Found, who won last year’s BC Turf and captured the Arc earlier this month, is among the 17 horses pre-entered for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park, where she will make her first appearance on dirt. Though she is also pre-entered in the BC Turf, the first preference listed by trainer Aidan O’Brien was the BC Classic, where she will face no less of a rival than 2016 Dubai World Cup and 2014 Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner California Chrome on a surface new to her but where the former Horse of the Year owns four graded stakes wins.
California Chrome, North America’s all-time leading money earner, and Travers Stakes winner Arrogate headed an impressive list of 14 pre-entries announced on Wednesday for next week’s Breeders’ Cup Classic.
California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2014, is unbeaten this year after romping to victory in all six races in dominant fashion, including the Dubai World Cup on March 26.
Aidan O’Brien said “We’ve decided to put Found in the Breeders’ Cup Classic but whether or not she runs hasn’t been decided,” O’Brien said on Sunday. “She’s also in the Breeders’ Cup Turf and we’ll wait a bit longer before deciding which race she will go for and what other horses we’ll be taking to Santa Anita.”
Though she won the Arc on Oct. 2, the 4-year-old filly has already returned to the racetrack since then. She finished second in the Group 1 QUIPCO Champion Stakes on Oct. 15 at Ascot, mirroring her schedule of a year ago when she was ninth in the Arc and second in the Champion prior to a half-length victory over Arc winner Golden Horn in the BC Turf at Keeneland.
The Breeders’ Cup, be it the Classic or Turf, would also continue a busy year for Found, who has already made nine starts in 2016 with two wins and six seconds.
Aidan O’Brien is planning an 11-horse raid on the Breeders’ Cup meeting, headed by Found in the $5million (£4m) Classic.
The most successful European trainer in Breeders’ Cup history with 10 wins, O’Brien needs three more Group One wins this year to equal the record of 25.
Opposition includes the two top-rated horses in the world, Arrogate and California Chrome.
Other runners of note in the 2016 Classic will be Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, Irish raider Found and Godolphin’s Frosted, who earned a coveted berth at Santa Anita with victory at Saratoga’s ‘Win and You’re In’ Whitney in August.