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Sinfonia Fantastica (ARG) Wins Gran Premio Criadores in Argentina and Gains Automatic Berth Into Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff

(Edited release from Turf Diario)

BUENOS AIRES (May 2, 2018) – A good filly over turf, Sinfonía Fantástica (ARG) ran her best race ever on dirt to took the Group 1 Gran Premio Criadores (2000 meters) for fillies and mares, at Palermo Racecourse in Argentina on Monday, winning by three lengths under jockey Juan Carlos Noriega, and earning an automatic berth into the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1).

The Gran Premio Criadores was the first of five South American races to be run in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Challenge series.

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is an international series of 82 stakes races whose winners receive free berths and fees paid into a corresponding race of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held at Churchill Downs in Louisville on November 2-3.

As a part of the benefits of the Challenge series, the Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees for Sinfonia Fantastica to start in the 1 1/8 mile Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Breeders’ Cup will also provide a $40,000 travel allowance for all starters based outside of North America to compete in the World Championships. Sinfonia Fantastica is nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program.

Owned by Pablo Maggio and Oscar Albajari, the daughter of Cima de Triomphe made a powerful run over the long Palermo stretch to beat runner up Magica Stripes (ARG), giving trainer Roberto Pellegatta an amazing 1-2 finish. Pellegatta also trains US G1 winner Lord Grillo and G2 winner Critikola, dam of Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Lemons Forever, who is the dam of last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff winner and North American Older Dirt Female Champion Forever Unbridled.

Sinfonia Fantastica, away at odds of 10-1, improved her career record to five wins in 10 starts. She covered the 2000 meters in 2:00.10. Favored Halo Holiday (ARG) finished third in the 10 horse field.

"This filly is special and we always knew she would become a G1 winner,” said Pablo Maggio, who also bred the filly at her Haras Don Arcángel. “She was not at her best a month ago in the Gran Premio Gilberto) Lerena (G1) -Sinfonía Fantástica finished off the board, but now she was in an amazing form. We will think about the Distaff in the next month, but I think the best situation in making the trip will be to get an American owner who wants to live that dream with us."

Said jockey Noriega, "She did everything I asked. We got the inside part of the track the first part of the race, but when we found a nice place in the stretch to go ahead, I never doubted about the result.”

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