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Breeders' Cup 2017

Flotilla Runs Past Watsdachances in BC Juvenile Fillies Turf

Nov. 02, 2012 - Arcadia, California, U.S - Flotilla (FR) ridden by Christophe P. Lemaire and trained by Mikel Delzangles, wins the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (Grade I) at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA.

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.

Quotes:

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 brilliantly.”

 

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 ran.”

 

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.”

 


 

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