Haras de la Pomme’s 4-year-old filly La Extrana Dama (ARG) dominated 12 male rivals in winning Friday’s $60,000, 1 ½-mile Gran Premio 25 de Mayo (G1) at San Isidro by four lengths over Marcus Aurelius (ARG) and became the first horse this year to earn an automatic starting position into the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge.
La Extrana Dama, trained by Jose Blanco and ridden by Eduardo Ortega, broke from post 9 as the 5.6-1 second choice behind the 4-year-old Stivers (ARG), the 2.25-1 favorite. As the field turned for home in a tight group, La Extrana Dama suddenly surged to the front and sped to a wide advantage that did not allow her rivals to keep pace, completing the 1 ½ miles in 2:31.34. Must Go On (ARG) finished third behind Marcus Aurelius. Stivers finished fourth.
A bay daughter of Catcher in the Rye (IRE), La Extrana Dama earned her second career Group 1, having captured the 1 3/8-mile Group 1 Clasico Gilberto Lerena at Palermo on April 7 by six lengths. Today’s race was her second try at qualifying for the Breeders’ Cup through the Challenge series as she came into the Gran Premio 25 de Mayo off a fourth-place finish as the 7-2 favorite against fillies and mares in the 1 ¼-mile Gran Premio Criadores (G1) on dirt, a “Win and You’re In” for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) at Palermo on May. 1. Today’s score was her fifth triumph overall this year, which added to victories in the 1 3/8-mile Clasico Apertura (G3) at Palermo on January 6; the Group 3, 1 3/8-mile Clasico Chile at Palermo on September 17 and the Clasico Ignacio E. and Ignacio F. Correas (G2) last July.