HALL OF CHAMPIONS

Talismanic (GB)

  • Jockey
    Mickael Barzalona
  • Trainer
    Andre Fabre
  • Owner
    Godolphin Stable Lessee
  • Breeder
    Darley
  • Sire
    Medaglia d'Oro
  • Dam
    Magic Mission (GB)

Godolphin’s Talismanic (GB) ($30.20) reached the front in deep stretch to prevail by a half-length over Beach Patrol with defending champion Highland Reel (IRE) another neck back in third in the 34th running of the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) for 3-year-olds and up on Breeders’ Cup Saturday at Del Mar racetrack.

Trained by Andre Fabre and ridden by Mickael Barzalona, Talismanic covered the 1 ½ miles on a firm turf course in a course-record 2:26.19. Talismanic, a 4-year-old son of Medaglia’Oro posted, his first Grade 1 victory in the Turf.

The victory for Barzalona came on his initial Breeders’ Cup mount. For Fabre, it was his fifth Breeders’ Cup victory and second in the Turf, having won with In the Wings at Belmont Park in 1990.

Oscar Performance, winner of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), set the pace with Beach Patrol and Highland Reel tracking him all the way around with positions unchanged until upper stretch. There, Oscar Performance dropped back and Talismanic split horses to surge to the front.

Joe Osborne, Godolphin Chief Executive, commented on the firm course conditions at Del Mar: “Yes, it certainly helps. He's by Medaglia d'Oro, so you have to figure Medaglia d'Oro would do well over here, so that certainly was a factor. But I know Andre (Fabre) has always regarded this horse quite highly. So, yeah, I think we're certainly more concerned about fast ground. You could see today, he loved it.”

“Right I can’t believe it. I am thrilled to have won my first Breeders’ Cup race,” said an elated Barzalona. “I expected the horse to run well, but I’m not sure I thought I would win. Mr. Fabre is a great trainer.”

Previous Races

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March 31, 2018Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates AirlineMEYDAN RACECOURSE19
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March 06, 2018Prix DarshaanCHANTILLY 1
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December 10, 2017Longines Hong Kong VaseSHA TIN12
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November 04, 2017Longines Breeders' Cup TurfDEL MAR11
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September 10, 2017Qatar Prix FoyCHANTILLY23
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July 14, 2017Prix Maurice de NieuilSAINT CLOUD21
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June 04, 2017Grand Prix de ChantillyCHANTILLY22
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May 08, 2017Prix d'HedouvilleSAINT CLOUD32
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April 18, 2017Prix Lord SeymourMAISONS-LAFFITTE 1
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March 28, 2017Prix de la Porte de MadridSAINT CLOUD 2
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October 02, 2016Qatar Prix de l'Arc de TriompheCHANTILLY111
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September 14, 2016Prix TurenneSAINT CLOUD 1
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July 14, 2016Juddmonte Grand Prix de ParisSAINT CLOUD15
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June 05, 2016Prix du Jockey ClubCHANTILLY14
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May 23, 2016Prix de l'AvreSAINT CLOUD 1
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March 12, 2016Prix Maurice CaillaultSAINT CLOUD 2
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October 01, 2015Prix des FrondaisonsCOMPIEGNE 1
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September 04, 2015Prix de MalesherbesFONTAINEBLEAU 2
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July 30, 2015Prix de TancarvilleDEAUVILLE 5