Ectot (GB) brings international flair to the Breeders’ Cup Longines Turf. Born in England, by a stallion standing in Germany, he raced predominately in France before making his mark on American racing.
The 5-year-old son of European Horse of the Year Hurricane Run was sent to the United States and placed in the care of trainer Todd Pletcher earlier this year after making just three starts in 2015. After two starts this summer at Saratoga, he enjoyed a breakthrough win Oct. 1 when he went gate to wire to win the $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic and in the process earned a guaranteed spot in the Breeders’ Cup Longines Turf. Among the horses he defeated was heavy favorite Flintshire, also a globetrotting stakes winner on several continents.
“He's trained exceptionally well for us since he came in,” Pletcher said following the Turf Classic. “He went off form in his last few starts in Europe, but came to us in great condition. His races leading up to this were sneaky good and he seemed to be improving. We made some minor adjustments with equipment and shoes and figured it out as we went along.
“We thought the key was if we could get him to settle,” he added. "He was a little keen last start. We thought it would help when it rained. We felt we had a lot going for us, but you still have to have tremendous respect for a horse like Flintshire, who is accomplished and for what he’s done in his career. We were optimistic that our horse would run well and we couldn't be more pleased with the way he did it.”
Ectot comes in the Breeders’ Cup Longines Turf with a record of 7-2-1 from 14 starts and $840,010 in earnings. Prior to his most recent victory, his biggest wins were the 2014 Qatar Prix Niel and the Criterium International, both in France.