Most BC Euro Challengers to Arrive Oct. 25
Updated: Friday, October 8, 2004 9:33 PM
Posted: Friday, October 8, 2004 8:13 PM
(from Lone Star Park report)
Photo: Mike Corrado
NetJets Mile winner Six Perfections among likely European contingent to this year's Breeders' Cup.
The International Racing Bureau informed Lone Star Park officials that the main charter shipment for horses competing in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships has been provisionally booked to arrive in Dallas on Monday, Oct. 25.
About 10 European-based horses are known to be seriously considering a try in one of eight championship races worth $14 million to be run at the Grand Prairie, Texas racetrack on Oct. 30.
"The majority will come in on that flight, which will originate at Beauvais outside of Paris," said Alastair Donald, managing director of the International Racing Bureau. "There will be a stop at one of the London-area airports to pick up any British contenders, then it's direct into Dallas."
Europeans possible for a start in the Breeders' Cup include Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Bago, who could make his dirt track debut in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge; Six Perfections, defending champion in the $1.5 million NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile; Nebraska Tornado, a group I winner against males who could try the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf or go for a bigger pot in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff; and Cacique, who finished behind Bago three times this year and will enter the Mile off a strong group II win at Longchamp.
Donald said there will likely be a separate charter flight for Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien's contenders arriving the weekend before the Breeders' Cup. That group is expected to include a pair of 4-year-olds by Sadler's Wells, Classic possibility Powerscourt, disqualified from first in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) two starts back, and Filly & Mare Turf contender Yesterday, third in the same race last year.
Other European-based horses known to be pondering a Texas trip include Arc fourth Acropolis (Turf); Prix du Moulin third Antonius Pius (Mile); Beverly D winner Crimson Palace (Filly & Mare Turf), already stabled in New York; Freer Stakes winner Mubtaker (Turf); Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Oratorio (Juvenile); 3-year-old filly Ouija Board, who could go favored in the Filly & Mare Turf off her impressive third in the Arc; Queen Elizabeth II winner Rakti (Mile); Joe Hirch Turf Classic third Tycoon (Turf); Preis von Baden winner Warrsan (Turf); and Jacques Le Marois winner Whipper (Mile).
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