HRT HIGHLIGHTS #35: Prix de l’Abbaye and Prix de l’Opera Recap

In HRT we bring the latest information about horse racing. Here are our HRT Highlights #35 which summarizes the 2022 Prix de l’Abbaye & Prix de l’Opera. Let’s check who earned a spot in the Breeders Cup.

Every year there are unique events that take place in horse racing but this past weekend in France was special.

2022 Prix de l’Abbaye Recap

Two-year-old filly The Platinum Queen defeated a field of 17 older horses to win the Prix de la Abby at Longchamp on Ark day. 

The tremendously fast filly earned a place in the BC Turf Sprint but since that race is for 3-year-olds and up, it looks like she will go in the Juvenile Turf if she makes the trip to Keeneland.

Alpinista did not let her fans down in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Speaking of the Ark, 5-year-old mare Alpinista went to the post as the favorite and did not let her fans down as she came home a half-length ahead of Va-deni as the 3/1 favorite. 

The victory in the l’arc de Triomphe was the 6th in a row for Alpinista and earned a spot in the BC Turf but does not appear likely to make the race. 

Place du Carrousel surprise the competition at the Prix de l’opera

The last Breeder Cup qualifier on the Woodbine card was the Natalma Stakes with a berth in the BC Juvenile Filly Turf.  

Trainer Kevin Attard sent out maiden Last Call who went off at 21/1 to a one-length victory and immediately announced he will be in Keeneland on the first Friday in November. 

Speed Boat Beach wins Santa Anita’s Speakeasy Stakes

At Santa Anita, Bob Baffert sent picked up two invitations to the Breeders cup starting with Defunded who went gate to wire to win the Awesome Again under jockey Edwin Maldonado and now has a spot in the BC Classic

Then on Sunday, he sent out Speed Boat Beach who broke a track record in her first career start to an easy win under Juan Hernandez in the Speakeasy Stakes to earn a place in the BC Juvenile turf sprint

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