08/22/2013 12:44PM

Yorkshire Oaks win earns The Fugue berth in Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf


The Fugue won her first stakes of 2013 in Thursday’s $506,000 Yorkshire Oaks at York Racecourse in England, a win that could lead to a start in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in France in October.

Trained by John Gosden for Andrew Lloyd-Webber, The Fugue, a 4-year-old filly by Dansili, earned an automatic berth to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita in early November through the Breeders’ Cup’s Win and You’re In program.

Ridden by William Buick, The Fugue won the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks for fillies and mares over 1 1/2 miles on turf by four lengths over Venus de Milo, the runner-up in the Irish Oaks on July 20. Secret Gesture was third in the field of seven.

Buick had The Fugue (2-1) behind pacesetter Scintillula for the first mile, and took the lead in the final furlong before drawing clear. The Yorkshire Oaks was The Fugue’s first win since the Group 1 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse in August 2012. Last fall, she was a troubled third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita.

Earlier this year, The Fugue finished behind Al Kazeem in two major stakes in England– third in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 19 and last of seven in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park on July 6.

Gosden said the Arc de Triomphe on Oct. 6 is a possibility provided the turf course at Longchamp is not too soft.

Lucky Kristale takes Lowther, a WAYI

Lucky Kristale won for the fourth time in five starts when she captured the Group 2 Lowther Stakes by one and one-half lengths over Queen Catrine in the secondary feature on Thursday at York.

Lucky Kristale, the race’s co-favorite, rallied from off the pace under jockey Tom Queally to score a convincing victory while giving weight to her eight rivals in the six-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies.

The Lowther is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” race linked to the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf, but trainer George Margarson downplayed the chances of shipping to Santa Anita, suggesting he wanted to keep Lucky Kristale in shorter races this season.

It was the second straight Group 2 score for Lucky Kristale, a daughter of Lucky Story who had captured the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes last month at Newmarket.

◗ The stakes winners My Catch, Saayerr, and Wilshire Boulevard meet in Saturday’s $311,400 Gimcrack Stakes, a Group 2 over six furlongs for 2-year-olds at York.

The race drew a field of seven. Cable Bay, second to Saayerr in the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at Goodwood on Aug. 1, is considered another major threat.