(The following post was written by Diego Mitagstein, editor of Turf Diario.) BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—It was the day of the Kentucky Derby in the US, but it was a big day of racing in Argentina, too, with six races at the highest level contested on the sand at Palermo in Buenos Aires. Ratifying his place as one of the better long-distance runners over Palermo’s sand track, Lingote de Oro won the 2010 edition of the Gran Premio República Argentina (G1) today, over 2000 meters, by a head from Eternal Fire after a 300m duel. Winner of last month’s Gran Premio de Honor (G1), Lingote de Oro covered the distance in 2:00.12. He is by Orpen out of Old Trieste’s daughter Laika and was bred by Haras La Providencia. The Ernesto Romero-trainee will now go for the Carrera de las Estrellas Classic (G1) on the last Saturday in June.
The card at Palermo also include another five Grade 1 races. The first of them was the Gran Premio Jorge de Atucha (G1), for 2yo fillies and over 1500 meters. Coming from behind, Studentessa pipped Carta Patente (Bernstein) in the final strides to cross the finish line a half-length in front. By High Yield out of the Mr. Leader mare Student Body Pres, she was ridden by apprentice Néstor Fernández and covered the distance in the time of 1:29.31.
The Gran Premio Montevideo (G1), at the same distance as the Atucha but reserved for colts, had in Anaerobio a solid winner. He took the lead with 200m to go and won by 2 ½ lengths. Es Corino (Espaciado) was second and the time was 1:27.55, significantly better than Studentessa’s clocking of 1:29.31. Anaerobio is the second first-crop G1 winner for his sire Catcher in the Rye, a son of Danehill.
Heavy favorite Ollagua (Pure Prize) failed in the Gran Premio Criadores (G1) for mares over 2000m, but Foggy Stripes (Equal Stripes) and Malpensa (Orpen) put up a race and only a head separated them at the finish in 1:59.96—faster than the males had covered the trip in the República Argentina.
In the sprinters’ race, the 1000m Gran Premio Ciudad de Buenos Aires (G1), the finish was also very close. Filoso Emperor defeated Tristeza Cat by only a short head to get his first G1 win and give Stud Rubio B. its third triumph in this race; the leading Argentinean owner also had previously won the Ciudad de Buenos Aires with Storm Marcopolo (Bernstein) and with Lady Sprinter (Orientate). Filoso Emperor is a son of Emperor Jones and covered the distance in 0:55.14.
The unforgettable moment at Palermo was the victory of El Garufa in the 1600m Gran Premio de las Americas (G1), defending his title in the same race he won in 2009. All heart, the son of Luhuk reached deep for reserves to pull out an almost impossible victory at the finish line, overcoming Riñimapu (Easing Along) by only a head. Ever Peace (Alpha Plus) was third by a short head and King of Sale (Not for Sale) finished fourth, a neck behind. The time for the metric mile was 1:34.75.