Flotilla unleashed a strong late run and kicked away from Watsadchances to win Friday's Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita Park.
Tara from the Cape set sail for the early lead and briefly looked home free turning for home before the stretch runners got going.
As expected, there were many compromised trips due to traffic congestion in a full field of grassy juvenile fillies, including Sky Lantern, Nancy O, and Waterway Run.
Flotilla, a French based daughter of Mizzen Mast, is conditioned by by Mikel Delzangles. The winning rider was Christophe Lemaire and she paid $24.80 to win.
Watsdachances was second best, followed by Summer of Fun in 3rd and Tara in the Cape rounded out the superfecta.
Christophe Lemaire (jockey, Flotilla, 1st) – “For me, it is
a big achievement. The Breeders’ Cup is so very important in the horse racing
season. I’m very glad to win a race like that. It was something that was
missing in my career. She broke well. I was a bit worried by the pace which
was not very swift, but when I asked, she reacted very well and won
Mikel Delzangles (trainer, Flotilla, 2nd) – “This is great.
Absolutely great. It was a good preliminary for Australia.”
Javier Castellano (jockey, Watsdachanches, 2nd) – “We had a
great trip. She ran really hard. She was tracking behind the leaders, and when
I asked her to go, she put in her run. There are no excuses. She was
second-best today. Sometimes that’s just the way it is.”
Chad Brown (trainer, Watsdachanches, 2nd) – “I thought she ran
great. I thought Javier gave her a good ride and he got the running room he
needed turning for home. She was second-best. I was real proud of the way she
Ramon Dominguez (jockey, Summer of Fun, 3rd) – “I was in
behind horses, tracking the favorite (Sky Lantern) and I had to wait. I think
if we had gotten out before the eighth pole, she could have gotten second. She
ran a huge race.”
George Weaver (trainer, Summer of Fun, 3rd) – “I knew
she was better than 40-1. She finished third in her last start at Keeneland and
we knew we had to step our game up. I wasn’t surprised that she finished third
and wouldn’t have been surprised if she won. She will continue to get better.”
William Buick (jockey, The Gold Cheongsam, 5th) – “She
ran well from that draw (post 12). She was a bit flat, but she picked up it
and was doing her best at the finish.”
Frankie Dettori (jockey, Waterway Run, 6th) – “She broke
well and was in a perfect spot. There was a gap there but she got squeezed a
bit on the turn and it might have cost me third.”
Richard Hughes (jockey, Sky Lantern, 8th) – “I had plenty
of horse. Just nowhere to go. Usually in these kind of races, something will
open up, but today there was no hole at all.”
Ryan Moore (jockey, Infanta Branca, 10th) - “The
wide draw didn’t help and she needed a little organizing out there, but she’s run
well and she‘ll win races.”