Updated on 09/17/2011 5:52PM

Ouija Board invades and conquers

Heavy favorite Ouija Board, with Kieren Fallon riding, gets past her rivals and goes on to a 1 1/2-length victory over Film Maker.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Neither a long trip, slow pace, or soft course could deter Ouija Board from proving she was the best female turf horse in the world following her 1 1/2-length victory over Film Maker in Saturday's $1 million .

Ouija Board, who shipped to Lone Star Park from England on Monday, had also been pre-entered in and gave first preference to the Turf. But after much consideration, her owner-breeder, Lord Derby, and trainer, Edward Dunlop, opted to switch to the Filly and Mare Turf because of the prospect of a less-than-firm grass course on Breeders' Cup day. The turf was officially listed as yielding at Lone Star for the Breeders' Cup card.

Ouija Board, a 3-year-old daughter of Cape Cross, won both the English and Irish Oaks earlier this year and came to America off a third-place finish against males in the prestigious Arc de Triomphe. As a result of that record she paid only $3.80 after covering 1 3/8 miles in 2:18.25 under jockey Kieren Fallon. She was the shortest-priced winner on the Breeders' Cup card.

Moscow Burning set slow fractions of 26.42 seconds, 52.47, and 1:18.50 for the opening six furlongs. Fallon was able to guide Ouija Board into fourth position and get her over to the rail after the field had gone a half-mile, and they remained in perfect striking position until nearing the stretch.

Leaving the final turn, Fallon angled Ouija Board three wide to challenge Film Maker and Moscow Burning for the lead approaching the three-sixteenths pole. Ouija Board reached the front at midstretch and surged away under steady urging. Film Maker attended the pace from the outset, and while no match for the winner withstood the fast-closing Wonder Again by a neck to finish second.

Moscow Burning tired to be fourth. Yesterday was fifth after dwelling at the break. Shaconage, Light Jig, Riskaverse, Super Brand, Katdogawn, Megahertz and Aubonne rounded out the complete order of finish.

"I was very concerned about the pace, but Kieren rode a fantastic race," said Dunlop. "I was also worried about the course. It's a very sharp track, and it was a lot looser than I'd thought it might be, but fortunately she handled it well. She's a fantastic filly and certainly the best female in the world at her distance."

Ouija Board is the only horse Lord Derby has in training this season and the first Dunlop has ever trained for Edward Richard William Stanley, the 19th Earl of Derby. He is descended from a family with a rich tradition in the sport, dating back to the 18th century and for whom the English and Kentucky derbies are named.

"It's a dream came true," said Lord Derby. "This is absolutely unbelievable. Give all the credit to Ed Dunlop and his crew. They did a great job holding this filly together through a very long year. We think she's a world champion now."

Lord Derby said Ouija Board would be given a well-deserved rest and will race again as a 4-year-old in 2005.

Trainer Graham Motion said he was extremely pleased with the performance of Film Maker.

"I'm very happy. We got beat by the best filly in the world," said Motion. "Give all the credit to the winner and her connections. It was very sporting of them to come all the way over here and compete in this race. I felt very good about running my horse today, and I really felt good at the quarter pole as she moved in on the leader. I just didn't know that was Ouija Board right behind her."

Trainer James Toner was also happy with the performance of Wonder Again, who fell far off the slow pace after breaking from post 12 with jockey Edgar Prado, and then finished best of all.

"She ran a great race," said Toner, who won the inaugural Filly and Mare Turf with Soaring Softly in 1999. "It was all about post position, and Edgar had to take her way back to get covered up, because that's the way she likes to run."