10/30/2011 2:06PM

French Fifteen's win in France may bode well for Dear Lavinia in BC Juvenile Fillies Turf


French Fifteen won Sunday’s Group 1 Criterium International for 2-year-olds colts and fillies at Saint-Cloud, France, and in doing so flattered the chances of a European invader in Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Churchill Downs.

French Fifteen, a colt by Turtle Dove, won the Criterium International by 1 1/4 lengths over 11-1 Pakal. Bonfire, a shipper from England, finished third after a troubled trip in which he lacked racing room in the stretch. Learn, trained by Aidan O’Brien, finished fourth after being part of the pace, while Saint Pellerin, the 3-1 favorite, finished seventh in the field of 11.

French Fifteen was ridden by Thierry Thulliez. The colt was at the back of the field early and rallied in the final quarter-mile to take the lead in the final 50 yards. Trained by Nicolas Clement, French Fifteen won his second stakes in the Criterium International, which was worth approximately $350,000.

French Fifteen won the Prix des Fourrages at Craon, France, over a mile on Sept. 5. In that race, he beat Dear Lavinia, who has been pre-entered for the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf. Dear Lavinia was second in the Prix des Fourrages, and later won a stakes at Le Bouscat, France. She was recently bought privately by Bobby Flay.

Tosen Jordan connects at 32-1 in Japan

Tosen Jordan pulled a 32-1 upset in Sunday’s Tenno Sho at $3.2 million at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan, winning a Group 1 races for the first time in his career.

Ridden by Nicola Pinna, Tosen Jordan rallied from well off the pace to win the race over about 1 1/4 miles by a half-length over Dark Shadow, the 9-2 second choice. The final time of 1:56.1 was a course record.

Pelusa finished third in the field of 18, with defending champion Buena Vista finishing fourth. Rose Kingdom, the winner of the 2010 Japan Cup, finished 10th.

Tosen Jordan won Group 2 races in Japan in January and August. A 5-year-old Japanese-bred horse by Jungle Pocket, Tosen Jordan was sidelined with a shoulder injury earlier this year. The horse is trained by the red-hot Yasutoshi Ikee. He trains Orfevre, the winner of the Japanese Triple Crown this year.

After the Tenno Sho, Ikee indicated that Tosen Jordan will be pointed for the Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse on Nov. 27, a race also in the plans for Orfevre.