Ouija Board rallies to win Filly & Mare Turf
Date 13/12/2004 | Topic: Ouija
| Ouija Board proved those who pounded her to odds-on favorite correct in their thinking. What they probably didn't figure on were the incredibly slow fractions that she closed on to win the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).|
There was much discussion by Ouija Board's owner, Lord Derby, and trainer, Ed Dunlop, whether to run the filly in the Filly & Mare Turf or John Deere Turf (gr. IT). She was cross entered and they opted to run against her own sex.
Moscow Burning set the early fractions and looked for awhile like she might run away with the 11-furlong race. She went six furlongs in 1:18.50 and was still on an easy lead when they ran a mile in 1:42.36.
Aubonne and Film Maker had been tracking Moscow Burning throughout but Aubonne finally backed up as Film Maker hung tough. Finally as the field turned for home, Kieren Fallon kicked Ouija Board on and she gobbled up the ground down the stretch.
Wonder Again, who figured to like the soft turf, also was gaining ground under Edgar Prado but they could not catch the top two, Ouija Board and Film Maker.
Heavily favored Ouija Board paid $3.80, $3 and $2.80, while Film Maker returned $9 and $6.60. Wonder Again paid $6.60 to show.
The final time for the 1 3/8-miles over a yielding turf course was 2:18.25.
Ouija Board was bred in England by Stanley Estate and Stud. The 3-year-old filly is out of the Welsh Pageant mare Selection Board.
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