LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 7, 2017) – George Turner and Clipper Logistics’ Suedois (FR) caught front-running Heart to Heart in deep stretch to prevail by a half-length and win the 32nd running of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) before a Saturday afternoon crowd of 28,763, the second- largest Fall Stars Saturday on record.
The day featured five graded stakes worth $2.35 million, including four Breeders’ Cup Challenge stakes in which winners earned an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 3-4 at Del Mar. On-track wagering of $1,770,894 was up 4.5 percent, while all-sources wagering of $13,866,571 was the third-highest Fall Meet single-day handle.
Trained by David O’Meara and ridden by Danny Tudhope, Shadwell Turf Mile winner Suedois earned a berth in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) to be run Nov. 4 at Del Mar. He was one of four winners Saturday afternoon to secure trips to California.
Other Win and You’re In victors were Empyrean Stables’ Zipessa in the $400,000 First Lady (G1), Albaugh Family Stables’ Free Drop Billy in the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) for 2-year-olds and Carl R. Moore Management’s Finley’sluckycharm in the $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2).
Also securing a graded stakes win Saturday afternoon was Ironhorse Racing’s Bucchero who scored a 1¾-length victory in the $200,000 Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select (G2), rewarding his backers with a $55.20 win payoff.
In the Shadwell Turf Mile, Heart to Heart shot to the lead and led the field of 14 through fractions of :23.96, :48.17 while under pressure from longshot Applicator.
On the far turn, Heart to Heart shook off his early challengers only to be confronted by defending champion Miss Temple City and Ballagh Rocks with jockey Danny Tudhope swinging Suedois to the outside just behind Ballagh Rocks for clear running.
Heart to Heart dug in and repulsed all rivals until the final 50 yards when Suedois surged past to complete the mile on a firm turf course in 1:35.94.
A 6-year-old French-bred gelding, Suedois is a son of Le Havre (IRE) out of the Singspiel (IRE) mare Cup Cake (IRE). The victory was worth $600,000 and increased Suedois’ earnings to $1,366,012 with a record of 32-8-8-7.
Suedois returned $21.40, $8.60, $6.40. Heart to Heart, who finished second in a Keeneland Grade 1 race for the third time, returned $4 and $3.40 as the favorite under Florent Geroux. Ballagh Rocks, ridden by Jose Lezcano, was another head back in third and returned $4.40 to show.
Divisidero was another 1¾ lengths back in fourth and was followed in order by Mondialiste (IRE), Miss Temple City, Offering Plan, Le Ken (ARG), Flatlined, American Patriot, Christian C, Applicator, Tyler U and Dimension (GB).
Zipessa Upsets First Lady Field
In the First Lady, Zipessa collared the pace-setting Hawksmoor (IRE) at the eighth pole and drew clear to win by 1½ lengths for her first victory in 15 months and first Grade 1 triumph.
With the triumph, Zipessa earned a berth in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) to be run Nov. 4 at Del Mar.
The victory was the first in the race for trainer Mike Stidham and jockey Joe Bravo.
Hawksmoor assumed the lead quickly after the start under five-time race winner Julien Leparoux and led the field through fractions of :24.59, :49.19 and 1:14.30 with Zipessa in closest pursuit.
Hawksmoor maintained a daylight advantage into the stretch only to yield in the final eighth of a mile to Zipessa, who covered the mile on a firm turf course in 1:36.99.
The victory was worth $240,000 and increased Zipessa’s earnings to $783,550 with a record of 16-5-3-3.
A Keeneland sales graduate, Zipessa is a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of City Zip out of the Horse Chestnut (SAf) mare Precious Princess.
Zipessa returned $35.20, $12 and $4.80. Hawksmoor returned $6 and $3.80 and finished a neck in front of Roca Rojo (IRE) who paid $2.80 to show under Javier Castellano.
It was three-quarters of a length back to Dona Bruja (ARG) in fourth with Dickinson, One Liz and Delectation (GB) following in order.
Free Drop Billy Romps in Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity
In the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, favored Free Drop Billy took command at the head of the stretch and drew off to post a four-length victory over Bravazo and give trainer Dale Romans a fourth victory in the race and a second for the Albaugh Family Stables that won in 2015 with Brody’s Cause.
With the victory, Free Drop Billy earned a spot in the starting gate for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) to be run Nov. 4 at Del Mar.
Robby Albarado, who rode Wicked Style to victory in the 2007 Breeders’ Futurity, had Free Drop Billy in mid pack as longshot Ready Prospector led the field of 11 through fractions of :23.34, :47.11 and 1:12.66. On the turn, Bravazo briefly took over before being collared and passed by Free Drop Billy.
Free Drop Billy covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.43 over a fast main track.
Romans also won the race with Brody’s Cause, Dullahan in 2011 and Dawn of War in 2005.
The victory was worth $300,000 and increased Free Drop Billy’s earnings to $428,020 with a record of 4-2-2-0. A Keeneland Sales graduate, Free Drop Billy is a Kentucky-bred son of Union Rags out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Trensa.
Free Drop Billy returned $5, $3.80 and $2.80. Bravazo, ridden by Jon Court, returned $25.20 and $12.80 and finished 2½ lengths in front of Lone Sailor, who paid $8.80 to show under Florent Geroux.
Lionite finished another half-length back in fourth and was followed in order by Givemeaminit, Ezmosh, Crea’s Bklyn Law, Bourbon Resolution, Ready Prospector and Lone Rock. Ten City did not finish.
Finley’sluckycharm Delivers as Odds-On Favorite in Thoroughbred Club of America
In the Thoroughbred Club of America, Finley’sluckycharm overhauled True Romance in deep stretch and drew away for a 1¾-length victory over Chalon to capture her third graded stakes victory.
The victory gave trainer Bret Calhoun his second triumph in the race having previously scored with Dubai Majesty in 2010. Brian Hernandez Jr. was the winning rider.
With the victory, Finley’sluckycharm earned a fees-paid berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) on Nov. 4 at Del Mar.
A Keeneland sales graduate, Finley’sluckycharm covered the 6 furlongs on a fast main track in 1:10.01.
Vertical Oak sparred with Chalon and True Romance for the early lead with Finley’sluckycharm tracking in fourth. Leaving the far turn, True Romance opened a daylight advantage on Chalon but Hernandez had Finley’sluckycharm in the clear and with dead aim at the leader, eventually wearing down that rival.
A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Twirling Candy out of the Victory Gallop mare Day of Victory, Finley’sluckycharm won for the ninth time in 12 starts and increased her earnings to $593,368 with Saturday’s $150,000 check.
Finley’sluckycharm returned $3.60, $2.80 and $2.20. Chalon, ridden by Paco Lopez, returned $8.60 and $5.40 in finishing three-quarters of a length in front of True Romance, who paid $8 to show under Joe Bravo.
It was another two lengths back to Bendable in fourth with I’m a Looker, Grace’s Treasure and Vertical Oak following in order. Ivy Bell was a late scratch.
Bucchero Springs 26-1 Shocker in Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select
In the Woodford, Bucchero roared past the pace-setting Latent Revenge inside the eighth pole en route to posting a 1¾-length victory over Hogy.
Trained by Tim Glyshaw and ridden by Fernando De La Cruz, Bucchero covered the 5½ furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:03.06. It was the first Keeneland stakes victory for Glyshaw and De La Cruz and the first graded stakes victory for Bucchero.
Latent Revenge opened a daylight margin in the field of nine, posting fractions of :22.13 and :44.97 with Bucchero in closest pursuit. In the stretch, Bucchero gradually sliced into the margin, took over inside the eighth pole and had more than enough left to hold off Hogy.
The victory was worth $120,000 and increased Bucchero’s earnings to $638,366 with a record of 22-9-6-1. Bucchero is a 5-year-old Indiana-bred son of Kantharos out of the General Meeting mare Meetmeontime. Bucchero finished 11th in last year’s Woodford.
Bucchero returned $55.20, $17.20 and $7.40. Hogy, ridden by Florent Geroux, returned $4.20 and $2.80 with defending champion Mongolian Saturday finishing another half-length back in third and returning $3.60 to show under Javier Castellano.
It was another 1½ lengths back to Conquest Panthera, who was followed in order by Latent Revenge, favored Commend, Balandeen, Mongol Bull and Indy Hill.
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