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2013 Breeders' Cup Turf winner Magician is back for 2014.
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Anne M. Eberhardt

Main Sequence Battles Euro Standouts in Turf

Last year's winner Magician joined by Flintshire, Telescope in race pre-entries.

United States-based horses will have their work cut out for them in the $3 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 1 with a powerful contingent of foreign horses pre-entered, including Coolmore's defending winner Magician .

Magician, who won last year's race at odds of 12-1 for Irish trainer Aidan O'Briena four-time BC Turf winner since 2002comes off a runner-up finish to the unheralded Hardest Core in the Arlington Million (gr. IT).

Other top pre-entrants from Europe include French group I winner Flintshire , runner-up to the brilliant Treve in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) Oct. 5 for trainer Andre Fabre, and multiple group II winner Telescope for four-time BC Turf-winning trainer Sir Michael Stoute.

Also pre-entered is Brown Panther, the Irish St. Leger (Ire-I) victor whose bid as favorite in the Pattison Canadian International (Can-IT) at Woodbine Oct. 19 ended with his scratch after he dumped jockey Richard Kingscote before the race and ran off.

Main Sequence, previously based in the United Kingdom and now trained by Graham Motion, leads this year's class of American-based horses. He rattled off consecutive grade I wins this summer on the East Coast in the United Nations, Sword Dancer Invitational, and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic. Other East Coast pre-entrants are Hardest Core, Big Blue Kitten , Imagining , and Twilight Eclipse, while the West Coast's leading hope is Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) winner Big John B.

Sixteen horses are pre-entered for the 1 1/2-mile BC Turf at Santa Anita Park, with the fillies Just The Judge and Secret Gesture using the race as second preference. European-based horses, which have wins in 12 of the past 15 renewals of the Breeders' Cup Turf (including High Chaparral's dead-heat with Johar in 2003), account for seven of the first-stage entrants.

2014 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) Pre-Entries
Horse Owner Trainer Notes
Big Blue Kitten  Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey Chad C. Brown  
Big John B Michael House Philip D'Amato  
Brown Panther Andrew Black & Owens Promotions, LTD Tom Dascombe  
Chicquita Michael Tabor , Mrs. John Magnier , Derrick Smith Aidan P. O'Brien  
Flintshire  Juddmonte Farms Limited Andre Fabre  
Hangover Kid  Four Tags Stable Jason Servis  
Imagining  Phipps Stable Claude R. McGaughey III  
Just The Judge Qatar Racing Limited, Sangster Family Stable Charles Hills First Preference: Filly & Mare Turf
Magician  Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith Aidan P. O'Brien  
Main Sequence Flaxman Holdings Limited H. Graham Motion  
Secret Gesture Qatar Racing Limited, Newsells Park Stud Limited Ralph M. Beckett First Preference: Filly & Mare Turf
Telescope Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Ltd. Sir Michael R. Stoute  
Twilight Eclipse West Point Thoroughbreds, Inc. Thomas Albertrani  
Not selected into the field and listed in order of preference.
Finnegans Wake  Donegal Racing, Gary Hartunian Peter Miller  
Starspangled Heat Madeline Auerbach, Barry Abrams, Vincenzo Loverso Barry Abrams