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Returning From Injury, Mena Appreciates ‘Good Shot’ In Breeders’ Cup With Peace Achieved

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Peace Achieved is unbeaten in three starts with blinkers and jockey Miguel Mena, a streak his team hopes to continue in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

After two defeats sprinting, the newly-blinkered Peace Achieved impressively won a maiden race at Ellis Park, captured Kentucky Downs' $500,000 Gainesway Farm Juvenile and in following that up with victory in Keeneland's Grade 3 Dixiana Bourbon earned a fees-paid berth in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.

Mena admits he was fortunate to gain the mount on Peace Achieved at Ellis Park while the Mark Casse-trained colt's previous jockey was serving a suspension.

“I guess he got focused on running, and that day he went straight to the lead and never stopped,” Mena said of the addition of blinkers. “He just keeps improving. He's learning. He keeps getting better, maturing. That's what good horses do.

“He won that race at Kentucky Downs, got over the track real good and finished up nice and strong. The other day at Keeneland, the same thing. It was a little softer track. At first I had to help him, keep him in the bit, but he went on and finished nice and strong. He's run at Churchill, Ellis Park, Kentucky Downs, Keeneland. He's an easy horse to get along with. I think the track at Santa Anita won't be a problem.”

Mena has had three prior Breeders' Cup mounts, the last being in 2014 and his best finish fourth in the 2010 Filly & Mare Sprint aboard Champagne d'Oro.

The pursuit of his first Breeders' Cup victory comes after being sidelined for much of 2018. This time a year ago, Mena was just starting back in the wake of a racing mishap that left him with eight fractures in an ankle and heel. The healing process of those injuries was complicated and extended by the development of fracture blisters that made surgery too risky.

“It's good for my career, especially one year after coming back,” he said of Peace Achieved's success. “I appreciate the opportunity from Mr. Mark and the connections. It will be special to be back at Santa Anita after so many years, especially with a horse that has a good shot — so just enjoying the ride.”

Mena won the $200,000, Grade 2 Las Vegas Marathon (formerly the Breeders' Cup Marathon) on the 2014 Breeders' Cup undercard at Santa Anita.

He is grateful for Casse and owner Joe Minor sticking with him for the championship event, knowing racing history is full of jockeys who get replaced by higher-profile riders once the horse gets to elite events such as the Breeders' Cup.

“It's good for me, because I worked hard to come back,” Mena said. “I've got a bad foot, which is crooked. But hard work pays off. I don't blame those trainers wanting those riders like the Ortiz boys. They're on another level. But I can get the job done, too. And I really appreciate the opportunity from Mark and the owners. I'm very excited. I think he's a good horse.”

With Mena up, Peace Achieved worked five-eighths of a mile early Saturday morning in 59 3/5 seconds in company, the second-fastest of 65 moves at the distance at Churchill Downs.

“He's always a good work horse; I was very pleased with him,” said David Carroll, who oversees Casse's Churchill Downs division. “He carries great condition, just a cool horse. He's playful. He goes out and trains every day, eats and sleeps. Yeah, he's one of those horses who just does his job.

“He's an interesting horse, really. I like his style. He likes to be close to the pace; he doesn't have to be on the lead. I think the firm turf would suit him better than what it was at Keeneland a little bit. Obviously the water gets deeper, but he deserves a chance.”

Around the barn, Peace Achieved is called “Piece of Cheese,” the result of the stable crew initially thinking that was what the Irish-born Carroll was saying.

“They make fun of my accent, so Piece of Cheese,” Carroll said cheerfully.

Now he'll try to be the Big Cheese.

“His first race was a good run,” Carroll said of Peace Achieved finishing third in his debut May 25 at Churchill Downs. “His second race (a seventh place), he was very coltish in the paddock and wasn't focused at all. We put on the blinkers and stretched him out. He won easy, but you're not sure what you're beating. Then you go to Kentucky Downs and you win. I thought he won impressively that day as well, with something in hand. I think he won a little bit easier than the margin (a neck over Vitalogy) indicated the other day at Keeneland as well. The track was a little bit loose on top, and I think he likes it really firm. I think he'll get that out there (at Santa Anita).

“… The Bourbon, I thought was an excellent race, because I thought he was in trouble at the top of the stretch. It was the first time we'd seen him actually come off the bridle a little bit…. But he dug in good. You almost feel like he's holding something back as well, that there's a bit more in the tank if you dig down. So we're excited about him.”

The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf is a mile race around the seven-furlong grass course.

“His style, obviously out there the draw is so important,” Carroll said. “You want to get away, you want to get a forward position. A lot of the main contenders, they want to come from out of it. That first turn out there, a lot of European horses get in trouble, get shuffled back. If he can get away cleanly and get a good forward position, then take the race from there.”

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Gentle Ruler Draws Clear For Dowager Victory

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Morsches Stable's Gentle Ruler shot to the front at midstretch and easily held off Elysea's World (IRE) by 2½ lengths to win the 28th running of the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) for fillies and mares before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 14,735 at Keeneland.

Trained by Ian Wilkes and ridden by Chris Landeros, Gentle Ruler covered 1½ miles on a turf course labeled as firm in 2:31.95. It is the first victory in the race for Wilkes and Landeros.

Beach Flower led the field of 12 through fractions of :26.10, :52.42 and 1:18.16 with Sea Dream (BRZ), Touriga (BRZ) and Decorating in closest pursuit and Landeros giving Gentle Ruler a ground-saving trip near the back of the pack.

At the head of the stretch, Sea Dream and Decorating emerged on top while behind them, Gentle Ruler moved off the rail into the three path, collared the leaders at the eighth pole and drew clear for the victory.

The victory was worth $75,000 and the Keeneland sales graduate's earnings rose to $718,453 with a record of 18-6-3-5. The triumph was the sixth in the past seven starts for the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Colonel John out of the Cozzene mare Winikins.

Gentle Ruler returned $6.20, $3.20 and $2.80 as the slight favorite over Elysea's World, who returned $3.60 and $2.80 under Javier Castellano. Decorating, who finished another 1¼ lengths back in third under Feargal Lynch, paid $9.20 to show.

Get Explicit finished another neck back in fourth and was followed in order by Touriga, Ambitious Moon, Lemoona, Over Thinking, Sea Dream, Vevina, Icy Calm and Beach Flower.

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We´re not playing basketball! – Solskjaer insists there was no foul before Rashford goal

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Irish Xenobia Scores First North American Win In Athenia

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Augustin Stable's Xenobia opened up a lead by the half-mile mark and repelled a late charge from Sweet Bye and Bye in the rain to post a 1 ½-length victory in Sunday's Grade 3, $200,000 Athenia for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at Belmont Park.

A group stakes winner in her native Ireland, Xenobia registered her first North American win in three starts in a successful graded stakes debut, staying off the lead early as 45-1 Candy Store led the eight-horse field through an opening quarter-mile in 23.67 seconds on inner turf labeled firm.

Xenobia, guided from the outside post by under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, was urged up and took command, with a half-mile going in 47.46 and continued to gain separation, opening a six-length lead with three-quarters in 1:10.85.

Velazquez kept Xenobia under a drive in the stretch as Sweet Bye and Bye and Andina Del Sur made late bids from the outside. The 5-year-old Falco mare completed 1 1/16 miles in a 1:41.21 final time, earning her first win under the care of trainer Jonathan Thomas.

“We were hoping he [Velazquez] would go ahead and be aggressive,” Thomas said. “Assertive is probably the right word. She's a big, galloping filly and I thought the rain would really help us today because she likes a little cut in the ground. It was a beautiful ride. His ride into the first turn was a masterpiece. That's where I think he won the race.”

Off at 7-1, Xenobia returned $16.40 on a $2 win wager. She improved her career bankroll to $246,606. The winner of the Group 3 Brownstown in July 2018 at Fairyhouse Racecourse won four of her first 10 starts in Europe before shipping across the Atlantic, starting her North American career with a fourth-place finish against allowance company on June 23 at Belmont before running second to Scottish Jig in a 1 1/8-mile turf route on September 15 on the same track.

With Velazquez on the call for the first time, Xenobia posted her first win in more than 15 months.

“She got to the lead and put her ears up,” Velazquez said. “They were coming at her but she was running at the same time, so I was comfortable that she was at least finishing. Talking to Jonathan, he thought she probably needed her last race. That helped her stepping up to this race and it worked out perfect. I just happened to get to her at the right time.”

Sweet Bye and Bye, trained by Steve Klesaris, edged Andina Del Sur by a half length for runner-up honors.

“She broke very well,” said Sweet Bye and Bye jockey Jose Ortiz. “At the half-mile pole, I wanted to get going but it was hard in the soft ground. I had to wait a little later than I wanted, but no excuses. The winner was very good today.”

Victorine, 8-5 favorite Simply Breathless, Candy Store, Matty's Magnum and Pepper Sprout completed the order of finish. Arabella Bella was scratched.

The final week of the Belmont fall meet will start Wednesday with an eight-race card. First post is 1:15 p.m. Eastern.

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Attard, Da Silva Continue Winning Ways At Woodbine With Amalfi Coast In Carotene

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Trainer Kevin Attard and jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva teamed up to win Sunday afternoon's first three races at Woodbine including the $125,000 Carotene Stakes for Ontario-bred three-year-old fillies.

The duo completed the natural hat trick with Amalfi Coast fighting off Monastery Lane at the end of the 1-1/8-mile turf feature.

Terra Racing Stable's homebred Tapizar filly struck the front in the stretch after fanning wide from an outside stalking position while the upset minded Monastery Lane, at odds of 12-1, rallied from last alongside the favourite. Those two took off from the rest in a deep stretch with Amalfi Coast ultimately prevailing by a neck in 1:48.02.

Intanga Rose, the 2-1 second choice, came on for third with Street Zapper finishing fourth and the Attard-trained Holyanna fifth. Miss Ariel, who led through fractions of :25.18, :48.16 and 1:11.50, faded to sixth.

“When I tucked behind there, she was on the muscle more than last time,” said Da Silva. “But we were in such a great position there, where anytime I could just take her outside and get going. I knew that I was going to have a good run on her because I had a lot of gas in the tank.

“She fought very, very hard. This is all good preparation from this man right here. Kevin is amazing to develop horses – not only claiming horses but young horses like you see this one and many others. He's just a great guy to work with.”

Amalfi Coast was the 6-5 bettors' choice following her victory in the one-mile Ontario Damsel Stakes last month and returned $4.60 to win.

“Any time you stretch out, it's a little bit of a concern, but her running style and the way she did it last time it wasn't that much of a bother,” said Attard of the extra distance in the Carotene.

Unraced as a two-year-old, Amalfi Coast is now three-for-seven this year.

Attard, who earned his first Grade 1 victory in last weekend's E.P. Taylor Stakes courtesy of Starship Jubilee, also enjoyed a training triple on Friday at Woodbine.

“It's been a good roll, that's for sure, but there's been a lot of hard work that's put in by my crew and staff,” said Attard, who sits third in the trainer standings with 42 wins at the Woodbine meet. “I couldn't do it without them.”

Da Silva, winner of last year's edition of the Carotene with the Catherine Day-Phillips trainee Dixie Moon, went on to win a total of six races from nine mounts on the day. Woodbine's leading jockey went six-for-six earlier this year on April 28.

Sunday's co-featured $100,000 Bunty Lawless Stakes went to Cooler Mike, who stalked front-runners Desolator and Silent Poet through panels of :24.17, :47.25 and 1:10:67 then took the lead from three-wide off the final turn for jockey Luis Contreras. The four-year-old Giant Gizmo gelding forged ahead of a game Silent Poet in a blanket finish to win the Ontario Sire Stakes event for three-year-olds and up over one mile on the turf. The final time was 1:34.49.

Sent postward at odds of 7-1, Cooler Mike paid $16.50 to win. Silent Poet, the 7-5 favourite, had the edge in a photo for place with Thor's Rocket. Eskiminzin, the lone mare Red Cabernet and Split My Pants finished close behind.

Royal Laser, Dun Drum, Carmenootz and Desolator completed the order of finish.

“He's got a huge heart,” said trainer Nick Nosowenko, who bred and co-owns the five-time winner with his father Mike. “He's the kindest horse you've ever seen around the barn, wants his mints, plays with everybody in the morning, flaps his lips and he's just always there.”

After taking time off with a stateside sojourn following top three finishes in last year's Queen's Plate and Prince of Wales Stakes, Cooler Mike returned to Woodbine and picked up a victory in the Halton Stakes this summer.

“Boy, he's come back this year like a tiger,” said Nosowenko. “He's just an all-around good horse.”

Favoured at odds of 8-5, Jean Elizabeth ($5.50) took Saturday's featured $125,000 Ontario Fashion Stakes (Grade 3), winning the six-furlong main track event in 1:09.26 with Da Silva aboard for trainer Larry Rivelli and co-owners Richard Ravine and Patricia's Hope LLC.

Fresh off last month's Sweet Briar Too Stakes victory, the four-year-old Adios Charlie filly fashioned another front-end score and held off Special Relativity along the rail by three-quarters of a length, with Heavenly Hill finishing third.

“She's a runner,” stated Da Silva after the race. “She's fast from the gate, she took the lead and when we turned home, she gave another kick. It's very hard for a horse to pass her.”

Woodbine's Turf Endurance Series wrapped up this weekend with Sine Metu claiming the top spot in the standings and $25,000 first-place bonuses for his connections after accumulating 31 points throughout the four legs. Trained and co-owned by Ron Sadler, Prideofdistinction ($5.10) finished off the series a two-leg winner completing Saturday's 1-3/4-mile marathon in 2:57.44 with Justin Stein aboard. Sine Metu was fifth in the final leg after runner-up finishes in the first three events for trainer/owner Debra Rombis.

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