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Breeders Cup 2015

Shadwell Turf Mile: Gio Ponti Defends Title

Castleton Lyons Farm’s Gio Ponti caught Get Stormy in deep stretch to win the 26th running of the $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) by a half-length before a crowd of 26,003 on Saturday afternoon at Keeneland.


The strong 10-race card boosted wagering for the day, as on-track handle of $1,953,394 was up 12.77 percent over 2010 while total handle of $12,826,203, which includes simulcast wagering, increased 19.62 percent over last year’s 11-race card that included an Arabian race.


Gio Ponti’s victory, worth $360,000 to boost his career earnings to $6,049,800, secured a berth in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) to be run November 5 at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Christophe Clement and ridden by Ramon Dominguez, Gio Ponti completed the mile on firm turf in 1:34.17, the second-fastest clocking in the race behind only Altibr’s 1:33 3/5 in 2000. Gio Ponti, a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Tale of the Cat out of the Alydar mare Chipeta Springs, became the second repeat winner of the Shadwell Turf Mile, joining Dumaani, who won in 1995 and ’96.


Sidney’s Candy led the field of eight through fractions of :23.63, :47.08 and 1:10.91 with Get Stormy in closest pursuit. Dominguez had Gio Ponti in fourth tucked along the inside in the run down the backstretch and continued to save ground until turning for home.


As Get Stormy surged to the front at midstretch, Dominguez shifted Gio Ponti to the outside of Sidney’s Candy and split the two leaders, eventually drawing clear in the final yards.


Favored in the field of eight, Gio Ponti returned $5.80, $3.20 and $2.40. Get Stormy, ridden for the first time by Garrett Gomez, returned $9.40 and $5.20 with Sidney’s Candy finishing a length back in third under Joel Rosario and paying $4.60 to show.


Completing the field in order were Wise Dan, Dance And Dance (IRE), Tajaaweed, Society’s Chairman and Zoffany (IRE).


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My favorite horse wins again! He's so good at 1 mile!

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