Limato, who has run worse than second only once in 13 lifetime starts, is heading into the Breeders’ Cup Mile in fine form after easily annexing the G1 Qatar Prix de la Foret at Chantilly in France Oct. 2.
The 4-year-old Irish-bred gelding has a stellar record of eight wins — six in black-type events — from 13 starts, with four seconds. The only race where he wasn’t first or second was a fourth-place finish, beaten just two and a half lengths, in the G1 Lockinge Stakes at Newberry in May this year.
Limato’s Group 1 victories came in this year’s six-furlong G1 Darley July Cup and seven-furlong G1 Qatar Prix de la Foret, but his trainer Henry Candy thinks the Breeders’ Cup Mile is a safer bet than the six-and-a-half furlong distance of the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita.
“I feel the sprint is the easier race, but heading down that hill and round the corner — if he has one of his dozy moments in the [starting gate] stalls, which he hasn’t had yet, it shall be game over,” said Candy. “He will certainly get a mile on a flat track.”
The gelding’s other stakes victories came last year in the G2 Saint Gobain Weber Park Stake and G3 Merribelle Stable Pavilion Stake. As a 2-year-old, he also captured two stakes with a four-for-four record on the season.
Limato, who was a $63,862 purchase at Doncaster Premier Yearling Sale in 2013, heads into the Breeders’ Cup with earnings of $1,358,546.