Raven's Pass ends Curlin's dream
RAVEN'S PASS, under jockey Frankie Dettori, thwarted Curlin's attempt to win consecutive Breeders' Cup Classics.
Raven's Pass's success rounded off fantastic day for owner Princesss Haya and trainer John Gosden who were enjoying a second victory together following on from Donativum' s Juvenile victory. Further, Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud also hit the winner's rostrum courtesy of Midshipman.
Throughout the race Dettori tracked Curlin moving upsides the Dubai World Cup winner in the straight where the son of Elusive Quality under a positive Dettori made sure of success over a furlong out. Raven's Pass was followed home by year-long opponent and the Guineas winner Henrythenavigator.
Elusive Quality stands at Darley's Jonabell Farm in Kentucky at a fee of $75,000 in 2008. He sired his first Breeders' Cup winner last year when Maryfield won the Filly & Mare Sprint and in total he has sired five Group and Grade 1 winners, including Prix Morny winner and Irish National Stud stallion Elusive City. He stood at $100,000 for 2005-07, but his initial fee was only$10,000 when standing at Gainesborough Farm.
Raven's Pass is out of the Lord At War mare Ascutney, winner of the Miesques Stakes at two and a sister to nine-time winner Words of War, a US Listed winner at four and five.
He was bred by Stonerside Stable and Sheikh Mohammed bought a share in the horse after he finished third in the Dewhurst behind New Approach. The horse became owed outright by Princess Haya / Darley after the outright Stonerside Stud purchase by Darley in September.
Next year's plans are not yet finalised for Raven's Pass and John Ferguson, Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor, would not be drawn on the subject by Florida's governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the prize-giving ceremony.