Boudot Picks Up Another Breeder’s Cup Winner With Longshot Order Of Australia; O’Brien Sweeps Trifecta In The Mile

Another jockey unable to ride due to COVID-19, another winner for Frenchman Pierre-Charles Boudot on Breeders’ Cup Saturday at Keeneland.

Earlier this week it was announced that Christophe Soumillon would not be able to ride at the Breeders’ Cup due to testing positive twice for COVID-19, and Boudot picked up the mount in the Mile aboard Coolmore’s Order of Australia for trainer Aidan O’Brien. The 3-year-old son of Australia was listed at 30-1 on the morning line and hadn’t made the main body of the field; he only drew in when One Master scratched from the race.

O’Brien had three horses in the race and the finished one-two-three, though it was the longest shot on the board at 73-1 who topped the trifecta. Order of Australia defeated his stablemates Circus Maximus and Lope Y Fernandez by a neck and by a length, respectively. He completed the mile over Keeneland’s “good” turf course in 1:33.73.

“It’s a real team effort, we’re very happy,” said, Pat Keating, O’Brien’s traveling head lad. “First three home is unbelievable. You need a lot of luck in this game. We’re looking enough to have good horses and  good jockeys. I’m just happy for everyone involved.” 

Boudot won his first Breeders’ Cup race with another pick up mount earlier on the card, with Audarya in the Filly & Mare Turf, and was delighted to win his second just a couple races later.

“It’s just unbelievable,” Boudot said. “It is only by chance to get these rides and I’m sorry for Ioritz Mendizabal (previous rider of Audarya) and Christophe Soumillon (removed from his mounts after testing positive for Covid). Audarya was amazing a real warrior. It’s a difficult situation with Covid, but I was given two nice opportunities. Order Of Australia is a fast horse, the mile is very good for him and the good ground was perfect. He gave me a nice turn of foot but when he got to the front. He’s a tricky horse as he needs some help to concentrate. I’m over the moon.”

Order of Australia was sharp at the break, and Boudot made the most of his outside post position by getting a clear run on the outside from fourth position. Circus Maximus was at the rail in fifth, while Lope Y Fernandez was further back in the field.

Up front, Halladay set unhindered fractions of :23.48 and :46.97 while a length clear of Factor This and Kameko. Halladay still held the lead turning into the straight, but Order of Australia had moved up to be in a three-way battle for second, essentially trapping Circus Maximus on the rail for almost a sixteenth of a mile.

By the time Ryan Moore got Circus Maximus angled out, Boudot and Order of Australia were already in gear and running down the frontrunner. At the finish, Order of Australia was a neck ahead of the stronger-finishing Circus Maximus, while Lope Y Fernandez came flying late to gain third over Ivar. Defending Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Uni checked in fifth.

The remaining order of finish was: Halladay, Kameko, Factor This, Siskin, Raging Bull, Digital Age, Casa Creed, March To The Arch, and Safe Voyage.

Bred in Ireland by Whisperview Trading Ltd., which represents O’Brien’s wife, Order of Australia is out of the Danehill mare Senta’s Dream, making him a half-brother to last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Iridessa (trained by Joseph O’Brien). Their second dam is Starine, the millionaire mare trained by Bobby Frankel to win the 2002 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

The victory was worth $1,100,000 and increased Order of Australia’s earnings to $1,139,846 with a record of 8-3-0-1.

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