Great Run By Trade Fair Star
Trade Fair’s star Trade Storm continued his brilliant international form with an outstanding third in a history-making Group 1 $US 2 million Breeders Cup Mile at Santa Anita, California, on Saturday. (November 1)
Trade Storm, ridden by English jockey Jamie Spencer for Newmarket trainer David Simcock, was slow away and settled about 10-lengths from the pacemaker Obviously, a dual Group 1 winner over the track and distance by Australian sire Choisir. Obviously led the star-studded 14-horse field through the first half mile in 45.16sec. and the first six furlongs in 1.08.82.
Karakontie, ridden by French jockey Stephane Pasquier for Chantilly trainer Jonathan Pease and winner of the Group 1 French Two Thousand Guineas in May, was poised just off the pace and rallied to score by a length in 1.32.88 from Anodin, ridden by fellow French jockey Olivier Peslier for six time champion French jockey turned trainer Freddy Head. Trade Storm, held-up till the two furlong pole, was a further length away third.
Said Spencer: “I just tried to thread my way through the field. He ran so well. I am very proud of him.” Said Simcock: “He ran a great race. He’s a model of consistency.”
Karakontie, by Bernstein from Sun Is Up, by Sunday Silence, was bred in Japan by the billionaire Niarchos family. He is the first Japanese bred runner to win a US Breeders Cup event. Anodin was bred in Ireland by billionaire brothers Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, owners of the House Of Chanel. He is a full brother to the champion Goldikova, who won 14 Group 1 races and took the US Breeders Cup Mile in 2008, 2009 and 2010 when trained by Head, who had ridden another champion, Miesque, to win the US Breeders Cup Mile in 1987 and 1988.
Trade Storm, who won the Group 1 Woodbine Mile in Canada on September 14, is raced by Qatar Racing, owned by the Qatar Royal family. He is from Frisson, by Slip Anchor.