Mucho Unusual A California Bred Gem
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By Emily Shields for TVG
The $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) has a wealth of phenomenal entrants, with 2018 heroine Sistercharlie one of four from the Chad Brown outfit, and four Group 1 runners from overseas adding depth to the field. Ignored at 30-1 on the morning line is #8 Mucho Unusual, a California-bred who scored in Grade 1 company last out.
With five wins, three seconds, and four thirds in 15 starts and earnings over $700,000, Mucho Unusual has been a model of game consistency her entire career. She will try to follow in the footsteps of other California-bred Breeders’ Cup winners, such as California Flag, Dancing in Silks, and the mighty Tiznow.
George Krikorian’s daughter of 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man was a Grade 2 winner last year, and missed by just a half-length in the Grade 1 American Oaks. She ran third three times this year, beaten a length, a length and a quarter, and a half-length, before going to the lead and scoring in the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive at Santa Anita last out. She defeated fellow Breeders’ Cup entrant Lady Prancealot that day, while another rival, Maxim Rate, came back to win a Grade 2 at the end of the meet.
She will face some tough company, starting with Harvey’s Lil Goil just to her outside. The daughter of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah became the sire’s first Grade 1 winner when she took the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup over this Keeneland course on October 10. Bill Mott trains.
Chad Brown’s four runners include not only Sistercharlie but also Rushing Fall, who has won five of six on this track including three Grade 1 events. She is the horse to beat after taking the Grade 1 Diana at Saratoga last out. Javier Castellano will ride.
As for the International invaders, Cayenne Pepper is a daughter of Epsom Derby hero Australia. She’s a consistent type with a Group 2 win over ten furlongs last out at the Curragh. Terebellum is a four-year-old with only eight starts; she will show some speed and gets Franke Dettori aboard She was beaten just a head in a Royal Ascot Grade 1 race beind Circus Maximus, who is in the Mile. The Aidan O’Brien trained Peaceful won the Irish 1000 Guineas (G1) earlier in the season, and prefers the firm ground that Keeneland will offer. Audarya rounds them out; her sire Wootton Bassett has had a phenomenal year all around the world, and she won two of her last three starts.
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