Mondialiste (IRE) will be flaunting his new skill in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. He showed he is a world-class miler on grass when he was runner-up in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Mile, but his connections had a hunch he could adapt to longer distances.
He proved them right by capturing the Arlington Million (G1) August 13 to earn an automatic berth to the Breeders’ Cup Turf. Their confidence had been bolstered by Mondialiste’s second-place finish in the York Stakes (Eng-G2) three weeks before the Million.
“We stepped him up to a mile and a quarter at York and he ran a really good race. Once we saw that he handled the trip okay, we had this race in the back of our minds,” trainer David O’Meara said after the Million. “We thought we’d bring him over because he performed so well this side of the water last year.”
In his final prep before the Breeders’ Cup, Mondialiste finished fourth, beaten 1 ½ lenghts in the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland on October.
In his only two starts in North America before the Million, Mondialiste won the Woodbine Mile Stakes (Can-G1) and was a fast-closing second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile after encountering traffic trouble. He has spent the bulk of his career in England and France.
Mondialiste was sold in the summer of 2014 for $259,901 at the Deauville auction house in France.
“I spent over a year looking for a horse that I believed had the potential to be a stallion,” co-owner Geoff Turnbull said. “We went to Deauville with this as our sole aim. Mondialiste firmly stood out as a horse with lots of potential. He has fantastic breeding and an excellent (pedigree) page.”