La Validada Noses Out Stablemate Summer Rae to Win Gran Premio Criadores in Argentina and Gains Free Berth into Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (May 1, 2022) ― Buenos Muchachos’ 4-year-old filly La Validada (ARG) nosed out stablemate Summer Rae (ARG) to win Sunday’s 1 ¼-mile Gran Premio Criadores (G1) on dirt at Hipodromo de Palermo. With this victory, La Validada becomes the first horse this year to earn an automatic starting position into the US$2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.
Both La Validada and Summer Rae are trained by Juan Saldivia.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series is an international series of 82 stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions and fees paid into a corresponding race of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which is scheduled to be held at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky on Nov. 4-5.
Following the late scratch of favorite Verde Pipian, 11 fillies and mares broke from the gate in the Gran Premio Criadores. La Validada (15-1), ridden by Gustavo Calvente, tracked behind pacesetter Pura Verdad (ARG) and Son de La Negra (ARG) through the first half-mile. Summer Rae, saving ground throughout, inched up along the rail at the end of the backstretch and took the lead on the turn for home with Emirit Craf (ARG) in close pursuit. At about the same time, Calvente swung La Validada extremely wide into the stretch and began a furious drive to the wire. In the final yards, La Validada surged past Emerit Craf and bested Summer Rae at the line.
A chestnut daughter of Valid Stripes (ARG) out of the Thunder Gulch mare La Subordinada (ARG), La Validada completed the 1 ¼ miles in 2:00.54.
La Validada earned her fifth win in 11 starts, with all of her victories contested on dirt. She went off as the favorite in her first two races this year, both on turf at San Isidro, finishing fourth in the 1 ¼-mile Clasico Los Haras (G2) and fifth in the 1 1/8-mile Pasaena Stakes (G2) on April 9. Last year, she scored back-to-back wins capturing a 1-mile allowance in June and then the 1-mile Ines Victoria Roca Stakes (G3) on Aug. 14.
As a part of the benefits of the Challenge Series, Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees of La Validada to start in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Breeders’ Cup will also provide a US$40,000 travel allowance for all starters based outside of North America to compete in the World Championships. The Challenge winner must be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by the pre-entry deadline of Oct. 24 to receive the rewards.
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