Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf: Latest odds and preview

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf: Latest odds and preview
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When the gates opened for last year's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Keeneland, Audarya was the least fancied of the overseas invaders at odds of 17-1 in a 14-horse field. She won anyway. 

The French-bred mare by Wootton Basset settled in mid-pack under jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot and then launched a sustained rally to edge Rushing Fall by a neck on the wire. All indications are Audarya will be back to defend her title at Del Mar on Nov. 6.  

This year's Filly & Mare Turf will be contested at its traditional distance of 1 3/8 miles, which is a furlong-and-a-half farther than last year's running at Keeneland, where it was 1 3/16 miles. 

See also:

Breeders’ Cup Classic preview

Breeders’ Cup Distaff preview

Breeders’ Cup Sprint preview

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint preview

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies preview

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile preview

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Breeders' Cup Turf preview

In her two starts ahead of last year's Filly & Mare Turf, Audarya won the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville and was third, beaten a length, by subsequent Breeders' Cup Turf winner Tarnawa in the Prix de l'Opera (G1) at ParisLongchamp. She will enter this year's Filly & Mare Turf off the same two races, but with slightly inferior form.

In this year's Prix Jean Romanet, Audarya was second beaten a head by a Group 3 winner. Then in the Prix de l'Opera, she was fourth beaten 1 1/2 lengths by French-bred Roguir, who is also a candidate to contest the Filly & Mare Turf. 

Trained by James Fanshawe, Audarya is trading at 8-1 in overseas futures market.

To find the current favorite, you need only look stateside to War Like Goddess. The 4-year-old daughter of English Channel has emerged as the top female turf router in North America this season for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and is favored at 3-1 in the futures market. 

War Like Goddess has reeled off four straight graded-stakes wins, culminating with the Sept. 4 Flower Bowl Invitational (G1) at Belmont Park. She has been beaten only once in seven career starts, which came in February's The Very One (G3) at Gulfstream off a four-month layoff. 

Trainer Aidan O'Brien has won 13 Breeders' Cup races, with 11 of those coming on grass. Curiously, the master of Ballydoyle has never won a Filly & Mare Turf. To try and tie son Joseph O'Brien, who won in 2019 with Iridessa at Santa Anita, Aidan O'Brien is considering shipping three to Southern California in Love, Mother Earth and 3-year-old Frankel filly La Joconde. 

Love, last year's champion 3-year-old filly in Europe, won the Prince of Wales's (G1) at Royal Ascot in June. She subsequently was third in two other Group 1s before finishing second in the Sept. 12 Blandford Stakes (G2) at the Curragh. The daughter of Galileo was set to run in the Oct. 3 Arc de Triomphe (G1) at ParisLongchamp, but was withdrawn after spiking a fever.

Mother Earth was second in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and has followed with a busy sophomore campaign that includes eight starts beginning May 2. The daughter of Zoffany won the One Thousand Guineas at Newmarket in the spring and later added a win in the Prix Rothschild (G1) at Deauville in August. She most recently was fifth in the Oct. 16 Queen Elizabeth II (G1) at Ascot. 

Also receiving plenty of attention in overseas markets is Teona, a lightly raced 3-year-old for trainer Roger Varian priced at 5-1. The ascending daughter of Sea the Stars is 3-for-5 in her career, which includes a win in the Sept. 12 Prix Vermielle (G1) at ParisLongchamp most recently. 

Going to Vegas has emerged as California's top female turf router following consecutive wins in the John C. Mabee (G2) at Del Mar and the Rodeo Drive (G1) at Santa Anita most recently for trainer Richard Baltas. In seven lifetime starts at Del Mar, Going to Vegas has two wins while missing the board just once. 

Pre-entries for the Filly & Mare Turf and all other Breeders' Cup races will be taken on Oct. 25. 

Filly & Mare TurfOddsNotes
War Like Goddess3-1Won 4 straight graded stakes, including G1 Flower Bowl most recently 
Love 4-15-time Group 1 winner possible to opt for the Turf 
Loves Only You5-1Group 1 winner in Japan also considering the Turf 
Teona5-1Irish-bred won the G1 Prix Vermielle at ParisLongchamp last month 
Audarya8-1Last year's upset winner is 0 for 4 this year, while facing Group 1 company 
Mother Earth8-18 starts this year; wins in the 1,000 Guineas, G1 Prix Rothschild for O'Brien 
Going to Vegas8-1Local hope won the G2 Mabee at Del Mar and G1 Rodeo Drive most recently 
Going Global16-1Won the G1 Del Mar Oaks, 5 for 6 on the year; decision pending 
Roguir**Won the G1 Prix de l'Opera at ParisLongchamp Oct.3 
My Sister Nat**Won the G3 Waya to earn a spin for Brown; minors in 4 other graded stakes
La Joconde **Expensive Coolmore soph by Frankel has settled for less in top-class company 
Dogtag**2nd in the Mabee, 3rd in the Rodeo Drive for Mandella 
Thundering Nights**6: 1-2-2 for J. O'Brien this year with lone win coming in G1 Pretty Polly 
Queen Supreme**Irish-bred a two-time Group 1 winner in South Africa this year 
Pocket Square**Winner of 2 straight, including the G3 Athenia most recently for Brown

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