Talented Euros Invade for Breeders’ Cup Turf
By Margaret Ransom
A full field of older turf stars will race the 1 1/2 miles over the Del Mar turf in the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (GIT), including a sea of strong contenders from Across the Pond and the best based in North America, which makes for an interesting and compelling race, both from just a viewing standpoint and also from a wagering standpoint.
Defending Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Highland Reel is back this year off a third in the Champion Stakes (GIT) a month ago at Ascot. The son of Galileo has been one of the better turf runners in Europe for the better part of three years, only venturing out to tackle some foreign countries with the most success coming in last year’s World Championships. He seems better and rate-able now in his maturity, he likes the distance (four wins from seven starts) and has shown firm turf is absolutely his preference. The Coolmore-owned horse is trained by Irish champion (and world record holder) Aiden O’Brien, who also… (more)