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Breeders’ Cup: Wuheida’s odyssey leads to Filly and Mare Turf victory

By in Press Enterprise on November 4, 2017

By By Art Wilson and Kevin Modesti

DEL MAR — Wuheida, a classy filly who searched in vain for the winner’s circle in races in England, Germany, Ireland and France the past four months, found it at Del Mar on Saturday when she and jockey William Buick took a perfect trip to victory in the $2 million Filly and Mare Turf on the Breeders’ Cup card.

A 3-year-old, British-bred daughter of Dubawi making her first U.S. start, Wuheida hugged the rail in third for most of the 1 1/8 miles on the turf course, took the lead from runner-up Zipessa in the stretch and went on to win by a length. Cambodia finished third.

Lady Eli, 3-2 on the tote board and a sentimental favorite too because she has overcome a near-fatal foot condition, had a rough trip and finished seventh.

Members of Wuheida’s team said Wuheida had trained well since arriving, and seemed to love the Southern California weather and the Del Mar turf course.

Trained by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin Stable, Wuheida paid $24.40. That actually was the lowest win payoff among the first four Breeders’ Cup races Saturday, which produced shockers by Caledona Road ($36.60) in the Juvenile Fillies, Stormy Liberal ($62.40) in the Turf Sprint and Bar of Gold ($135.40) in the Filly and Mare Sprint.

Bar of Gold, at 66-1, takes Filly & Mare Sprint

Bar of Gold pulled the upset of the day, rallying for a nose victory over Ami’s Mesa in the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint at 66-1. The winner was ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. and returned $135.40.

It was the first Breeders’ Cup victory in 10 tries for trainer John Kimmel and the third for Ortiz.

Bar of Gold, a 5-year-old Medaglia d’Oro mare, won for the seventh time in 25 starts while outlasting Ami’s Mesa, an 18-1 longshot ridden by Luis Contreras.

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