Banks Hill wins Filly & Mare Turf in American debut
NEW YORK -- Banks Hill made her American debut a winning one Saturday by pulling away for a 5 1/2 -length victory over Spook Express in the $1.39 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at the World Thoroughbred Championships.
When the field of 12 turned for home, Banks Hill took control and lengthened her lead with every stride, giving jockey Olivier Preslier his first Breeders' Cup win. Time for the 1 1-4 miles was 2:00 1-5.
Owned by Saudi Arabian Prince Khalid Abdullah, who operates Juddmonte Farms, Banks Hill returned $14, $9.20 and $6.10. Spook Express, ridden by Mike Smith, paid $11.40 and $7.70, and Spring Oak paid $11.60 to show.
It was the first Breeders' Cup win for Juddmonte Farms in 31 attempts.
Solvig was fourth, followed by Volga, Kalypso Katie, Crystal Music, Lailani, Chaste, Starine, England's Legend and Mot Juste. England's Legend and Lailani went off as the co-favorites at 5-2.
Banks Hill now has three wins and three seconds in seven starts this year. She came into this race of a second-place finish in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp on Sept. 9.