Haras de Moro's 3-year-old Quarteto De Cordas (BRZ) wore down Arrocha (BRZ) in the final yards to win Sunday's 1 ½-mile Grande Premio Brasil (G1) at Hipodromo Gavea by a neck and gained an automatic starting position into this year's $4 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) through the international Breeders' Cup Challenge.
The Breeders' Cup Challenge is an international series of 82 stakes races whose winners receive free berths and fees paid into a corresponding race of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will be held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on November 2-3.
As a part of the benefits of the Challenge series, the Breeders' Cup will pay the entry fees for Quarteto de Cordas to start in the 1 ½-mile Longines Breeders' Cup Turf. Breeders' Cup will also provide a $40,000 travel allowance for all starters based outside of North America to compete in the World Championships. If not Breeders' Cup eligible, the Challenge winner must be nominated to the Breeders' Cup program by the pre-entry deadline of October 22 to receive the rewards.
Trained by Luiz Esteves and ridden to victory by Luan Machado, Quarteto De Cordas (17.6-1) won his second race of 2018 in five previous starts. He captured the Group 3, one-mile Grande Premio Jose Buarquede Macedo on January 14, and finished second a month later in the Grande Premio Estado do Rio De Janeiro (G1) by a half-length. He followed up that effort with two seventh-place finishes in Group 1 races, and a most recent fifth-place place finish in 1 ½ mile Grande Premio Doutor Frontin (G2) on May 12. Today's win was his second career Group 1, having taken the Prova Especial Roi Normand on July 2 last year at Gavea.
Or Noir (BRZ), part of the favored 4.7-1 entry with Orange Box (BRZ) (6th), closed strongly in the middle of the course to finish just three-quarters of a length back in third, followed by Olimpo (BRZ) in fourth and Easiest Way (BRZ) in fifth in a 19 horse field.
Quarteto De Cordas is a bay son of Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) out of New Hampshire (BRZ) by Punk (ARG). He was bred in Brazil by Beverly Hills Stud.
Esteves also trained the winner of last year's Grande Premio Brasil with Voador Magee (BRZ).
The 2018 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, now in its 12th year, is being held at many of the world's premier racetracks in 12 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, France, Japan, Ireland, Peru, South Africa and the United States.
The Grande Premio Brasil was the fourth Breeders' Cup Challenge race to be run in South America this year. On May 25, the filly La Extrana Dama (ARG) won the Gran Premio 25 de Mayo at San Isidro in Buenos Aires and earned an automatic berth into the Longines Turf. On May 21, the 4-year-old Nuevo Maestro (CHI) won the Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella (G1) in Santiago, Chile for a free berth into the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1), and on May 1, the 5-year-old mare Sinfonia Fantastica (ARG) won the Gran Premio Criadores (G1) at Palermo and earned an automatic berth into the Longines Distaff.
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