Wonder Gadot to begin working toward potential Breeders' Cup run

Wonder Gadot to begin working toward potential Breeders' Cup run
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Gary Barber’s Wonder Gadot is scheduled to return to the work tab Friday morning at Churchill Downs, trainer Mark Casse said, in what will be her first breeze back since the Sept. 22 Cotillion Stakes at Parx toward a potential start in the Nov. 3 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. 

Wonder Gadot, a 3-year-old filly by Medaglia d’Oro, has consistently hit the board in stakes company this year, including a runner-up finish to Monomoy Girl in the Kentucky Oaks. The only time she finished out of the money was in the Travers Stakes, in which she faded to 10th after dealing with a heavy kickback while covered on the rail.

Wonder Gadot also ran against the boys in the first two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, winning both the Queen’s Plate and the Prince of Wales Stakes. She returned to contest fillies again following the Travers and ran third in the Cotillion, beaten more than 10 lengths by Monomoy Girl and Midnight Bisou. Midnight Bisou was declared the winner via disqualification. 

“We just kind of gave her a little bit of a breather afterwards,” Casse said by phone. “She’s been training, hasn’t breezed, but ready to start picking up her work.”

Should Wonder Gadot continue to the Distaff, held at Churchill Downs this year, she will face Monomoy Girl and Midnight Bisou again, along with champion Abel Tasman. The Distaff is run at 1 1/8 miles, the same distance Wonder Gadot nearly caught Monomoy Girl at in the Oaks.

“The plan is currently is to look at the Distaff," Casse said. "We’ll see how that goes and then she’s going to go home for a while.”

After a freshening in Ocala, Fla., where Casse’s training center is located, Wonder Gadot is expected to return for a 4-year-old campaign.

 

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