BC Internationals: Mile contender Mondialiste
Photo courtesy of WEG/Michael Burns Photography.
Mondialiste was bred and originally raced by Wertheimer et Frere, so an interesting subplot to the 2015 Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) is that he's likely to face another Wertheimer homebred in Impassable (and less likely to clash with Bawina, whose first preference is the Filly & Mare Turf [G1]).
Failing to progress after a third in the 2013 Prix Jean Prat (G1), Mondialiste was sold by his breeders for $259,464 at the 2014 Arqana July Sale. He has found new life since switching to trainer David O'Meara, beginning with a near-miss in the Lincoln in his debut for new connections:
Mondialiste turned the proverbial corner in the July 26 Pomfret at Pontefract, where he hacked up by 10 lengths. He succeeded versus better company in the Strensall (G3) at York, setting himself up for a career-best in the Woodbine Mile (G1):
For insight into Mondialiste's form and an appraisal of his chances, check out the detailed international analysis at brisnet.com/cgi-bin/special_reps.cgi.
Brisnet.com has the Breeders' Cup PPs files available for all 13 races -- 4 on Breeders' Cup Friday and 9 on Breeders' Cup Saturday.
And stay tuned to TwinSpires for all things about the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland October 30-31, 2015