(Diego Mitagstein, editor of Turf Diario, filed this post from Buenos Aires, Argentina.)
Villero Cat withstood the siege of several rivals in the turn and then held off the advance of Que Chistoso (Southern Halo) to win by half a neck in 1:09.43. It was notable in the Santiago Luro that the first five home are sons of stallions who stand at Haras La Quebrada. Behind Qué Chistoso and Villero Cat came Don Petardo (Mutakddim), Boris Blue (Mutakddim) and Art Attack (Russian Blue).Villero Cat might wait for the 1500 meters of the Group 1 Gran Premio Montevideo, also at Palermo on dirt, or switch to San Isidro’s turf to take part in the Group 1 Gran Premio Raúl y Raúl E. Chevalier, over 1400 meters.
Sembra Fe, a filly by freshman sire Manipulator (Unbridled), a full brother to champion Smuggler, who won the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks in 2005, had a notable victory in the Group 1 Gran Premio Saturnino J. Unzué, also held on Saturday over 1200 meters on dirt at Palermo. Ridden confidently by Andrea Marinhas, the bay took the lead at the start and was alone at the finish line. Sembra Fe beat Catch the Mad (Catcher In the Rye) by 2 1/2 lenghts, in 1:09.70; Kiss Me Alone (Hennessy) was third. Domingo Torrilla trains Sembra Fe for Pablo Maggio’s Stud Arcangel; Haras El Tala, where Manipulator stands, raised her.
(Photo credits: Gustavo Duprat/Dupratphoto.com)