Belleza De Arteaga wins the 2023 Gran Premio Criadores

Building an eight-race win streak and returning to the main track, Chos Malal’s Belleza de Arteaga overtook favored Super Shine (ARG) in deep stretch May 1 to win the 2023 Gran Premio Criadores (G1) at Hipodromo de Palermo by a head

Gran Premio Criadores

Grade 1 – Purse $72,786 – 2000 meters (1 mile 2 Furlongs) – Turf – 3-Year-Olds and Up – Fillies and Mares

Belleza De Arteaga seals a place in the Breeders Cup Distaff as she gets up on the wire to deny the brave Super Shine’s gate to wire attempt.

Lady Guante bounced alertly from the gate and went into the clubhouse with a slender lead from Super Shine, but it was the Francisco-ridden Super Shine that soon got on the speed, and it was clear she was going to try and go gate-to-wire with a very fast first quarter going in 23.27 seconds.

In behind, the eventual winner BELLEZA DE ARTEAGA had broken smartly from gate six and was soon stalking the front two in the two-lane just a couple of lengths behind.

Meanwhile, the well-fancied La Validada was content to sit off the fast pace under jockey Gustavo Calvente, with the half-mile going in a rapid 46.19 secs.

As they went down the backstretch, the leader put even more pressure on them, but the eventual winner had now moved into second and was traveling well. La Validada had also closed to within two lengths of the front pair and looked a danger as they went into the far turn and made their way for the stretch run.

However, Super Shine hit the top of the long stretch run and kicked again, and widened by two lengths. It looked like she had stolen the race with this quick move but Belleza De Arteaga was game and as they hit the sixteenth pole she still had a length to find but rallied to lead right under the wire and secures her spot for Santa Anita in November.

These two finished seven lengths of Super Bijou who rallied to take third spot from La Validada in fourth.

2023 Gran Premio Criadores Payouts

1. Belleza De Arteaga$6.30$3.20
2. Super Shine $2.70
3. Super Bijou 

WINNING TIME: 1 min 58.97 secs

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