10/05/2014 2:27PM

American-owned We Are takes Prix de l'Opera


We Are, a 3-year-old filly owned by American George Strawbridge, ended a troubled season on Sunday with a narrow victory over Ribbons in the $500,000 Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris.

The Prix de l’Opera was one of six Group 1 races for Thoroughbreds on the undercard of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. It was also a Breeders' Cup Win and You're In event for the Filly and Mare Turf.

We Are (7-1) closed from the back of the field of 11 to win by a neck over 4-1 Ribbons in the race over 1 1/4 miles on turf. We Are was ridden by Thierry Jarnet for trainer Freddie Head.

The Prix de l’Opera was the second time that We Are finished first in a Group 1 race this year. She won the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary in May, but was later disqualified from the purse because of an excessive amount of testosterone. The overage was attributed to a previous operation in which she had an ovary removed. We Are is a 3-year-old filly by Dansili.

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Head said after the race that We Are would resume training next year, and compared her to Moonlight Cloud, a six-time Group 1 winner for Strawbridge from 2011 to 2013.

The day’s top race for 2-year-olds, the $437,500 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere over seven furlongs, was decided in the stewards’  room after Gleneagles was disqualified and placed third for causing interference in the stretch.

Full Mast, a Kentucky-bred colt by Mizzen Mast, was awarded first, leaving 13-1 Territories second and Gleneagles third in a field of nine. Full Mast races for Juddmonte Farms and is trained by Criquette Head-Maarek. The race was a Breeders' Cup Win and You're In event for the Juvenile Turf.

In the $375,000 Prix Marcel Boussac for 2-year-olds fillies over a mile, Found, by Galileo, won her first stakes, pulling clear by 2 1/2 lengths over 2-1 favorite Ervedya. The race was part of the Breeders' Cup Win and You're In program for the Juvnile Fillies Turf.

Found (3-1) was ridden by Ryan Moore for trainer Aidan O’Brien. The filly is owned by Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith,  and Michael Tabor.

There were two sprints on the program – the $437,500 Prix de l’Abbaye over a straightaway five furlongs and the $375,000 Prix de la Foret over seven furlongs.

Move In Time, a 31-1 outsider, won the Prix de l’Abbaye by a head over 16-1 Rangali, taking the lead in the final stride. Move In Time, a 6-year-old gelding by Monsieur Bond, races for a partnership and David O’Meara.  Daniel Tudhope rode Move In Time.

Olympic Glory won his third Group 1 race in the last year in the Prix de la Foret, a Breeders' Cup Win and You're In event for the Mile. Ridden by Frankie Dettori for trainer Richard Hannon, Olympic Glory closed from the back of the field to finish two lengths in front of Gordon Lord Byron. Olympic Glory, a 4-year-old colt by Choisir, is owned by Al Shabab Racing and is scheduled to go to stud this winter.

In the longest race on the program, High Jinx (4-1) led throughout the $375,000 Prix du Cadran over 2 1/2 miles, holding off a late threat from 5-1 Bathyron.  High Jinx, a 6-year-old gelding by High Chaparral, is trained by James Fanshawe.

riddick More than 1 year ago
I was wondering when DRF would get to that. That was my best play. an old buddy of mine used to hang out with him told me years ago Strawbridge only runs in French Grade 1's. If you did not recognize the name anyone in Pennsylvania knew what 'We Are' means We Are..... We Are.... Penn State!
O4theluvofgod More than 1 year ago
Not sure why the headline "American-owned" George Strawbridge has been a pretty big owner in Europe for 30 years
Diana Levy More than 1 year ago
Happy to see We Are get a GR1 win after Mr Strawbridge took the DQ in a manner few owners would. No appeal even though the racing board acknowledged the overage of testosterone was NOT due to any foreign substance being given to the filly. He accepted they were following the letter of the law if not the true intent.