Longines Turf Division
Jockey (from last start)
BreederJohn Little & Stephen Cainelli
SireDeclaration of War
Gufo moved from last to first to take the Resorts World Casino Sword Dancer Stakes (G1) in late August and a spot in the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), extending his streak of finishing in the top three in every one of his 12 career starts.
The Sword Dancer was the 4-year-old’s second Grade 1 victory: he previously triumphed in the 2020 Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes. His resume would have two more Grade 1s if photo finishes had gone his way. He was a nose away when he lost the 2021 Man o’ War Stakes to Channel Cat, and he was a neck away when a close third in the 2020 Hollywood Derby. The Hollywood Derby and the Saratoga Invitational Stakes, in which he finished second, were his only losses as a 3-year-old, and they both were handed to him by possible Breeders’ Cup Turf rival Domestic Spending.
Christophe Clement trains the chestnut colt for Otter Bend Stables. Last year, Gufo gave Clement his 2,000th career victory in an allowance optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park on March 27.
"I am delighted with this horse,” Clement said. “He is a top-class horse. He's always been a top-class horse. A mile-and-a-quarter, a mile-and-a-half, it really doesn't matter for him.”
Clement, the son of a successful French trainer, is known to be exceptional with grass horses. He won his American debut with Spectaculaire at Belmont Park on Oct. 20, 1991. His Breeders’ Cup record includes six second-place, including the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) with multiple champion Gio Ponti, and six third-place finishes. He also conditioned 2014 Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Tonalist.
Gufo is the son of Declaration of War, a Group 1 winner in Europe who finished third in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), his only stateside start and the final race of his career.
- September 1, 2021
On Aug. 28 at Saratoga Race Course, Gufo held off the late charge of Japan to post a victory in the $750,000, Grade 1 Resorts World Casino Sword Dancer Stakes to punch his ticket to the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf Nov. 6 at Del Mar.
- September 1, 2021
Despite giving her trainer a few anxious moments in the strides before the finish line, Letruska did in the $600,000 Personal Ensign Stakes Presented by Lia Infiniti what she has pretty much always done: go the lead and win yet another graded stakes.