This race lost its likely favourite when Vekoma was ruled out with a temperature three days ago, and Yaupon now heads the market for Steve Asmussen.
Here he is winning the Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga.
Next up on the track here is the Sprint, very much one for the local specialists in recent decades but a race that once went to Newmarket courtesy of Sheikh Albadou.
Boudot came in for the ride after Ioritz Mendizabal, Audarya’s regular jockey, failed a Covid-19 test just prior to travelling to the US. As Fanshawe said at the presentation:
Pierre-Charles and Ioritz share the same agent … and it looks like he gave Pierre-Charles the right instructions. She kept finding when he asked her in the final two furlongs
It’s turning into a great day already for Team Europe, who are two-from-two on the turf.
Here’s James Fanshawe’s immediate reaction:
It was a fantastic ride. He was drawn 11 and somehow he got to the inside. I thought she’s going to get tired, but she kept going. She’s thrived since she’s been here.
BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE TURF RESULT:
1. AUDARYA, 2. Rushing Fall, 3. Harvey’s Lil Goil
Another winner for Europe, and James Fanshawe is on the board with his first runner at the meeting!
That was a great ride by Pierre-Charles Boudot, Rushing Fall had a great trip and was ideally placed to strike for home but Boudot had her in his sights from a furlong out on Audarya and would not be denied.
The winner was a 17-1 chance on the US tote.
Rushing Fall leads, here comes Audarya … and James Fanshawe’s filly has won it in another course record time!
Rushing Fall moves up going well, Mean Mary leads them in, here comes Audarya
Cayenne Pepper on the rail, Mean Mary second, Rushing Fall third
Starship Jubilee unseated jockey coming out of the stalls, Cayenne Pepper moves into the lead at the turn
Terebellum goes in for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori … won’t be long now
and they’re off and running in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf!
Rushing Fall is 5-2 on the board at Keeneland but 100-30 in places with UK books. Taking the European hat off for a moment, I reckon that’s a pretty fair price.
One more interesting snippet: there are half-sisters going to post for this race, and they both have “sister” in their name. Sistercharlie won this two seasons ago at Churchill Downs, while My Sister Nat, a year younger at five, is one of the outsiders.
And a shout out too to James Fanshawe’s Audarya, who was beaten in a Listed race at Pontefract in July, scraped home in a handicap off 99 shortly afterwards and then went straight to a Group One victory in the Prix Jean Romanet.
And here’s Cayenne Pepper, who turned up the heat in the Blandford Stakes last time.
Peaceful, Aidan O’Brien’s runner, was last of 12 in the Sun Chariot at Newmarket last time, when the going was heavy bordering on unraceable.
But here she is in happier times, finishing second in the Group One Matron Stakes at Leopardstown in September.
Now we’re back to the turf, and the Filly & Mare Turf to be precise. Europe is up and running at this year’s Breeders’ Cup, and three of the first five in the betting are from the visiting team.
The top two in the market, though, are Rushing Fall and Mean Mary, trained by Chad Brown and Graham Motion respectively. They were 1-2 in the Grade One Diana Stakes at Saratoga last time.
And here’s some reflection from Tom Eaves, who has just become a Breeders’ Cup-winning jockey aboard Glass Slippers:
I talked to Ryan Moore who rode her in her last race. He knows the track well. That was the right thing, to sit down there and ride for a bit of luck. We had a great run through which doesn’t always work, but it did today
The dirt track here is clearly lightning-fast and it’s suiting the front-runners. The fractions there were electric, but like Gamine earlier, Knicks Go wasn’t stopping.
Brad Cox is being interviewed on the track:
He’s very fast and he loves Keeneland as well. This was a good race for him, short stretch, a lot of things were in his favour today
BREEDERS’ CUP DIRT MILE RESULT:
1. KNICKS GO, 2. Jesus’ Team, 3. Sharp Samurai.
Sharp Samurai is third but Knicks Go is clear, into the final furlong
Knicks Go and Complexity at the head of affair, still a fast pace
Down the back, Knicks Go still leads, 21.98 for the first quarter
Knicks Go into the lead, Art Collector got a little squeezed
Knicks Go is very much the one for money here, down to 2-1 on the US tote.
Complexity, seen here finishing a close second in the Forego Stakes, is also prominent in the betting, though a draw in stall 10 is not ideal.
Art Collector didn’t appear to get home over an extended nine furlongs in the Preakness last time, but was previously a convincing winner of the Runhappy Ellis Park Derby.
More reaction from that brilliant win by Glass Slippers as it arrives.
For now, though, it’s on to the Dirt Mile, sponsored by Big Ass Fans. They make very big fans, in case you were wondering, and are based in nearby Lexington.
The favourite is Brad Cox’s Knicks Go, though his name will seem slightly ironic if he wins as, since any NBA fan can tell you, “Go” is the one thing that the Knicks have signally failed to do in recent years.
This is his win at Oaklawn in February:
BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT RESULT:
1. GLASS SLIPPERS, 2. Wet Your Whistle, 3. Leinster.
Kevin Ryan is talking to Nick Luck on the track:
She seems to thrive when she travels. Every day this week we got happier and happier with her. Tom gave her a plucky ride.