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2013 Breeders' Cup Turf: Who's Already In

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Thanks to the international appeal of the Breeders’ Cup Turf, it has more ‘Win and You’re In’ challenge races than any of the other thirteen championship races. The Turf challenge series began back in May with the Gran Premio 25 de Mayo in Argentina and has since spanned a total of 3 continents and 7 countries. With nine races already on the books and one yet to be run, 7 horses from all over the world have already stamped their tickets to this year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf.
Ordak Dan became the first horse to earn a berth to this year’s Turf when he sprang the upset over favored Soy Carambolo in the 12 furlong Gran Premio 25 de Mayo at San Isidro Racecourse in Argentina. The ¾-length winner was making his stakes debut, having previously won four allowance races in 10 career starts. Ordak Dan and jockey Pablo Carrizo utilized a stalking trip before striking the lead in the final furlong and holding off a strong rally by Soy Carambolo.
Japan-based Gold Ship overtook front running Silport from mid-pack to defeat both that rival and Gentildonna to win the 1 3/8 mile Group 1 Takarazuka Kinen by 3 ½-lengths. The victory was Gold Ship’s fifth in a Group 1 or Group 2 race since September of last year.
Four-year old Novellist took the challenge series by storm. The German-based colt has won three Challenge races, the first horse to ever do so in one year. The son of Monsun won the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in France, the Group 1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in the United Kingdom by 5 lengths, and most recently beat a short field as the odds on favorite in the Group 1 Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden in Germany.
The Fugue, a four-year old daughter of Dansili, is a bit of a wildcard. She won the 10 furlong Group 1 Red Mills Irish Championship Stakes at Leopardstown in Ireland earlier this month, but she also earned a berth to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf via a win in the Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York in the United Kingdom. Last year The Fugue finished third to Zagora in the Filly & Mare Turf.
Real Solution, who recently returned to the United States from Italy, earned his way to the Turf via a disqualification in the Grade 1 Arlington Million. South African-bred The Apache struck the lead during the stretch drive and held off Real Solution’s strong rally to just reach the wire in front. However, replays showed The Apache, under left-handed handling from jockey Christophe Soumillon, bumping and carrying out Real Solution, which led to his disqualification from first to second.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who own Arlington Million winner Real Solution, will go the Breeders’ Cup Turf with more than one card to play. Homebred Big Blue Kitten, who no one would purchase or claim early in his career, rode the rail with Jersey Joe Bravo in the irons to post a decisive 1 ¼-length score in the Grade 1 United Nations. The 5-year old son of Kitten’s Joy has quietly put together a more than respectable résumé but really seems to have blossomed this year.
Rounding out the list of those that have earned a fees-paid berth to Santa Anita is Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap winner Vagabond Shoes. This is the Irish-bred gelding’s first season in the United States, but he was a multiple Group 3 winner in France. It took him several races to really get the feel for the Southern Californian tracks, and even though the field he beat in the Del Mar Handicap wasn’t particularly deep, he did post a very good 2nd place finish to Jeranimo in the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes one start prior to that one.
Others under consideration are defending champion Little Mike, Grade 1 Man O’ War Stakes winner Boisterous, Arlington Million 7th place finisher Grandeur, multiple Group 1 winner Indy Point, multiple Grade 1 winner Marketing Mix, 12-furlong world record holder Twilight Eclipse, Grade 3 winner Notacatbutallama, Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap runner-up Optimizer, and Grade 3 winner Temeraine


What the Nation is saying about 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf: Who's Already In...

Based on the US runners, I think The Fugue would have an easier time in the Turf if she had to face Dank in the F & M Turf.
Don't forget The Fugue
Real Solution would be great! Two years in a row for the Arlington Million BC Classic double would be a cool thing to see. If all the international horses make the trip, this will line up to be one the best races of the weekend.
If Joe Bravo is in the irons, I think Big Blue Kitten can do just about anything. However, my personal favorite [and one that I think has loads of talent] is Real Solution. I'm still waiting on a repeat of is Pan American performance from Twilight Eclipse.
I have a lot of respect for Big Blue Kitten, but can we beat the Euros again this year?
I hope he does, Brian. Point of Entry needs some redemption from last year.
Not as long as Shug trains.
Yes, but will Point of Entry make it back in time to be in ... that is my question.


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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.


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An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley lives in Central Georgia with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. When she is not covering the races, Ashley works with insurance claims, a job she is able to do from home in order to spend as much time as possible with her family. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is passionate about football, reading, and history and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.