George Washington swept down the center of the course and passed frontrunning Taksim inside the final furlong to capture the 87th running of the Grande Premio Brasil (G1) by 3 1/2 lengths over Or Noir June 9 at Hipodromo Gavea. The 3-year-old earned an automatic starting position into the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1T) through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge.
The Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees for George Washington to start in the 1 1/2-mile Breeders’ Cup Turf. Breeders’ Cup will also provide a $40,000 travel allowance for all starters based outside North America to compete in the World Championships.
George Washington won for the second time in 13 starts and the first in his past eight races since winning a 1 1/8-mile race at Gavea in August.
The Grande Premio Brasil was the fourth of five 2019 Breeders’ Cup Challenge races to be run in South America. Il Mercato qualified for the Breeders’ Cup Turf when he won the Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini (G1) in December at San Isidro, Entropia won the Gran Premio Criadores at Palermo in Argentina to earn an automatic berth into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), and Tamburo di Oro won the Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella (G1) to gain a Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1T) berth.