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2013 Breeders' Cup Turf: The Fugue chasing history

The Fugue Irish 615 X 400
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
 
Great Britain bred The Fugue has options. The talented 4-year old daughter of Dansili can either try to improve on her 3rd place finish in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare turf, or she can continue to face the boys and run in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. She has won a “Win and You’re In” challenge race for both and could go in either spot. Where she lands will remain a mystery for now, though trainer John Gosden has said that she will pre-entered in both, with preference to the mile and a half Turf.
 
 
Before the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf event was created in 1999, female turf distance runners only had the option of running with the boys in the Turf. Between the creation of the Breeders’ Cup World Championship races in 1984 and the addition of the F&M Turf in 1999, two fillies were able to beat the boys to the wire in the mile and half event. Both fillies won the Turf en route to being named Champion Female Turf Horse and to this day remain the only two to accomplish that feat. A win by The Fugue would put her in some pretty elite company, but she has already proven that she has the talent and drive to be something special.
 
 
As good as British bred Pebbles was during her two and three-year old seasons, it wasn’t until her 4-year old season that she really began to shine. She won the inaugural running of the Group 2 Trusthouse Forte Mile, the Group 1 Dubai Champion Stakes, and the Group 1 Coral Eclipse Stakes, the only filly or mare to ever win that event since its inception in 1886. She also added a second place finish in the Group 2 Prince of Wales’s Stakes. Trainer Clive Brittain then decided to ship his star filly to New York to make her final career start in the second running of the Breeders’ Cup Turf, held at Aqueduct in 1985.
 
 
Pebbles was sent off as the 11/5 favorite in a talented field that included the 1987 winner of the race Theatrical. Jockey Pat Eddery settled the chestnut filly in at the back of the field in the early stages of the race. As the field entered the final turn, the duo began moving up on the inside, getting up to within striking distance but stuck on the rail. Luck was with her that day, though, for as the field turned for home, the rail opened up and she exploded through on the inside to take the lead.
 
 
Even though it was her first attempt at 12 furlongs, the gallant Pebbles had enough left in the tank to hold off the late charge of the 1983 Australian Horse of the Year Strawberry Road. Her final time of 2.27 set a new course record for Aqueduct, a record that stands to this day. Her victory was the first by a British horse in the Breeders’ Cup races, the first for a filly or mare in the Turf, and earned her the Eclipse for American Female Turf Horse for 1985. She was also named British Horse of the Year, Timeform Horse of the Year, and European Champion that year.
 
 

 

 
 
Six years later Miss Alleged became the second filly to win the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Turf race. The bay daughter of Alleged did not make her first career start until her 3-year old season, but she quickly made up for lost time by rattling off three straight wins, included two graded stakes wins. In 1991, it looked as though the talented filly may have lost a step or two. She went winless in her first six starts of the year, but when she needed a win most, she got one.
 
 
Under jockey Eric Legrix, Miss Alleged stalked the early pace down toward the inside. For the stretch drive, Legrix pulled the filly toward the center of the course and set her down to catch the gray Itsallgreektome. Gobbling up ground quickly, Miss Alleged caught the late leader and pulled away to win by about a length as the 42-1 outsider. Miss Alleged stayed in the U.S. for the remainder of her career. She added a win in the 1991 Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes, again out-finishing Itsallgreektome, before going winless in her last season. For her two wins over males at 12 furlongs, Miss Alleged was named the 1991 Champion Female Turf Horse.
 
 
 
 
A win by The Fugue in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf would make her just the third filly to ever accomplish the feat. Unlike Pebbles, The Fugue has the advantage of having already tried and succeeded at the 12 furlong distance, and she’s familiar with the Santa Anita course. She actually ran quite a race last year in the Filly & Mare Turf. She was down on the rail for most of the early running and was kept trapped there on the turn and into the stretch. After literally running up the heels of the horses in front of her, she finally found some room to run, but it was too little, too late. A better trip and the additional quarter mile of the Turf will do her a world of good this year.
 
 
 

 

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Amino- What more do I need? It was a simple comment....
Thought i was done dwn the backside,1 was 6 wide and the other was screaming for room.Incredible ride by North of the border star.Filly was not bad either. Do not know how she will handle the dirt.She is one serious filly on turf and carpet.Very impressive.Check out my post to Laz above on the Champagne.
Sinead >> you've got to stop *jumping in at the 1/4 pole* with chalks on these Pick-whatevers, congrats :)
Snoop, At Bluegrass. Need 7 or 12 for taste of Shangrila in race #9
seriously considering supplement into the BC sprint if you give ok. W were going toalso claim one out of the 4th.Rudolfo did not sign off.
Half the field was claimed, must have been a strong heat. 35K ponys running for 50K pots, is NY a great venue or what? Always tough to improve on Jacobsen’s *feeding program*, but you and Rudy *can do*. A change from Cohen to Studart next? >> Good luck, Floridaf
I took a hard look at Reload, too, amino, but ended up passing. I liked Sum of the Parts, too, but I had to stick with my guy Go Blue Or Go Home.
Blabs.Rudolfo just claimed 6th race Belmont winner Don Tito for us. Vyjack now has a roommate.
Reload @ 10-1 is interesting.
I like Go Blue Or Go Home, but the Phoenix is so competitive that you might as well throw a dart at it.
Very very nice take EP, but is that all you *got*?
NothingCompares2U >> Too bad Gameday Spanking is scratched in the next, maybe Go Blue Or Go Home is your hunch play in the Phoenix :)
Very very nice mare. Should win thr turf!
Snoop,just nailed Luis "the dossage buzz boy " Saez. In the land of Bluegrass(5-1) 40% handicapping 60% playing my boy.
They are all crap shoots Blabs. Give me a nice MSW with good info(sorry Vic) and i am content.Who needs race where 60 % of the field has a shot to win.To hard to make money there
No, Wrecking Ball, participates. Indy Point, for example, was more than 2 seconds faster last week, albeit off faster fractions, and one wouldn’t think the course now could be much, if any, faster than it was last year.
Blabs does showing up = wins ?
Points well taken, tm >> As much as I like The Fugue, she did save every inch of ground before being boxed in and the winner WAS Zagora. She does seem even better this year, hope she shows up.
I will watch the BC replay.Again thanks,but like i said before.Unless i have an extremely strong opinion(which seems like every race) just kidding. I will more than likely spread around and seeking the badboys or badgirls running. To many horses can win these races due to their quality.Like you said of The Fugue last year,got pinned inside.Can never anticipate the bad trip.Usually that is the #1 factor most horses lose.Other than they are not fast enough.
With the exception of 5th place finisher Euphrasia, they're all Group 1 winners, and Al Kazeem is very highly regarded. Earlier in the year, he beat The Fugue in the G1 Prince of Wales's (10 furlongs) and the G1 Coral-Eclipse (10 furlongs), but she finally turned the tables on him in the G1 Irish Champion Stakes (above video). A larger field shouldn't be a problem, as she's faced larger fields before. She ran really well in last year's BC F&M Turf (there's a video in my blog), but she got trapped down on the rail. When she finally got free, she finished very well to miss the win by only 1 1/4-lengths.

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