The winner of 12 of 24 lifetime starts with equivalent earnings in excess of $4.2-million, Falbrav was champion older male in Italy in 2002. This year, the horse has been been campaigned in England, Ireland, and France, with four group I victories to his credit.
The owners of multiple group I winner Falbrav have opted for the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) rather than the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) for the Italian champion's next start.According to Eugenio Colombo, representing co-owner Luciano Salice, the 5-year-old son of Fairy King -- Gift of the Night (by Slewpy) will start in the 1 1/2-mile Turf over the 1 1/4-mile Classic. The Turf will be run over the Santa Anita grass and the Classic will be contested over the main dirt track.Trainer Luca Cumani wanted to give Falbrav a shot at the Classic. Colombo said to have run the horse in the Classic would have been a sporting gesture, but that the connections decided on the surface over which Falbrav has the most success. Colombo said Teruya Yoshida, the Japanese horse breeder, did not have a race preference and the decision was left up to Salice, who operates under the name Scuderia Rencati.