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

Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline
March 31, 2018
MEYDAN RACECOURSE
Grade 1
Finish 9
Prix Darshaan
March 06, 2018
CHANTILLY
Grade
Finish 1
Longines Hong Kong Vase
December 10, 2017
SHA TIN
Grade 1
Finish 2
Longines Breeders' Cup Turf
November 04, 2017
DEL MAR
Grade 1
Finish 1
Qatar Prix Foy
September 10, 2017
CHANTILLY
Grade 2
Finish 3
Prix Maurice de Nieuil
July 14, 2017
SAINT CLOUD
Grade 2
Finish 1
Grand Prix de Chantilly
June 04, 2017
CHANTILLY
Grade 2
Finish 2
Prix d'Hedouville
May 08, 2017
SAINT CLOUD
Grade 3
Finish 2
Prix Lord Seymour
April 18, 2017
MAISONS-LAFFITTE
Grade
Finish 1
Prix de la Porte de Madrid
March 28, 2017
SAINT CLOUD
Grade
Finish 2
Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
October 02, 2016
CHANTILLY
Grade 1
Finish 11
Prix Turenne
September 14, 2016
SAINT CLOUD
Grade
Finish 1
Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris
July 14, 2016
SAINT CLOUD
Grade 1
Finish 5
Prix du Jockey Club
June 05, 2016
CHANTILLY
Grade 1
Finish 4
Prix de l'Avre
May 23, 2016
SAINT CLOUD
Grade
Finish 1
Prix Maurice Caillault
March 12, 2016
SAINT CLOUD
Grade
Finish 2
Prix des Frondaisons
October 01, 2015
COMPIEGNE
Grade
Finish 1
Prix de Malesherbes
September 04, 2015
FONTAINEBLEAU
Grade
Finish 2
Prix de Tancarville
July 30, 2015
DEAUVILLE
Grade
Finish 5