The $2 million Emirates Airline Filly and Mare Turf (G1) featured a field of eleven older horses go 1 3/8 miles around three turns of the waterlogged turf course at Monmouth Park. Top European hope Passage of Time, third in the Prix Vermeille (G1) last time out, was sent off as the 5-2 favorite over undefeated American hope Nashoba's Key at 3-1, winner of the Yellow Ribbon (G1) in her last start. Honey Ryder, winner of the Sheepshead Bay (G2) but sixth in the Beverly D (G1) last out, was the 6-1 third choice on the board.
Down the stretch the first time with Simply Perfect leading over Precious Kitten, Argentina, and Timarwa.
10-1 Precious Kitten led the field around the first turn and past the stands first time by through a quarter in 25.99. 11-1 Simply Perfect briefly challenged for the lead entering the second turn but bolted for the outside and was pulled up by jockey John Murtagh. Precious Kitten also tired and dropped back, as 8-1 Argentina took over the pace with 25-1 Timarwa stalking her down the backstretch and around the last turn through fractions of 52.06, 1:18.95, and 1:44.60. Entering the stretch, 12-1 Lahudood, who had raced in midpack the whole way, came through between horses when asked by jockey Alan Garcia and quickly opened up a 2 length advantage getting 1 1/4 miles in 2:09.72, and was all-out to hold of the late-charging Honey Ryder by 3/4 length at the line, completing the 11-furlong trip over the soft going in 2:22.75. It was just a neck back to favorite Passage of Time third, while favorite Nashoba's Key was another length back in fourth.
Lahudood wins the Filly and Mare Turf
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show
6 Lahudood Garcia 25.40 11.40 6.40
2 Honey Ryder Valazquez 6.60 4.60
4 Passage of Time Dominguez 3.40
Winning Time: 2:22.75
$2 Exacta 6-2 167.60
$1 Trifecta 6-2-4 384.90
$1 Superfecta 6-2-4-3 1,185.60
Lahudood in the winner's circle. Her jockey Alan Garcia, celebrating his first Breeders' Cup win, said, "It's exciting for me to win my first Breeders' Cup. The first part, my filly, I want to be close to the base and inside and I don't want to lose too much ground. And then when the horse is coming outside and then one horse is inside to me, I don't want to lose my position. I had confidence, I had a good feeling in the stretch. I'm happy and Sheikh Hamdan, he's done a good job with this filly and I'm glad."
Lahudood with her winner's blanket and flowers. Her trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said, "Alan Garcia has been riding quite a bit for us with success, and when he won a Grade 1 obviously on her last time, we were not looking to change riders, so we were happy to have him here today and he rode a great race. She just has been training and getting better the last 60 days, and we have top exercise riders because she's a little temperamental and difficult, and they have done a great job."
Lahudood and Alan Garcia look confident in the paddock before the race. Rick Nichols, farm manager of winning owner Shadwell Stable said, "Sheik Hamdan has a stud in America, and we need to race more and more in America. And these were two fillies, Makderah and Lahudood, that he felt would do very well here. After they did their racing, they will come to the stud and produce well for horses to go on and run for Shadwell Stables in America. I don't think you necessarily need the premier rider if you have a good horse and you have somebody that really knows how to ride like Alan does and Fernando (Jara) does. We like giving these people an opportunity to prove themselves, and we have confidence in them."
Second place finisher Honey Ryder in the paddock. Her jockey John Velazquez said, "She ran awesome. We had a perfect trip. We were behind the group inside. I tried to follow Ramon Dominguez (Passage of Time). We were carried wide at the
three-eighths pole, and the other horse (Lahudood) cut the corner."
Her jockey Todd Pletcher said, "She ran great."
Third place finisher and beaten favorite Passage of Time returns after the race. Her jockey Ramon Dominguez said, "That was a
very weird race from the get go. The winner (Lahudood) had trouble and
had to check two or three times. I had a very, very clean trip though,
although in the first turn, somebody just bolted. I was on the inside
and unaffected. Coming down the stretch, she had no big kick."
Her trainer Henry Cecil said, "I thought at
one stage she might get there, but just didn't seem to quicken up. She
was laboring a bit, but she was going well. She just didn't handle (the soft ground) as well as she should have. It may be the time of year."
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