"I am very proud of the horse," Wildenstein said. "Perhaps he was a little too close early on." Alan Cooper, racing manager for Bago's owners, the Niarchos family, said his horse was hindered by the soft track.
"The pace of the race was a bit slower than we would have liked," Cooper said. "He was making up a lot of ground at the end. He will go to the Breeders' Cup now." Hurricane Run emulated his sire, Montjeu, who also won the Arc as a 3-year-old. This victory capped off a remarkable year, not only for the Michael Tabor-owned colt, but for his sire as well. With his first crop 3-year-olds of 2005, Montjeu has sired the winners of the Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I), Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I), Grand Prix de Paris (Fr-I), Ladbrokes St. Leger (Eng-I), and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I). In addition, he also sired the second place finishers in the Irish Derby (Ire-I), Coral-Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I), Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I), and Epsom Derby (Eng-I).Tabor said he also is considering Hurricane Run for the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Belmont Park in New York on Oct. 29. The colt may also be put away for the year, with an eye on running in 2006."He's come from an impossible position," Tabor said. "It's just incredible."
Hurricane Run won last month's Prix Niel (Fr-II) at Longchamp, a prep for the Arc. Nine of the last 12 winners of the Prix Niel went on to win the Arc. Total prize money for the weekend's 16 races was more than $4.8 million, with nearly $2.2 million for the Arc and $1.2 million for the winner. Fallon topped off an extraordinary day with his third straight group I victory on the Longchamp program. He had won earlier for the Coolmore connections with the 2-year-olds Rumplestiltskin in the Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-I) and Horatio Nelson in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Fr-I). The Arc victory was a first for Fallon.Trainer Andre Fabre notched his sixth victory in Europe's most prestigious race. Prior to Sunday, his most recent victory was with Sagamix in 1998. Fabre's other Arc victories came in 1987, '92, '94 and '97.
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