BC F&M Turf: Could be Americans' year
With a domestic team expected to include Citronnade, Honey Ryder, Nashoba's Key, and Wait a While, this may be a year when American-based horses claim the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Monmouth Park on Oct. 27 from their European rivals.
European-based females have dominated the race, winning three of the last four runnings. The probable starters for Filly and Mare Turf at 1 3/8 miles will become clearer over the next three weeks, with major races run throughout the United States and Europe.
The $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont Park on Sept. 29 will have a strong field, featuring Wait a While, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2006; Alexander Tango, the winner of the Garden City Stakes on Sept. 8; and Royal Highness, the winner of the Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park last month.
Citronnade, the winner of four graded stakes this year, and Nashoba's Key, unbeaten in six starts, are probable for the $400,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 29.
Honey Ryder, third in the 2006 BC Filly and Mare Turf, may prep against males in the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic going 1 1/2 miles at Belmont Park on Sept. 30.
She is not the only leading contender to the Filly and Mare Turf who could challenge males soon.
Peeping Fawn, the winner of four Group 1 races in Europe this year, is a candidate for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe against males at Longchamp in Paris on Oct. 7. The European females Mrs Lindsay, Passage of Time, and West Wind are other candidates for the BC Filly and Mare Turf.
Two fillies have earned automatic berths to the Filly and Mare Turf - Royal Highness by winning the Beverly D., and My Typhoon through her victory in the Diana Handicap at Saratoga in July.
Another automatic berth is available to the winner of the $400,000 First Lady Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 6, a field that will include the multiple stakes winner Precious Kitten.
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• Ancient Title: Ideal trip sets up Idiot Proof
• Tough Tiz's Sis first in First Lady
• Out of Control anything but in Oak Tree Mile
Keeneland: October 6
• War Pass wires field in Champagne
• Shadwell Turf: Purim tops off day of upsets
• Wicked Style wires Breeders' Futurity
• Vacare wears down 'Kitten' in First Lady
• Phoenix: Off Duty outlasts Rebellion
Belmont: September 30
• Curlin reels in Lawyer Ron to win Gold Cup
• English Channel repeats in Joe Hirsch Turf
• Fabulous Strike impresses in Vosburgh
• Unbridled Belle nips Indian Vale to take Beldame
• Goodwood (9/29, Oak Tree): Tiago gets in
Del Mar: August 19
• Pacific Classic: Student Council schools field
• Crossing the Line fires big in Del Mar Mile
• Greg's Gold takes Pat O'Brien
Arlington Park: August 11
• Perfect trip for Jambalaya in Arlington Million
• Royal Highness queen of the Beverly D.
• Shamdinan impresses in Secretariat
Saratoga: July 28
• Whitney: Lawyer Ron romps, earns BC berth
• Diana: My Typhoon earns Breeders' Cup slot
• Go For Wand: Ginger Punch wins by six
• Vanderbilt: Diabolical runs down Attila's Storm
Sha Tin Race Course: April 29
• Champions Mile: Able One first to qualify
Finley: Challenge Fallout
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• Student Council still enigma after Pacific Classic
• Jamabalya takes Million, is Cup bound in Week 2
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