Mogul the “Other O’Brien” in Turf

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By Emily Shields

The penultimate Breeders’ Cup race on Saturday, November 7 at Keeneland is the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), a 1 ½ mile test that drew a field of 10. Two hail from the barn of Irish superstar Aidan O’Brien, who has won this race six times. All eyes will be on Magical, the mare who ran second to Enable in 2018 at Churchill Downs. But it is Mogul who has drawn outside and offers better value.

At 4-1 morning line, Mogul is coming off a strong win in the Grand Priz de Paris (G1) at Longchamp over firm ground. The son of Galileo (Ire) has won four of nine starts, and was an early choice for the 2020 Epsom Derby, where he ultimately finished sixth behind his stablemate Serpentine. He has won twice this year, both over the twelve furlong trip, and would have been a top choice in the 2020 Arc de Triomphe but was forced to scratch due to feed contamination.

Irish star Magical will be making her 27th career start, of which she has 12 wins and $5.3 million earned. She has run in England, France, Ireland, and Kentucky, with consecutive wins in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes over males, and a recent win in the Tattersalls Gold Cup.

Tarnawa drew alongside. The Dermot Weld trainee by Shamardal is coming off a win in the Group 1 Prix de l’Opera in France, where she scored by a neck over the well-regarded Alpine Star. She has won three of five at the distance, and seeks to become the fifth filly or mare to win this race.

Four-year-old gelding Lord North won the prestigious Group 1 Prince of Wales Stakes during the Royal Ascot meeting, but has been disappointing in his two starts since. He is one of two John Gosden trainees in the race, the other being 30-1 shot Mehdaayih, a filly by Frankel.

They will all have to beat American hope United, and popular Canadian-bred Channel Maker. United has won four of five this year and was second by just a head in this race last year as a 51-1 shot. Channel Maker will be making his fourth Breeders’ Cup appearance, having finished seventh in 2016, 11th in 2018, and 12th last year. Outside of the Breeders’ Cup he has had a great career, earning $2.6 million.

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