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Intercontinental (GB)

The words “bred for the grass” certainly applied to British-bred Intercontinental, as she made every lifetime start on turf. Her career began with a debut win at 6 1/2 furlongs in France and culminated in a stunning 1 1/4 mile victory over the defending Filly & Mare Turf Champion at Belmont Park.

After nine starts and four wins in France, Intercontinental was trained by Bobby Frankel in the U.S. He raced her exclusively in graded stakes leading up to the Breeders’ Cup, winning four of them, but as race day approached there was an interesting turn of events. Regular rider Jerry Bailey opted to ride 2004 winner Ouija Board and Frankel chose young Rafael Bejarano to replace him. Bejarano “stole” the race with a crafty ride, setting a slow pace up front. Intercontinental shook loose around the final turn and held off Ouija Board by 1 1/4 lengths at the wire, capping a brilliant career of 13 victories in 22 starts.

Lifetime Stats

Earnings
$
Breeders’ Cup Winner
2005 Emirates Airline Filly and Mare Turf

Previous Races

DateRaceTrackGradeFinish
October 29, 2005Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare TurfBELMONT PARK11
October 09, 2005WinStar Galaxy S.KEENELAND21
September 03, 2005Palomar Breeders' Cup H.DEL MAR21
July 23, 2005John C. Mabee H.DEL MAR13
July 03, 2005Royal Heroine Invitational S.HOLLYWOOD PARK31
June 11, 2005Just a Game Breeders' Cup H.BELMONT PARK22
April 17, 2005Jenny Wiley S.KEENELAND31
DateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 28, 2004Matriarch S.HOLLYWOOD PARK11
September 29, 2004Senator Ken Maddy H.SANTA ANITA PARK32
July 31, 2004Diana H.SARATOGA15
June 05, 2004Just a Game Breeders' Cup H.BELMONT PARK21
April 18, 2004Jenny Wiley S.KEENELAND31
March 28, 2004 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
DateRaceTrackGradeFinish
October 12, 2003Prix de la ForetLONGCHAMP14
September 10, 2003Prix de la CochereMAISONS-LAFFITTE 2
July 11, 2003Prix AmandineDEAUVILLE 1
June 01, 2003Prix de SandringhamCHANTILLY23
May 04, 2003Sagitta One Thousand GuineasNEWMARKET13
April 18, 2003Prix BridaineMAISONS-LAFFITTE 1
DateRaceTrackGradeFinish
October 06, 2002Grand Criterium-Lucien BarriereLONGCHAMP13
September 12, 2002Prix des MelezesLONGCHAMP 1
August 18, 2002Prix de la PotiniereDEAUVILLE 1