Breeders’ Cup Contenders: 11 Entrants To Fill-In The 2020 Breeders’ Cup Turf

Breeders' Cup Contenders

The race to the $4,000,000 Longines Turf is one of the segments to anticipate at the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Challenge. It is a two-day event happening at the Keeneland racecourse, which is on November 6 and 7. The same with many racing events that happened this year, it will not accept any fans to spectate the racing fixtures. 

The Breeders’ Cup Turf will feature horses aging three-year-old and up. All entries will saddle up in a 1 ½ mile turf surface. Established in 1984, the Longines Turf is one of the most exciting segments every horse racing aficionado must not miss. Historically, the horses that enter this racing category are local and international entrants, making the competition more intense. 

As you go along and prepare your entries to bet for the Breeders’ Cup Turf, here are the eleven main contenders for the top races at Keeneland in 2020. These racehorses are big accomplishers in some prominent horse racing shows, so make sure to pick the most deserving one. 

Arklow 

Completed twenty-nine horse racing starts since birth, Brad H. Cox is sending Arklow to the Breeders’ Cup Turf in the next few days. He recently participated at the Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup, where he earned the title. Apart from that, he also did significant stints this year, such as United Nations Stakes (4th), Louisville Stakes (2nd), Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (5th), and Elkhorn Stakes (6th).

Channel Maker 

Channel Maker, a recently concluded Sword Dancer Stakes, and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes winner, will vie for the Breeders’ Cup Turf. He is an entry by William I. Mott, who accomplished thirty-six racing starts since birth. Some of his notable placements this year include Mac Diarmida Stakes (4th), Manhattan Stakes (4th), Bowling Green Stakes (3rd), and Muniz Memorial Classic Stakes (8th). 

Donjah 

An Irish native is taking his chance to the Breeders’ Cup Turf this year. Donjah is an entry by Darius Racing, which is trained by Henk Grewe. He recently won the Preis von Europa held last August 15, 2020, at Koln, Germany. Not only that, but Donjah has other achievements, which include Grosser Preis von Baden (4th), Grosser Hansa-Preis (4th), and Grosser Preis von Bayern (5th). 

Lord North 

Lord North is another Irish racehorse that will vie for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Turf. He is an entry by Godolphin, LLC Lessee, and is trained by John Gosden. He recently won two titles this year, including Brigadier Gerard Stakes and Prince of Wales’s Stakes. He was also placed in two other races: the Juddmonte International Stakes (3rd) and Champion Stakes (10th).

Tarnawa 

Tarnawa takes pride as she joins the roster of European contingents joining the Breeders’ Cup Turf this November. She accomplished three titles this year, including the  Give Thanks Stakes, Qatar Prix Vermeille, and Prix de l’Opera Longines. Last year, Tarnawa was also a big winner at the British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes (9th), Moyglare Jewels Blandford Stakes (1st), and Investec Oaks (11th). 

Magical 

Magical, an Irish Champion Stakes winner, will take his chance at the Breeders’ Cup Turf. He is one of the entries for the said category that had made several titles earlier this year. Some of these notable wins include Champion Stakes (3rd), Juddmonte International Stakes (2nd), Tattersalls Gold Cup (1st), and  Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes (1st). 

Mean Mary 

H. Graham Motion will take his chance at the Breeders’ Cup Turf by sending Mean Mary. This filly had only made eight racing finishes since birth, and three of them were titles. It includes the La Prevoyante Stakes,  Orchid Stakes, and New York Stakes. Last August 23, he recently participated in the Diana Stakes and landed in second place. 

Mehdaayih 

Accomplishing 6th place at the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and 4th place at the British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes, Mehdaayih takes a berth to the Breeders’ Cup Turf.  Last year, she earned titles at the Prix de Malleret and Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks. Her other achievements include Champion Stakes (5th), Prix de l’Opera (10th), and Qatar Nassau Stakes (2nd). 

Mogul 

Mogul recently clinched the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris title and will take a chance at the Breeders’ Cup Turf. From winning the 6th place at  Investec  Derby last July, Mogul attempted in many British horse races. Some of his placements include John Pearce Gordon Stakes (1st) and Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes (3rd). 

Red King 

Red King, a recently concluded San Juan Capistrano Stakes and Del Mar Handicap titleholder, is joining the Breeders’ Cup Turf entrants. He is an entry of the Calumet Farm and is trained by Phillip D’Amato. 

United 

Completing this year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf entries is United. He is trained by Richard Mandella and recently won the John Henry Turf Championship Stakes.  Apart from that, he also earned significant placements in some races like Del Mar Handicap (2nd), Eddie Read Stakes (1st), Charles Whittingham Stakes (1st), and San Marcos Stakes (1st). 

Takeaway 

Another horse racing fixture that you should not miss in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Challenge is the Longines Turf. Compared to other fixtures, you will see different breeds, especially British entrants, who made excellent finishes in European racing games. Don’t forget to keep track of these horses to see which one will reign supreme at the Breeders’ Cup Turf. 

By robertc

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