MONDIALISTE (IRE), SUEDOIS (FR) GIVE O’MEARA DOUBLE SHOT IN SHADWELL TURF MILE

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LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 6, 2017) - Trainer David O’Meara was on the scene at Keeneland Friday morning to oversee the activity of his two entrants in Saturday’s $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), Mondialiste (IRE) and Suedois (FR), as they trained overKeeneland’s all-weather training track. 

For O’Meara, who arrived from Europe Thursday night, the trip to Keeneland is his third for Mondialiste in three years. 

“He ran very well at Woodbine (in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile Sept. 16) and it made sense to come here,” O’Meara said of Mondialiste, who finished fourth in the race. “The Shadwell is a valuable race and a good option for him.” 

Owned by Geoff and Sandra Turnbull, Mondialiste finished second to Tepin in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Keeneland and was fourth in last year’s Shadwell, closing late to be beaten only 1½ lengths. 

“He ran a strong race in the Breeders’ Cup but he couldn’t get clear until late,” O’Meara said of Mondialiste who finished 2¼ lengths in back of Tepin in that race. Feargal Lynch will ride Saturday. George Turner and Clipper Logistics’ Suedois won the Solonaway Boomerang (G2) at Leopardstown in Ireland in his most recent start on Sept. 9. Danny Tudhope, who has ridden Suedois in his past starts, has the mount Saturday. 

“We had options to run in Europe, but it was the value of the race,” O’Meara said of the decision to come to Keeneland. 

The Shadwell Turf Mile is a “Win and You’re In” race for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) Nov. 4 at Del Mar.  Mondialiste was 12th in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) last year at Santa Anita. Is a third Breeders’ Cup trip in the works for Mondialiste?

 “Let’s get through this weekend first,” O’Meara said.

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