10/05/2012 4:51PM

Longchamp: Olympic Glory shoots for Breeders' Cup spot in Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere


Ace English 2-year-old trainer Richard Hannon has his usual bevy of fleet juveniles this season, and he will try to win the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on the Arc undercard on Sunday with Olympic Glory.

The Lagardere is a Win and You’re In event for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

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Olympic Glory is the early favorite among nine entrants in the seven-furlong Lagardere. A son of Choisir, Olympic Glory has won three of his four races, suffering his only defeat when second by less than one length to leading 2-year-old Dawn Approach in the Coventry Stakes in June. Olympic Glory rebounded to win a pair of Group 2 races over Sunday’s seven-furlong trip, and he should be formidable in the Lagardere.

The France-based What a Name could prove the main challenger, having won his last two starts after a debut third in August at Deauville. What a Name on Sept. 9 took the Prix la Rochette, a Longchamp race run at the same distance as Sunday’s.

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The field for the 2-year-old filly counterpart to the Lagardere, the seven-furlong Prix Marcel Boussac, drew a softer field of 10. Purr Along, Peace Burg, Magical Dream, and Agent Allison are barely separable in ante-post wagering on the race, and none of the fillies has yet produced anything close to a definitive performance this year.