02/29/2016 12:10PM

Regally bred Faufiler breaks through at Gulfstream


The regally bred Faufiler posted her first U.S. victory with an upset in the Sand Springs Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

The daughter of international titan Galileo rallied for a one-length victory over the favored Partisan Politics, finishing the mile in a sharp 1:33.01 and giving jockey Edgar Prado his first victory since returning from six broken ribs.

Bred in Ireland by the Niarchos family, Faufiler is out of 2003 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Six Perfections. The mare – from the family of the Niarchos family’s champion Miesque, prominent sire Kingmambo, and others – is also the dam of Group 2 winner Planet Five.

Faufiler began her career as a multiple stakes winner in France for trainer Pascal Bary but was unplaced in her first two U.S. outings last fall for Graham Motion.

“I thought her last race was just a complete disaster,” Motion said. “It was a bad night, it rained hard, the turf was very soft, we kind of hustled her out of there to get her in the race, and it was just a disaster. I told Edgar today there was no pressure.”