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Jockey Frankie Dettori leaps off Filly
and Mare Turf winner Ouija Board in
the winner's circle. This was the
first of two wins for him on the card.
The $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) is a 1 3/8 mile trip around 3 turns of the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs, and featured 2004 winner and 2005 runner-up Ouija Board making her final American appearance. Off her win in the Nassau Stakes and a close second in the Irish Champion Stakes, she was sent off as the heavy 7-5 favorite in the field of 10. In to challenge the European superstar were 2-1 second choice Wait a While, trained by Todd Pletcher and winner of the Yellow Ribbon and the Lake Placid last out, and 8-1 third choice Film Maker, second in the Flower Bowl in her final prep.
Ouija Board goes by the first time in 7th position with Satwa Queen to her outside.
36-1 outsider Dancing Edie and 30-1 My Typhoon contested the early pace through slow fractions of 25.14, 49.77, 1:14.80, and 1:38.91 over the firm course, while jockey Frankie Dettori kept Ouija Board in midpack, staying out 3 or 4 wide around the first two turns of the race. With 3 furlongs to go, the pace began to tire while Ouija Board was just hitting her best stride. Taking the far turn very wide, Dettori found running room and Ouija Board responded, surging past five rivals from the 3/8 to the 1/8 pole, and then drawing away to win by 2 1/4 lengths in a time of 2:24.55 over Film Maker. It was just a neck back to late-running 9-1 Honey Ryder in third.
Ouija Board wins the Filly and Mare Turf for the second time.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 2 Ouija Board Dettori 4.80 3.40 2.60 4 Film Maker Prado 5.80 4.40 5 Honey Ryder Valenzuela 4.40 Winning Time: 2:14.55 $2 Exacta 2-4 33.20 $2 Trifecta 2-4-5 121.20 $2 Superfecta 2-4-5-7 262.00Results chart
Jockey Frankie Dettori celebrates while Ouija Board drinks some water after winning the Filly and Mare Turf for a second time. Winning jockey Frankie Dettori said, "She felt better than she ever has. We were really excited coming into today because of how great she's been running. She's proven herself the Queen of Racing. I'm very lucky to ride her. We've been nervous for a while because we know how good she is. She sure delivered to the public today. She's undoubtedly the best filly in the world now."
Owner Edward Richard William Stanley, 19th Earl of Derby also known as Lord Derby, leads Ouija Board in the winner's circle while jockey Frankie Dettori celebrates by tossing flower petals in the air. Winning owner Lord Derby said, "We traveled the world four times over with her and I think she has earned a happy retirement at the end of this year. We look forward to racing her daughters and children in the future. She is incredible the way she travels. I've never had a horse like this in training, we've been having so much fun."
Ouija Board in the post parade before the race. Winning trainer Edward Dunlop said, "She's the best. There's no other way of saying it. She's won two Breeders' Cups and finished second in another. I'm lucky to have had her in my life. It was a dream run and a dream ride. Frankie said it's the best she's ever been. She has the class to quicken and she showed it once again. Fantastic result."
Second place finisher Film Maker in the post parade. This was her third time to finish behind Ouija Board in the Filly and Mare Turf. Her jockey Edgar Prado said, "She had a beautiful trip. She broke well, saved ground on the first turn, very comfortable. I thought I had a hell of a chance when the rail opened up. My filly was trying real hard to get there. The winner is just really nice." Trainer Graham Motion added, "I'm disappointed. Our filly ran a tremendous race, but Ouija Board is one of the all-time greats. That's three years in a row we've tried to beat her. I thought if ever we could beat her, it would be today. Edgar (Prado) gave her every chance, and if Ouija Board had been stopped anywhere, my filly could have won. I'd like to come back again when Ouija Board is retired."
Third place finisher Honey Ryder in the paddock before the race. Her jockey John Velazquez said, "I think for me, it went terrible, but great for the rest of them. She finally started running in the stretch."
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