Cool Day Belies Inexperience to Punch BC Ticket in Pellegrini


Cool Day (right) gets through to win the Pellegrini | Prensa HSI photo


Making just the fourth start of his career, Cool Day (Arg) (John F Kennedy {Ire}) came with a daring late dash up the rail to upset Saturday's G1 Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini, earning a spot in the field for the 2021 GI Breeders' Cup Turf in the process. Pinball Wizard (Arg) (Orpen), the narrow second betting favorite, photoed American-raced Village King (Arg) (Campanologist) to earn place honors.

Guided down to the inside to save ground down the long San Isidro backstretch, Cool Day raced with about three or four behind into the final half-mile. Full of run into the demanding straight, Cool Day was held up for a run with 500 meters to go and again with time ticking away. But, shifted back down to the fence, he knifed through underneath Pinball Wizard and rallied gamely to a narrow score.

Cool Day is one of six winners from the first crop of his sire (Galileo {Ire}–Rumplestiltskin {Ire}), winner of the 2014 G3 Juvenile Turf S. for Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Flaxman Stables and Aidan O'Brien. The winner's dam is a full-sister to Argentinian champion Cooptado (Arg), winner at home of the G1 Gran Premio Nacional (Argentine Derby) and third in the 2013 Pellegrini and a stakes  winner in Singapore, Dubai and in the U.S., where he took the 2017 Tenacious S. under the care of Tom Morley.

Saturday, San Isidro, Argentina
GRAN PREMIO CARLOS PELLEGRINI-INTERNACIONAL-G1, Ar$15,000,080 ($181,227), San Isidro, 12-19, 3yo/up, 2400mT, 2:27.78, gd.
1–COOL DAY (ARG), 118, c, 3, by John F Kennedy (Ire)
1st Dam: Cool Site (Arg), by Equal Stripes (Arg)
2nd Dam: Coordinada (Arg), by Ride the Rails
3rd Dam: Coqueterie (Arg), by Ringaro
1ST STAKES WIN. 1ST GROUP WIN. 1ST GROUP 1 WIN. O-Stud Estable C Mariana Eva; B-Haras Abolengo; T-Alfredo Franciso Gaitan Dassie; J-Eduardo Ortega Pavon; Ar$7,500,000. Lifetime Record: 4-2-1-0, $100,619. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick Rating: C.
2–Pinball Wizard (Arg), 132, h, 5, Orpen-Pink Pony (Arg), by Pure Prize. O-Stud Don Teodoro; B-Haras Carampangue; T-Jorge Adrian Mayansky Neer; J-Juan Cruz Villagra; Ar$2,250,000.
3–Village King (Arg), 132, h, 6, Campanologist–Villard, by Pleasant Tap. O-Haras El Angel de Venecia; B-Haras Santa Maria de Araras; T-Juan Carlos Etchechoury; J-Brian Rodrigo Enrique; Ar$1,500,000.
Margins: HF, NO, 4. Odds: 8.65, 2.00, 5.70.
Also Ran: Tetaze (Arg), Emotion Orpen (Arg), Rohit Joy (Arg), Quiet Man (Arg), Enfermizo Paradiso (Arg), Last Corredor (Arg), Senor Fancy (Arg), Nunca Digas Never (Arg), Don Ringo (Arg), Negro Dream (Arg). Click for the Hipodromo San Isidro chart. Click for the free catalog-style pedigree.

WATCH: Cool Day earns a Breeders' Cup berth in the Carlos Pellegrini

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