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Breeders' Cup Ladies Day as it happened

Ladies Classic (Grade 1, dirt)

Winner: Royal Delta

4yo b/br f Empire Maker - Delta Princess (A.P. Indy)

Benjamin Leon had to go all the way to $8.5 million to see off Frank Stronach and buy Royal Delta when she was offered at last year's Keeneland November breeding-stock sale after winning the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic.

The daughter of Empire Maker helped justify that price-tag, which made her the world's most expensive thoroughbred sold in 2011, with another convincing win in the Ladies Classic.

Royal Delta is a daughter of Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker, who formerly stood at Juddmonte Farms in Kentucky but was sold to stand for the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association in 2010.

Empire Maker is the sire of nine Grade 1 winners in total, including this season's Arkansas Derby winner Bodemeister, also runner-up in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Royal Delta was bred by Palides Investments out of Delta Princess, a Grade 3-winning daughter of A.P. Indy and the Sir Henry Cecil-trained Nassau Stakes winner Lyphard's Delta.

Lyphard's Delta is also the dam of Group/Grade 1 winners Biondetti and Indy Five Hundred, while Delta Princess has also produced Grade 2 runner-up Empire Way to Empire Maker.

 


 

Filly & Mare Turf (Grade 1)

Winner: Zagora

5yo ch m Green Tune - Zaneton (Mtoto)

Former French-trained Zagora avoided trouble in running to win the Filly & Mare Turf, with British challenger The Fugue a luckless third. 

The win was the perfect advertisement for Zagora, as she is set to go through the ring as hip 152 at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale on Monday.

Zagora is by the late 1994 Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner and Haras d'Etreham stallion Green Tune, whose best runner on Racing Post Ratings is Prix du Moulin winner Fuisse.

She completes a big Breeders' Cup double for Eric Puerari and Oceanic Bloodstock, who bred both her and Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Flotilla.

Zagora is out of the unraced Mtoto mare Zaneton, who has also produced the Listed-placed Zanet. She descends from Party Doll, the dam of Titus Livius and Briseida, while further back it is the family of Sulamani.

Zagora was purchased by Suprina for €95,000 at the 2008 Arqana August Sale and later sold privately to current owner Martin Schwartz.

 


 

Juvenile Fillies (Grade 1, dirt)

Winner: Beholder

b f Henny Hughes - Leslie's Lady (Tricky Creek)

Beholder, beaten a nose by Executiveprivilege in September's Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante Stakes, turned tables on that rival by making almost all the running to win the Juvenile Fillies.

The Richard Mandela-trained filly becomes the first Group or Grade 1 winner sired by Henny Hughes, a son of Hennessy who was the impressive winner of the King's Bishop Stakes and Vosburgh Stakes in 2006.

Henny Hughes retired to Darley's Jonabell Farm in Kentucky at a fee of $40,000 and his first crop hit the track in 2010. His best runners before Beholder were two Grade 3 winners, one in the US, She Digs Me, and one in Japan, Henry Hound.

This year Henny Hughes was advertised at a fee of $12,500 in Kentucky and was subsequently  sold to Rangeview Stud in Western Australia. He had previously shuttled to Darley in Australia.

Beholder was bred by Clarkland Farm out of the Listed-winning Tricky Creek mare Leslie's Lady, making her a half-sister to Grade 1 CashCall Hollywood Futurity winner and Spendthrift Farm stallion Into Mischief.

Spendthrift Farm bought Beholder for $180,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Further back, Beholder hails from the same family as this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes hero I'll Have Another.


 

Juvenile Fillies Turf (Grade 1)

Winner: Flotilla

b f Mizzen Mast - Louvain (Sinndar)

FRENCH raider Flotilla came wide and escaped trouble in running suffered by Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Sky Lantern to win the Juvenile Fillies Turf with ease.

The Mikel Delzangles-trained filly was bought by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani before she finished fourth in the Prix Marcel Boussac last time out.

She becomes the fourth Group or Grade 1 winner sired by Mizzen Mast, who finished second in the 2001 Prix du Jockey Club for Criquette Head-Maarek before being switched to Bobby Frankel in America, where he won the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita.

Mizzen Mast, a son of Cozzene, stands at his owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms in Kentucky. His tally of Group or Grade 1 winners stands at four - besides Flotilla, they are Mast Track (Hollywood Gold Cup), Midships (Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap) and Ultimate Eagle (Hollywood Derby).

Flotilla was bred by Eric Puerari, Oceanic Bloodstock and Madame A Gravereaux out of the Sinndar mare Louvain, who started her career with Richard Gibson in France and also joined Frankel in America. She won the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes for Frankel.

Louvain is out of the Common Grounds mare Flanders, a fast filly for Tim Easterby who won the Hilary Needler Trophy, Windsor Castle Stakes and Weatherbys Super Sprint, and finished third in the Lowther Stakes at two.

At three, Flanders won the Listed Scrabrough Stakes and was beaten just a short head into second by Mitcham in the King's Stand Stakes.

Flanders has also produced Listed Fairway Stakes winner Laajooj (Azamour) and Group 3-placed Desert Poppy (Oasis Dream). She is a half-sister to Listed winner Ascot Family, the dam of Prix Robert Papin winner Family One, and to Land Army, the dam of this season's Hungerford Stakes winner Lethal Force.

Louvain, meanwhile, is also the dam of Calder restricted race winner Louvakhova (Maria's Mon) and she has a yearling filly by Zamindar and a filly foal by High Chaparral.

Sinndar is emerging as a major force as a broodmare sire and, besides Flotilla, his daughters have also produced this year's St Leger hero Encke and Autumn Stakes winner Trading Leather.

Flotilla was originally purchased by Hubie de Burgh for €120,000 at the Arqana August Yearling Sale.

 


 

Marathon (Grade 2, dirt)

Winner: Calidoscopio

b h Luhuk - Calderona (Lefty)

Argentinian-bred and trained Calidoscopio came with a strong, late run out wide to easily win the Marathon, with Irish raiders Fame And Glory and Sense Of Purpose well beaten.

He is by Luhuk, a son of Forty Niner trained by John Dunlop for Hamdan Al Maktoum to win the Listed Arlington International Racecourse Stakes at Newbury and Foundation Stakes at Goodwood in 1994.

Luhuk became a leading sire in Argentina and another of his Argentinian-bred sons swooped on Santa Anita to win a big prize when Avanzado won the Grade 1 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap in 2003.

Calidoscopio was bred by the Haras La Quebrada out of the Argentinian Grade 2-winning Lefty mare Calderona, who is also the dam of Chilean Grade 1 winner Cumbrecita.

 


 

Juvenile Sprint (Conditions, dirt)

Winner: Hightail

b c Mineshaft - Stormy Renee (Storm Cat)

Hightail got up on the rail to beat hot favourite Merit Man (With Distinction) in a thrilling finish to the Juvenile Sprint.

Hightail is by Mineshaft, a son of A.P. Indy who started his racing career in Britain with John Gosden, for whom he won a Newmarket maiden and finished third in the Group 3 Prix Daphnis at Maisons-Laffitte.

Mineshaft didn't flourish until being transferred to tackle dirt surfaces in his native America, where he won four Grade 1s for new trainer Neil Howard - the Pimlico Special, the Suburban Handicap, the Woodward Stakes and Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Mineshaft began his stallion career with big expectations at Lane's End Stud and he covered for $100,000 in his first season in 2004. The fact that his fee dropped to $20,000 in 2010 tells its own story but he has had a recent revival in fortunes and this year he stood for $35,000.

He is the sire of this year's dual Grade 1 winner It's Tricky, last year's Florida Derby winner Dialed In and 2010 King's Bishop Stakes scorer Discreetly Mine.

Hightail was bred by Green Hills Farm out of the winning Storm Cat mare Stormy Renee, a daughter of 2oo1 Mother Goose and Ashland Stakes heroine Fleet Renee (Seattle Slew) and a granddaughter of dual Churchill Downs Breeders' Cup Handicap winner Darien Miss (Mr Leader).

Hightail was bought by Cory Wagner for $110,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale and resold to D. Wayne Lukas for $345,000 at the OBS Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale in March.

 

 

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