10/05/2014 12:50PM

Treve wakes up to repeat as Arc champion

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At no point during this, her 4-year-old campaign, had Treve looked like the filly who had won the 2013 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe by five lengths. Until Sunday. And then – suddenly, unexpectedly, decisively, and wonderfully – the Treve of old returned. She burst to the lead with a quarter-mile to go and won the Arc for the second year in a row, a remarkable form reversal from a filly many thought would never win again. 

Treve became the first horse since Alleged in 1977 and 1978 to win consecutive Arcs. She was not quite as explosive this year as last, but her margin of victory still was two lengths, and Treve never looked in danger after making the front without being asked at the top of the Longchamp homestretch. From there, Treve bounded home under hearty encouragement from Thierry Jarnet, whose fourth Arc win came 22 years after his first on Subotica in 1992.

Flintshire ran the race of his life to nab second, 1 1/4 lengths in front of the 3-year-old filly Taghrooda, who was hung wide the entire trip. Kingston Hill, the English Derby runner-up and St. Leger winner, had an even worse draw than Taghrooda and ran well to get fourth. The Japanese were again denied a greatly desired Arc win, with 3-year-old filly Harp Star – put into the race far too late by her rider -- in sixth, bettering eighth-place Just a Way and 14th-place Gold Ship. French 3-year-old filly Avenir Certain took the first loss of her career, finishing 11th, while her well backed 3-year-old stablemate Ectot, faded to 17th.

Treve, purchased from the Head family by Sheikh Joaan al Thani’s Al Shaqab Racing during the summer of 2013, almost certainly made her final start Sunday, though trainer Criquette Head-Maarek left open the slimmest chance of one further race this year. She was timed in 2:26.05 for 1 1/2 miles on good going, the second-fastest Arc in the last 10 years.

Ground that firm was supposed to work against Treve, who had battled foot and back problems this season. Her 2014 debut had produced a good second to the excellent Cirrus des Aigles, but Treve then finished a tame third in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and fourth in her Arc prep, the Prix Vermeille.

It would have been no surprise had Treve’s retirement been announced after the Vermeille, but Head-Maarek pushed on, asserting after a final major workout this week that Treve had a decent chance to get back to her best in the Arc. And she was right. Saving ground all the way while racing in mid-division, Treve got a great trip under Jarnet, and she made the most of it. The win was her sixth from nine starts and earned her the winner’s share of a $6.2 million purse.

More than that, it changed her place in racing history. Before Sunday, Treve was merely a brilliant Arc winner, a filly who had taken advantage of a major weight break in 2013 because of her age and sex, and who had failed to train on at 4. Sunday, she staked a much greater claim

riddick More than 1 year ago
I watched video of her 3 races this year, combined with the 'experts' I jumped off her. I had the Exacta in 2013. Well this year, watching video did not tell the whole story. she look good in her last race not grate and the Jockey (Jarnet) did not help with his negative comments after the previous race. go figure should have trusted the trainer. she was right and man o man the Head family can flat out train.
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
I watched the Prix Vermelle SShe looked pretty good but not great in that one. I wish I did not watch the race. . that lady can train her butt off
David More than 1 year ago
I had Tag and Kingston hill and a few others and threw out Treve and Ectot. Treve looked awfully good winning and my very first thought after the race was "She got the shot". Food for thought!
Hurval Wray More than 1 year ago
What's up with TVG paying 3/1 ? 14/1 at the Off
O4theluvofgod More than 1 year ago
She was coupled with the 2nd fav Ectot in pari-mutual (same owner) That's what I love about English betting, You can get the pari-mutual or single odds, She returned at 11/1.
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
huh? coupled with Ectot? so if treve wins you get 3-1 instead of 12-1 but if Ectot loses you get nothing?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
United States pools are not comingled with the tracks pools.
O4theluvofgod More than 1 year ago
I think the US just pays whatever the Pari-mutual/Tote pools are from overseas, It's the same in Europe as clearly overseas money can't affect the pool so whatever the return is on-track is what the US pool returns. We have the same thing in Europe when we bet on US racing, Whatever the US return is we get that when we bet Tote odds rather than the what money has been put in the pool over here. I mean what are the chances the US pool is exactly the same as the Longchamp pool, highly unlikely that both returned 3/1 independently.
Tim Sr. More than 1 year ago
I don't think I've been involved in such an F-ed up situation. No where on the Twinspires site was there mention of a coupled entry. The odds and money bet in the pools were correct, it put Treve at off-odds of 12-1 so you can imagine my thoughts when I updated my balance a few minutes later. I called their Customer Service for an explanation but get this, no one knew at Twinspires of the situation, they couldn't explain it. I am going to did into it further. One of them I talked to had no clue as he didn't understand pari-mutual betting!!! Didn't know what a coupled entry was!!!
Joey W More than 1 year ago
I had $40 to win and called also. Not happy at all with Twinspires.
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
Twinspires honored the 13 to 1.......Not sure what you are referring to
Tim Sr. More than 1 year ago
Robert Clayton, if you think Twinspires honored the 13-1 I'd like to have what your drinking. They DID NOT honor the 13-1
Tim Sr. More than 1 year ago
I owe you an apology sir, I just checked my account and indeed TS has credited the account.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
a lot european trainers have concerns over concrete that is painted green
FESTUS ELROY More than 1 year ago
Hey ,Were in the middle of a drought here.your lawn is supposed to be yellow-green.
D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
What a classy filly. Would her connections think about running her back in 4 weeks @ Santa Anita in the Breeders Cup? Seriously I doubt it, but it would be great to see her here.
Barbara Bowen More than 1 year ago
She was retired immediately after the Arc today.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
They actually have not retired her. They said she will retire after this year, and may still run in the Japan Cup or Fillies and Mares o Champions day. Crickett-Head said that they will not run in the Breeders cup as the course is to firm and the mare has had a foot issue all year.
O4theluvofgod More than 1 year ago
Crickett-Head lol, ok that's just lazy!
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Madame Criquette Head-Maarek....THERE!..lol
Barbara Bowen More than 1 year ago
The owner's racing manager said she would be shipped to their farm in Normandy and is retired. Maybe you and the trainer didn't hear him say this, but every media outlet in Europe did. Of course, things can always change...
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
They they flip flopped. Madame Criquette Head-Maarek said that they may run her on champions day, depending on the weather, but then changed their mind. My mistake.
DRFHersh More than 1 year ago
Retired
mike More than 1 year ago
Barbara, Read your little debate with Mr. Ed on Paulick. Too bad your head is in the sand about your hero Baffert. Had a chance over three yrs ago to meet him-passed. Here's the million dollar question,how do you ignore the seven horses that died while in his care? Or does that even warrant a response? He's dirty like many that aren't fit to train. Am a strong believer in karma, think Baffert got a little taste when he fell ill in Dubai. Can't believe around fifteen years ago I actually respected him.