Breeders’ Cup Turf On The Horizon; Impressive win by the Argentinian Sir Winsalot
Breeders’ Cup Turf On The Horizon by Sigi Mendoza; Impressive win by the Argentinian Sir Winsalot: The first South American “Win and You’re In” for the 2014 Breeders’ Cup was contested this past Saturday, May 24, 2014 in San Isidro, Argentina.
The new sensation Sir Winsalot won the Gran Premio 25 de Mayo (GI) running 1 ½ miles on the turf. He won by 12 lengths and won his way into the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Turf to be run on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.
A 3-year-old son of Lasting Approval (USA) – Condicionada (ARG) by Rainbow Corner (GB) clocked 2:32.36 and now has a record of 7:5:1. He had a good start and ran second for most of the race behind Don’t Worry in the Gran Premio 25 de Mayo, just waiting for the moment to make his move. It was in the stretch where he demonstrated superiority coming home easily and the last 2 furlongs were a monologue.
After Sir Winsalot’s monster effort in the 2014 Gran Premio 25 de Mayo, his connections can dream and try to beat tougher boys in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. Sir Winsalot was ridden by the Brazilian jockey Altair Domingos and is trained by Jose Luis Palacios.
The favorite, Soy Carambolo, one of the best stayers on the turf in Argentina and former winner of Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini (GI), was a distant second, and never a threat. Damaskino coming from the clouds was third and the Brazilian Ganesh was fourth.
Sir Winsalot’s quality is legitimized, with only seven starts, it is proven he can handle the distance with no problem. He was beaten in the Gran Premio de Honor (GI) on the dirt by only a head, when the winner, Mystery Train, set a new track record and he’s now beaten the champion Soy Carambolo. For all indications, Sir Winsalot’s connections will give him a shot to run in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Turf and he definitely has become a horse to watch.
The 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championship races will take place on Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st. Follow the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” schedule for recaps and replays.
2014 Gran Premio 25 de Mayo Replay:
Sigi Mendoza lives in Barquisimeto, Venezuela and is a regular guest handicapper and contributor specializing in South American horses for Lady and The Track. Follow Sigi on twitter by clicking here.