In Love (BRZ)
FanDuel Mile presented by PDJF Division
Jockey (from last start)
BreederFazenda Mondesir / Stud Rio Dois Irmaos
SireAgnes Gold (JPN)
DamLast Bet (BRZ)
Bonne Chance Farm’s In Love (BRZ) arrived in the United States with only five races to his name in his native Brazil. His timing was tricky. With the COVID-19 pandemic raging around the globe, the race calendar in North America had been upended. Despite the hurdles, the gelding managed to get off two starts in allowance company in September and October for trainer Paolo Lobo, and the stage was set for a brighter 2021.
His first two starts of the year came at Keeneland and Churchill Downs, again in allowance company. His third start was a larger step up in the Wise Dan Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs in which a slow start and a wide trip kept him toward the back of the field.
A trip to Arlington International Race Course proved to be exactly what the gelding needed, and he took home his first U.S. victory by a neck going a mile on the turf. That race was enough to convince connections that the gelding could try his hand at one of the split divisions of the TVG Stakes at Kentucky Downs going a mile and 70 yards.
It was in the TVG Stakes that In Love showed an impressive turn of foot and stayed sharp throughout the race, picking off his foes to win by a clear 2 1/4 lengths. The victory was the gelding’s first stakes win, as he placed third and fourth respectively in Brazil when contesting the Eduardo Casey (G2) and Nacional (G1).
Bred in Brazil by Fazenda Mondesir and Stud Rio Dois Irmaos, In Love is a son of the Group 1 winner Agnes Gold (JPN) and a grandson of Sunday Silence. Agnes Gold also is represented in the U.S. by another Bonne Chance/Stud RDI runner in Ivar (BRZ) who, like In Love, is a contender for the 2021 FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile presented by PDJF (G1).
Sunday Silence brings plenty of Breeders’ Cup prowess to In Love’s pedigree. A six-time Grade 1 winner whose victories included two American classic races and the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), Sunday Silence’s time at stud in Japan helped define generations of top-level runners in the country and around the world.
In Love’s penchant for turf, however, could stem from his mother’s side of the family. Last Bet (BRZ), herself, was a Group 1 winner and had a daughter, Last Kiss (BRZ), who was a Group 1 winner in Brazil. His maternal grandfather, Know Heights (IRE), earned several stakes wins on the turf in Europe and in the United States for trainer Bob Hess Jr.
|October 09, 2021||Keeneland Turf Mile S.||KEENELAND||1||1|
|September 08, 2021||TVG S.||KENTUCKY DOWNS||1|
|July 25, 2021||ARLINGTON||1|
|June 26, 2021||Wise Dan S.||CHURCHILL DOWNS||2||8|
|May 23, 2021||CHURCHILL DOWNS||2|
|April 10, 2021||KEENELAND||4|
|November 09, 2019||Nacional||HIPODROMO ARGENTINO DE PALERMO||1||4|
|October 14, 2019||Eduardo Casey||HIPODROMO ARGENTINO DE PALERMO||2||3|
|August 30, 2019||Fabulosa Adri (2do. Turno)||HIPODROMO ARGENTINO DE PALERMO||1|
|May 25, 2019||Kononkop 2016||SAN ISIDRO||12|
|April 24, 2019||Jose B. Zubiaurre||SAN ISIDRO||2|