In a dramatic finish, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Susan Magnier's 3-year-old filly Found, second to Golden Horn in the Irish Champions Stakes, turned the tables on the 3-year-old colt to take the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf at Keeneland on Saturday.
Ridden by Ryan Moore for trainer Aidan O'Brien, Found rallied from well off the pace to win the 1½ -mile race in 2:32.06 on turf rated good.
Golden Horn, winner of the Investec Epsom Derby and the Arc de Triomphe, got the jump on Found turning for home but couldn't hold off the filly. Big Blue Kitten made a bold move to challenge the top two in the final eighth of a mile but couldn't sustain the run.
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Found, who paid $14.80 to win, defeated Golden Horn by a half-length. Big Blue Kitten finished three-quarters of a length farther back. Slumber checked in fourth.
"It's very special to beat a very good colt who has won everything in Europe this year, so it was a great performance," Tabor said.
The early tempo in the Turf was set, not surprisingly, by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey's Shining Copper, who has successfully served as a rabbit for stablemate Big Blue Kitten on two occasions: the United Nations Stakes and Turf Classic Invitational Stakes (both Grade 1).
Shining Copper and jockey Luis Saez quickly established command and after 1 mile had established a 20-length lead.
Shining Copper began to back up soon after the 1-mile call as Golden Horn, Found and The Pizza Man picked him up on the far turn. Golden Horn emerged with the lead entering the stretch, but Found never let him out of her sights. She gradually wore him down to get the victory.
Big Blue Kitten loomed the main danger in the stretch but couldn't catch the top two. Slumber rallied mildly to pass The Pizza Man, who checked in fifth.
Found, bred in Ireland by Roncon, Wynatt and Chelston, finished a sharp second to Fascinating Rock in the QIPCO Champion Stakes in her previous start Oct. 17.
"I'm absolutely delighted," O'Brien said. "She's a very special mare. To run in two Champion Stakes and the Arc, and then to come here and win, is quite remarkable. She's very special."
"She is a very tough filly," Moore said. "She beat a champion (in Golden Horn), and that is special, too."
John Gosden, who trains Golden Horn, said he knew there were risks running Golden Horn on softer ground. "But take nothing away from the winner," he said. "She's a very good filly, and the best turf horse in America finished third. Our horse ran a terrific race on ground that didn't suit him."
Said Golden Horn's owner Anthony Oppenheimer: "He has lost nothing in defeat."