Banks Hill has an easy time winning the Filly & Mare Turf.

Banks Hill has an easy time winning the Filly & Mare Turf.

Mike Corrado

Fabre Takes it to the Bank in Filly & Mare Turf

Trainer Andre Fabre's French-based stable had a successful day at the Breeders' Cup, with Banks Hill winning and Spring Oak finishing third in the Filly & Mare Turf. Ridden by Olivier Peslier, Banks Hill was settled off the leaders until the stretch, when the Danehill filly stormed to the lead along the inside and drew off to win by 5 1/2 lengths. Spook Express, who is scheduled to be sold at the Keeneland November sale, finished well to be second. Lailani and England's Legend, the 5-2 co-favorites, finished 11th and eighth, respectively.

The victory margin tied for seventh as the largest margin of victory in a Breeders' Cup race. Inside Information holds the mark with a 13 ½-length triumph in the 1995 Distaff at Belmont.

Banks Hill paid $14.00, $9.20, and $6.10, with Spook Express returning $11.40, and $7.70, and Spring Oak worth $11.60. The race was run in 2:00 1/5.

"She's a very good filly when she wins," winning rider Olivier Preslier said. "I started to think there was one more turn because I didn't hear anyone coming. I think she prefers the firmer ground here."

"I was very comfortable with the distance and the ground favored her," said Fabre, who added that both Banks Hill and Spring Oak will remain in training next year.

Trainer John Gosden said eventual seventh-place finisher Crystal Music was in good position until she was hit by England's Legend. "Chris (McCarron) said that he got knocked right out of it," Gosden said. "He thought she would have been second, but that's life." Gosden said Crystal Music will become a broodmare.

Fily & Mare Turf Chart, From Equibase

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf notes from the Breeders' Cup site