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.
Mighty Heart will attempt to become the first Canadian Triple Crown winner since Wando in 2003 when he runs in the Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine on October 24. The 1 1/2-mile race drew a field of 12.
Six group 1 races top a brilliant card at Longchamp in Paris, France on Sunday, October 4, headed of course by the 2020 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The great mare Enable is seeking to win her third Arc, a feat which has never been accomplished, after she ran second last year.
Free expert picks for the 2020 Woodbine Mile at Woodbine Racetrack on September 19. Preakness winner War of Will takes on unbeaten Shirl’s Speight in the one-mile turf race worth $1 million.
The 161st Queen’s Plate will be run September 12, 2020, after originally being scheduled for June. Clayton and Curlin’s Voyage are the favorites in a 14-horse field set to go 1 1/4 miles for $1 million.