10/17/2012 4:42PM

Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf: Siyouma, Dayatthespa unlikely for race

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Michael Burns
Siyouma, winner of the E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine, is unlikely to start in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

When Nahrain won last month’s Grade 1 Flower Bowl and Marketing Mix the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive, the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf on Nov. 2 logically became the next-race goal for the two fillies.

Just don’t count on the winners of last week’s Grade 1 E.P. Taylor and Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II to follow them. Siyouma, the E.P. Taylor winner, appears bound for a race in Japan or Hong Kong, and Dayatthespa, the Queen Elizabeth II winner, is more likely to pursue a race such as Nov. 25 Matriarch at Betfair Hollywood Park than the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita, their trainers said.

Few if any horses from E.P. Taylor or Queen Elizabeth II are expected back for the Filly and Mare Turf. The connections of runners from those races who had harbored Breeders’ Cup aspirations were left disappointed by poor performances.

As usual, there will be European representation in the Filly and Mare Turf. Adrian Beaumont of the International Racing Bureau considers The Fugue, Nahrain, and I’m A Dreamer as the best of the Europeans whose connections have announced intentions to run.

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Nahrain and I’m A Dreamer have already shipped to the United States to win Grade 1 races, while The Fugue is a Group 1 winner in Britain at the Filly and Mare Turf race distance of 1 1/4 miles.

Ridasiyna, winner of the Group 1 Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp, would rate as another player if she competes, though as of midday Wednesday no decision had been announced for her next start. With the Prix de l’Opera being a Win and You’re In qualifying race, she earned an expenses-paid berth in the Breeders’ Cup, though other races are reportedly also under consideration for her.

Not racing in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf is First Lady winner Tapitsfly, trainer Dale Romans said. She has raced primarily in races at a mile to 1 1/16 miles this year, and the 1 1/4-mile distance of the race seems beyond her best.

scott More than 1 year ago
The Fugue wins this by daylight.