Merchant Navy (AUS) edged City Light (FR) at the wire to win the six furlongs Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Grade I) at Royal Ascot. Merchant Navy’s win secured a berth into the One Million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (Grade I) at Churchill Downs in November. The Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint is a 5 1/2 furlong race on the turf for international horses that are three-year-old and up.
Merchant Navy is the second horse to qualify for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint this year. The other horse to qualify to date is Disco Partner, who won the Jaipur Invitational (Grade II) at Belmont Park on June 9.
The next race that offers a berth into the One Million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (Grade I) at Churchill Downs in November is the Highlander Stakes,(Grade I), going 6 furlongs on the turf at Woodbine Racetrack on June 30th. Purse -$250,000.