Karakontie (JPN) Shooting for a Repeat in the $2 Million Breeders’ Cup Mile
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Thu 22/10/2015 - 21:58 EDT
Karakontie (JPN) is poised to defend his crown in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) and try to become the sixth horse to win multiple editions of the prestigious race, joining elite runners Miesque, Lure, Da Hoss, Goldikova and Wise Dan.
A four-year-old son of Bernstein bred and owned by Flaxman Holdings, the same connections that campaigned two-time Mile winner Miesque, the bay colt has been on the board in eight of his eleven starts and is a five-time winner. Last year, he pulled a massive upset at odds of 30-1 to win the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) as a three-year-old in a thrilling last to first move from off of the pace. It was his second victory of the year.
Karakontie (JPN) trying to regain winning form
This year, as a four-year-old, he will be trying to move forward and earn his first win of the season. He has had two races in France and made his first one at Longchamp off of a nine-month layoff where he finished sixth against Group 1 competition. He showed improvement last time out and was third, beaten two-lengths, in the Prix du Moulin (G1). Karakontie (JPN) will begin his stallion career at Gainesway in Kentucky upon his retirement following the Breeders’ Cup.
Esoterique (IRE) a tough mare against the boys
There is a strong European contingent coming over for the Breeders’ Cup including Esoterique (IRE), the highly-regarded mare who has proven she can be competitive against top class male rivals. She has been on the board in all five starts this year and comes into the Mile (G1) off of back to back Group 1 victories for trainer Andre Fabre. Lea, trained by Bill Mott, tops the list of the locally-based starters. The Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) will be run on Saturday, October 31.
Players trying to look beyond prohibitive favorite Tepin in the September 17 Woodbine Mile will surely have their work cut out for them as the superstar mare tackles seven rivals on the grass.
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown goes Tuesday night from Fort Erie race track, where Sir Dudley Digges will try to take another step toward Canadian racing history.
On Sunday, Woodbine will host the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, Canada’s most prestigious race. Restricted to horses foaled in Canada, the classic mile and a quarter contest has drawn a field of thirteen three-year-olds.
A spectacular card of graded stakes action has been assembled for Saturday at Belmont Park and the $1 million Ogden Phipps is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races of the day. The Grade 1 event for fillies and mares will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.