Girvin Gains Automatic Berth into Breeders' Cup Classic Following victory in Haskell at Monmouth Park
OCEANPORT, N.J. (July 30, 2017) – Brad Grady’s Girvin closed boldly on the outside to win the 1 1/8-mile, $1 million Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (G1) for 3-year-olds by a nose in 1:48.35 over McCracken on Sunday at Monmouth Park and became the third horse this year to earn an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is an international series of 81 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 this year for the first time at the Del Mar race track near San Diego on November 3-4.
Girvin ($20.40), a dark bay son of Tale of Ekati, ridden by Robby Albarado and trained by Joe Sharp, joins 4-year-old Gun Runner, the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) winner, and the 5-year-old Gold Dream (JPN), who captured the February Stakes at Tokyo Race Course, as the first three horses to earn an automatic berth in to the 1¼-mile $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic this year.
As a part of the benefits of the Challenge series, the Breeders’ Cup will pay the pre-entry and entry fees for Girvin start in the Classic. Breeders’ Cup is also providing a $10,000 travel allowance for all horses based outside of California to compete in this year’s Championships.
Girvin, sent away at 9-1 in the seven-horse field, won his fourth race in seven career starts, which included victories in the Risen Star Stakes (G2) and the Louisiana Derby (G1). Girvin finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby at odds of 22-1. He returned to the races on June 24 and finished second in the Ohio Derby (G2) at Thistledown. Girvin was bred in Kentucky by Bob Austin and John Witte.
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