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Breeders Cup Wrapup
Yuga Kawada celebrates aboard Loves Only You after the Filly and Mare Turf.
The $2 million Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) featured a field of 12 older fillies and mares going 1 3/8 miles around 3 turns on the turf. Flower Bowl (G1) and Glens Falls (G2) winner War Like Goddess was sent off as the 2-1 favorite over 3-1 second choice Love, winner of the Prince of Wales's (G1) but 3rd in the Juddmonte International (G1), and 4-1 third choice Loves Only You, winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1) but 2nd in the Sapporo Kinen (G2) last out.
Loves Only You rallies in the center down the stretch.
Jockey Umberto Rispoli sent 8-1 fourth choice Going to Vegas to the front first time by through fractions of 24.26, 47.83, 1:13.06, and 1:38.20 while pressed by 33-1 Dogtag and stalked by 10-1 Pocket Square. Into the lane for the final time Going to Vegas tired badly as favorite War Like Goddess, 12th early, moved up to gain the lead through 10f in 2:02.46. Loves Only You, 5th early under Yuga Kawada, came through between horses late to win by 1/2 a length over late-closing 30-1 My Sister Nat in 2:13.87. It was another head back to War Like Goddess third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 8 Loves Only You Kawada 10.60 6.20 4.00 9 My Sister Nat Ortiz 17.60 8.80 7 War Like Goddess Leparoux 3.00 Winning Time: 2:13.87 $1 Exacta 8-9 156.30 $1 Trifecta 8-9-7 466.60 $1 Superfecta 8-9-7-6 1,486.90Results chart
Left: Loves Only You in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Yoshito Yahagi said, "You know, when we finished second at Sapporo, I picked that race because the turf track is similar to Del Mar. So we try to test on that ground how she handle and she's not good at using, continuously using, so that's why we need to give a break each races, so that's why we give this rotation."
Right: The trophy presentation for the Filly and Mare Turf. Winning owner Mr. Tomoto said, "We had so many horses that ran in the Breeders' Cup and we never (experienced) victory. That's why I feel like a challenger, coming here and finally we got victory here."
Left: Loves Only You in the post parade.
Right: Loves Only You heads back to the barn in her winner's blanket. Yahagi added, "We got the invite from the Hong Kong Cup, so after the Breeders' Cup we will stay here at Del Mar and prepare to go to Hong Kong. First time she went overseas actually she wasn't that good at traveling, but each time she travels she's getting better and better and she gets stronger mentally."
Second place finisher My Sister Nat in the post parade. Trainer Chad Brown said, "I'm so proud of this mare. It's bittersweet because she ran the race of her life, but it was her last race, and unfortunately, she never got that Grade 1 win that she deserves. She had a couple of tough beats. Nevertheless, she is off to the breeding shed and she has been a wonderful mare to train. I look forward to training her babies."
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite War Like Goddess heads out to the track. Jockey Julien Leparoux said, "We had a good trip. She was nice and relaxed relaxed early. Just before the three-eighths pole she took a hold of the bridle on her own and made that big move. I had to go on with her then and we got carried wide. It was sooner than I would have liked. She ran a very good race."
First time by in the Filly and Mare Turf. William Buick aboard defending champion and 5th place finisher Audarya (12) said, “She ran a very big race considering the run we had. She got boxed in then denied a clear but ran on strong to the line.”
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