All four F&M Turf European contenders left quarantine Oct. 28 and got their first feel of Santa Anita heading into Breeders' Cup weekend.
Secret Gesture (GB)
- Bay Filly
- Born 2010
Jockey Frankie Dettori swept both group I races on Deauville's Aug. 24 card when landing the Darley Prix Jean Romanet with impressive filly Ribbons after taking the Darley Prix Morny with The Wow Signal one race earlier.
Runner-up in the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes (Eng-I) earlier this month at Goodwood, the Aga Khan's Narniyn takes a third shot at an elite-level breakthrough Aug. 24 in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Fr-I) at Deauville.
Secret Gesture was denied classic glory a second time when late-running Penelopa overtook her to win Henkel-Preis-Diana Deutsches Stuten-Derby (Ger-I, German Oaks) Aug. 4 at Dusseldorf.
Trainer Ralph Beckett enjoyed a one-two finish in the Investec Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) May 31 when his lightly regarded Talent closed furiously from near last to deny stablemate Secret Gesture in a 20-1 upset.
Qatar Racing will bid to win a second classic in less than a week after recently acquiring a half-interest in Investec Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) favorite Secret Gesture.
|Jockey||Patrick J. Smullen|
|Owner||Qatar Racing, Ltd. and Newsells Park Stud|
|Breeder||Newsells Park Stud|
|Secret Gesture (GB) View Five-Cross Pedigree||Galileo (IRE)||Sadler's Wells|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Newsells Park Stud||($374,059)|
Prices in parentheses indicate a horse did not sell because it did not meet its reserve price.