Breeders' Cup - At The Races

FOUND

Found
  • Trainer: Aidan O'Brien
  • Likely Jockey: Ryan Moore
  • Owner: Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier
  • Age & Breeding: 4-year-old filly; Galileo – Red Evie
  • Season Form Figures: 312222212
  • Career Highlight: Winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

In the two minutes and twenty-three seconds it took Found to navigate the twelve furlong course at Chantilly, she not only joined the illustrious band of female Arc winners, but potentially cemented her place in the bloodlines of dozens of future champions.

In the same city 23-years earlier, Urban Sea ploughed unrelentingly through the hock-deep Parisian mire, only to surpass all of her on-track achievements in the paddocks. In foaling two Epsom Derby winners, and being only the second mare to do so, Urban Sea has proven herself to be a blue hen with unrivalled plumage.

The first of those Derby winners, Galileo, has ensured his mother’s legacy will continue for decades to come, proving himself to be a stallion capable of producing progeny of immense talent and versatility with almost mechanical reliability. In Found, Galileo's union with Red Evie has produced a filly with a high level of tenacity, consistency and class.

Horses that finish runner-up as often Found has this season are often scorned by form students and race readers. Yet Found has proven best in the Autumn. Last year she ran three good races in four weeks: a difficult journey in the Arc, a good second in the Champion Stakes, and a win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf over a heavily favoured Golden Horn.

This year in Paris she made good use of her advantageous draw, scything her way through the pack before storming clear of toiling competition. The generosity with which she responded to her jockey's drive in the Arc silenced those who had questioned her will to win.

Sectional times show that Found had a better trip than her opposition, running the race close to evenly while her rivals covered the distance sub-optimally in comparison. Nonetheless, this was an emphatic, career best performance on a weekend where many of her Turf rivals underperformed.

As they had last year, connections opted to run Found the in the Champion Stakes instead of going straight to the States.  She once again showed her iron constitution with a game second, finishing runner up to the outstanding Almanzor as she had in the Irish equivalent.  Even allowing for the fact that Found appears to be hewn from granite, it's doubtful whether this represented the wisest use of her finite physical reserves if the goal was to retain her Turf crown and she once again endured a hard race.

After a brief flirtation with a run in the Classic on dirt, connections decided that the Turf is indeed the better option. It’s hard to know what to make of this, and it certainly doesn’t seem an endorsement of either the chances of Found or her stablemate Highland Reel in the Turf. That said, she’s the best horse in the race, and must be respected as such.

Regardless of what happens in her attempt to join Conduit and High Chaparral as two-time winners of the Turf, her future as a broodmare of global renown seems assured.

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