HALL OF CHAMPIONS

Mongolian Saturday

  • Jockey
    Florent Geroux
  • Trainer
    Enebish Ganbat
  • Owner
    Mongolian Stable
  • Breeder
    Normandy Farm
  • Sire
    Any Given Saturday
  • Dam
    Miss Hot Salsa

Mongolian Saturday gave the Breeders’ Cup another true international showcase. The Turf Sprint was the 10th start of the year for the 5-year-old gelding by Any Given Saturday, the first Breeders' Cup starter owned by connections from the nation of Mongolia. He had raced in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Illinois and, in the fall, Kentucky. While winning just two optional claiming races during the year, he turned in a sharp effort in the five-furlong Turf Monster Stakes at Parx in September, beaten just a nose. He ran second in the off the turf 5 ½ furlong Woodford Stakes (G3) at Keeneland on October 3. Trainer Ganbat Enebish had his 16-1 shot ready for the Turf Sprint. Breaking from the extreme outside post position in a 14-horse field, jockey Florent Geroux skillfully guided Mongolian Saturday out of the gate and down to a prominent position off the rail behind pacesetter Ready for Rye through the far turn. Now angling to the outside Ready for Rye, Mongolian Saturday surged to a two-length lead in mid-stretch. Geroux urged Mongolian Saturday to give all he had approaching the wire, and got him home first by neck over the fast-closing Lady Shipman. It was the first grade one win for Mongolian Saturday, and he completed the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.49 over a good turf course. “I was able to save some ground at the three-eighths pole, and when I asked him turning for home, he gave me a good kick and showed me how much heart he has,” said Geroux. “He was very professional.” Mongolian Saturday paid $33.80 in winning the Turf Sprint, the highest price of any winner in the 2015 World Championships. It was his seventh career win in 33 starts. “Being a Mongolian, this is a big dream just to participate in this big event,” said Ganbat. “I was expecting him to run well; he’s been doing very, very well. We came here to win a Breeders’ Cup, and we did.”

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
April 29, 2018San Simeon S.SANTA ANITA PARK36
February 19, 2018Lost in the Fog S.GOLDEN GATE FIELDS 8
February 03, 2018Palos Verdes S.SANTA ANITA PARK24
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 04, 2017Breeders' Cup Turf SprintDEL MAR112
October 07, 2017Woodford S. Presented by Keeneland SelectKEENELAND23
September 04, 2017Turf Monster S.PARX RACING32
August 06, 2017Troy H.SARATOGA 5
July 08, 2017Parx Dash S.PARX RACING32
April 08, 2017Shakertown S.KEENELAND26
March 11, 2017Silks Run S.GULFSTREAM PARK 3
January 28, 2017Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint S.GULFSTREAM PARK 10
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 05, 2016Breeders' Cup Turf SprintSANTA ANITA PARK19
October 08, 2016Woodford S. Presented by Keeneland SelectKEENELAND31
July 09, 2016Darley July CupNEWMARKET111
June 14, 2016Kings Stand S.ASCOT19
May 01, 2016Chairman's Sprint PrizeSHA TIN19
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
December 13, 2015Longines Hong Kong SprintSHA TIN15
October 31, 2015TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Turf SprintKEENELAND11
October 03, 2015Woodford S. Presented by Keeneland SelectKEENELAND32
September 07, 2015Turf Monster H.PARX RACING32
August 20, 2015 ARLINGTON 1
August 01, 2015West Virginia Legislature Chairman's Cup S.MOUNTAINEER CASINO RACETRACK & RESORT 2
July 11, 2015Parx Dash H.PARX RACING32
June 17, 2015 THISTLEDOWN 2
March 14, 2015Silks Run S.GULFSTREAM PARK 3
February 12, 2015 GULFSTREAM PARK 1
January 30, 2015 GULFSTREAM PARK 3
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
December 27, 2014Mr. Prospector S.GULFSTREAM PARK33
December 06, 2014Canterbury S.GULFSTREAM PARK 4
November 16, 2014Kenny Noe Jr. S.GULFSTREAM PARK WEST 3
November 06, 2014 GULFSTREAM PARK WEST 1
October 17, 2014 HAWTHORNE 2
September 13, 2014Bold Venture S.WOODBINE310
August 02, 2014Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial S.MOUNTAINEER CASINO RACETRACK & RESORT 4
July 12, 2014Parx Dash H.PARX RACING37
May 24, 2014Hanshin Cup S.ARLINGTON38
April 12, 2014Potrero Grande S.SANTA ANITA PARK28
March 02, 2014Caixa Electronica S.GULFSTREAM PARK 3
February 15, 2014 CALDER RACE COURSE 1
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
October 05, 2013Hawthorne DerbyHAWTHORNE37
September 21, 2013Researcher S.HOLLYWOOD CASINO AT CHARLES TOWN RACES 2
September 08, 2013Presque Isle Mile S.PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS 5
August 17, 2013Straight Line S.ARLINGTON 2
July 27, 2013Ohio DerbyTHISTLEDOWN33
July 13, 2013American DerbyARLINGTON39
June 29, 2013 ARLINGTON 1
May 21, 2013 INDIANA GRAND RACE COURSE 5
May 05, 2013 ARLINGTON 1