George Washington, whose victories include the English Two Thousand Guineas and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (both group I), remains as the 6-4 favorite for the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT)."It would be a massive gamble to swerve the Breeders Cup Mile and go for the Classic," William Hill's Irish spokesman Tony Kenny. "Team Coolmore obviously want a Classic winner on their stallion books, so I'd imagine he wouldn't be a big price to take his chance. George Washington has been very well backed for the Mile, and was seen by many as the 'European banker' for the Breeders Cup meeting."It would be ironic if George Washington does run in the Classic, having been bred by Roy and Gretchen Jackson, who own and bred Barbaro, the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) who is recovering from injuries sustained in the Preakness (gr. I). The Jacksons could be represented in the BC Turf or BC Mile by Showing Up, third in the Man o'War Stakes (gr. IT) in his last start.
Although George Washington, like Dylan Thomas, is a son of Danehill, and has a tail-female line that is all European, his dam is by Kentucky Derby and Preakness (both gr. I) winner Alysheba.
George Washington was purchased by Coolmore for $2,050,335 at the Tattersalls October yearling sale.