11/03/2012 2:07PM

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf: Delzangles a trainer on the move


ARCADIA, Ca. - There was no lingering to relish a debut Breeders' Cup win for trainer Mikel Delzangles. Just a few hours after winning with his first Breeders' Cup starter, Delzangles boarded a plane and headed even farther from home in France, flying on to Australia, where he has Dunaden as one of the favorites for the prestigious Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.

Delzangles, who flew to California from France mid-week, was asked after Flotilla won the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf if he were stopping home before heading Down Under. Delzangles laughed at the idea of adding more miles to his world tour. "No. Straight there!" he said.

Flotilla, under a good ride from Christophe Lemaire, was a convincing winner of the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf. The victory was just the second of her career, but came in her first race over turf that wasn't wet. The fast going seemed to improve Flotilla, and her connections might try to dodge wet courses when Flotilla returns to racing in 2013. Flotilla, by Mizzen Mast, seems best suited to races of about one mile, at least for the time being, and her connections voiced a preference for making the French 1000 Guineas a major spring goal over the English 1000 Guineas. They will consider going on the road, however, to find the firmer sort of turf that Flotilla might well favor.

Delzangles, a young trainer on the rise, had less luck later on Friday's program when Ridasiyna finished fourth in the Filly and Mare Turf, also under Lemaire. Ridasiyna rallied strongly in the race's latter stages, coming from 11th position with a quarter-mile to run, and was hindered by a slow pace in the race's early stages.


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