08/28/2016 12:44PM

Savoir Vivre leads throughout in winning France's Grand Prix de Deauville


DEL MAR, Calif. - Savoir Vivre, the only 3-year-old in a field of four, led throughout Sunday’s $224,520 Grand Prix de Deauville to win the first group stakes of his career in the turf marathon at Deauville Racecourse in France.

Ridden by Maxime Guyon, Savoir Vivre (7-2) led throughout the 1 9/16-mile race, and held off a late threat from Siljan’s Saga, the only mare in the field. Siljan’s Saga won the Group 2 Grand Prix de Deauville in 2015.

Savoir Vivre led by more than five lengths in the final half-mile and was fully extended to win by a neck. Erupt, the 7-10 favorite, finished third, 1 3/4 lengths behind the winner. Garlingari was last of the four.

Savoir Vivre, by the In the Wings stallion Alderflug, races for Stall Ullmann and trainer Jean-Pierre Carvalho. Savoir Vivre was second in the Group 1 German Derby at Hamburg in July.

Caravaggio, the leading 2-year-old male in Europe this year, may not start again this season because of a strained ribcage muscle, trainer Aidan O’Brien told the press in Ireland on Sunday.

Caravaggio is the future-book favorite for the English 2000 Guineas next May and was expected to start in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse in England on Sept. 24. Sunday’s announcement puts that race in doubt.

O’Brien said Caravaggio has recovered from the injury, but may not have time to prepare for the Middle Park Stakes at six furlongs on turf. If Caravaggio misses the Middle Park Stakes, he will not race for the rest of the year. A start in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 5 is under consideration if Caravaggio makes the Middle Park Stakes.

A Kentucky-bred by Scat Daddy, Caravaggio is unbeaten in four starts, including a win in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes on turf at The Curragh in Ireland on Aug. 7.

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