05/13/2012 5:31PM

France: Lucayan surprises in French 2000 Guineas


Lucayan, untested in group stakes competition, upset the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas) on Sunday at Longchamp in Paris.

Fast-closing third-place finisher Furner’s Green, trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Joseph O’Brien, broke a foreleg after the finish and had to be euthanized. The horse’s rider fell but was reportedly uninjured.

Lucayan, a Turtle Bowl colt owned trained by Francois Rohaut and ridden by Stephane Pasquier, had 2 wins and 2  second-place finishes from 4 starts before Sunday’s race, but those successes had netted only about $69,000 in prize money, while, by comparison, the winner’s share of Sunday’s race was about $330,000.

Lucayan edged another surprising  performer, Veneto, by a head after Veneto had set the pace and driven to a clear lead in upper stretch. Finishing fastest was  Furner’s Green, who encountered traffic trouble about a quarter-mile out that might have cost him victory. Dabirsim, one of the highest-rated European 2-year-olds of 2011, was checked in the same jam-up that compromised Furner’s Green, but appears to prefer distances shorter than this one-mile trip and lacked a strong kick once clear, finishing sixth. Stewards reviewed the crowding incident but let the result stand.

The winning time for a one-turn mile run over good-to-soft going was 1:37.11.

Rrench 1000 Guineas: Beauty Parlour remains unbeaten

In the $580,127 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas), Beauty Parlour won her fourth race from as many starts, rallying down the outside of the course to beat Up by one length.

Beauty Parlour won twice last season and now is 2 for 2 at age 3, capturing her first start at the Group 1 level with a performance more solid that flashy.  Kept in the clear by jockey Christophe Soumillon, Beauty Parlour took the lead inside the last quarter-mile of the one-mile race, and despite changing leads several times in the final straightaway she held Up at bay by a comfortable margin. Up, rated near the back of a 13-horse field, finished 1 3/4 lengths in front of third-place Topeka, who also closed from the rear.

The winner, a daughter of Japanese stallion Deep Impact, is trained for owner Ecurie Wildenstein by Elie Lellouche. Her winning time was 1:37.15.

Leopardstown: Wrote third in Derby Trial

Wrote, winner of the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and third on Tapeta earlier this year in the UAE Derby, could only finish third on Sunday at Leopardstown in the Group 2 Derby Trial Stakes. Wrote ran one-paced through the homestretch of the 10-furlong race, finishing more than seven lengths behind the runner-up, his Aidan O’Brien-trained stablemate Tower Rock, who in turn was a neck behind the victorious Light Heavy.