The words “bred for the grass” certainly applied to British-bred Intercontinental, as she made every lifetime start on turf. Her career began with a debut win at 6 1/2 furlongs in France and culminated in a stunning 1 1/4 mile victory over the defending Filly & Mare Turf Champion at Belmont Park.
After nine starts and four wins in France, Intercontinental was trained by Bobby Frankel in the U.S. He raced her exclusively in graded stakes leading up to the Breeders’ Cup, winning four of them, but as race day approached there was an interesting turn of events. Regular rider Jerry Bailey opted to ride 2004 winner Ouija Board and Frankel chose young Rafael Bejarano to replace him. Bejarano “stole” the race with a crafty ride, setting a slow pace up front. Intercontinental shook loose around the final turn and held off Ouija Board by 1 1/4 lengths at the wire, capping a brilliant career of 13 victories in 22 starts.