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National Thoroughbred Racing Assn.
|July 30, 2007
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WHITNEY WINNER LAWYER RON BECOMES FIRST BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE WINNER TO QUALIFY FOR BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC
My Typhoon (IRE), Diabolical and Ginger Punch also receive automatic berths into World Championships
Hines Racing’s Lawyer Ron became the first Breeders’ Cup Challenge winner to qualify for a starting position in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge after the 4-year-old chestnut colt powered to a four-length victory in Saturday’s Grade I Whitney Handicap over Wanderin Boy at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is a series of 24 U.S. qualifying races at six of America’s premier race tracks whose winners gain automatic starting positions into corresponding races into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Lawyer Ron covered the 1 1/8 miles in track record time of 1:46.64 under jockey John Velasquez. Lawyer Ron, who won the Oaklawn Handicap earlier this year, finished ninth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.
Thirteen starting positions now remain in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which is limited to 14 starters. The next Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying races for the Classic are the Pacific Classic on August 19 at Del Mar, the Goodwood from Oak Tree at Santa Anita on September 29 and the Jockey Club Gold Cup on September 30 at Belmont Park.
Earlier in the day at Saratoga, Live Oak Plantation’s My Typhoon (IRE) became the first Breeders’ Cup Challenge winner to gain a spot in the Championships when the 5-year-old mare captured the $500,000 Grade 1 Diana Stakes by three quarters of a length under jockey Eddie Castro.
My Typhoon, trained by Bill Mott, earned an automatic starting position in the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. The chestnut daughter of Giant’s Causeway covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:34.52 over a firm turf course.
The 4-year-old colt Diabolical, ridden by Mario Pino, became the first automatic qualifier into the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint after his half-length victory over Attila’s Storm in the Grade II, $250,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap. Owned by Puglisi Stables and Steve Klesaris, and trained by Klesaris, Diabolical completed the six furlongs in 1:08.67.67.
Ginger Punch, owned by Stronach Stables and trained by Bobby Frankel, earned a starting berth into the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Distaff, following a dominating six-length win in the $250,000, Grade 1 Go for Wand Handicap. A 4-year-old chestnut daughter of 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Awesome Again, Ginger Punch ran the 1 1/8 miles in 1:36.67 under jockey Rafael Bejarano.
“The Breeders’ Cup Challenge - Presented by Emirates Airline” continues on Saturday, August 11 at Arlington Park (ABC, 4-6 p.m.) in Arlington Heights, Ill., with two qualifying races for the $3 million John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf in the Arlington Million and Secretariat Stakes, and for a spot in the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf in the Beverly D.
Breeders’ Cup Limited administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships; Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships consisting of 11 races and $23 million in purses. The organization also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, and the Breeders’ Cup Stakes Program. Breeders’ Cup Ltd. is located in Lexington, Ky. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com.
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