Winner of Saturday's Gran Premio Criadores at Palermo in Argentina Gains Automatic Berth into Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff
BUENOS AIRES (April 29, 2021) ― Haras Pozo De Luna’s Blue Stripe (ARG) looms as the heavy favorite against 14 fillies and mares in Saturday’s (May 1) 1 ¼-mile Gran Premio Criadores (G1) on dirt at Palermo Racecourse (Hipodromo Argentino). The winner of the Gran Premio Criadores will receive the first automatic starting position into this year’s $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series is an international series of 84 stakes races whose winners receive free berths and fees paid into a corresponding race for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which is scheduled to be held at Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, Calif., on Nov. 5-6.
Saturday’s race is the second of four 2021 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races to be held in South America. (See schedule below)
Blue Stripe, a 3-year-old filly trained by Nicolas Martin Ferro, is a half sister to 2019 Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Blue Prize (ARG), and by the top sire Equal Stripes (ARG). Though lightly raced, she has won three of five starts, with all of her victories coming at Palermo, including two this year. Blue Stripe won the listed 1 ¼-mile Clasico Haras Argentinos on Feb. 5 by three-quarters of a length, but was even more impressive in her next race. Stepping into Group 2 company, Blue Stripe was sent off as the 8-5 favorite in the 1 ¼-mile Clasico Arturo R. and Arturo Bullrich Stakes on March 6. Tracking Miss Eder (ARG) most of the way, she overtook the pacesetter two furlongs from the wire and won by a widening 8 lengths. Blue Stripe will be ridden by Edouardo Pavon.
La Layenda’s 3-year-old Mahagonny (ARG), trained by Juan Saldivia and ridden by Juan Noriega, has been a consistent runner thus far with two wins, two seconds and a third-place finish. A bay daughter of Embrujado (ARG) out of the Afleet Alex mare Mira Vos, Mahagonny returns to the dirt surface after two solid performances on the turf. On April 3 at Palermo in the Gilberto Lerena – Copa Rally de Los Haras (G1), she battled for the lead down the stretch with Dona Gota (ARG) but was overtaken by Fanciful (ARG) at the wire, losing by one length. Prior to that start, Mahagonny won the 1 ¼-mile Andai at San Isidro.
Another daughter of Equal Stripes, Santa Emiliana’s 3-year-old filly Siempre En Mi Mente (ARG), won the 1-mile Clasico Paseana (G2) on April 10 at San Isidro. Also owned by Haras Pozo De Luna, Siempre En Mi Mente has also run well in two Group 1 races at Palermo for trainer Nicolas Martin Ferro. She finished second in the Polla de Pontrancas on Oct. 3, and followed up that performance with a third-place finish in the 1 ¼-mile Gran Premio Seleccion Copa on Oct. 30. Gabriel Bonasola has the mount.
Making her 17th career start, San Isidoro’s 4-year-old Joy Velika (ARG) is also coming off a strong effort in the Clasico Pasaena, closing in the stretch from 10th to finish second by a nose. A bay daughter of Fortify out of the Include mare La Biznaga (ARG), Joy Velika is trained by Enrique Martin Ferro whose son, Nicolas, trains Blue Stripe and Siempre En Mi Mente. She will be ridden by Rodrigo Blanco.
As a part of the benefits of the Challenge Series, the Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees for the winner of the Gran Premio Criadores to start in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Breeders’ Cup will also provide a $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. 25 to receive the rewards.
The international portion of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series began on Dec. 19 when the 3-year-old Cool Day (ARG) captured the Gran Premio International Carlos Pellegrini (G1) at San Isidro to gain the first automatic starting berth into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1).
Following the Gran Premio Criadores, the Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella (G1) will be run on Sunday, May 2. The winner of the Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella will gain a free berth into the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1). The Gran Premio Pamplona (G1) at Hipodromo de Monterrico in Lima, Peru, on June 26 will be the final South American Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series race this year. The race winner will earn a “Win and You’re In” starting position into the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1)
The South American races in the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series are:
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The 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Championship races, is scheduled to be held on November 5-6 at Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, California. The event will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media.
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