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Breeders Cup 2015
Kentucky Derby 2017

Target or Prep, QE2 Will Sort Europe’s Top Milers

As one of Europe’s premier Mile races, the Queen Elizabeth II (G1) Stakes at Ascot has understandably had a significant bearing on the Breeders’ Cup. Its running on the final weekend of September enables it to be both target and realistic prep for end-of-year international bounty hunters.


The last two winners of the race — Raven’s Pass and Rip van Winkle — were both recipients of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” ticket for the TVG Mile Division yet both, somewhat ironically, eschewed the obvious in favor of a tilt at the Classic, with dramatically varying results.


This year’s race looks to be a somewhat more conventional springboard, and not just because the Classic returning to a regular main track makes that race less obviously appealing for a pacy European turf miler.

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