Talismanic (GB)

  • Jockey
    Mickael Barzalona
  • Trainer
    Andre Fabre
  • Owner
    Godolphin Stable Lessee
  • Breeder
  • Sire
    Medaglia d'Oro
  • Dam
    Magic Mission (GB)

Godolphin’s Talismanic (GB) ($30.20) reached the front in deep stretch to prevail by a half-length over Beach Patrol with defending champion Highland Reel (IRE) another neck back in third in the 34th running of the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) for 3-year-olds and up on Breeders’ Cup Saturday at Del Mar racetrack.

Trained by Andre Fabre and ridden by Mickael Barzalona, Talismanic covered the 1 ½ miles on a firm turf course in a course-record 2:26.19. Talismanic, a 4-year-old son of Medaglia’Oro posted, his first Grade 1 victory in the Turf.

The victory for Barzalona came on his initial Breeders’ Cup mount. For Fabre, it was his fifth Breeders’ Cup victory and second in the Turf, having won with In the Wings at Belmont Park in 1990.

Oscar Performance, winner of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), set the pace with Beach Patrol and Highland Reel tracking him all the way around with positions unchanged until upper stretch. There, Oscar Performance dropped back and Talismanic split horses to surge to the front.

Joe Osborne, Godolphin Chief Executive, commented on the firm course conditions at Del Mar: “Yes, it certainly helps. He's by Medaglia d'Oro, so you have to figure Medaglia d'Oro would do well over here, so that certainly was a factor. But I know Andre (Fabre) has always regarded this horse quite highly. So, yeah, I think we're certainly more concerned about fast ground. You could see today, he loved it.”

“Right I can’t believe it. I am thrilled to have won my first Breeders’ Cup race,” said an elated Barzalona. “I expected the horse to run well, but I’m not sure I thought I would win. Mr. Fabre is a great trainer.”

Trainer Andre Fabre offered a final tribute to his star: "Talismanic was a wonderful horse to train—he showed a great attitude at home and at the races, he was extremely sound, and he performed at a high level at 3, 4, and 5. His win in the Breeders' Cup Turf epitomized what we are looking for in the modern racehorse—soundness of body, soundness of mind, and an adaptability to different tracks and conditions at the highest level."

Previous Races

November 03, 2018Longines Breeders' Cup TurfCHURCHILL DOWNS16
October 07, 2018Qatar Prix de l'Arc de TriompheLONGCHAMP113
September 16, 2018Qatar Prix FoyLONGCHAMP22
August 15, 2018Prix Gontaut-Biron Hong Kong Jockey ClubDEAUVILLE31
March 31, 2018Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates AirlineMEYDAN RACECOURSE19
March 06, 2018Prix DarshaanCHANTILLY 1
December 10, 2017Longines Hong Kong VaseSHA TIN12
November 04, 2017Longines Breeders' Cup TurfDEL MAR11
September 10, 2017Qatar Prix FoyCHANTILLY23
July 14, 2017Prix Maurice de NieuilSAINT CLOUD21
June 04, 2017Grand Prix de ChantillyCHANTILLY22
May 08, 2017Prix d'HedouvilleSAINT CLOUD32
April 18, 2017Prix Lord SeymourMAISONS-LAFFITTE 1
March 28, 2017Prix de la Porte de MadridSAINT CLOUD 2
October 02, 2016Qatar Prix de l'Arc de TriompheCHANTILLY111
September 14, 2016Prix TurenneSAINT CLOUD 1
July 14, 2016Juddmonte Grand Prix de ParisSAINT CLOUD15
June 05, 2016Prix du Jockey ClubCHANTILLY14
May 23, 2016Prix de l'AvreSAINT CLOUD 1
March 12, 2016Prix Maurice CaillaultSAINT CLOUD 2
October 01, 2015Prix des FrondaisonsCOMPIEGNE 1
September 04, 2015Prix de MalesherbesFONTAINEBLEAU 2
July 30, 2015Prix de TancarvilleDEAUVILLE 5