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Daughter of Mizzen Mast Wins BC Juvenile Fillies Turf
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6th at SABreeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf  [1m (T)]Winner: Flotilla (Fr), f, 2 by Mizzen Mast
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Friday, Santa Anita
, $909,000, SAX, 11-2, 2yo, f, 1mT, 1:34 3/5, fm.
1--FLOTILLA (FR), 122, f, 2, by Mizzen Mast
1st Dam: Louvain (Ire) (GSW-US, MSP-Fr, $223,742), by Sinndar (Ire)
2nd Dam: Flanders (Ire), by Common Grounds (GB)
3rd Dam: Family at War, by Explodent
(€120,000 yrl '11 ARQAUG). O-Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani; B-Eric Puerari, Oceanic Bloodstock & Ariane Gravereaux (FR); T-Mikel Delzangles; J-Christophe P Lemaire. $540,000. Lifetime Record: 5-2-0-0, $582,232. *1/2 to Louvakhova (Ire) (Maria's Mon), SW, $116,316. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.

2--Watsdachances (Ire), 122, f, 2, Diamond Green (Fr)--High Finance (Ire), by Entrepreneur (GB). O-Michael E Kisber, Bradley Thoroughbreds & Nelson McMakin; B-P G Lyons (IRE); T-Chad C Brown. $180,000.

3--Summer of Fun, 122, f, 2, Include--Royal Innocence, by Royal Anthem. ($70,000 RNA yrl '11 KEESEP; $95,000 2yo '12 OBSMAR). O-Bona Venture Stables; B-Olin Gentry, Thomas Gaines & Burkewo Bloodstock (KY); T-George Weaver. $99,000.

Margins: 1 1/4, HF, 1. Odds: 11.40, 6.00, 43.30.
Also Ran: Tara from the Cape, The Gold Cheongsam (Ire), Waterway Run, Moonwalk, Sky Lantern (Ire), Nancy O (Ire), Infanta Branca, Flashy Ways, Kitten's Point, Spring Venture, Oscar Party. Scratched: Moulin De Mougin, Sustained. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.
   No European filly had won this event in its first four runnings, but it seemed only a matter of time. Though most would have expected that favored G1 Moyglare Stud S. heroine Sky Lantern (Ire) (Red Clubs {Ire}) would be the one to take the trophy back across the pond, it was unsung French filly Flotilla who sailed her way to a convincing success. Well-beaten first out going 5 1/2 panels at Chantilly in June, the dark bay donned cap and gown when stretched to seven at Clairefontaine the following month. Only fifth in Chantilly's one-mile G3 Prix d'Aumale Sept. 11, Flotilla was a close-up fourth last time in the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp Oct. 7 while enduring some traffic trouble. Traveling in and among horses in midpack while perhaps a bit keen, Flotilla was forced to steady slightly on the far turn as she ran up on heels. Rider Christophe Lemaire didn't panic, and he patiently waited for a seam at the head of the lane. The seas parted, and Flotilla bounded home powerfully to leave Watsdachances in her wake. Sky Lantern made no impact, and encountered mild trouble in the stretch to finish eighth. "This is great--absolutely great," said winning trainer Mikel Delzangles, who will look to repeat in the G1 Melbourne Cup with Dunaden (Fr) (Nicobar {GB}) this coming Tuesday. "It was a good preliminary for Australia." Lemaire added, "For me, it is a big achievement. The Breeders' Cup is so very important in the horse racing season. I'm very glad to win a race like that. It was something that was missing in my career. She broke well. I was a bit worried by the pace which was not very swift, but when I asked, she reacted very well and won brilliantly." The runner-up's conditioner Chad Brown, who took the inaugural running of this race here in 2008 with Maram (Sahm), offered, "I thought she ran great. I thought Javier gave her a good ride and he got the running room he needed turning for home. She was second-best. I was real proud of the way she ran."

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