10/31/2015 6:51PM

Found beats Golden Horn in Breeders' Cup Turf

Debra A. Roma
Found (No. 9) holds off Golden Horn to win the Breeders' Cup Turf by half a length Saturday.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf ended for the most recent winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Golden Horn, just as it had for the first Arc winner to come to the Turf, Dancing Brave in 1986, and the other five Arc winners between the two – in defeat – as the 3-year-old filly Found, beaten both times she’d met Golden Horn, turned the tables and handed him a half-length defeat Saturday at Keeneland.

Golden Horn hardly disgraced himself, but neither did he show his best over a loose, sand-based turf course that, according to jockey Frankie Dettori and trainer John Gosden, blunted his brilliance. Maybe the Arc win quietly sapped him, too, or the labors of a long year that began in mid-January. But whatever the underlying factor, Golden Horn could not suitably respond when Found ran up to him at the furlong grounds. Golden Horn battled back, but he ran out of time while racing for the last time before going off to stud.

It took an excellent horse to hand Golden Horn the second defeat of his career, and Found has not only stood up to a demanding racing schedule this fall but thrived through it. The winner of the Group 1 Marcel Boussac in France to end her 2-year-old campaign, Found ran well but could not break through in two important early-season Group 1s, the English 2000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes, but as the year grew older and the distances got longer, Found got stronger.

She finished second Sept. 12 in the Irish Champion Stakes, won by Golden Horn, was a troubled ninth in the Arc, and returned just 13 days later to rally for second in the Group 1 Champion Stakes. That start came only two weeks ago, but Found somehow found more Saturday.

“She came out of her races well, and everything was going well with her, so we tried this,” said trainer Aidan O’Brien. “She’s an amazing filly. She ran in two champion stakes, an Arc, and a Breeders’ Cup all in little more than a month, and as a 3-year-old filly.”

Found settled in seventh under Ryan Moore and stayed in midpack for about the first mile of the 1 1/2-mile Turf as Shining Copper, a pacemaker for Big Blue Kitten, went off into his own little world, leading the second-place horse by as much as 20 lengths through strong fractions of  24.56 seconds, 48.38, and 1:12.64.

With about a half-mile left to run, and before the far turn, Moore made his key move, gently sending Found up into a stronger position outside and just behind the lead group. Moore said The Pizza Man’s three-wide bid around the second part of the far turn forced his hand earlier than he wanted and led to him making the lead sooner than he preferred, at about the eighth pole, but though Found could not stretch her lead, she dug in and held clear Golden Horn, who battled back along the rail.

“She’s a very good filly, she deserved to win one, and I’m delighted she was able to do it today,” said Moore, who won his eighth Breeders’ Cup race and his second of the weekend.

Found ($14.80), ran 1 1/2 miles on “good” turf in a modest 2:32.06, with the race’s final quarter-mile in a tepid 24.86, an indication of the course’s dull character. Three-quarters of a length behind Golden Horn came Big Blue Kitten, who ran to form, while Slumber finished fourth, followed by The Pizza Man, Da Big Hoss, Red Rifle, Twilight Eclipse, Ordak Dan, Big John B, Shining Copper, and Cage Fighter.

Golden Horn, meanwhile, appeared to have won the Arc comfortably, and all reports from his connections pointed to a horse as strong coming out of the race as he had been going in. Gosden said Golden Horn traveled to the U.S. more than four pounds heavier than when he went into the Arc, and he had made a favorable impression while training here all week. According to his connections, it was the turf, not the demands of the season, that got him beat.

“He just can’t pick up on it, like just can’t skip from it, and he labored at one pace,” Dettori said. “I was struggling from the top of the straight. I was struggling, and he usually flies.”

Golden Horn, a son of Cape Cross, is retired with a record of 7-2-0 from nine starts and wins in four Group 1 races this year. Golden Horn raced without Lasix on Saturday; Found raced on the anti-bleeder medication.

Found gave O’Brien his 10th Breeders’ Cup win and a remarkable fifth in the Turf. Owned by Michael Tabor, Derek Smith, and Mrs. John Magnier, Found is a daughter of Galileo and the Intikhab mare Red Evie. She won for the fourth time in 11 starts, her first major win since the Boussac more than a year ago. Tabor said after the race that O’Brien had told him at the start of the year that Found would be their Arc horse this year. She wasn’t – but she beat an Arc winner Saturday to win the Turf.