Tuesday is victorious in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf
At the top of the Keeneland stretch, it looked like In Italian would run off with the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. After setting the pace from the gate, swinging wide and charging away from rival Lady Speightspeare, the Chad Brown trainee’s position seemed solid — until Tuesday came.
Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien, who teamed up to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and the Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday, struck again.
Moore and Tuesday were shuffled in early traffic immediately out of the gate and settled for a crowded spot mid-pack going into the first turn, sitting eighth to the outside of Going to Vegas along the backstretch, well off early fractions of :22.82 and :46.38. They had to initiate their run going into the far turn because they had so much ground to make up, and swung five or six wide going into the stretch, taking aim at the leaders and finding a gear that easily carried her past In Italian and Lady Speightspeare by one length at the line.
“The race was very straight forward,” Moore said. “Pace was strong and even. She was in a good rhythm. I was always confident and finished up very well. Aidan (O’Brien) had her in an unbelievable place today. The horse has been magnificent and has been most of year. She has bounced back.”
The final time for the 1 3/16 miles on firm turf was 1:51.88.
Brown suggested the pace did not set up well for In Italian.
“She ran great, but was going way too fast,” Brown said. “I’m really disappointed with the fractions, but what am I going to do. 1:10 for three-quarters is just punishing there. She ran her heart out and I’m really proud of her effort. The winner ran quite well. It was a good horse race – I just wish we could have hit that three-quarter marker in something other than 1:10.”
Tuesday came to the race from off-the-board finishes in the G1 Prix de l’Opera and G1 Vermeille but earlier this season won the G1 Cazoo Oaks at Epsom and was second in the G1 Yorkshire Oaks. In her last race, she missed out to both Nashwa (the beaten 5-2 favorite in the Breeders’ Cup) and Above The Curve.
Tuesday paid $10.38 to win. Favored Nashwa was fourth.
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The 3-year-old is a Coolmore-bred daughter of Galileo and Danehill Dancer mare Lillie Langtry. She is owned by Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Westerberg Ltd.
Tuesday is a June foal.
“It’s incredible for everyone that’s involved in the whole place,” said O’Brien. “She’s a filly that won the (Epsom) Oaks when she was barely three and we were conscious of that and we let her dally through the rest of the year. We had our eye on this race for her. She’s an amazing filly from an unbelievable pedigree as well. Totally 100 percent homebred which makes this incredible and a privilege for us. Ryan (Moore) gave her a stunning ride.
REPLAY: Tuesday wins the $2 Million @MakersMark #BreedersCup Filly & Mare Turf at @keenelandracing! Congrats to all of the connections! pic.twitter.com/bBlwmJeKtm
— Breeders’ Cup (@BreedersCup) November 5, 2022