10/31/2011 3:12PM

Breeders' Cup: Sarafina steals Midday's thunder in Turf; Euros also strong in Filly and Mare Turf

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Midday has been made 4-1 on the morning line for the Turf. Another European mare, Sarafina, is favored.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Midday, as expected, will make her third Breeders’ Cup appearance in the BC Turf rather than the Filly and Mare Turf, the race she won in 2009 and in which she finished second here last year.

The Turf was listed as Midday’s first preference over the Filly and Mare Turf when pre-entries were taken Oct. 24, and Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner-breeder Juddmonte Farms, confirmed a couple days later that the Turf was indeed the intended target for the 5-year-old mare. Midday drew post 4 when final BC entries were taken and post positions assigned Monday, but – at least until the race is run – she will not be the leading lady in the $3 million Turf.

Instead, it was 4-year-old filly Sarafina (post 2, Christophe Lemaire) who was made the race’s 5-2 morning-line favorite, with Midday third choice on the line at 4-1. Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia pegged Await the Dawn (post 6, Julien Leparoux) the race’s 7-2 second choice, but Midday, Sea Moon (post 7, Ryan Moore), or St Nicholas Abbey (post 1, Joseph O’Brien), could easily fill that spot. What’s certain is that Europeans will, rightfully, dominate the Turf betting. Shortest price among the four Americans in the race is 10-1 on Dean’s Kitten (post 3, Ramon Dominguez), and his odds could easily drift higher.

Midday will be ridden as usual by Tom Queally, but trainer Henry Cecil – who travelled with her to the Breeders’ Cup the last two years – will not be here to oversee Midday’s final preparations and saddle her on race day. Cecil also trains Frankel, the top miler in Europe, and a horse that Breeders’ Cup would have loved to attract this year. Frankel instead won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Oct. 15 and will be put away for the rest of 2011.

Even with Midday’s absence, the $2 million Filly and Mare Turf is rife with capable Euros both current and former. French shipper Announce (post 6, Maxime Guyon, 9-2 morning-line) was beaten a nose in the Prix de l’Opera on Oct. 2 at Longchamp, and the filly that edged her, Nahrain, also was entered in the Filly and Mare Turf. Nahrain, trained by Roger Varian, drew post 5 and was made the 7-2 morning-line second choice. Frankie Dettori, aboard for the Opera win, was named to ride. Dettori, however, begins a suspension on Saturday and can only accept mounts on the first day of Breeders’ Cup racing.

Misty for Me, the other Euro shipper, fared somewhat poorly at the draw, landing post 12. The Filly and Mare Turf is contested around three bends at 1 3/8 miles, and there is a fairly short run into the first turn. Aidan O’Brien trains Misty for Me, with Ryan Moore named to ride.

Stacelita, formerly based in France but imported to the U.S. and transferred to trainer Chad Brown this past summer, drew favorably in post 2. The mount of Ramon Dominguez, Stacelita was made the 2-1 morning-line favorite on the strength of recent wins in the Flower Bowl and Beverly D.

Fantasia, among the Filly and Mare Turf pre-entries, was not entered in the race. Her trainer, Jonathan Sheppard, won the 2008 Filly-Mare Turf with Forever Together.

Turf, Post Time: 4:45 ET Saturday

Purse: $3,000,000; 1 1/2 mile; gr. I

Post

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

ML Odds

1

St. Nicholas Abbey

Aiden O'Brien

Joseph O'Brien

9-2

1

Sarafina

Alain de Royer-Dupre

Christope Lemaire

5-2

1

Dean's Kitten

Michael Maker

Ramon Dominguez

10-1

1

Stately Victor

Michael Maker

Mike Smith

30-1

1

Teaks North

Justin Sallusto

Javier Castellano

20-1

1

Await The Dawn

Aidan O'Brien

Julien Leparoux

7-2

1

Sea Moon

Michael Stoute

Ryan Moore

4-1

1

Brilliant Speed

Tom Albertrani

John Velazquez

20-1

1

Midday

Henry Cecil

Tom Queally

4-1


Filly and Mare Turf, Post Time: 6:50 ET Friday

Purse: $2,000,000; 1 3/8 mile; gr. I

Post

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

ML Odds

1

Dubawi Heights

Simon Callaghan

Joel Rosario

8-1

1

Stacelita

Chad Brown

Ramon Dominguez

2-1

1

Harmonious

John Shirreffs

Martin Garcia

30-1

1

Cambina

Jeff Bonde

Garret Gomez

30-1

1

Nahrain

Roger Varian

Frankie Dettori

7-2

1

Announce

Andre Fabre

Maxime Guyon

9-2

1

Aruna

Graham Motion

Julien Leparoux

6-1

1

Perfect Shirl

Roger Attfield

John Velazquez

30-1

1

Shared Account

Graham Motion

Edgar Prado

30-1

1

Distorted Legacy

Angel Penna Jr.

Rajiv Maragh

30-1

1

Dynaslew

Seth Benzel

Corey Nakatani

30-1

1

Misty For Me

Aidan O'Brien

Ryan Moore

10-1