Suédois Arrives in Lexington For G1 Shadwell Turf Mile

(Suédois at the 2018 Shadwell Turf Mile / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

George Turner and Clipper Logistics’ Suedois (FR), who pulled a 9-1 upset in the 2017 running of the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), arrived at Keeneland’s quarantine barn Sunday at 7:15 a.m. along with three other horses from Europe.

Trained by David O’Meara, Suedois is expected to pass the entry box Wednesday for Saturday’s $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race that earns the winner a fees-paid berth into the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) to be run Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

Two other Shadwell probables were on the plane with Suedois: Godolphin’s Vintager (GB), trained by Charles Appleby, and Haven’t A Pot and Richard Foden’s Robin of Navan (FR), trained by Harry Dunlop.

Also arriving Sunday morning was Mr. P.K. Siu’s Indian Blessing (GB). Trained by Ed Walker, Indian Blessing is expected to run in Saturday’s $400,000 First Lady (G1), a Win and You’re In race for the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

The horses should clear isolation early Tuesday and go to the track that morning.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

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