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2004 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf Results

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Ouija Board

Ouija Board wins the 2004 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf

Cindy Pierson Dulay
Updated October 31, 2004
The $1 million VO5 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) saw the highly regarded European filly Ouija Board go off as the 90 cents to 1 favorite. She was originally expected to face males in the Turf but her connections opted for the easier spot here. Also entered were 6.40-1 second choice Light Jig, and 9.00-1 third choice Yesterday from the powerful Coolmore stables.

Moscow Burning sprinted well clear in the early stages, set a snail's pace of 1:42.36 for the mile along the inside, then weakened at the top of the stretch. Film Maker had settled just in behind her, inheriting a brief lead but was no challenge for Ouija Board, who launched a 3-wide rally leaving the turn, rapidly closed the gap 1 1/2 furlongs out, and then getting the lead inside the 1/8 pole, drew clear under the right handed whip of Kieren Fallon, in a slow winning time of 2:18.25. It was 1 1/2 lengths from Ouija Board to Film Maker, and just a neck back to 10.70-1 Wonder Again, a late rallier, third.

Winning trainer Ed Dunlop said, "I was very concerned the first half because the pace was so slow. She was coming from 1 1/2 miles back to 1 3/8 and I was afraid that slow pace might get her beat. Kieren (Fallon) rode a great race and had her in the right spot. She stays in training as a 4-year-old."

Winning jockey Kieren Fallon said, "The draw helped me win. I was in the box seat. That's where I like to be with not too much ground to make up. This filly likes to follow a fast pace but I knew there wouldn't be much pace here so we saved ground on the rail. I knew she was the best filly and she proved herself."

H. Graham Motion, trainer of second place finisher Film Maker said, "All the credit in the world to the Europeans. They are very game and very sporting to come over and race against us. Johnny (Velazquez) rode her great and she ran up to the expectation we had for her. We didn't get this one."

James Toner, trainer of third place finisher Wonder Again said, "She ran a great race. I'm very happy with the way she ran. Edgar (Prado) had to take her way back to get her covered up because that's the way she runs. He did exactly what I asked him to do and I am thrilled."

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