Winner of Sunday’s Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella in Chile Earns Automatic Berth into FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile
SANTIAGO, CHILE (April 30, 2021) ― Led by multiple Group stakes winners Keltoi (CHI) and Toplucky (CHI), a field of 13 has been entered for Sunday’s 1 ¼-mile Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella (G1) on the turf at Club Hipico de Santiago. The winner of the Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella will receive an automatic starting position into this year’s $2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (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 of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which is scheduled to be held at Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, California on Nov. 5-6.
Sunday’s race is the third of four 2021 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races to be held in South America. (See schedule below).
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 FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile on the Del Mar turf course. 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 4-year-old Keltoi, owned by Scotland and trained by Domingo Matte, has won his last two starts, both Group 2 races at Club Hipico. A dark bay or brown son of 2012 Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old male Shanghai Bobby, Keltoi captured the 1 ¼-mile Verano Arturo Cousino by 2 ¾ lengths over Don Fanucci (CHI) on March 1. One month later, Keltoi was sent away as the 8-5 favorite in the 1 ¼-mile Otono-Pedro Garcia de la Huerta, and prevailed again over Don Fanucci, who was a half-length ahead of Toplucky in third. Keltoi will be shooting for his second Group 1 score since winning the Gran Criterium Mauricio Serrano Palma at Hipodromo Chile in 2019. Keltoi will be ridden by Luis Torres.
The 5-year-old Toplucky is another runner sired by an American champion, Lookin At Lucky, who won Eclipse Awards for 2-year-old male and 3-year-old male. Top Lucky, owned by Quinchao and trained by Patricio Baeza, has 11 wins in 33 starts, which includes five Group stakes triumphs. On Nov. 1 last year, he captured the 1 1 /4-mile Club Hipico Santiago (G1) by a half-length. Since then, he has won two more races, taking the 1 ½-mile Group 3 La Copa at Club Hipico by 2 ¼ lengths, and the listed 1 ¼-mile Clasico Luis Aldunate Carrera on Jan. 29, wearing down Keltoi in the final yards to prevail by a head.
Maxi Piccolino (CHI) is a 3-year-old chestnut colt who has two Eclipse Award winners in his pedigree. Owned by El Mero Mero and trained by Sergio Montana, Maxi Piccolino, is a son of 2-year-old champion Midshipman out of Pura Dinamita (CHI) by 2-year-old champion Stevie Wonderboy. Maxi Piccolino won the 1 ½-mile Gran Clasico Coronacion Pablo Baraona (G2) at Club Hipico by a length on March 12 in his most recent start. One race prior to that, Maxi Piccolino finished third in the Group 1 El Derby at Valparaiso Sporting Club on Feb 7. He will be ridden by Jorge Guajardo.
Stud Don Alberto’s La Poetisa, a Kentucky homebred, is the only female in the Falabella. A 3-year-old dark bay or brown daughter of Empire Maker, La Poetisa won the Group 1, 1 ¼-mile Las Oaks by 3 ¼ lengths at Club Hipico on Dec. 27. She took on the colts in El Derby on Feb. 7 as the 4-1 favorite, but wound up second, beaten 4 lengths. In her most recent start, she finished fifth in the Verano Arturo Cousino. La Poetisa is trained by Galindo Rojas and will be ridden by Jorge Gonzalez.
Don Mario’s Succeso (CHI) has two wins in six starts, including a 2-length score in the 1 ½-mile Copa Juan S. Jackson (G2) on Jan. 3 at Valparaiso. After an eighth-place finish in El Derby, Succeso, trained by Patricio Baeza, rebounded with a third-place finish, beaten just a length, in the Gran Clasico Coronacion Pablo Baraona. Succeso will be ridden by Jaime Medina.
Don Mario also owns Don Fanucci, who will be making his 38th start on Sunday. A gray/roan son of Mastercraftsman, Don Fanucci won a 1-mile race at Valparaiso on Jan. 13 followed by his two second-place finishes to Keltoi in the Verano Arturo Cousino and the Otono-Pedro Garcia de la Huerta for trainer Ximeno Urenda. Rafael Cisternas has the mount.
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).
The Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella (G1) follows Saturday’s Gran Premio Criadores (G1) at Palermo Racecourse in Buenos Aires, with the winner gaining a free berth into the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (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:
ABOUT BREEDERS’ CUP
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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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