07/29/2012 5:58PM

Deauville: Elusive Kate goes gate to wire in Prix Rothschild


Elusive Kate is based in England with trainer John Gosden, but the filly loves racing in France. She travelled to Deauville for the Group 1 Prix Rothschild on Sunday and led all the way, running her French record to 4 for 4 while winning for the third time in as many starts on the Deauville course.

Sent straight to the lead by jockey William Buick, Elusive Kate set a comfortable tempo in a short field, galloping along the rail as Mashoora tugged away in second and Golden Lilac sat third. Buick got busy on Elusive Kate about three furlongs from the finish and had plenty of late zip to hold off Golden Lilac, who bid at the leader without ever closing significant ground. Golden Lilac was clearly second, followed home by Mashoora, Sagawara, and a flat Immortal Verse.

Owned by Teruya Yoshida, Elusive Kate is a 3-year-old Elusive Quality filly bred by Clovelly Farms in the United States. Apparently most comfortable at distances of about one mile, she won for the fifth time in eight races, her only really subpar performance coming when she finished eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf last fall.

* In Germany, Pastorious showed that his upset win in the German Derby was no fluke, romping to an eight-length victory over Durban Thunder on Sunday at Munich in the Group 1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis – Bayerisches Zuchtrennen.