BC Internationals: Defending Mile champion Karakontie

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October 25th, 2015

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The Niarchos Family's homebred Karakontie stunned the 2014 Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) at odds of 30-1, but his price was more reflective of his recent bad luck than his overall merit -- or his pedigree, as a direct descendant of two-time Mile legend Miesque.

A high-class juvenile who landed the 2013 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (G1), he was also a classic winner of the French 2000 Guineas (G1):


Karakontie wasn't to blame for failing to stay the trip in the about 1 5/16-mile French Derby (G1), or for being badly hampered in the Prix de la Foret (G1). But so competitive was the 2014 Mile field, and so concerning was his post 14, that he went off as a massive overlay at Santa Anita:


Sidelined until August 2015, Karakontie has raced only twice in advance of his title defense. He reared at the start of the Prix Jacques le Marois (G1) and never threatened Esoterique, one of his major challengers in the Mile:


Karakontie signaled he's rounding into form when third next time in the Prix du Moulin (G1):


Plans call for Karakontie to enter stud at Gainesway, which will set his fee after his likely finale at Keeneland.

For insight into Karakontie's form and an appraisal of his chances, check out the detailed international analysis at has the Breeders' Cup PPs files available for all 13 races -- 4 on Breeders' Cup Friday and 9 on Breeders' Cup Saturday.

And get all of the 2015 Breeders' Cup info here.