Ordak Dan: has opportunity to run in Breeders' Cup TurfPICTURE: San Isidro photo
Ordak Dan books place in Breeders' Cup Turf
Report: Argentina, Saturday
San Isidro: Gran Premio 25 de Mayo (Group 1) 1m4f, turf, 3yo+
SOUTH AMERICA could have its first Breeders' Cup Turf contender after Ordak Dan (Carlos Carabajal/Pablo Carrizo) recorded a decisive victory in Buenos Aires.
The Gran Premio 25 de Mayo is the first Breeders' Cup ‘Win and You're In' race of the year for the Breeders' Cup Turf and the second South American race to be included in the challenge after the inaugural Clasico Belgrano in 2011. Calidoscopio was the continent's first Breeders' Cup winner last year in the Marathon.
A jump into Group 1 competition proved no problem for Ordak Dan, a four-time conditional winner at San Isidro, twice at 1m and two more times over 1,800 metres (1m1f).
Perfectly handled by jockey Pablo Carrizo, the four-year-old Argentine-bred son of Hidden Truth gained command at the top of the stretch and went on to score by three-quarters 0f a length over a fast charging Soy Carambolo, fourth in last year's race.
"He was always traveling well and everytime I asked him he kept giving me more," Carrizo said.
Following the victory, John Fulton, South American representative for the Breeders' Cup, said: "The horse that won has been running very well and won nicely. I hope that they choose to go because I think the horse could run very well at Santa Anita."