. Run at 1 ¼ miles, the Irish Champion will offer an automatic starting berth into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, a race Roaring Lion qualified for when he won York’s Juddmonte International (GI) August 22 for trainer John Gosden. The 3-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy rates as Europe’s best male turf horse off successive wins in Sandown’s Coral-Eclipse (GI) in July and the Juddmonte International and will bring a 6-for-10 lifetime mark to the Irish Champion, in which he’s trading as a stiff 5-4 favorite among European punters.
The Coolmore conglomerate of Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor’s SAXON WARRIOR (JPN) will have another crack at Roaring Lion after running second and fourth to him, respectively, at Sandown and York. The 3-year-old son of Deep Impact (JPN) won the 2000 Guineas (GI) at Newmarket in May for trainer Aidan O’Brien and is 4-for-8 lifetime. Flaxman Stable Ireland’s homebred STUDY OF MAN (IRE) is also expected for trainer Pasqual Bary and is garnering a bit of support off his French Derby (GI) win at Chantilly in June. BENBATL (GB), CLIFFS OF MOHER (IRE), CRYSTAL OCEAN (GB), LANCASTER BOMBER and MAGIC WAND (IRE) could also run in the “Win and You’re In” QIPCO Irish Champion.
The $418,142 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron (GI), run at 1-mile, will award an automatic starting berth into the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf and, if Roaring Lion is Europe’s best male turf horse, then the Niarchos Family’s homebred ALPHA CENTAURI (IRE) is clearly their best filly, if not best horse overall, as she’s blitzed her competition en route to a quarter of consecutive group I wins for trainer Jessica Harrington. The 3-year-old daughter of Mastercraftsman (IRE) came to prominence with a win in the Irish 1,000 Guineas (GI) at The Curragh in May then rattled off the Coronation at Royal Ascot in June, Falmouth at Newmarket in July and “Win and You’re In” Prix du Haras de-Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le Marois at Deauville August 12 to earn an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Alpha Centauri is 6-for-9 lifetime and is as low as 2-5 among the European punters.
The imposing shadow that Alpha Centauri casts could keep the field for the Matron at a minimum, with John Dance’s LAURENS (FR), who won the Prix Saint-Alary (GI) at Longchamp in May and French Oaks (GI) at Chantilly in June serving as the perceived main danger for trainer Karl Burke. Coolmore could start group winners CLEMMIE (IRE), MAGICAL (IRE), and RHODODENDRON (IRE) while group winner VERACIOUS is also possible for the “Win and You’re In” Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron.
The “Win and You’re In” $179,204 KPMG Champions Juvenile (GII), run at 1-mile, will award an automatic starting berth into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and is expected to draw overflow field with several up-and-coming 2-year-olds looking to announce their presence on the international scene. Godolphin’s DARK VISION (IRE) is undefeated in three starts for trainer Mark Johnston and impressed winning the Vintage (GII) at Glorious Goodwood July 31. The son of Dream Ahead has yet to be tested in any of his runs and could go favored over a potential field of 18 that is long on promise.
Coolmore and O’Brien could run as many as eight, including CHRISTMAS (IRE), who was second to his highly touted stablemate Anthony Van Dyck (IRE) in The Curragh’s August 26 Futurity (GII), as well as MOUNT EVEREST (IRE), a son of 2003 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Six Perfections (FR) who broke his maiden at The Curragh, as did SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (GB). The Aga Khan has homebreds MASAFF (IRE) won on debut locally June 21 and ZUENOON (IRE), who is 2-for-3, and the Dermot Weld-trained pair could be ready for the rise in class.
The Curragh to Offer Pair of Challenge Races
The “Win and You’re In” action in Ireland moves to The Curragh Racecourse in County Kildare Sunday as the $418,142 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five (GI) and $418,142 Moyglare Stud (GI) will award automatic starting berths into the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, respectively.
Global Racing Club and Mrs. E. Burke’s HAVANA GREY(GB) and Stephen Louch’s CASPIAN PRINCE (IRE), the 1-2 finishers in the Group 2, 5-furlong Sapphire Stakes at The Curragh on June 22 lead the way. FINSBURY SQUARE (IRE), HIT THE BID (AUS), SIOUX NATION, SPEAK IN COLOURS (GB) are also attracting lukewarm support for the “Win and You’re In” Derrinstown Stud Flying Five.
The Moyglare, run at seven furlongs, figures to draw a crowd, with several from Coolmore and trainer Aidan O’Brien expected, as he could choose from ANGELIC LIGHT, BANDUIC ELLIE, BEYOND REASON, CORAL BEACH, FAIRYLAND, FANTASY (IRE), HERMOSA (IRE), JUST WONDERFUL and PEACH TREE (IRE).
Tobacco Road (#9) is a contender for Saturday’s Iroquois Stakes; photo by Coady Photography
Churchill September Meet Opens, Offers Two Juvenile Bids
Churchill Downs’ September meet opens Friday and wastes little time getting into high gear, with Saturday’s “Win and You’re In” $200,000 Pocahontas (GII) and “Win and You’re In” $150,000 Iroquois (GIII) offering 2-year-olds an early chance at going two turns in the 1 1/16-mile contests.
The Pocahontas, which will award a starting berth into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, will be led by Joel Politti’s SERENGETI EMPRESS, who won the Ellis Park Juvenile by 13 ½ lengths August 19 for trainer Tom Amoss and is 2-for-3 lifetime. Three Diamonds Farm’s LOVE MY HONEY impressed on debut at Saratoga July 29 for trainer Mike Maker and the daughter of Shackleford figures to take plenty of support, while Dawn and Ike Thrash’s SAVED AT DAWN got a two-turn win to break her maiden August 24 at Indian Grand for trainer Brad Cox. INCLUDE EDITION, PROFOUND LEGACY, TAPPING PEARL and TWO DOZEN ROSES are also expected.
The Iroquois, the brother race to the Pocahontas, will award an automatic starting berth into the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and could see L and N Racing’s TOBACCO ROAD go favored off a win in the Ellis Park Juvenile August 19 for trainer Steve Asmussen. The son of Quality Road doubled up off a maiden win at Ellis in July and is 2-for-3 lifetime. Valene Farm’s CLASSY JOHN ran off to a 6-length debut win at Saratoga August 25 for trainer Dallas Stewart and the son of Songandaprayer could be the one to catch, while Gary Barber’s MY SIXTH SENSE pulled away late on debut at Ellis August 12 for trainer Mark Casse. CAIRO CAT, DRUNK AS A SKUNK, HOG CREEK HUSTLE, MANNY WAH, MR WRENCH IT and POLE SETTER could also start.
NEWS AND NOTES
Enable Return a Winner at Kempton, Crystal Ocean Could be Turf-Bound
Juddmonte Farm’s superstar filly ENABLE (GB), off since suffering a minor knee injury this spring, returned with aplomb in winning the September (GIII) Saturday over the Polytrack at Kempton Racecourse outside of London. The 4-year-old daughter of Nathaniel (IRE) reached the heights of immortality last year for trainer John Gosden as she won six straight starts—by a combined 23 ¾ lengths—after losing her seasonal debut.
Video: September Stakes
Enable tasted defeat for the first and only time in April 2017 in her seasonal debut in a conditioned stakes at Newbury then went on to blitz her competition, which included romping group I wins in the Epsom Oaks, Darley Irish Oaks at The Curragh, “Win and You’re In” King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at Ascot, Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York and finally in Chantilly’s historic Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe to end her season in October. Enable, who is 8-or-9 lifetime, will once again target the Arc, which returns to Longchamp and will be run October 7.
Evelyn De Rothschild’s CRYSTAL OCEAN (GB), who was forced to give Enable eight pounds, was a comfortable second for trainer Sir Michael Stoute and could be in line for a big fall campaign. The 4-year-old son of Sea the Stars (IRE) won the Hardwicke (GII) at Royal Ascot in June and was second in this year’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, a “Win and You’re In” for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. Crystal Ocean is 5-for-11 lifetime and has a bevy of potential spots to round out his season, including a potential stateside trip.
“There are lots of options for him, the Arc, the Champion Stakes (GI, October 20 at Ascot), the Canadian International (GI at Woodbine October 13) and the Breeders’ Cup,” Stoute said.
World of Trouble Eyes Turf Sprint Off Belmont Win
Michael Dubb, Madaket Stable and Bethlehem Stable’s WORLD OF TROUBLE could be pointed to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint after winning Saturday’s Allied Forces at Belmont Park by 5 ¾ lengths. The 3-year-old son of Kantharos began his career as a dirt sprinter for trainer Jason Servis, and won the Pasco at Tampa Bay Downs in January, but has been dominant in winning both turf sprints starts this summer. World of Trouble, who is 4-for-7 lifetime, won Saratoga’s Quick Call in his turf debut August 8 and improved on that in the Allied Forces, prompting his trainer to think big later this fall.
"We'll take a look at the (October 6) Hill Prince (GII), but we'll probably have to consider the Breeders' Cup (Turf) Sprint off a performance like this,” Servis said.
COUNTOWN TO THE BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
A listing of the upcoming major stakes races this weekend:
LONGINES BREEDRS’ CUP DISTAFF
September 15 – $100,000 Locust Grove (GIII) at Churchill Downs. Run at 1 1/16 miles for fillies & mares.
BREEDERS’ CUP MILE
September 15 – $800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (GI) at Woodbine. Run at 1-mile on the turf for 3yos & up.
LONGINES BREEDERS’ CUP TURF
September 15 – $1.493 million QIPCO Irish Champion (GI) at Leopardstown. Run at 1 ¼ miles on the turf for 3yos & up.
September 15 – $945,000 St Leger (GI) at Doncaster. Run at about 1 ¾ miles on the turf for 3yos.
September 15 – $300,000 Northern Dancer (GI) at Woodbine. Run at 1 ¼ miles on the turf for 3yos & up.
September 16 – $597,345 Irish St. Leger (GI) at The Curragh. Run at 1 ¾ miles on the turf for 3yos & up.
MAKER’S MARK BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE TURF
September 15 – $418,142 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron (GI) at Leopardstown. Run at 1-mile on the turf for fillies $ mares.
September 15 – $400,000 Sands Point (GII) at Belmont Park. Run at 1 1/8 miles on the turf for 3yo fillies.
September 15 – $250,000 Canadian (GII) at Woodbine. Run at 1 1/8 miles on the turf for fillies & mares.
September 16 – $716,814 Qatar Prix Vermeille (GI) at Longchamp. Run at 1 ¼ miles on the turf for fillies & mares.
BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE SPINT
September 17 – $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters (GII) at Presque Isle Downs. Run at six and a half furlongs for fillies & mares.
SENTIENT JET BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE
September 15 – $150,000 Iroquois (GIII) at Churchill Downs. Run at 1 1/16 miles for 2yos.
TITO’S HANDMADE VODKA BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES
September 15 – $200,000 Pocahontas (GII) at Churchill Downs. Run at 1 1/16 miles for 2yo fillies.
BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT
September 16 – $418,142 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five (GI) at The Curragh. Run at five furlongs on the turf for 3yos & up.
September 15 – $125,000 Bold Venture (GIII) at Woodbine. Run at six and a half furlongs for 3yos & up.
BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE TURF
September 16 – $418,142 Vincent O’Brien National (GI) at The Curragh. Run at seven furlongs on the turf for 2yos.
September 16 – $250,000 Summer (GI) at Woodbine. Run at 1-mile on the turf for 2yos.
BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES TURF
September 16 – $418,142 Moyglare Stud (GI) at The Curragh. Run at seven furlongs on the turf for 2yo fillies.
September 16 – $250,000 Natalma (GI) at Woodbine. Run at 1-mile on the turf for 2yo fillies.
MAJOR STAKES RECAP September 8-9
A review of the major global races in the corresponding Breeders’ Cup divisions from last week. Winning jockeys’ names are in parenthesis in each recap. The top Breeders’ Cup Points' leaders and Breeders’ Cup Challenge winners by division are listed at the end of each section. Breeders’ Cup Point earners are limited to horses who finish first, second or third in Graded Stakes races. Horses based outside of the U.S., and Canada who have not won a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race, are selected into World Championships races by the Breeders’ Cup Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel at the Pre-Entry stage, Oct. 22. An asterisk in the points section denotes a foreign contender. A complete Breeders’ Cup Points list is available at: https://members.breederscup.com/championships/pointsleaderboard.aspx
Countdown to the Breeders’ Cup Mile – Sarl Darpat France’s RECOLETOS (FR) (Olivier Peslier) won his second Group I of the year with a one-length win over WIND CHIMES (GB) in Longchamp’s $537,6111 Qatar Prix du Moulin. Carlos Laffon-Parias trained the winner, a 4-year-old son of Whipper who won the local Prix d’Ispahan (GI) in May and entered off a second-place finish to the superstar filly Alpha Centauri (IRE) in Deauville’s August 12 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le Marois (GI), a “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Recoletos is now 7-for-13 lifetime and could try for a daunting double later this fall before retirement. “If he goes to Ascot, it will be for the Queen Elizabeth II (GI, October 20) and then the Breeders’ Cup Mile and we hope we can find him a place at stud,” Laffon-Parias said.
Video: Prix du Moulin de Longchamps
Breeders’ Cup Mile – Breeders’ Cup Challenge (BCC) Winners and Points Leaders
Countdown to the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf – Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger and Pete Coneway’s ARKLOW (Florent Geroux) closed late for a half-length win over BIGGER PICTURE in the $750,000 Kentucky Turf Cup (GIII) at Kentucky Downs. The 4-year-old son of Arch doubled up off a win in Ellis Park’s Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Cup August 5 for trainer Brad Cox and won his second career graded stakes. Arklow, who took Churchill Downs’ American Turf (GII) in May 2017, is now 5-for-15 lifetime and could be a candidate for the Canadian International (GI) October 13 at Woodbine.
Video: Kentucky Cup Turf
Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf – Breeders’ Cup Challenge (BCC) Winners and Points Leaders
Countdown to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf – Medallion Racing’s INSTANT ERMA (Drayden Van Dyke) won her first career graded stakes with a neck victory over VALADORNA in the $500,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf (GIII). Richard Baltas trained the winner, a 5-year-old daughter of Pioneerof the Nile who won the Swingtime at Santa Anita last October but was 0-for-5 in graded stakes prior to her breakthrough win. Instant Erma, who was second in the Megahertz (GIII) at Santa Anita in January, could look to the E.P. Taylor (GI) at Woodbine October 13.
Video: Kentucky Cup Ladies Turf
Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf – Breeders’ Cup Challenge Winners (BCC) and Points Leaders
Countdown to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint – DARRS Inc.’s PROFORMA (Joe Bravo) won a thrilling stretch battle over WHITE FLAG by a neck in the $500,000 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint (GIII). The 4-year-old son of Munnings was making his graded stakes debut for trainer Mike Stidham and improved off a third-place finish in the Wolf Hill July 29 at Monmouth Park. Proforma, who won the Jersey Shore on the dirt at Monmouth in 2017, is now 4-for-10 lifetime.
Video: Kentucky Cup Turf Sprint
Countdown to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint – Silverton Hill’s RUBY NOTION (Florent Geroux) held on by a desperate neck over LULL in the $450,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint (GIII). Darren Miller trainer the winner, a 5-year-old daughter of Great Notion who entered off a win in Saratoga’s Caress July 23 and used that as a springboard for her first career graded stakes. Ruby Notion, who made the first 11 starts of her career with trainer Wesley Ward, won the Colleen at Monmouth Park as a 2-year-old before running 13th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Keeneland, came to Miller’s barn after her 2017 campaign and is now 6-for-14 lifetime.
Video: Kentucky Cup Ladies Sprint
Countdown to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint – Red Archer Racing’s THE TIN MAN (GB) (Oisin Murphy) won his third career Group I with a half-length win over BRANDO (GB) in Haydock’s $405,800 Sprint Cup (GI). The 6-year-old son of Equiano (FR) won the British Champions Sprint (GI) at Ascot in 2016 and the Diamond Jubilee (GI) at their Royal Meeting in 2017 and entered off a third-place finish in the Prix Maurice de Gheest (GI) at Deauville August 5. The Tin Man is now 9-for-20 lifetime and could run in this year’s British Champions Sprint October 20.
Video: Haydock Sprint
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint – Breeders’ Cup Challenge (BCC) Winners and Points Leaders
About Breeders’ Cup
The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 races (13 Grade 1 events) with purses and awards totaling more than $30 million, will be held November 2-3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
- February 17, 2019
Inti Goes Wire to Wire in February Stakes in Tokyo and Gains First Automatic Berth into 2019 Breeders' Cup Classic
Shigeo Takeda’s 5-year-old homebred Inti (JPN), the 2.6-1 favorite under jockey Yutaka Take, controlled the pace throughout Sunday’s 36th running of the one-mile, $1,879,000 February Stakes (G1) on dirt at Tokyo Racecourse, winning by a neck over second choice Gold Dream (JPN), and secured the first automatic berth into this year’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge.
- February 15, 2019
February Stakes on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse is First Automatic Qualifier for 2019 Breeders' Cup Classic
Led by former champions Gold Dream (JPN), Nonkono Yume (JPN), and Moanin, and the speedy Inti (JPN) 14 horses have been entered for Sunday’s 36th running of the one mile, $870,000 February Stakes (G1) on dirt at Tokyo Racecourse, the first automatic qualifier for this year’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) to be awarded through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series.
- February 8, 2019
Dora Delgado, Drew Fleming and Justin McDonald Promoted