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Breeders' Cup 2017

Cape Blanco Returning to Ireland

Cape Blanco Returning to Ireland

They came, they saw, they conquered and now they’re leaving – returning to Ireland’s Shannon Island on a Lufthansa equine charter out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport Sunday night.


Grade I Arlington Million XXIX winner Cape Blanco, owned by Mrs. Fitriani Hay, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor, as well as Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor’s Treasure Beach, hero of the 35th anniversary edition of Arlington’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes, were both in good order Sunday morning, according to Pat Keating, traveling head lad for Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien’s successful invaders.


“They both ate up everything last night and have come out of their races very well,” said Keating Sunday morning when speaking from Arlington Park’s International Barn. 



Mark Hawtin’s Wigmore Hall, fourth in Saturday’s Grade I Arlington Million, is set to return to Europe aboard a KLM equine charter out of O’Hare International Airport bound for Amsterdam Monday.


“The horse came out of the race yesterday just fine,” said Gillian Dolman on Sunday morning while visiting Arlington’s gift shop for souvenirs from her American stay.  “Our horse ran a good race and we’re very proud of him.  He got knocked around some in the early going or he might have finished second.  I think we could have easily been second but I don’t think we could have beaten the winner.  Hopefully, we’ll get to come back again next year.”


Wigmore Hall finished second in the 2010 Secretariat Stakes.


Also aboard the European-bound KLM equine charter will be the French-bred Zack Hall, owned by Mathieu Offenstadt, Sylvain Fargeon, Patrick Offenstadt and Mikel Delzangles, who finished ninth in Saturday’s Arlington Million in his first start outside his native land.  The Delzangles trainee went to the track early Sunday morning for a canter around the Polytrack.


Barbara and Cedrick Amm and Marsh Shirtliff’s River Jetez, who finished third in Saturday’s $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes as the Arlington Million’s sister race, will also be aboard the KLM charter and was also doing well Sunday, according to South African trainer Mike de Kock, who also indicated that the 8-year-old mare would not have beaten the winner.



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How long will it take for the Lasix to leave Cape Blanco's system? Not really sure how to seed the clouds to ensure soft or yielding turf for the BC races, lol.
Not really sure what race Aidan O'Brien might be considering for Cape Blanco next? Or if perhaps he may give Cape Blanco a break now after coming to America and winning dual G1's? I know O'Brien has Await The Dawn ready for the G1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York on Wednesday, and he has Australian star, So You Think, getting prepared for the G1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown in early September. Cape Blanco won the Irish Champion Stakes in 2010 quite impressively. I'm not sure if O'Brien might take another shot at the Arc De Triomphe with Cape Blanco or not? But I am quite certain that we're likely to see him at Churchill Downs for the Breeders Cup in November. Given the success he had in America, and given how well he handled the travel coming over from Ireland. He's got a win and your in slot for the Breeders Cup Turf by virtue of his Arlington Million win on Saturday. I doubt Aidan O'Brien will squander the opportunity to run Cape Blanco in that race given his entry fee and travel expenses to come back to America will be paid for.

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